What to Pack (And What to Leave Behind) For A Safari

What to Pack (And What to Leave Behind) For A Safari

We all love to go on safari, but what do we bring on the safari??


Here at Safari Seekers we have a small list of the Do’s and Don’ts of packing for a Safari


The Luggage

The weight of luggage is very limited on the small aircrafts that fly in Africa: per person, 33 lbs. per checked bag, soft duffel, for East Africa. The most important thing is to forgo wheels on your luggage as they add about eight to 12 pounds.

Remember to put your prescription medications in your hand luggage (in case your check-in bag goes astray… it happens!)…and make sure you have enough of each type to last your entire safari.

Preventative pharmaceuticals- This is just a fancy way of saying stuff you need, just in case the worst happens: diarrhea, headaches, heartburn, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, bites (antihistamine), indigestion, sore throat (lozenges), eye drops, and most important – anti-malarial tablets; Moisturizer and suntan lotion—SPF 20 or higher

The Clothes

Of course you’re not going to forget clothes! But are you taking the right clothes…and are you within those weight restrictions your travel agent told you about for those light aircraft flights?

Pack very minimal and lightweight, earth-toned clothing. Since most camps provide laundry services, packing light should be easy (think three to four outfits). It’s always good to pack a windbreaker or fleece, as the nights can get cool. We found that if you stick to green, khaki, grey, and white, it’s easy to mix and match.

Casual, comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year when on safari. Whilst you may elect to start a completely new safari ‘wardrobe’ it is really not necessary to look like an extra on the set of Out of Africa! Apart from selecting reasonably neutral or ‘non-bright’ colored clothing, safari-wear is generally casual and practical.

Be sure you take clothes that you feel comfortable in – especially when it comes to your walking/hiking boots.

We recommend no-fuss, breathable materials like cotton that can be dried in the sun without shrinking. But do go for a cute blousy top (good for sun coverage and loose for heat)

Layering is key – Wearing clothes in layers is the most practical way to cope with fluctuating day/night temperatures and cool evenings whilst on safari.

The weather can change drastically from day to night, one region to another, so pack a variety of layers based on your trip.

Our go to’s for safari packing:

  • 2x tank tops
  • 2x tees
  • 2x long sleeve shirts
  • 1-2x sweater/sweatshirt/Fleece/warm jacket
  • 2x shorts
  • 1-2x pants – those that zip off at the knees are very handy, too
  • Hat
  • Swimsuit – a number of lodges and camps have swimming pools
  • Flip-flops or similar for pool or in-room use, or even in safari vehicle
  • An elegantly casual outfit for dinner at the smarter hotels
  • Tissues/Wet Ones
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • And, of course, your undergarments – yes we have had people who have actually forgotten these….


Bring a bandana, which, when warm and dipped in water, is very refreshing around your neck.

If you plan to walk, then pack one pair of lightweight walking shoes with good tread…ideally, not white or neon!

A good torch (flashlight) is a must. It can be pitch black in the bush or in your tent in the middle of the night. A rechargeable torch is ideal but a small battery-powered torch is sufficient. The new LED miner’s lights that fit on your head (and leave your hands free) are also a good option. A smaller (pencil) torch for emergencies or looking at star maps is also worth considering. Most camps will provide a torch, or will walk you back to your tent as required, but being self-sufficient is always a good idea.


A good book. It never hurts to have an interesting book when travelling. You never know when you are going to be delayed at the airport or fall victim to Africa time!


A travel diary or journal is something we recommend. You will see and experience so much in such a short period of time on safari, that the only way to maintain a good record of it will be to write it down. It does require discipline, but will serve as an invaluable record of your safari adventure.


A word (or two) of warning:


It is not advisable to wear any form of clothing that may be construed as “camouflage”. By this we mean any form of brown/green “combat” style coloring. Even if it is the latest fashion statement – and even if it is your 14 year old wearing it – and even if it is just a cap. Many African authorities have a disproportionate phobia about such garments and this could conceivably result in you being questioned or harassed by the police. It has the potential to cause you grief, so don’t do it.


Do not take any expensive personal jewelry on safari. Be minimalist or take only those everyday items that you normally wear, like your wedding band, inexpensive earrings. In Kenya, do not wear any animal bone or ivory as it is illegal.


With regard to securing your luggage, we would strongly suggest using one or more combination locks to secure zips together if your suitcase does not have its own locking mechanism. Luggage tampering in airports does occur, unfortunately. Luggage straps that wrap around your suitcase can also deter, whilst shrink-wrapping facilities are available at some airports.


