BEST CLOTHES FOR AN AFRICAN WALKING SAFARI

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I would want to know what clothing items and hiking boots would need to bring for the walking safari. What type of food would i need to bring. Is drinking water supplied during the walks or should I carry water purifying tablets? Do the safari camps we would be using have electricity? Would I have a tour guide with me and would there be any danger from the animals? Also how much luggage is allowed on the trip and finally will backpacks be left in the vehicles or I will shoulder it through out the walks.


by: Rita

Hi,

I stayed in Lamu for 2 weeks and I discovered how to use a kanga which is a very comfortable cotton wrap around used by the Swahili women at the coast and in all parts of East Africa.

Once you work out how to keep it firmly on your waist, it is all wrap-and-go.

Note it is not the heavy kikoys or the red masai shukas, the khanga is very light with bright colorful patterns. It is also multi-purpose as you can use it as an emergency towel, a head wrap, with some creativity it can be a carry bag and nothing keeps a child safely on the back like a khanga. Aah, buy several to take home for sewing curtains, cushion covers and soft furnishing.

Ok you may not use during the walking safari but in the evenings it is a perfect dinner wear.


ANNE HUYSMAN REPLIES


Hello Rita,

It is very important to be well clothed during your walking safari in Africa. This is a pre-tour decision as once you are on the walking trail , you can't decided to upgrade or amend your wardrobe. Click on this page on safari clothing ranging from the right shoes, shirts, trousers and jackets.

For drinking water, your African walking holiday operator should provide you with enough water per day. get to know the amount per day as the standard 1ltr is far too little to keep you well hydrated through out the day. Not unless you are very remote areas you do not need to use water purifying tablets but no harm in carrying them for emergency.

Is electricity available in the African safari camps? Depends on which camp you are staying in, some may not have electricity at all, while others run a generator for a few hours that you can recharge your camera batteries etc. Other safari camps run on solar power which can be used for limited charging of appliances. Confirm these details with your safari operator to know if you need to carry extra batteries for back up.

We hope the above info will help you in planning your African walking safari and should the winds blow you to think about walking in Kenya, contact Ontdek for your walking safari. We have over 20 years experience in walking holidays in Kenya.

Anne Huysman
Ontdek Kenya Safaris