For any Kenya Safaris tours, knowing what to wear on a Kenyan safari is essential. An essential packing list for what to wear for safaris in Kenya should include all clothes and shoes required to keep you comfortable all through the tour.
This essential packing list for Kenya is good for all year through trips in Kenya and remember to pack luggage that suits the minimum required 15 kgs for aircraft. Pack light and yet essential for your Kenyan safari.
Deciding what to wear on an African safari is easier said than done because the weather in Africa is nothing like many travelers from outside Africa expect. Africa isn’t one hot continent, the reality is it gets cold and hot depending on seasons and the time of the day.
It is important to know what to wear for a safari and some items need to be on any packing list for Africa since they are simply essential.
The most important things to consider when choosing what to wear to Africa include comfort, ease, colors, temperatures, and style. Try as much as you can to blend in with the background and be comfortable for all the activities.
When choosing clothes to wear on safari to Kenya, choose clothes with safari-like color. Colors like khaki, beige, taupe, or grey. These colors are dull and blend well with the environment.
Avoid wearing bright clothes with colors like blue, red, orange, pink, and yellow. Black and dark blue are thought to attract tsetse flies and predators identify red with wounded animals. White shouldn’t be one to wear out to the field.
For the evenings and game drives, pack light clothes including t-shirts. For the evening, you should wear shorts and light t-shirts when it’s in the dry season and always carry a sweater for the cold evenings.
For activities that require walking in the jungle-like nature walks always wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers. Since you are going to walk in the jungle where insects can give nasty bites, wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers is recommendable.
Wear shirts, long enough to cover your hands to the wrist, and trousers long enough to be tucked into your stocking. Shorts and vests are not anything to think of when planning to go on a walking safari. The long clothing should also be comfortable and thick with colors that can’t get stained easily.
On your packing list, the shoes or footwear should be carefully catered for. For most of the safari, game drives sandals and open shoes can be worn since the game drive is in the vehicle and you won’t have to get out and walk. However, for activities that include hiking or walking you require hiking boots.
Ensure to have comfortable hiking shoes such that hiking is made easy and you don’t get bruises. To keep your legs warm, put on cotton stockings inside to keep your ankles safe. It’s recommendable to try on your shoes maybe by taking morning jogging before you set out for the trip.
Wearing a brimmed hat on an African safari isn’t just for luxury during safari but for head protection from the scorching sun.
A brimmed hat is very useful especially when you have to go on a walking safari or moving around during the day. Remember to carry your brimmed hat and for the trekking activities, simple hats or bandanas could keep especially female hair safe.
Note: Please kindly note that plastic bags are not allowed in Kenya. Individuals are encouraged not to pack any plastic packing bags.
The above essentials should be considered to wear for Kenya safaris and any African safari. These are applicable for Kenya wildlife safaris as well as Uganda safaris, Rwanda tours, and Tanzania safaris. For Uganda gorilla safaris and Rwanda gorilla tours as well as any primate tracking tour in Uganda or Rwanda, you will need clothes that suit the activities.
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