What Not to Pack

“Kenya and Rwanda are polythene-free countries. For environmental reasons, plastic bags are illegal and have been banned, the customary plastic duty-free bags included. For liquids in hand luggage, it is recommended to use transparent toiletry bags.”—Wilderness Tours


“Please note no drones are allowed by any camps in East Africa.”—P.W.


“Do not bring a portable hair dryer—most camps’ electrical systems cannot take the drain, but if you must bring, make sure it is a travel version with capabilities at 220-240v (most do not auto-adapt).”—N.W.


Final Prep

“An International Certificate of Vaccination (yellow fever inoculation) is required for travel to Rwanda and Uganda, and Tanzania/Zanzibar if you arrive from Kenya (or have been to Kenya on this trip).” —N.W.


“In the unlikely event of an injury, travel insurance is highly recommended—especially to cover evacuation.”—P.W.


Other necessities: your plane tickets, passport, credit cards (note that AMEX isn’t widely accepted), and some U.S. dollars for visas, tips, and souvenirs, etc. If you’re traveling in Kenya, you’ll need to bring a printed copy of your E-Visa.

Pro tip: We’re all about souvenirs at Traveler, so make sure to pack a second duffel bag when you go on safari—that way, you’ll have plenty of room to bring home memorabilia on the way back.

Time to plan your safari!

Hopefully, these tips will help you to figure out what you need to pack for your safari. If you need more information or want to go ahead and embark on a safari adventure, Contact Us. We’ll be happy to help you decide on the best tour option.

Rock Climbing on Mount Kenya

Rock Climbing on Mount Kenya

6 DAYS ROCK CLIMBING – Batian peak ( northface , standard route)


For information only.

Because of Mt. Kenya’s unique position on the equator, climbing seasons and route conditions vary with the sun’s position. For example, a climber interested in doing one of the best ice routes, which are on the south side of the mountain, should climb when the sun is in the north, between the months of June and December. However, during the same period the east and north sides are in the best condition for rock climbing. Conversely, when the sun is in the south, the south side offers the best rock routes and north the better ice climbing conditions.

Recommended routes:

  • December-March

Normal Route, Standard IV (rock: South West Ridge, Standard V (rock routes).

  • June-September

North Face, Standard IV (rock Route).

Seven Day the Land of Contrasts

Seven Day the Land of Contrasts

This Safari to Mt. Kenya gives the visitor the opportunity to experience all the contrasting scenery of Mt. Kenya. This safari is a beautiful blend of all our itineraries, taking advantage of the best aspects of the three main approach routes to the peak area: Naro Moru, Sirimon and Chogoria.

Seven Day Timau Trek

Seven Day Timau Trek

The Timau Track, the main access route on the north side on the mountain lies in a major rain shadow. However, because you are inside a low rainfall zone it generally makes up for a drier safari and a more pleasant trek. The views from the north give you the impression that you are trekking into a whole mountain range.

Four Day Foot Safari to Mt.Kenya

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp trek is the most famous trekking route in the world and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Nepal is a fascinating country and the trek gives an insight into the lives and culture of the Sherpa people. Our ascent is steady and well-paced to best suit the acclimatization needed. Sunrise on the snowcapped peaks above the Khumbu Glacier is an unforgettable sight from the summit of Kala Patthar. This trek is one for the lover of high places and those wanting to push themselves to the limit. It is a tough challenge and not to be taken lightly with generally well graded paths but some tougher sections along the Khumbu glacier.

The superb trekking to the Base Camp of Mount Everest is recommended as one of the important sites to be visited before one dies. The Everest trekking is well-known because of the friendly Sherpa people, colorful festivals and the Buddhist monasteries. The region is known as Khumbu and has been bounded in the Sagarmatha National Park, the world heritage site. Sagarmatha is the Nepalese name of Mount Everest, the top of the world. Sherpas, the famous climbers are the dwellers of Khumbu region. Many expedition teams can be observed on this trail during April and May heading higher with an aim to be on the top of the world.

What’s included:

  • All transportations by tourist vehicle .
  • Airport pick-up and drop & Trekking point pick up & drop).
  • 3 Night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at B/B basis.
  • 3 Major meals; B/L/D (by Lodge menu) & accommodations at best available teahouse lodge during the treken-route.
  • Flight ticket from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • One professional English speaking trekking guide, necessary Sherpa and Porters.
  • Life insurance for all support crews and their daily wages.
  • Trekking permit & National park permits Fees.
  • Medical Kit Box for Nepali support crews.
  • All official taxes and service charge.

