SUGGESTED PACKING LIST FOR KILIMANJARO & MT KENYA:
Hiking boots – sturdy, water proof, preferably high enough to support ankle, gaitors, 4 pairs of wool socks ( Some pair wear a thin pair under the heavy pair)
Insulated Jacket, Down Jacket
Short Sleeve Shirt
2 Long Sleeve Shirts
Rain Pants and Jacket
Wide Brimmed Hat or Cap
Warm Hat or Beanie
Balaclava or Buff
Gloves – warm, waterproof
Good warm Sleeping Bag
Backpack Cover that is waterproof
Head lamp, with extra batteries
2 Water Bottle
CLOTHING FOR SAFARI:
Dress in light, informal and practical clothes while on safari or at the coast. Washable cotton clothes in neutral colors are best for safaris. A light jacket and warm sweater are recommended for early mornings and evening in the higher altitudes. Pack a good pair of walking shoes and Teva’s or thongs for the beach would be quite useful. We also recommend for women to bring a casual skirt, and men casual slacks to wear while we are visiting villages and walking in town.
VISAS and PASSPORTS:
All visitors must have a valid passport to travel East Africa. Your passport must be valid through the time that you leave East Africa. Visas are required for Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. You may want to contact the Embassy’s of each country to get information about the process and costs of the visas.
Please try to limit your luggage to one medium-sized duffel bag, one carry-on bag and a camera bag per person. All valuables and toiletries should be packed in your carry-on bag in the unlikely event that your luggage is misplaced on the flight over. We also recommend placing a small padlock on your luggage as an extra precaution for the airports. Because of space limitations on the in-country charter flights, you must limit your safari luggage to one, 20 pound bag per person ; a small carry-on or camera bag. Extra luggage can be left in storage at the hotel in Nairobi. We recommend buying souvenirs and gifts toward the end of the trip in order to limit the amount of luggage that we are taking from place to place.
Power supply is 220/240 volt 50 cycle. Plugs are usually 13-amp 3 pin square, the British style. You will need to bring a converter for your hair dryer.
While both Kenya and Tanzania fall within the tropics, climate and temperature vary depending on the altitude and proximity to the ocean and lake regions. Coastal and lake regions are hot and humid while the central plateaus are warm and dry, with cool nights. The weather is always fluctuating so it can be difficult to predict! Here is a quick conversion of Fahrenheit to Celsius (F to C ):
( F-30 )/2 = C