By: Tom On: March 29, 2016 In: Useful Information Comments: 0

On safari dress is informal, with outdoor comfort the essence. Loose-fitting, tan, neutral or khaki cotton clothes are best for game viewing. You will need a warm sweater for the early mornings and evenings, when it can get surprisingly cool. “Layers of clothing” is the best system. A waterproof rain jacket can double as a windbreaker. There is same-day laundry service in camp (weather permitting), so don’t over pack. We recommend the following:

5-6 cotton shirts including 1-2 with long sleeves for evening
3-4 pair cotton shorts or skirts
1-2 long trousers or jeans
1 warm jacket (fleece jacket, lined windbreaker, or similar)
1 sweatshirt or sweater
Swim suit
Hat for sun protection
Comfortable shoes (running shoes, or topsiders)
Flip flops, or Tevas
Cotton socks
Jacket and tie (only if desired for Nairobi dinners)

For walking safaris avoid white and very bright colours as they tend to scare the game.

Essentials for your safari
· Flashlight and spare batteries
· Insect repellent
· Sunglasses and sun block
· Face cloth, not generally provided, although towels are
· Plastic bags, to protect your camera and binoculars from dust
· Diary

While game viewing, binoculars will become the most important piece of equipment in your possession. The best field binoculars are lightweight with central focusing, and good light-gathering capability. Here are a few points to consider:
· Every person must have his or her own pair of binoculars as no one wants to share when something exciting is happening
· The best magnification is between 7 and 10
· The bigger the objective lens diameter, the brighter the image
· As most of our game viewing will be done in low light conditions at dusk and dawn, the recommended minimum objective lens diameter should not be less than 35 mm. Opera glasses are not suitable
· The best combination binoculars are therefore anywhere between 7 x 35 and 10 x 50
· A good pair of binoculars will last a lifetime

It is important to travel light, and most Nairobi hotels will store luggage not required on safari. Duffel-type bags are most suitable, and absolutely necessary if traveling in light aircraft. Twelve kilos (25 lbs.) including cameras, is maximum per person, if your safari includes flying in light aircraft.

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