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Packing 101

Pale earth colors such as khaki, tan or olive are generally considered best for viewing wildlife and birds. Avoid camouflage clothes are they illegal in many African countries. Avoid bright colors. Supplex pants and chinos travel better than jeans, which take a long time to dry.

Laundry service is available at most lodges and even tented camps, but give clear instructions about when you need your clothes returned. The lodge and camp staff will generally not wash underwear, due to prevailing local traditions. Laundry will cost you between $2 and $6 each depending on the item. Do not launder expensive and/or delicate articles of clothing on safari.Take at least three changes of clothes for a week on safari, plus your own detergent to wash a few things. Dry cleaners are hard to come by on safari, but are available in the major cities. Some hotels and lodges have hairdryers in each room, but tented camps rarely do.

Key Things to Remember When Packing

  • When you pack, start with the lightest piece of luggage possible. International flights allow two checked bags weighing no more than 70 pounds (some 55 pounds) each and a combined linear measurement of 62 inches. In addition, airlines typically allow passengers one carry-on bag weighing less than 22 pounds and a purse or man’s satchel. Of course, be sure to confirm these requirements with your airline.
  • On safari, each person in your party will be allowed to carry one piece of luggage and one carry-on bag. If you bring more on your flight over, the extras can be stored in Nairobi/Arusha.
  • Remember, if you are staying at one of the “tree hotels,” the rooms are small and you are only allowed to take one, small overnight bag with you. The bulk of your luggage will be stored at the base hotel and retrieved the following morning. If your itinerary includes any flying in light aircraft around Nairobi or while on safari, you are restricted to a maximum of 33 pounds, including hand luggage. Coastal scheduled light aircraft flights have a limit of 22 pounds per passenger.
  • What you wear on the flight over can be removed from the list of items to pack.  Nairobi/Dar es Salaam/Arusha hotels have good laundry service, so your “flying clothes” can be cleaned and even stored there to wear on your flight home. The game lodges do laundry very nicely, but they need a full day to do it.  Wait until you have two nights in one lodge before making arrangements for laundry service. Check your itinerary.
  • Your hotel in Nairobi/Dar es Salaam/Arusha will have a locked storage room where suitcases, bags, purchases, and whatever else may be stored securely while you are on safari.  Leave behind anything that might encumber you while on safari (particularly souvenirs).
  • Leave any type of valuables at home. Don’t bring anything you can’t afford to lose, financially or emotionally.


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