What to Pack

Masai Mara Safari

Located in the southwest of Africa, Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya’s flagship safari park. Sightings of the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo) are pretty much guaranteed especially during the dry season. From July to October, over two million animals cross from Tanzania to Kenya during the Great Migration. When preparing for an African safari you must consider the wildlife, desert heat, dramatic temperature changes, and certain luggage restrictions traveling between sites.

Pack the Right Stuff for Your Trip to Kenya

Stay neutral to avoid the heat, predators, and bugs

Temperatures can get very hot on safari; wear lightweight breathable clothing made with quick-dry fabrics. Pants that convert into shorts are a versatile item to pack. Stick with neutral colors (not white) to stay cool and to blend in with nature. Avoid dark blue/black which attracts tsetse flies and red which attracts predatory animals.

Cover up and layer up when the temperature drops

Don’t let the daytime heat fool you, the temperature can drop pretty significantly in the early morning and late evening. Pack a sweater and a light jacket to layer, especially if you have plans to go on a night drive safari.

Packing Tip

Packing Tips

Pack quick-dry underwear that you can wash at your hotel and dry easily so you don’t have to pack as many.

Things can get a little toasty on a long safari walk

Safari walks take you up close and personal to wildlife, stay comfortable on these long walks by wearing hiking shoes with ventilation. Protect yourself from the beaming sun with a full coverage sun hat with UPF as well as a pair of sunglasses to avoid getting a headache from the glare.

Quick dry undergarments to get you through the day

With limited access to cleaning services on your trip, the ability to wash and quickly dry your items comes in handy. Pack quick-dry undergarments that you can easily wash in your sink. We suggest you opt for quick-dry sports bras which will provide more support on those bumpy safari rides.

Travel light to avoid leaving your luggage behind

Going on safari usually means traveling between multiple destinations, so travel light! Small planes that connect safari destinations may have luggage limitations as light as 32 lbs. Safari vehicles are often tight as well so to avoid having to leave your luggage behind and pack a lightweight duffle or backpack.

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