What’s not included:

  • Your personal expenses.
  • Emergency evacuation (if incase).
  • Bar bill (except tea and coffee.)
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Tips for trekking crews/Nepali staff.

15 destinations Instagram has helped ruin

15 destinations Instagram has helped ruin

As a travel agent of course I always research on happening around the world, and I can across this article by Kat Tenbarge and it definitely did shock me.
Social media, definitely has a positive impact when it comes to spreading the word, but I suppose that this also comes with its cons of over crowding and over populating destinations.Instagram has undoubtedly created a lot of cultural shifts, and one major change is in our travel habits. Spots that were once considered private, residential, unknown, or even sacred have met their match on Instagram.

The process has been as follows: Instagrammers with large followings take pictures at beautiful, previously unheard of or rarely visited locations. People see the likes and the natural beauty and swarm to the streets, parks, cliffs, fields, and more. Sometimes, places end up worse off in the face of new visitors. Sometimes, disasters occur.
Of the hot new travel destinations discovered through Instagram, these 15 spots have been ruined, desecrated, or even closed down permanently thanks to a barrage of photo-takers.
Tree-lined streets in the Broadacres neighborhood of Houston have attracted too many photoshoots, residents say.

Photo-takers are drawn to Houston’s Broadacres neighborhood, where a scenic walkway lined with trees cuts through an affluent residential area. Screenshot Google Maps
It’s easy to see the appeal of Houston’s Broadacres. The tree-lined brick pathways in the residential neighborhood create a stunning backdrop for all photography occasions, from weddings to graduations.
But residents have put up signs demanding that no photoshoots occur, and warning visitors to stay off private property, since up to 50 shoots take place in good weather conditions at a time, homeowners say.
The local Homeowners Association president told Paper City Magazine in Houston that residents had been considering how to take action for four years as photography interest in the area grew.
Part of the issue became that, along with photography equipment, photo subjects would bring props and leave behind garbage like balloons and confetti. Even a Jeep was reportedly brought onto the brick walkway at one point.
A #poppynightmare took over the town of Lake Elsinore in southern California.

Tourists climb the hills in a nature reserve in Elsinore, California, where orange poppies bloom. Shutterstock
The town of Lake Elsinore, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, found itself facing what the mayor called the “apoppylypse” in March. Heavy rains caused the city’s Walker Canyon nature reserve to bloom with millions of bright orange poppies, and the scenic slopes quickly gained traction on Instagram.
In just one weekend, more than 66,000 tourists looking to take the perfect shot for Instagram flooded the town, causing gridlock and standstill traffic in the streets, crushing poppies underfoot, and fainting in the heat. City social media termed the situation a “#poppynightmare,” and streets leading to Walker Canyon had to be temporarily closed to non-residents.
The Mount Everest base camp accumulated so much trash from tourists that it had to be closed.

The Chinese government announced in February that only tourists with climbing permits could access its Mount Everest base camp. Only 300 of those permits are issued each year.
The Tibetan base camp accumulated over 8 tons of waste, including human feces and mountaineering equipment, thanks in part to the flow of tourists who could reach the Tibeten side of the mountain by car. On the Nepalese side, the base camp requires a 2-week hike to access.
In 2015 alone, Tibet welcomed over 40,000 visitors to the base camp.
The Chinese government said the recent closure would help them clean-up Mount Everest by allowing them to collect the unknown number, but numerous amount, of dead bodies that have been left on the extremely dangerous slopes.
The Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board in Wyoming is asking Instagram users to stop geotagging its natural wonders altogether.

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In an effort to keep Wyoming wild, a tourism board overseeing the Instagrammable Delta Lake, along with other natural beauties, has started a campaign to stop people from geotagging their photos.
An overabundance of people, along with their trash and trampling, inspired the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism board to issue posters with slogans like “Tag locations responsibly” and “How many likes is a patch of dead wildflowers worth?”
The movement reflects a growing concern among park staffers with limited resources and nature photographers who want to share their scenery shots without causing a stampede to formerly pristine locations.
The Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon in Iceland attracted more people than the green cliffs could handle after a Justin Bieber music video.

