When you travel for tourism in Kenya, the essence is comfort and informality. Nevertheless, gentlemen may feel more at ease wearing a jacket and tie at a formal dinner in Nairobi and Mombasa’s more exclusive hotels and restaurants, since many Kenyans and Kenyan residents will be dressed this way. Some exclusive Hotels in Kenya, for example Mount Kenya Safari Lodge, Nanyuki insists on the jacket and tie rule.
A Safari suit is an ideal dress for both sexes whilst on safari and these are readily available in Kenya. Hats and scarves are useful protection against sun and dust. Many hotels and lodges in Kenya have swimming pools and therefore pool-wear is highly recommended.
In some highland areas of Kenya, it can be quite cold at night and in the early morning hours. Therefore, some warm clothing is essential if a visit includes these locations. Overcoats may be necessary if your visit involves mountain climbing or the visit is during the rainy months of the year.
What to carry on safari:
Food including snacks
Clothing and personal effects
Sensitivity to local people’s cultures and traditions
Some regions in Kenya, especially the Coast have predominantly Muslim population. Courtesy therefore suggests that both men and women should dress rather modestly than they might at their hotel rooms or countries of origin. Topless or nude sun-bathing on the Kenyan beaches does not have the approval of most Kenyans nor the Government of Kenya.