What to carry when visiting Maasai Mara National Reserve

It is one of the greatest national reserves in the world. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a place where everyone in the world should be visiting.

However, before you pack for your safari, make sure you carry the following:

Light cotton clothing in light tone:

Choose neutral tones and light fabrics preferably cotton. These fabrics work best in a hot climate. Pack a number of t-shirts and shorts that you feel enough preferably 3 each. Avoid packing white clothes as they show the dirt up easily and make you highly visible to the animals. Also avoid red colours since they attract animals. Black and blue colours attract tsetse flies and you don’t want to get bitten.


You don’t have to be that formal but you can have one smarter set of clothing if you are staying at a private lodge. The Game drives can sometimes be little rough, so, you can pack a good support bra.

Long sleeved shirts and trousers:

Pack a couple of long sleeved shirts and a pair of long trousers. The evenings can get chilly and they are also good for keeping mosquitoes and other insects at bay.

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A light waterproof jacket:

The temperatures at the Mara can vary greatly. It can be cold during the morning game drive. You’d be preferably comfortable in shorts and t-shirts at midday. It is advisable to wear several layers that one can take off or add if need be.


Choose a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor. Although it is not always sunny, do not underestimate the power of the African sunshine. This can greatly help avoid sunburns and sunstrokes.



It’s a good idea to pack sunglasses as the glare from the sun during the middle of the day can hurt your eyes and give you a headache.

A camera, charger and spare memory card:

While at the Mara, you can’t avoid taking photos, so a number of memory cards is essential. To avoid your camera running out of power remember to pack a camera charger and a power bank.

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Packing a small flashlight is always a good idea. Sometimes you may have to walk in the dark and visibility of where you are going in the bush is always a good thing.

Medical kit:

Pack a small medical kit with some pain killers, any chronic medication, insects repellent, vitamins etc. Some small bottles of water and refreshment is also advisable. Remember not to throw the bottles in the reserve.

A good book:

Pack a book that you will enjoy reading while you rest after the game drive. This can keep you busy while maybe waiting for a flight to or from the Mara.

Post Author: Sam Muya

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