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    Clothing on Safari

    by Myndo Updated Jan 6, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Color of the clothes: not black (this gets too hot in the sun), not white (this gets dirty in seconds), not to bright colors (this will shy away the animals). Use earth colors, shades of green etc.
    Lenght of the clothes: I choose long clothes, because every piece of skin that you leave at the sun will get sunburned even with sun cream. Also long clothes do shade you, so you don?t get too hot (I know this sounds like a contradiction, but so it is), Long sleeves can be rolled up, there are trousers you can shorten with the zippers they have. Also long clothes are good, because it can get cold in the evening or early morning.
    Hat: this is a must.
    Shoes: take good shoes with soles that don?t slip. The thorns of a lot of bushes are so thick, they penetrate even tires.
    Also take a thick pullover or jacket with you. In higher areas as well as deserts temperatures can go to the freezing point in the night, even if it is over 30 degrees during the day.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take with you some toilet paper or like.

    Photo Equipment: come prepared with enough film and batteries to last through your holidays.

    Miscellaneous: the picture shows my husband by the way. he is normally very much the shorts and t-shirt type, but on safaris even he gets serious :-) he wears trekking sandals because of his inflamated toe (that is the white one -lol)

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    What to bring with you on safari

    by Myndo Written Dec 19, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Choose light ones over hardcase. A lot of air carriers (and African Safari Clubs is one of them) will charge you extra for every kilo that it hurts.
    They also have limitations that are very low, for the normal tourist class you can bring 23 kilos with you, that is INCLUSIVE the hand luggage that they will also weight!
    If you go on safari with the small airplanes, the limit you can take per person is normally 10 kilogramms also inclusive handluggage.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Necessary:
    Clothes (see Tip there) with Pullover or Jacket,
    Good shoes (if you go on safari: trekking shoes or sandals),
    floppies for the beach (never get barefoot in Kenya, you may pick up some nasty things)
    Hat !
    Maybe something waterproof

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A must:
    - Sunglasses
    - Sun creme (with a factor over 20!)
    - Insect repellent (with DEET or Bayrepel, forget the citronella stuff)
    - Malaria Medication (see danger Tipp Malaria), Malarone it is for Kenya
    - Travelmedication: whatever you need to take anyway at home also: something against Pain and Fever, Desinfectant, Antiallergic cream (Fenistil), Pincette, Fever thermometer (important, how else can you say you may have caught malaria or dengue fever?), something against diarrhoe (Imodium), something against getting seasick or airsick (itinerol), If you travel individually it is also a good idea to bring needle and syringe and an Antibiotic (ask your doctor).

    Photo Equipment: of course!
    Don?t rely on buying film down here. The heat, moisture and unproffesional storekeeping do damage a lot of what you get here, so bring enough with you.
    Digital cards: I saw not much places where you could get them. Not in the hotels and certainly not on safari, maybe in Mombasa and Nairobi, but... hmmm, better take a big enough with you.
    Same goes for the batteries: take enough with you, bring your charger for the accu, remember not every safari camp does have electricity all the time.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Flashlight
    Earplugs (some camps are quite loud at night with all the bugs and birds...)
    Desinfectant for the hands

    Miscellaneous: Clock with timer
    Something to wash the clothes on the safari

    campfires are cozy

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    Survival Food

    by no1birdlady Written Aug 21, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: When you go on a safari to see birds and animals, lunches are usually at places like you see in this photo. In many of the preserves, we had to eat our box lunch in the van for our safety. I got our guide to take this photo for me. I have discussed the box lunches elsewhere under general tips so what I want to say here is that it is helpful to pack lemonaid or other beverage packets that you can pour into bottled water to make it more interesting for lunch. Beverages are always lukewarm so flavorings can help. They usually have sodas but there is something about a hot soda that turns my stomach. I also pack a box of cheese and peanut butter crackers and some peanuts packages. Trail mix is also good but needs to be in sealed packages in your checked baggage.

    Lunch in the shade of a tree.
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    Must haves

    by joolssss Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: take a rucksack / backpack of some description, if you want to go on safari you will need to take some clothes and you don't want to take a suitcase!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: take some beach shoes those sea urchins HURT! If you have any old shoes or sandals or any clothes actually, take them with you and give them away, the beach boys are always asking for stuff either for them or their families, Its nice to help them out.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent, diareze or similar, rehydration sachets, pain killers, antiseptic cream, sting relief, and some anti histemines

    Photo Equipment: As many films or memory cards as you can get especially if going on safari, you will take more photographs than you think !