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When Justin Bieber released the music video for “I’ll Show You” in 2015, the singer probably didn’t anticipate making Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in Iceland such a popular tourist attraction that it had to close this June due to damage from foot traffic.
The scenic canyon, with its green cliffs and waterfalls, was already a known destination east of Reykjavik, but a representative of Iceland’s tourist agency told CNN Travel that visitors increased by 50-80% over the past 2 years after Bieber’s video, which today has over 448 million views.
The director of Iceland’s tourist agency also told CNN that, while the canyon wasn’t intended to be overwhelmed by so many people, the country is working to install better infrastructure so that everyone can enjoy it.
Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park is at risk of tourists who get too close to take pictures of or with wild creatures.

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Selfie and snapshot culture mixed with a lack of knowledge about wildlife issues and the carefully preserved populations of animals like bison in national parks has created a big issue for places like Yellowstone.
Visitors to the most popular national park in the US are warned to stay 25 feet away from animals like bison at all times, but park rangers told The New York Times you can find people breaking rules just by driving around for an hour at any given time.
In one recent episode, a bison calf had to be euthanized after it was loaded into the back of an SUV. The photos in the Yellowstone buffalo tag on Instagram may not usually trend so dangerously, but multiple episodes of animal cruelty, like the dolphin that died after being passed around for photos, serves as a warning to park visitors worldwide.
Residents of Rue Crémieux in Paris have requested gates to shut out Instagrammers.

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Cobblestone streets, pastel rows of houses, and a Paris geotag have made the city’s Twelfth Arrondissement a very popular spot for Instagram photos.
But that’s driven residents of Rue Crémieux, the seemingly ideal photo-taking street in the area, bonkers. The street association’s vice president says it has become ” hell” with an influx of Instagram-ready tourists flocking to the street for rap videos, bachelorette parties, and endless photoshoots that ceaselessly disrupt the people who live there.
Residents have called on the city to install a gate that can be closed during sunrise and sunset, or what’s known as the “golden hours” of photography, when tourists gather for the most flattering lighting.
Public housing in Hong Kong serves as a huge photo attraction, but some residents feel disrupted and are not interested in being photographed.

The colorful Choi Hung Estate public housing in Hong Kong. Shutterstock
Public housing may not seem like the type of place to go viral on Instagram, but the Choi Hung Estate in Hong Kong has become a popular photography destination, thanks to its colorful basketball courts and bright, pastel exterior.
The influx of photo-takers has made it difficult for residents to go about their daily life, including playing on the aforementioned basketball courts, The New York Times reported. Across Hong Kong, public housing has become a backdrop, and marketing campaigns and music videos haven’t done much to stem the ire of people who live there.
A sunflower farm in Ontario shut its doors to Instagram users forever after thousands overwhelmed its property.

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For a while, the Bogle Seeds family farm charged visitors $7.50 to visit and take photos in front of its more than 1 million sunflowers. But then, last summer, the family said an ” apocalypse” occurred. After a few photos from the farm went viral on Instagram, an estimated 7,000 cars showed up over the course of 12 hours.
The small farm and surrounding properties in Ontario couldn’t handle the onslaught of photo-takers. Many people reportedly stormed past the farm’s small staff without paying, trampling delicate plants. The roads leading toward the farm were swamped to dangerous capacities, with cars lining the highway in search of parking spots.
The family has permanently closed its unintentional tourist attraction and had to rely on police forces to remove aggressive photo takers.
Horseshoe Bend is a great place for a scenic photo, leading the park to install new infrastructure to handle an influx of visitors.

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Horseshoe Bend used to be a more secluded spot a few miles away from the Grand Canyon National Park. Now, it’s overflowing with phones, photo-takers, and their garbage, as Instagram-famous snaps have made it a new bucket list item for more people than the natural attraction can hold.
The Guardian reported that seven times the number of visitors to Horseshoe Bend have arrived since 2010, the year Instagram launched. This year, more than 2 million people are expected to make the trek to the top of the canyon for views that can be captured on camera.
Because of that, park rangers have had to install new infrastructure, meaning everything from parking lots to handrails to trash cans, to handle the swell in numbers. Not only has overcrowding become an issue, with some people saying the photo-takers detract from what was what once a solitary, thoughtful experience, but inexperienced climbers and hikers may require more facilities and support than the trekkers of old.
Lavender farmers in England appreciates the Instagram photo takers who pay to visit their land, but they complain that it gets too overcrowded on the weekends.

