What should I pack when visiting Kenya?

Kenya is one of the most favorite destinations for safari in Africa. Other most common destinations include Tanzania, Namibia, Uganda, South Africa, and Botswana.

In this article, I provide a general guide for what one should pack when they visit Kenya. This list may apply to those visiting most safari destinations in Africa. However, each country has its own set of park rules and visa requirements.

What should I bring with me to Kenya?

This question is rather simple. Just come with an open mind and willingness to adventure this beautiful country. If you love photography, then come with enough storage memory because there is a lot to photograph.

When visiting Kenya, come with neutral clothes which are recommended for people on safari. Beige and green are welcome colours. When dressing, consider the fact that the day’s temperature changes over the day. Therefore, layering is a preferred mode to dress so that you can “peel off” the extra clothing as the day warms up, wearing them again in the evening when it comes cold.

Below are some of the practical things to pack when visiting Kenya on safari:

  1. Clothes
  2. Shoes
  3. Hats and sun protection such as sunglasses
  4. Insect repellants
  5. Medication and first aid kits
  6. Cameras and photographing equipment

General tips for what you should pack when visiting Kenya:

  • You should carry some clothes in khaki, green, beige and neutral colours
  • Long-sleeved shirts which may come in handy when the sun is scorching and the mosquitoes are lurking.
  • Some T-shirts
  • Shorts or a light skirt
  • Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
  • Jackets and sweaters for early morning and late afternoon game drives
  • A lightweight waterproof jacket in case of rain
  • Swim and beachwear for those that will visit the coast
  • Comfortable walking shoes for walk adventurers
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent, moisturiser and lip salve
  • Binoculars and camera equipment

Make sure you are aware of the safari clothing, luggage, and accessories that will come handy when you are in Kenya. Take note of the allowance on small flights within Kenya which are limited to a maximum of 15kg (33lbs).