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No towels needed, all the hotels i came across supplied them for the Sun loungers.

    Miscellaneous: Pens and paper for the kids, its really in short supply, any old clothes or shoes.

    big momma, my favourite lady- help them out
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    Helpful Hints

    by Acirfa Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Hold all type bags are perfect for a Safari holiday. If travelling by light aircraft at any time there is a luggage restriction so bear this in mind. (Aprox 15Kg pp)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take something warm for the cooler evenings, a jersey .

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It is a good idea to take along your own medical needles which are purchasable from travel clinics (I believe it is possible to call the airport to get details of places of purchase). This is a country rife with aids and so the knowledge of clean needles, should they be necessary, is a weight of ones mind.
    Also taking out insurance with the Blood Foundation, found in West Sussex (01293 425485) is great as they guarantee pure blood, always worth an enquiry at least for further details.
    The other great medical accessory is some rehydration powder, it is so easy to become dehydrated and this does the trick rapidly, although drinking plenty of water and preventing it in the first place is of course the preferrable option.

    Photo Equipment: Absolute necessity, plenty of memory cards for the digicam, binoculars for safari and tele lens a bonus.

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    African Weather

    by Tallchick80 Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Make sure to take secure luggage, and luggage that you can easily identify. You must make absolute SURE that your bags are locked. Also take care when you arrive, it happens all of the time that people will steal your bags right off the baggage belt.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear light clothing that will allow your skin to breathe. White, beige, and khaki clothes are best. Bright clothes are discouraged on safari, as they may startle the animals. Bring sandals, as well as good walking shoes. The heat can be overwhelming, and some parts of Kenya are dry as bone, and others HUMID.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: When in humid areas, be sure to take malarone, or another precautionary anti-malarial medication. Malarone is good, but if you suffer from depression, it can cause side effects. Also, it never hurts to carry around precautionary antibiotics. You can buy most drugs at any pharmacy in Kenya without a prescription. It's more than likely you will suffer from diarrhea, and if so, carry around norfloxacin to help treat bacterial diarrhea. Anti-diarrheal medications like amodium are not IDEAL, as they will only cause constipation and possible further complications. Also, take anti-mosquito repellant that contains DEET.

    Photo Equipment: Invest in a good camera. Do not take a throw away camera or a cheap camera when on safari. You will be very disappointed in your photos. I used a regular sony cybershot for my regular pictures, and a sony DSC-F717 with a Carl Zeiss zoom lense with a polarizing filter for safari photos. Your photos will pay for themselves if you have a good camera.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can rent camping equipment in major cities, and some safari companies will provide you with it.

    Miscellaneous: Take a HAT! You will need a hat when out on safari, or spending a lot of time outdoors (which you should be doing while in Kenya), the African sun is powerful, and Kenya is very high up. In fact, it's over 1 mile above sea level. You'll sunburn very easily. Take lots of sunscreen as well with a high enough SPF to protect you. Sunscreen in Kenya is very expensive. Sunglasses are also a MUST.

    I bought my hat there, and yes, it helped!

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    by mickeyjane1 Written Feb 2, 2005


    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: INSECT REPELLENT - A MUST!!

    Photo Equipment: FILM, CAMERA, BATTERIES


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    Overlanding in Africa- assume there are no shops!

    by Buckz Updated Oct 21, 2004

    Luggage and bags: Squashable easy to carry stuff

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals for daytime, boots for dusk and after.

    Photo Equipment: Lots and lots and lots of Film. Spare battery. You may not take alot of Photos, but on safari you will never know what you will come accross- We saw vultures at Dinner, Leopards fighting, Cheeetah cubs playing. When you are facing something you will NEVER see again, you film budget goes out the window.
    Even for digital users- the best stuff happens at dawn and dusk, seen through long lenses- so you won't know which ones are really sharp until you get home, so you won't be able to clean up the memory card as you go along.

    Miscellaneous: BUG SPRAY, DETE.
    have a few spare pens, have one in sight when bartering. DO NOT give pens or sweets to children begging, it encourages begging. Make your donations to charities who will distribute the stuff fairly.

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    On overland trips, creature comforts can be scarce

    by Buckz Written Oct 21, 2004

    Luggage and bags: Luggage space is limited on overland trips, so pack carefully.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Hand Sanitiser, bite cream, anti septic wipes. If you are going for a long time, you will run out of most of these, but by that stage you will be immune to most ails.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Africa doesn't really do twilight- 12 hours light and 12 dark are their thing, and when you are many many miles from a street light it gets really dark, and a head torch is a real advantage, to eat, read and as for venturing near a "long drop" toilet in the dark....

