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Going for a Safari holiday in Kenya is one of those dream holidays that you will never forget. So you really want to make sure you are prepared and read up about what to take before you head to Africa. In this article we will look at some simple advice for you to consider before your trip of a lifetime.
Clothing – As you can imagine, you do not want to be dressed in your best outfit if you are heading out on a hot and dusty safari. Neutral colours and durable, breathable materials are recommended.
As the mornings and evenings will be cooler than midday, layers are recommended so that you can adjust to the varying in temperatures.
Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are essential to take to help out with the strong sun in Kenya.
Money and Language – The official languages of Kenya are Swahili and English. So you should be fine for communicating, although it can’t harm in taking a phrase book and trying out a few phrases in Swahili with some of the local people.
As for money, the currency in Kenya is Shilling. One shilling can be divided into 100 cents. At the time of writing one pound was worth around 140 Kenyan Shillings. This will be always changing, but gives you a good idea the ratio you would be working with.
Weather – As with most countries, the weather depends on the time of year you visit but generally Kenya could be described as having warm days with the evenings getting cooler. To best choose the ideal time of year to go, check out average temperature and rainfall charts.
Photography – Most people want to remember their safaris for the rest of their lives and taking good quality photographs is essential. Make sure you know how to work your camera before heading abroad, read up about the best settings to use.
You should make sure you have proper cases to keep your equipment in, extra memory cards in case yours become full, straps to ensure your camera is safe when using and even consider taking a spare camera in case yours becomes damaged. If you are taking a laptop with you, it would be a good idea to make daily backups in case anything happens to your equipment.
Always ask the local people in Kenya before photographing them, many will be very happy to have their photo taken but might expect a small tip in return.
You might spend a lot of your time taking photographs, but a good pair of binoculars will also be useful for viewing the animals on your safari.
Also always talk to your GP before heading abroad to check for any required or advised vaccinations. But most of all, remember to enjoy yourself this will no doubt be a holiday of a lifetime.
write by Mervyn