packing advice


May 25th, 2004, 04:27 PM
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packing advice

We will be in Kenya the last 2 weeks in June and the first 2 weeks in July. What type of clothes do we need and how much. Will the lodges have hair dryers? Any advice is great.
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May 25th, 2004, 05:37 PM
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The days will be cool to warm, the nights cold.

Are you booking this on your own or thru a tour operator? If the latter, they should have sent you a suggested packing list and should be able to answer all these questions for you.

Since you don't indicate where you will be visiting and types of accommodations(parks and lodges/camps etc) and how you will be getting to these places (driving or flying) I can tell you, that if you're flying anywhere within Kenya, you'll be limited to 15Kg (33-lbs) luggage. A duffle bag is best for this purpose and even if driving.

For clothing stick with neutral colors - tan, khaki, brown; interchangeabe tops and bottoms, comfortable shoes, thermal-t, sweater or jacket for cool/cold mornings and nights, appropriate sleep attire, socks, and maybe even gloves and scarf (they don't take up much room). Evenings are as informal as daytime. Many lodges/camps will do laundry (some for a small fee, others for free) but should only be used if you're staying anywhere for two-days or more. Don't forget your own personal items including medicines. There's likely something I've omitted, but you get the idea. You can also do a search on this board, as items to pack has been discussed often.

As to hair dryers - again, I don't know where you'll be staying, so I can only comment that if you're staying at a top-end camp, you "might" find hair dryers. Therefore, I would suggest you bring your own dual-voltage light-weight unit and the appropriate plugs for the outlets. Be aware, again depending on where you are staying - electric power might not be available 24-hrs a day. Many places run off generator power which often shuts down in late afternoon when guests are out on game drives and then by 11pm. So bring a small flashlight so you can see your way around your room or tent.

Hope this helps.
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May 27th, 2004, 06:39 PM
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We just returned from Africa yesterday. We took exactly what was on our packing list ... and it was way too much.
Our camps provided laudry service. We only needed 2 pairs of zipper pants - plus the ones we were wearing, 3 ss shirts, 2 sweat shirts and not much else.
Neutral colors are key - Khaki and olive green.

Take a small mag flash light. We used ours a lot - even though the camp provides.
Take gloves, scarf, sun glasses, hat, ear muffs.
Do not expect hair dryers unless you are in a LUXURY camp.
June is coldest month of the year.
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May 28th, 2004, 05:22 AM
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Africa is a big country and while the weather can be similar between some countries, those in Southern Africa aren't necessarily the same as in East Africa.

katj - with few exceptions, your safari vehicles will be closed so the need for hats, gloves, scarves while on game drives isn't near as important as in open vehicles with the wind whipping up in the south. These items are good just walking around in East African cool/cold mornings and evenings. Your daytime temps should be rather mild.

As to laundry - while most lodges/camps will handles this, they DO NOT launder "smalls" - underwear. So either bring enough "wears" for your entire trip or be prepared to do laundry in the sink; hope they're dry the next morning.

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