Preparing for your trip

Don’t let poor preparation get in the way of the enjoyment of your trip. Over the years we’ve learnt dozens of lessons (sometimes the hard way) which we’ll share so you can focus on the more important things, such as having adventures and a wild time!

If we’ve learned a few things over the years from the “School of Experience”, it’s this: force yourself to pack light!  You’ll be glad you did.  And, anyway we limit luggage to 20kgs per person, including hand luggage, in soft bags please.  Extra luggage can be stored at our farm.

It’s worth noting too that many internal airlines limit luggage to 15kgs per person.

For those on safari, these are the things we think are essential:

  • A shade hat with strap, as it sometimes gets windy
  • Sunglasses on a neck string and a bandana for dust
  • Four pairs sock and underwear
  • Two pairs of long, lightweight trousers
  • Shorts, T shirts, sarong, sandals
  • High SPF sun block, lip salve, insect repellant
  • Torch and binoculars
  • Camera
  • A good book
  • Travel documents and in particular your medical insurance details

    Enjoying the Lolldaigas

    Enjoying the Lolldaigas

It’s a good idea to pack neutral coloured clothing so that you blend in with the bush.  The weather in Kenya is generally sublime with warm days and cool to cold nights. It’s a good idea to bring a jacket suitable for evening temperatures as cold as 5C.  For stays longer than two days at Olepangi Farm, we provide a complimentary laundry service.  We also provide washing powder for any quick personal laundry you’d like to do yourself.  Towels are, of course, provided.

Basic first aid kit is available in camp but please make sure to bring any prescription medication with you.  Please consult your doctor regarding inoculations.  There is no malaria in Laikipia or at our farm due to altitude, but if you have onward journeys to the coast or other malarial places, then please consult your doctor.For those going on horseback, these are some additional things to consider:

  1. Bring the riding gear you are the most comfortable in as you will be spending more time in the saddle than you may be used to!
  2. We insist that everyone wears a riding hat. Your own helmet will be most comfortable, but if that’s too much trouble we do have a collection.  Please note that insurance companies may only cover you if you wear a properly fitted, recognized riding helmet.
  3. We recommend that you wear your riding clothes and boots on the plane and bring your hat and wash bag as hand luggage as luggage sometimes gets delayed.

    Xango on safari

    Xango on safari