Packing Guides

Many of our guests choose to wear light, comfortable classic khaki or ‘earthtone travel’ safari clothes. However, comfort is the rule and anything goes, including muted colour shirts, T-shirts and jeans.

For Kenya locations

Safari packing list


1. Clothes

We suggest ‘layering up’ for game drives as it is cooler in the early mornings and you can remove the layers as the day heats up. The temperature also drops slightly in the evenings so it’s a good idea to bring a warm fleece and covered shoes for night-time.

2. Footwear

Either comfortable walking shoes or light-weight hiking boots are appropriate for all safari activities.

3. Other essentials

For protection against the sun, a brimmed hat, sun tan lotion and sunglasses are also suggested. A pair of binoculars for use on game drives is highly recommended. Be sure to bring a camera, possibly  with a zoom lens and enough memory card space as the photo opportunities will be endless.

4. Extras

Other items to consider include: lip balm (it can get quite dry in the Mara), insect repellant and a good book to read!

5. Water bottles

Our guests receive a complimentary branded water bottle on arrival which can be refilled from Reverse Osmosis filtration units around our camps. Our guests have an unlimited supply of purified water – even on game drives. Providing guests with a re-useable bottle is part of our conservation ethos, in an attempt to eliminate single use plastics.

Other notes:

  • Governors’ Camp Collection offers complimentary laundry services throughout our properties with 24hr turnaround.
  • Please note that there is a strict 15kg limit on soft bags, for most internal safari-bound flights within Kenya. When flying with Governors’ Aviation we also offer storage of any excess luggage at our office at Wilson Airport, for collection on your return to Nairobi.

For more in-depth advice on planning for your Kenya safari, view our comprehensive Kenya packing guide in pdf format.

For Rwanda

For all clients traveling to Rwanda, in addition to the above you should make sure you have good sturdy walking boots, a light waterproof jacket and some sweaters or fleeces.

Gorilla Trekking at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge


1. Clothes

The lodge is at 8250 feet above sea level and can get cold at times. A long sleeve shirt with a vest or t-shirt underneath is plenty. In the mornings it might be a little chilly so take a fleece with you. Waterproof jacket is very important, again if not for the rain, then for the nettles.

Long trousers, safari pants or even just good old jeans! There are stinging nettles up in the forest, depending on where the Gorilla family you visit finds themselves. Waterproof pants are brilliant, obviously for the rain, but more so for the nettles. The nettles will penetrate through any type of material except the waterproof material like Gortex.

2. Footwear & Socks

Comfortable shoes for the hike, preferably waterproof sturdy hiking boots. Make sure you have spent a little time in your choice of footwear before your Gorilla trek.

Fairly long socks to tuck your trousers into as an extra precaution to stop the safari ants from getting in underneath your clothing.

3. Other Essentials

Gators are very important for leg protection against especially Stinging nettles. The longer ones that run between your boots and your knees are best. The shorter ones serve no purpose.

Bring supplies of any personal prescription medication you require plus anti-malaria pills. It is also recommended that you bring mosquito repellent.

4. Extras

As an extra precaution against nettles, should you encounter any, we suggest that you to take a pair of gloves with you for the trek. Garden gloves with a rubber or protective layer or leather.

Packing Tips:

  • At Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge we do understand the importance of traveling light as guests often do a safari elsewhere during the same holiday and therefore your luggage has a weight restriction of around 15kgs on the smaller planes, so therefore we do provide rain jackets, backpacks, gators and gloves for your convenience.
  • If you plan to bring a digital camera, video camcorder or other rechargeable electronics, it is suggested that you confirm that your a/c adapter or battery charger works with 220 volts, and also bring a 3-pin square (UK) electrical adapter plug.

For more in-depth advice on how to plan for your Rwanda safari, view our comprehensive Rwanda packing guide in pdf format.