Packing List

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Packing List

Kenya has a pleasant, tropical climate due to its location. During the dry season in June to October, the average high is 75°F with a low of 68°F. Early mornings and nights can dip down to 50 degress. Then from November to May during the wet season, the average high 82°F then cools down into the high 70°F.

Suggested Packing List:


  • Passport (MUST be valid 6 months after trip)

  • Personal medication. Note: It is best to be packed in your carry-on luggage, not in your checked luggage. Also, this medication should be in its original container. If this is not feasible, a copy of the prescription should be carried along with the medication.

  • Mosquito repellent (recommended with DEET)

  • One refillable water bottle

  • Small backpack or day bag for daily excursions


  • For the summer months (June- Sept) bring layers for the morning and night game drives that you can shed. Bring a warm jacket.

  • Short-sleeved shirts (we recommend thin, breathable shirts as it is can be hot and humid during the afternoons)

  • A warm sweatshirt/fleece / light jacket (it can get cool at night)

  • Rain jacket (lightweight, water-resistant for sudden, unexpected tropical showers especially during the rainy season)

  • sportswear (for hiking / outdoor activities)

  • Bathing suits (for pools)

  • Shorts

  • Several light pairs of long pants (we recommend wearing light pants, especially in the evenings and early morning to prevent mosquito bites)

  • Hat

  • One pair of tennis shoes / closed-toe sandals (these are for hiking and may get dirty)

**Mornings and evenings can be cooler.

***There is laundry available at the lodges at Sweetwaters and Encounter Mara but we recommend bringing enough lightweight clothes to last you through the trip. Clothes will be hand-washed; however for hygienic reasons, undergarments are unable to be washed, so pack accordingly.

Bath/ Personal:

  • Glasses/contacts/contact solution

  • Personal toiletries (shampoo, deodorant etc.)

  • Sunscreen heay

  • Bug spray (with DEET)


  • Pro Tip! For families traveling with kids, pack flashcards or trivia games to play during the long drives.

  • If you are sensitive to motion sickness, think about bringing Dramamine for car sickness.

  • Light day bag or pack

  • Binoculars (highly recommended for wildlife viewing)

  • Sunglasses

  • Earplugs

  • Portable charger (phone or camera)

  • Camera

  • Personal snacks

  • Books and/or magazines

  • Watch or small alarm

*Electrical outlets in Kenya are 240 volts and 50 Hz. Therefore, an adapter is needed if you coming from the U.S. We recommend purchasing a universal adaptor.