| You don't need much special luggage or equipment for a safari tour in Kenya
You may pack mainly what you would bring for a beach holiday, and add a warm sweater
or jacket. We suggest that you also bring a pair of binoculars and a camera.
A normal safari luggage, including clothes and spare shoes, toilet kit, medical kit,
some reading etc, may range between 10 kg/22 lb and 20 kg/44 lb in weight. Expensive
and fragile belongings, such as binoculars and cameras, should be carried in your hand
luggage, both on flights and during the safari.
For a list of suggested safari luggage, see Luggage list
Bring a small bag or rucksack for hand luggage on flights and daypacks during the safari.
It should have room enough for one or two bottles of water, sun block, binoculars, camera
Hand luggage on flights
Bring all indispensable belongings in your hand luggage on flights; checked-in luggage
may go missing, especially if you are changing planes at Heathrow in London (LHR/EGLL)
or Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi
Delayed luggage usually catches up with you in a day or two, but to keep going until
then, you may want the following in your hand luggage:
||Passport, travel documents and money
||Medicine, sun block and mosquito repellent
||Camera and binoculars
||A change of clothes (underwear and a t-shirt/top may be enough)
Don't forget that knives, scissors and other sharp objects are not allowed in hand luggage.
Liquids on flights
New restrictions on how much liquids you may carry as hand luggage on flights have been
implemented during the last years. Check with your airline or travel agent which rules
apply to your flights. On international flights, the new restrictions may also include
tax-free liquids bought at airports.
For relevant links on this matter, see More web sites in
the left column.
Hand luggage on safaris
A basic hand luggage during game
drives or when travelling in safari vehicles is bottled water, sun block, hat,
wet wipes, camera and binoculars. If you're prone to travel sickness, bring anti-sickness
You may travel on very dusty roads, especially in Tanzania. Keep binoculars and cameras
in a dustproof bag when travelling these roads. A scarf may protect long hair from dust.
Soft bags are easier to stow in safari vehicles than suitcases. If all group members
bring large suitcases, all may not fit in the luggage compartment, and some may have
to go inside the vehicle. As a result, there will be less space for you and the other
Suitcases are safer from thefts, for example when checked-in for flights. Soft bags
are lighter and don't add as much to your luggage weight.
There are porters to carry your luggage at airports and all hotels, lodges
camps; you don't have to carry your luggage at all, if you prefer not to. A suitable
tip is USD 1 (or equivalent in local currency) per bag.
Luggage weights on safari flights
On smaller airplanes used for flying to and between parks,
you are usually allowed only 15 kg/33 lb luggage per person.
What to wear on safaris
Most safari-goers dress casually. Thanks to the tropic climate, you mainly need to bring
light clothes. Very few lodges and hotels expect formal dressing for dinners, so you
don't need to bring dressier clothes than a pair of trousers and a shirt or a light
dress. Bring your normal clothes; you don't need special safari clothes such as safari
As to colours, khaki has two pros: dirt and dust doesn't show much, and tsetse flies
are said not to be attracted (while blues and black do attract them). White is unpractical
because of dirt and dust.
Avoid colours and items that have a military or colonial touch, such as camouflage patterns
and tropic helmets. They may cause offence or problems.
Typical safari daywear is shorts/skirt, t-shirt/shirt/tank top, sandals/light shoes
and hat. A light dress is fine.
Bring a warm sweater or windproof jacket for early morning game drives. Long trousers
and sleeves are fine when weather is cool or when travelling in areas known for tsetse
flies, where you may want to cover your skin to prevent bites.
Most hotels, lodges and tented camps have no dress code for dinners, but appreciate
if you're clean. Some restaurants expect men to wear long trousers, and some expect
proper shoes, not sandals. Jackets are seen mainly in luxury hotels or on businessmen.
Covering your skin during dusk, dawn and night protects you from mosquito bites, i.e.
Laundry services are offered by most hotels, lodges and tented camps. Laundry picked
up in the morning is usually returned to you the same day.
When travelling ourselves, leading tours, we can't bring clothes for a month, but depend
on laundry services. It works fine. The weekly laundry bill is approximately USD 25.
Luggage for beach holidays
Light clothes and swimsuits are fine for daywear in beach resorts. For evenings, wear
long trousers or equivalents.
The coastal population in Kenya and Tanzania is mainly Muslim. To avoid causing offence,
cover legs and shoulders when outside of the beach resorts.
Many safari hotels and tour operators can store luggage for you during your safari.
That means, you don't have to bring luggage specifically meant for a following beach
holiday (snorkels, clothes etc) during the safari, but can pick it up after the safari.
Luggage for mountain climbing
Kenya or other high mountains requires special luggage and equipment. Your
companies or tour
operator should provide you with a relevant luggage list in good time before
going. (Your health on the mountain depends on what you bring. If you don't get such
a list, you may want to consider booking with another company or operator.)
For a list of suggested climbing luggage, see Luggage
list for climbing.