    Miscellaneous: Secret stash of small chocolate bars.- for days when the dinner isn't great.

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    Mosquito repellant

    by SamuiDean Updated Sep 29, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Long sleeved shirts and trousers (pants) worn during the evenings help to reduce the chances of being bitten by mosquitos.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring plenty of mosquito repellant. This is a malaria region. Seek medical advice before travelling, you will need malaria tablets.

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  • What to bring...

    by Maeve_81 Written Sep 20, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: First of all, don't forget to bring some good walking shoes and good socks. Don't bring to much clothing, it's going to be dirty in a second and everythings smells directly. Do bring some Febreze. Don't forget to bring some long sleeve t-shirts, you'll need them.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Malaria pills, DEET (and lots of it), a mosquito net and don't forget to bring toilet paper for the first days of your journey, later you'll find toilet paper everywhere.

    Photo Equipment: Lots of film or at least a 512 MB card for your digital camera.

    Miscellaneous: Bring pens, penicls, colorbooks, balloons, ... for the children. Another good idea is to bring old t-shirts, baseball caps, ...

    Marachia primary school - Nanyuki - Kenya

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    Bring tons of film!

    by butterfly_girl Written May 11, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Try to travel light, especially if you are going on a safari since you will be driving from one place to the next.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hat, comfortable shoes, shorts

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring some cipro in case you get sick. Also, some antibacterial handwipes are good to have.

    Photo Equipment: There are so many photo opportunities in Kenya, from animals, to people. You will want to bring lots of film and a panaromic camera is a must (even a throw away type will do).

    Miscellaneous: Bring some pens to give away to the local people. The children really would like pens, hats or t-shirts from your country.

    Samburu Tribe, Kenya
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    Always see to it you have the right maps.

    by mauritsh Written Jan 20, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Remember you always carry to much.
    If you travel around, take these canvas bags, they can fit in almost everywhere.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Ladies you don't need stiletto's here. Good walking shoes or sportshoes will do

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: This is difficult for most of us. For me toothbrush and paste are a must. Toiletpaper is very handy. Get rid of aftershaves and lotions. In some places they have never heard of it.

    Photo Equipment: All right, around your neck. Don't show of with hughe camera's. Keep them in the bag.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Not too much please, just the necessary stuff.

    Miscellaneous: Insurance papers, phone numbers.
    Take your shots in time, don't forget the tablets. If you get Malaria take Fansidar immediately ( 3 tablets).

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    don't leave home without...

    by call_me_rhia Updated Dec 2, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: a real must if you're even remotedly thinking of having a walk on the coral reef at low-tide is a pair of water-shoes. Flip-flops are useless and offer no protection

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: As all Kenya is high risk of malaria, take some malaria tablets with you: Malarone is the one that gives you the lightest side effects, I believe. Most people are led to believe that a profilaxis isn't essential - but you'll change your mind after hearing the tales of some of the locals

    Photo Equipment: If you go on a safari an absolute must is a camera with a decent zoom: some animals are shy and stay kind of far from your van/jeep. On top of that vehicles mustn't leave the dirt roads.
    Bring binoculars, too - for distant animals: I would have never seen the lion - if it hadn't been for binoculars

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: As far as I know, topless swimming/sunbathing is not allowed - and even if it is, it's asking for trouble

    Miscellaneous: Pack some dollars to enter and leave the country: 50 in and 20 out. You can pay in euros - but it's still 50 in and 20 out - hence it's not really that convenient


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    Pack light

    by kcochran111 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: A small backpack is all you'll need, as well as your camera bag.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Africa is HOT and HUMID, even in the winter!
    ONE pair of convertable pants are ideal, as is ONE long sleeved shirt. Light-weight breathable t-shirts and shorts are essential, as are hard-soled hiking boots. BRING A HAT- the African sun is a scorcher!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Malaria pills NEED to be taken before the trip. Check with your doctor a couple months prior.

    Photo Equipment: Lots of film, as well as long-range zooms to get the best animal shots.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping in the safari preserves is wonderful. Guided tours will usually provide tents and sleeping mats, but you may need a light-weight sleeping bag.

    Miscellaneous: Water, water, water!

    fighting the humidity
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