As they say that travelling opens the door to beauty through nature, architecture and art in life, it is always a good Idea to get fully prepared in matters of gears and everything else associated with the destination you’d like to visit comfortably and safely. Here at Spiky Tours we’ve come up with some essentials to consider whilst on a Kenya/Tanzania safari holidays.
Clothes should be casual natural or earthed colours as bright ones are know scaring off the wildlife. Khaki and forest green are ideal but not the military coloured as they are unlawful in our country.
Carry yourself a fleece or light down jacket for the cold mornings and evenings and maybe a multi-pockect essential for photographers. If your safari takes you to the beach, carry some swimming costumes with you as also many camps have swimming pools.
Pack like; 2-3 pairs of trousers, 2 pairs of shorts, 4 pairs of socks, 4 pairs of t-shirts both short and long sleeve, fleece jacket and night and swimwear.
For sun protection carry a wide hat which will protect you from the directly sun rays to your face and neck.
If your safari does not include trekking to either Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya or bush hiking, you don’t have to carry those heavy hiking boots but only a pair of comfortable sneakers and crocs to wear around camp after shower or a swim.
We recommend the luggage to be kept as low as 15kg- 20kg if possible including the hand bags due to weight restrictions if using light aircrafts from point A to B. Though at our office we offer keeping your extra luggage will keep extra luggage safely.
Avoid carrying plastic bags either in your suitcase or hand bags as it is against the law in Kenya.
Pack sun protection lotion, lip balm and sunglasses. Look for sunscreen at least SPF minimum 30 and lip balm SPF minimum 20.
FIRST AID KIT & INSECT REPELLENT
Downsize your aid kit by replacing supplies you can improvise (like triangular bandages) with essentials like more adhesive bandages, ibuprofen, sterile gauze pads, antibiotic ointment, antihistamines, antidiarrheal medication, tweezers and safety pins.
An essential insect repellent containing deet works well against mosquitoes and crawling insects.
BINOCULARS AND CAMERAS
Though our safari driver guides carry with themselves a pair of binoculars, it would not be a bad idea also having your own incase. Nowadays smartphones work well taking photos so if you don’t own a camera you can just use your phone.
Most countries of East Africa uses the associated plug type G, which is the power plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular sequence and operates on a 240V supply voltage and 50Hz.
EMERGENCY & OTHER ESSENTIALS