Practical Clothing for Your Safari in Kenya

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What to Wear on your Safari in Kenya

During your safari in Kenya, you can expect to experience pleasant sunny and dry weather almost all year round. Depending on which part of Kenya you are visiting, the humidity levels can vary – Southern and Western Kenya, including the Masai Mara reserve, can be quite humid – whilst coastal resorts, although often hot and humid can feel more comfortable thanks to the ocean breeze. The country’s rainy seasons tend to be during April and May and, to a lesser extent, November and December. Of course, mornings and evenings on safari in Kenya can feel quite chilly and you need to pack accordingly to make sure you feel comfortable in all weathers.

How to Stay Cool and Comfortable on Your Safari Holiday

Of course, it’s no secret that most safari clothing is neutral in colour, consisting of khaki, mushroom, beige and stone. This is obviously to allow you to easily blend into the background and view the wildlife in their natural habitat. It’s best not to wear anything brightly coloured, white or black whilst on safari in Kenya. Camouflage print clothing should also be avoided as it’s actually illegal in many parts of Africa. Clothing should be cool, casual and comfortable. Of course, lightweight fabrics are easy to pack and practical and all garments should be easy-care and non-crease i.e. no ironing necessary! Safari clothing is widely available in both natural cotton and more technical man-made fibres, which promise to keep you cooler, drier and more comfortable, allowing you to enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

When packing for your safari adventure, think about all the activities you plan to take part in i.e. unless you are planning to take part in hikes or walking safaris, a strong, comfortable pair of walking shoes or trainers should be adequate. For cool mornings and evenings on safari in Kenya, it’s best to layer up with extra t-shirts and shirts as well as a fleece or jumper and windbreaker jacket. Shorts and lightweight trousers are a must (and trousers with zip-off legs to convert into shorts are ideal and space-saving). And don’t forget your hat – one with a wide brim and ties is just perfect.

Other Useful Items for Your Safari in Kenya

Remember that all airlines have luggage weight restrictions in place, and also that space may be limited within light aircraft and safari vehicles. For this reason, it’s probably best to forgo your suitcase when packing for your safari in Kenya, instead opting for a lightweight, strong but soft backpack or holdall. As well as these clothing must-haves, it’s also essential to make sure you pack items such as swimwear, sunglasses, toiletries, first aid kit and sunblock. Contact lens wearers are also advised to bring their glasses, as the dusty environment can sometimes dry out and irritate lenses. Make sure your camera is packed, to help you capture memories of your perfect safari in Kenya.

write by Bernice

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