What to pack

What to pack for your self-drive holiday in Kenya

Have a look at the camping gear list to see whether it contains all you need. A Swiss army knife, duck tape and aluminium foil are essential items for McGiver-style problem-solving during your trip. A fleece blanket is nice for chilling on the grass or to cover up during the chillier nights. Definitely bring insect repellent (with DEET) and sunblock, as this is also more expensive in Kenya.

Download your favourite Spotifys songs, bring your smart phone with audio cable (mini-jack) and / or USB stick to listen to your roadtrip songs. Download Maps.me for ease of navigation. You might want to bring extra bed sheets to cover the mattresses. 

What should I wear?

There is no need to dress up in khaki safari style. Nevertheless, that type of outdoor fabric is quite nice when traveling in hot, dry areas in Kenya. Besides that, its appreciated to keep your clothing a bit conservative: it’s not very appreciated if you're dressed in a hot-pants or crop-tops showing a lot of skin. 

Take a sweater for the chilly nights.

Travel literature

Lonely Planet is a must read when you are traveling to Kenya. Our rental cars have a copy of the latest Lonely Planet travel guide.

Other travel books:

  • DK Eyewitness travel guide, a great informative book with lots of images.
  • Mammals of East Africa
  • Birds of East Africa

Literature about Kenya, or by Kenyan writers:

  • Kuki Gallman - I Dreamed of Africa
  • Daphne Sheldrick - An African Love Story
  • Yvonne Adhiambo Owuo - Dust
  • Richard Crompton -The Honey Guide


English is widely spoken in all areas in Kenya. It is appreciated if you try to speak some Swahili.