Kenya What to Pack

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Kenya What to Pack

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    A six pack cooler box to take to the beach and a wet bag to hold your cozzies, wet towels and other damp paraphenalia Cotton all the way as the humidity can be debilitating a facial spritz to keep you coolPanado or other pain medication becuase the resort shops are ridiculously expensive.a 50+ sun protection cream

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  • Visa form

    If you are planning on getting a Visa on arrival in Kenya it makes sense to print out the visa application from before you go. Sometimes certain flights to Kenya do not always have forms on the aircraft and if they do can easily run out of them. Places like Nairobi airport can be chaotic at the best of times with irritable passengers scrambling...

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  • General tips

    I have a hard lockable case on wheels and a day/camera bag for birdwatching. I found jeans, trainers and a loose T shirt normal wear.... no smart clothes, you are going to get dusty and sweaty. No shorts, you get bitten at night, long sleeves to protect from the Equatorial sun. Definitely a hat. Roll up plastic poncho if you are planning for the...

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  • Mainly for photographers.

    Apart from the obvious such as " Don't forget the extra memory cards (In 8 days of safari I took over 2000 pics) Batteries and the charger, another thing that is a must to bring along for those using a DSLR and multiple lenses is some of those plastic freezer bags, to wrap up your lenses when you're not using them. Amboseli NP is a killer for dust...

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  • Yellow Fever Shot

    Travel to most African countries requires a yellow fever vaccination. It's important to get the shot in advance if you are heading for a short trip. The Vaccine takes around 10 days to work so no country will let you back under that period.

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  • The List

    A soft sided bag (10 kgs) and hand luggage - Long sleeve shirt to protect from cold weather or sun- Shorts- T-Shirts- Cotton pants- Fleece or sweater (a jacket if you travel Jun-Sep - It does get quite cold and rainy)- Sandals or rubber thongs for showers- Comfortable walking/hiking shoes- Raincoat or poncho- Wide Brimmed Hat- Sunglasses -...

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  • Natural fabrics only

    It depend on travelling style but make sure it's resistant bag because it wont be handled by care, those guys just throwing it in and out of the plain baggage compartment. More or less it should be cotton cloths because it makes us less sweating, esspecially if humid. Something warm, like water resistant jacket or light leather jacket is advisable...

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  • A Few Important items for Africa

    Take toilet paper or tissues. Toilets are few and far between. Even when you find a toilet, there wont be any paper and other times you will have to use the bushes anyway. A digital camera is a must as you will take hundreds of photos and you are able to delete the ones you don't like. Better still, take a video camera. A video camera captures...

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  • Hotel Dress Code - long pants at...

    Our hotel (Bamburi Beach Hotel) and most others have a evening dress code of long pants for men. I did not plan on this and only had my blue jeans that I wore on the flight out. The hotel did allow however, shorts "so long as they are below the knee". Luckily I had one pair that fit the bill. Many other men/boys wore 3/4 length trousers.

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  • Bring a good telephoto lens with you!

    If you are going to visit any part of Africa that has good game viewing possibilities, you should invest in a camera with good telephoto lens capability (300 mm or better). Back in those days I had an Olympus OM-1 with a 200 mm lens plus a 2x converter, giving me 400 mm capability. This photo shows a view of three Giraffe that I captured while on...

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  • WHAT TO PACK ON SAFARI:

    Whenever we travel we stick to the: Travel light, have laundry done or purchase what you need.We travel with one carry on bag each plus a back pack and a camera bag.We would rather be able to check in luggage than have to wait around at a strange aiport trying to claim our bags - not to mention reducing the risks of theft or loss during the...

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  • jacket

    Massai Kimana is situated on 1200m. therefore in the morning, and during nigh time are very coldly, so I recommend to everybody to take sum jacket . When we plan Kenya voyage we buy all kind of medicine because we are afraid of Malaria, bat during our stay we couldn’t see any mosquito.

