What to Wear on a Kenya Safari – Best African Safari Guide

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What to Wear on a Kenya Safari – Kenya Safari packing list

Kenya is one of the top safari destinations in Africa, offering some of the best safari experiences. Among the many Kenya Safaris and Holidays we have organized, we have always had the questions, What should I bring on a Kenya Safari, or What should I wear for a Kenya Safari Holiday?

In this blog, we will discuss and share in detail what you should bring on a Kenya safari, and what not to carry or bring on a Kenya Safari. With this guide, we will help you understand the best way to dress and look while on a safari in Kenya.

You might be wondering, what the best clothes to carry and wear for Kenya Safaris are, but many don’t know that there are recommended clothing etiquettes that we do follow and advise our guests to wear in order not to interrupt wildlife behavior and also help them blend easily with nature.

What to Wear on a Kenya Safari - Kenya Safari packing list
What to Wear on a Kenya Safari – Kenya Safari packing list

What Should You Pack for a Safari in Kenya?

So what should you pack for a safari in Kenya? We have listed the top recommended items we think are the most important to pack for your next Kenya Safari. We have done a detailed article that can guide you on what to pack for a Kenya safari.


Clothing is the most important bit of a safari as to what type of clothes you should carry. In general, Kenya is a hot and wet country, with different safari and weather seasons that should determine what to carry if traveling in any of those seasons. Understand when is the best time to visit Kenya and also know the detailed monthly and seasons in Kenya.

  • Sweaters and maybe jackets
  • Jeans and warm pants
  • Raincoats for during the rainy season
  • Light, long-sleeved shirts (linen and cotton) to help protect you in the early morning and evening game drives
  • Warm, windproof jackets
  • Sufficient amount of socks and underwear
  • Dresses or shorts for the hot time during the day
  • Broad-rimmed hats and sunglasses to protect you from direct sunlight and heat
  • Waterproof boots / open shoes
  • Comfortable closed shoes and sandals
  • Swimming costume/swimwear
  • Warm and cool pajamas for the cold and windy nights out under the skies
  • Backpack to carry your daily essentials such as medications, and such items
  • Scarfs or vikois
What to Wear on a Kenya Safari - Kenya Safari packing list
What to Wear on a Kenya Safari – Kenya Safari packing list

Tech and Gears

It wouldn’t be complete if you visited Kenya and never carried your gear. Gears include your digital mobile phone, cameras, and maybe a laptop and hard disks. These items help you create the best memories of your stay in Kenya that will always be with you all the rest of your life.

  • Simple safari Camera
  • A cellphone that has a camera
  • Memory cards to store your photos and videos. Carry enough storage.
  • Chargers for all electronics
  • Binoculars just in case you miss it while on safari
  • Headlamp or flashlight, for a night or early morning walks
  • Country-specific adaptor plugs
What Should You Pack for a Safari in Kenya? - EEssential Safari Packing List
What Should You Pack for a Safari in Kenya? – Essential Safari Packing List

Documentations and Papers

Without proper documentation and papers, it’s hard for you to visit Kenya. You have to ensure you got proper and legit papers and documentation to help you enter and visit Kenya as a tourist. These include some of the most basic such as visas and passports. But also, it’s good to have all of them in order to make your experience in Kenya the best.

  • Valid Travel Visa
  • Passport
  • Identity document
  • Emergency contact numbers from your embassies and consulates
  • Safari Company Emergency and Direct contact numbers
  • Medical certificates to help you in diagnosis
  • Maps and guidebooks for safaris
  • COVID-19 PCR test certificate (fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from PCR testing)
  • There will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival in Kenya. All travelers must upload both documents to the Global Haven platform before boarding an airplane
  • Travel insurance papers
  • Traveler Health Surveillance form
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Important note to packing for a safari in Kenya

While planning for a Kenya Safari Holiday, it is important to consider some important notes in order to improve and make your safari a memorable and authentic one.

  1. Wear dull clothes that are not bright at all. for example, grey, white, beige, brown, or black. Avoid colors like red, blue, yellow, green, lime, and such. These kinds create a lot of attention to wildlife.
  2. Pack light for your safari. This is because most airlines and local flight operators have certain limits to luggage. Otherwise, you will be subjected to extra charges.
  3. Ensure you have the correct contact and emergency contacts of your consulate or embassies in Kenya.
  4. Apply for your visas 3 months before the safari to help you plan better with no hurry
  5. Ensure you have valid travel and medical insurance
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Best Time To Visit Africa – Kenya packing list – what to wear in Kenya

Start Planning Your First East Kenya Safari Holiday. Get In Touch With Us Now To Start Planning.

Cheetah Safaris has fantastic, experienced safari experts available and prepared to assist you in creating a once-in-a-lifetime beach holiday experience. Fill in Our Contact Form with the details you want or send us a WhatsApp text to reach us at +254780337652.

Pack For a Purpose

Cheetah Safaris is a serious advocate of sustainable safari practices in Africa. As part of our efforts and initiative, we engage and support schools and children who need knowledge to better their lives. The best gift a child can be given is education, skills, and creativity. 

In this case, we request our guests booking with us, to bring an extra back of supplies. This can be in terms of books, sports materials, and any other items that would change the lives of these kids. 

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