A lavender farm in Surrey, England, appreciates tourists who pay the $3.14 fare to photograph themselves with the beautiful purple flowers. But on the weekends, they’re asking Instagrammers to stay away, if possible, because the number of people who show up overwhelms the business.
Like many Instagram attractions, farm staffers have had to clear trash that tourists have left behind, but word-of-mouth (or in this case, via geotag) has helped maintain a steady stream of business.
A tourist fell to his death in Norway’s popular photo-taking destination, the mountain pass of Trollstigen.

The mountain pass of Trollstigen in Norway is beautiful, and tourists perched on cliffs make for great Instagram photos. But it can also be dangerous, and even deadly, as Forbes reported in July that a Lithuanian tourist fell to his death while taking a picture.
According to a local police chief, the man leaned back over a railing to pose for a photo when he lost his balance and fell into a river that runs along the tourist route that’s growing in popularity, thanks to social media attention.
It isn’t the first time a tourist has lost their life in Trolltunga. The path is difficult to climb, moreso than some travelers seeking a photo opportunity may realize. A Norwegian tour guide told The Telegraph accidents like these are bound to happen when people surmount a path they aren’t ready for.
Places like Santorini, Greece, are almost too picturesque, leading to overcrowding from tourists.

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Greece’s tourism may help keep local economies afloat, but the soaring numbers of visitors looking to capture shots in picturesque coastal cities — like the now-iconic pale dwellings in Santorini — may be more trouble than they’re worth.
The Telegraph reported that the number of tourists traveling to Greece has doubled since 2010, when Instagram first launched, soaring to well over 30 million people each year, from numbers like 6 million in 1998. The rapid growth has led to strain in cities like Santorini, where the infrastructure isn’t capable of holding its visitors, and has led to major overcrowding in small islands and small communities.
Banff National Park has already been closed temporarily for historic overcrowding, and still remains a major photogenic draw.

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The stunning, picturesque lakes of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, have already led to one temporary closing in 2017 because of the sheer number of visitors. It’s something CBC reported had never happened before, and park officials hope never happens again.
Even with a resolve to keep the park open, trails have had to close to the public due to overcrowding and the need to protect vulnerable wildlife. The main draw has been the Instagrammable lakes, forests, and slopes that serve as the ideal backdrop for social media users.
Venice, Italy serves as the “front line” of the battle against over-tourism, as the waterways have become more packed than ever before.

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Being a floating city with narrow walkways, Venice, Italy is destined for troubles associated with over-tourism. CNN Travel reported that the iconic city has become the “front line” of overcrowding in the Instagram age, with travelers having to be urged to stand aside so that the people who frequent and live in the area can get though.
Both on land and in the canals, an influx of people getting into Venice, and then stopping to take photos, has created foot, road, and canal traffic. Airbnb rentals have driven up costs, and questions of how to keep the tourist attraction sustainable for the future in the face of over-tourism and climate change have plagued officials.

Khopra Dada & Khayer Lake Trekking

Khopra Dada & Khayer Lake Trekking

Khopra dada /Khayer Lake trek is one of the latest newly adventure explored and beautiful trekking destination in Himalayas Nepal. This Trekking trail situated in Annapurna region  between Annapurna Base Camp and Jomsom Trekking trail. It is newly promoted with beautiful nature and mix cultural of Gurung, Magar and others cast peoples.

Hence, this trekking trail is best destination to observe Mt. Annapurna I ((8091), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8168m.),  Nilgiri (7061m.), Annapurna South ( 7219m.), Annapurna II ( 7937m.), Bharasikhar (7647m.) and many other mountains ranges.

The Khayer lake is one of the most beautiful lake. It altitude is 4660m. From sea level. It’s one of the most adventure walk around with close mountains range views.

In this trekking route you can enjoy  Hot Spring in place called Tatopani (last of trekking ) point and way of Jomsom Trekking trails.

What’s included:

  • All transportations by tourist vehicle .
  • Airport pick-up and drop & Trekking point pick up & drop).
  • 3 Night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at B/B basis.
  • 3 Major meals; B/L/D (by Lodge menu) & accommodations at best available teahouse lodge during the treken-route.
  • 2 Night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at B/B basis.
  • One professional English speaking trekking guide, necessary Sherpa and Porters.
  • Life insurance for all support crews and their daily wages.
  • Trekking permit & National park permits Fees.
  • Medical Kit Box for Nepali support crews.
  • All official taxes and service charge.

What’s not included:

  • Your personal expenses.
  • Emergency evacuation (if incase).
  • Bar bill (except tea and coffee.)
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Tips for Trekking crews/Nepali staff.
  • International flights
  • Visa

Five Day Chogoria

Five Day Sirimon Trek