The Republic of Kenya attracts thousands of tourists each year – making tourism one of the largest economic contributors in the country (at least, before there was a worldwide pandemic!).
But with tourism about to explode across the world (in a few months, anyway), it’s time to take a look at helping Kenya back into the tourist game – with a classic safari tour. There are beaches to relax on, there are safari parks all over the country, and there’s the opportunity to spot the ‘Big Five’ – that’s buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos.
But how do you prepare for a safari to this African destination? That’s what we’re going to explore, in this article!
Read on, to learn how tourists can prepare for a safari trip to Kenya, which clothes and medication you should pack, and what kind of entry permit you need in order to visit!
When to visit Kenya?
Kenya has both an arid and a tropical wet season, but for the most part, it’s going to be hot all year round. Most people avoid the wet season when it’s going to be difficult to travel. The wet season is March to May, and again in October and November.
It’s wet, in the wet season (monsoon level wet) but it’s going to be quiet, and you’ll see a unique side of the country if you go on safari.
Organise your trip to Kenya in the dry season, and things are very different. It’s busy, but all the safari parks are open for business, and you’ll be in the midst of the epic Great Migration that sees the wildlife moving en masse across the plains!
Visas and passports!
Once you’ve picked when you’re going to be visiting Kenya for your safari, it’s time to make sure you’ve got your passport sorted and your entry requirements down!
In fact, when it comes to the visa and passport requirements, there’s not much to actually prepare. Simply make sure that your passport is going to stay valid for a minimum of 6 months from the planned date of your arrival in Kenya.
Once that’s done, the best option to choose is to apply for an e-Visa. The best time to apply is 3 business days before your travel to receive the necessary entry permit on time.
A Kenya e-Visa is easily obtainable online; all you have to do is fill the application form on https://www.evisa-kenya.com/.
Once approved, the entry permit arrives directly at your email box in a PDF version. Print it out and spend up to 90 days in Kenya!
The packing check-list for a Kenya safari trip is important! Think through what you’re going to take on your journey, and don’t overpack. Make sure to check the following:
It’s best to pack clothing that you can easily wear in layers. If it’s colder (at dusk or dawn), you can be warm but effortlessly take off the unnecessary layers during the hottest parts of the day. Natural colouring is a must not attract the bugs!
A good quality camera
If your phone has a good quality camera, go ahead and use it, but I recommend investing in a quality DSLR for those long shots! M make sure to have an appropriate device with you to be able to take good pictures of the spotted animals. It may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Don’t let yourself forget it later on.
A set of binoculars
This item is crucial in every safari packing list. Get a good look at the surrounding animals with some proper binoculars (or with a telephoto zoom lens for your DSLR!).
A comfortable pair of shoes
Your shoes should be not only comfortable enough to walk in them for the whole day but also be breathable. Do a bit of research and find a pair that will work best for your needs!
It’s essential to remember sun protection before leaving on your trip! Make sure to have a head covering of any kind (a hat, scarf, or anything else), a good pair of sunglasses and sunscreen for the skin!
Depending on your needs, consider taking some medication with you. Pain killers, malaria pills, iodine tablets for water purification, and anything else. Check with your local travel clinic, just in case you need any vaccinations before travelling!
A good spray to repel the bugs is necessary to pack when going on a safari trip! At night you’re most likely will be protected by the mosquito net; however, you must keep yourself safe during the day as well.
Pack your bags and make sure to use our check-list to be well prepared for the journey. Go collect some of the most unforgettable experiences and spot a few animals in the wild!