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  • Packing List

    Don't bring synthetic clothes, you'll be sweating too much in them. I brought 100% cotton clothes. They were very comfortable and also dried quickly. If you'll be going on walking safaris, bring green, brown or black clothes. Bright colours will scare the animals away (or attrack the ones you might not want to get too close to).Evenings can get...

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  • Avoid the burn!

    A good Hat is very essential, A wide brim hat is a good idea given that the sun here is stronger then in the US.For the coast, you'll want light and breathable shirts with wide sleeves. Drip dry clothing is also the best option-you're gonna sweat buckets anyway you look at it!As for sunglasses, polarized and dark lenses are the name of the game....

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  • It's dark, its the wilderness, and...

    light rug-sack-type luggage is good....so travel light. camping eqpt. is provided by the operators, while sleeping bags can be rented for about US$ 20 for the whole trip, or you can lug your own. Ample time to wash clothes in the bath, but make sure you have washable and fast-dry clothes. Shoes don't matter so much as not much walking...You're not...

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  • Clothing on Safari

    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...

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  • What to bring with you on safari

    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...

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  • Survival Food

    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...

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  • Must haves

    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! 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...

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  • Helpful Hints

    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) Take something warm for the cooler evenings, a jersey . It is a good idea to take along your own medical needles which are purchasable from travel clinics (I believe it is possible...

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  • African Weather

    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. Wear light clothing that will allow your skin to breathe. White, beige, and khaki clothes are...

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  • BE PREPARED!!

    TROPICAL WEAR, LIGHT WATERPROOFS IF TRAVELLING IN RAINY SEASON, SUNGLASSES , SANDALS. COMFORTABLE SHOES FOR WALKING ROUND THE PATHS ARE VERY UNEVEN. INSECT REPELLENT - A MUST!!SUN PROTECTION CREAM - HIGH FACTOR!!MOST TOILETRIES ARE NEEDED TO BRING FROM HOME U CAN GET THEM HERE , THERE IS A SPA SHOP IN DIANI, BUT ITS BETTER TO BRING THEM. FILM,...

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  • Overlanding in Africa- assume there are...

    Squashable easy to carry stuff Sandals for daytime, boots for dusk and after. 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...

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  • On overland trips, creature comforts can...

    Luggage space is limited on overland trips, so pack carefully. 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. Africa doesn't really do twilight- 12 hours light and 12 dark are their thing, and when you are many many miles from a...

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  • Mosquito repellant

    Long sleeved shirts and trousers (pants) worn during the evenings help to reduce the chances of being bitten by mosquitos. 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...

    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. Malaria pills, DEET (and lots of it), a mosquito net and don't forget to bring...

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  • Bring tons of film!

    Try to travel light, especially if you are going on a safari since you will be driving from one place to the next. Hat, comfortable shoes, shorts Bring some cipro in case you get sick. Also, some antibacterial handwipes are good to have. There are so many photo opportunities in Kenya, from animals, to people. You will want to bring lots of film...

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  • Always see to it you have the right...

    Remember you always carry to much. If you travel around, take these canvas bags, they can fit in almost everywhere. Ladies you don't need stiletto's here. Good walking shoes or sportshoes will do 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...

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  • don't leave home without...

    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 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...

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  • Pack light

    A small backpack is all you'll need, as well as your camera bag. 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! Malaria pills NEED to be taken...

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  • it's directly under the equator but...

    Carry along with a long sleeve shirt or a thin sweater.Although Kenya is directly under the equator, it is in the altitude of about 3500m and the air is dry, you won't feel too hot in the daytime and it is quite cool in the nightime there. A bandanna and sunglasses will be helpful. When driving through savanna, you'll get smeared with a cloud of...

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  • A Family Trip

    We were on a major trip so had all sorts of luggage! You could generally get what you needed in the shops of the larger towns in Kenya. Photo of some roadside scenery on the Nairobi to Nakuru drive.

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  • Packing List

    Try not to take too large a suitcase. The tour that we took was organised in small vans and there was not a lot of storage space. This type of tour does not call for dress cloths! Shorts, tee shirts and jeans are acceptable. Remember to take a hat and sun glasses. Wear sensible low shoes. Most of the time, we were in the vans or at the lodge but...

