Packing List for a Kenya Safari

Packing list for a Kenya safari. Packing for your ultimate Kenya safari tour is one of the most challenging things to do as travelers visit magical Kenya. Most travelers ask their safari planners “what should I pack for a Kenya safari?” in the bid to carry that which is essential for the safari.

Kenya is one of the top Africa safari destinations for her breath-taking landscapes, abundance of wildlife and some of the most sophisticated and luxury lodges and camps that literally blow your mind. The spectacular and diverse wildlife in Kenya that includes all the big 5 animals, birds as well as one of the most popular and sought after annual great wildebeest migration in the Masao Mara national Reserve Kenya.

Wondering what to pack for your Kenya safari tour? Below is a packing list for a Kenya safari that you should consider;


Regardless of the type of Kenya safari tour you are looking to embark on and the time or season of travel, a typical Kenya safari packing list includes a selection of primary essential items that shouldn’t be missed. Irrespective of the season of travel, the early mornings and late evenings are usually chilly, while the temperatures usually rise in the day. Packing both warm and light clothing is important to consider for your packing list for a Kenya safari.

Important to care about is the neutrality of colours of your clothes, allowing you blending in during the game safaris. For colours to consider, khaki, green, beige and brown are best preferred. Your packing list for clothes for your Kenya safari should include the following, notwithstanding taking caution to not overdo!

  • Light, long-sleeved shirts that are cotton or linen
  • Sufficient socks and undergarments
  • Warm and windproof jackets
  • Jeans and warm pants
  • Shorts and dresses (remember to be descent enough while out in the city)
  • Broad-rimmed hats and sunglasses
  • Waterproof boots, especially for those looking to do guided walking safari!
  • Sweaters and beanies
  • Comfortable closed shoes and sandals
  • Warm and cool pyjamas
  • Swimming costume if you think you may need it along the way depending on your accommodation of stay.
  • Kikoi or sarong

Tech and Gear

It is important to note that your packing list for a Kenya safari goes beyond just the clothes. To master and keep your memories of the adventure, as well as keep in contact with family and friends back home, remember to pack your tech appropriately and safely. Kenya is a perfect safari destination for a photographic safari. Below is a check-list to consider to pack for your Kenya safari, especially those looking for a photographic safari;

  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Enough Memory cards
  • Enough batteries
  • Appropriate chargers for your electronics
  • Country-specific adaptor plugs (very important!)
  • Binoculars – for those far-off and shy animals like cheetahs!
Packing List for a Kenya Safari
Kenya Safari


Most camps and lodges in Kenya have the necessary and essential items. Regardless, it does no harm to ensure you pack that which you essentially need at all times, for the duration of your safari lest you are interrupted by a need to visit a mall for this. Below is what you should look to stock up as per your need;

  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen (especially for the dry season!)
  • Moisturiser
  • After sun lotion
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant
  • Applicable medication (consult your personal doctor in regards to travel to Africa)

Travel Documents

Do not plan your ultimate Kenya safari tour only to be stranded at the last minute for lack of proper travel documents! Without the right travel documents, you may find yourself in a tight spot right before your most anticipated Kenya safari tour. Ensure you have all your rightful travel documents prior to your travel. From the necessary health certificates to specific Kenya travel documents, below is a check-list for your use;

  • Passport (not less than 6 months of validity)
  • Visa
  • Identity document
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • medical certificates

The above are the important packing items for your Kenya safari tour. Packing correct clothing, tech and gear as well as travel documents not to mention your toiletries, shall play a great role in the success of your Kenya safari tour. Pack smart please, and remember that less is more. Laundry services are available at an extra fee at some camps and lodges, be sure to check with your consultant as you plan your Kenya safari tour.

Masai Mara Kenya is the most sought after Kenya safari destination. Combining it with the mighty Serengeti Park Tanzania is one of the most amazing things you should consider. A short 5 Days Masai Mara and Serengeti Park Tanzania safari is a great start to explore both parks.

Looking to embark on a Kenya safari, get in touch with an expert consultant with Focus East Africa Tours for your ultimate Kenya safari experience!

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