Here's a list of what to pack when going on safari, it is best to pack it in a canvas holdall as space can be limited on some of the vehicles. It is also useful to take a small rucksack on the vehicle with you for carrying your camera, binoculars, spare film and any thing you might need whilst travelling in the vehicle. The lodges supply towels and toiletries so no need to pack them.

Feel free to add to the list.

1. Shorts and t-shirts or light trousers for the daytime. Neutral tones like beige, khaki, stone and brown don't show the dirt and dust that you will be exposed to. 

2. A pair of good walking boots if planning any walking safaris 

3. A wide brimmed hat to shade you from the sun - this should have straps as if standing in the van or jeep it could be blown off. For people that have done numerous safaris Tilly hats are a good brand and also insect repellent hats,

 

4. Plenty of high factor sun cream. 

5. A good pair of binoculars

6. Long trousers and long  or short sleeved shirt  for the evening for men as protection from mosquitoes similar for the ladies, maxi dresses are popular with Ladies plus a pashmina if chilly.

 7. A fleece or jumper for the early morning (or a safari jacket) and evening game drives as it tends to get a bit chilly especially in the highlands and the Masai Mara.

8. Plenty of film or memory for your camera and a battery charger.

9. A small first aid kit.

10. Swimming costumes as most of the lodges and camps have swimming pools.

11. A book on East African Birds and Wild life to allow you to identify what you see on safari and from your lodge. 

12. Good pair of sun glasses as you are on the equator where the sun is very powerful. Prescription sun spectacles are not reccomended as may scatch or fall off in the van..  

13. A pair of trainers and sports socks.  Plus safari shoes for ladies with socks. 

14. A pack of wet wipes.

15. A small maglight or torch.(flashlight)

16. A bottle of drinking water in your hand baggage. (Easily purchased in Kenya)  Most vans will have cool boxes which you can order  drinks from the lodge/camp the night beforehand if going out all day or for a game drive. 

17. A small blow-up cushion.

18. A small supply of pens, pencils and exercise or notebooks are handy for children. The gesture is always appreciated. Don't take sweets as these are bad for children's teeth - most people do not have/cannot afford toothbrushes

19. Toilet roll and plastic bag to put the non-organic stuff in.

20. Mosquito repellant  Mossie electric ball with chips to put on at night in lodge and camp. (if needed)