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A DSLR camera capable of shooting in RAW, a telephoto prime or zoom lens at least 300mm and if you want to try some landscape photography you may wish to bring a lens somewhere between 16-50mm. If your lens has a lens hood make sure to bring this to help prevent lens flare from the strong mid day sun and reduces the amount of dust hitting your lens.


Bring at least 2 spare batteries and a spare memory card, preferably at least 128gb (shooting in RAW uses more memory than you'd think). Don't forget any battery chargers, and if you want to back up your RAW files without using all of your laptop memory, an external hard drive is a good idea.

Remember any batteries must go as hand luggage and not in the aircraft hold.


Laptop preferably with editing software like Lightroom and charger. Again, due to the battery this will need to be carry on. If you don't already have one, Amazon do a good range of camera bags with padded dividers for your lenses and a laptop compartment (check the dimensions are within carry on limits).


Kenya is very dusty, so a full cleaning kit including air puffer, soft brush, lens cloth/wipes is a must. Again these can be picked up very cheaply on Amazon.


Binoculars are a good idea, although if you don't already have a pair and find them too expensive there will be a couple of pairs in the car. Sun screen and insect repellant are a must. Whilst the day time temperature is usually around the mid to high 20's it can get down to the mid teens during the hours of darkness so you may like to bring a lightweight jacket or jumper for mornings and evenings, during the day light weight clothing such as shorts and t-shirt will be more comfortable for the heat. A peaked, or wide brimmed hat may also be useful to keep the sun out of your eyes if you find sunglasses interfere with your viewfinder. 

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