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  • Don't forget the Mosquito Spray

    Lightweight clothes generally. Although it can be quite cold in the mountains so you may need a sweater or fleece. Mosquito spray. The little blighters carry quite a punch and you need anti malarials too. Take loads of film, batteries, etc. They are available out there, but probably not your favourite brand. Take a monopod or bean bag to hold...

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  • The constant gardener

    I find no category for books, so I put it here. "The constant gardener" from John Le Carré is a good book about a British diplomat in Nairobi and his girlfriend, an NGO-activist acting about medicines for AIDS-patients. It plays mainly in Nairobi and the Turkana region. I recommend it to all people who are there, have been there or just like a...

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  • Packing List

    Take some strong shoes that you are not afraid of wrecking and that you can wear in sea water; you will have to walk to the dhow, and there are sea urchins everywhere. Bring little presents - like pens, T-shirts and the like. You may be able to exchange them for souvenirs and they will end up cheaper than buying them. Also, bring some clothes...

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  • Packing List

    backpack...don't pack valuables in it. they sometimes check the bags on arrival into nairobi and things can go 'missing'. depends on what you're doing and where you're going....the coast gets really hot, and if you're climbing mt. kenya that get's really cold. weather can sometimes be unpredictable so be prepared! mosquito repellant,...

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  • With yr Immodium and Lariam tablets, you...

    Baggy bag and a little personal hand bag ... Adventure clothing, bermuda, t shirt, long sleeves shirt..camel type shoes. ...ercefuryl and immodium tablets, insect repellent, toilet paper... I had a camcorder. In tented camps you can charge yr battery. Do not forget yr swimsuit...ladies, nude breast on beaches are apparently not...

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  • Packing List

    Water temperature: 78 degrees. A 10-minute sail by dhow, and you're in the Dodori National Reserve on the mainland. Make no mistake March is a warm month, with temperatures usually in the mid eighties and no breeze, but the stillness enhances the Indian Ocean's clarity, for picture-perfect snorkeling. By mid-April, the monsoon hits with a...

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  • Packing List

    Backpacks work great for moving around. Take something small if you can. Buy a hard case on your way out of Nairobi for those special trinkets. Or...have them packed in a box at the market. Wear what you like, but be sure to bring raingear, and a polar fleece. Depending on the time of year, the nights and mornings can be slightly nippy. Tampons...

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  • Packing List

    We took too many bags. Take one suitcase and one carry on. Roll the clothes rather than folding them.We were told we might need some nice clothes for one of the hotels, because they were all fancy hotels. However, we didn't really need anything fancy. Just some clean nice casual clothes. Don't assume that Africa is a hot place. We took too many...

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  • Packing List

    Most tour operators (the good ones) will provide you with a piece of luggage that you use. The reason for that is there is a 45lb. limit on many inner country flights.I managed to cram everything I needed into the one bag for a 2 week trip. Lodges, and hotels can clean items for you at reasonable rates. I brought hiking boots with me, yet didn't...

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  • Packing List

    If you go on a safari, try to pack light because there is not much space in the minivans or in the jeeps. Contact your local health centre at least 6/8 weeks before your departure to see if the vaccinations you have are sufficient. You will have to take anti-malaria drugs, most preferably Lariam. Start to take these pills 2 weeks before you...

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  • Packing List

    I would advise just for peace of mind a few laytex gloves and a few hyperdermic needles - just oncase you need any treatment. The AIDS victims in Mombasa are a cruel reminder of the epidemic in Africa and I'm not saying that their equipment is dirty but peace of mind is in my mind very important. This is my best tip and will make you feel as if...

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  • Packing List

    Rucksack. Don't take expensive luggage which shouts out that you've got money! MOSQUITO REPELLANT. MOSQUITO REPELLANT and anti-malaria tablets. Don't flash your camera around unless it's one of those plastic throw away types. Have I mentioned....take MOSQUITO REPELLANT!!!

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