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Dress Code

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Dress Code

What types of clothes should one wear when on Kenyan Safari.( I am not referring to social reasons). Is it necessary to wear clothes (full length) to protect one's self from mosquito or insect bites. It is mentioned to wear natural and neutral colors. When one is going to travel in a van does it make any difference if one wears bright colors. Are we allowed to go close to the animals or get out of the vehicle. Pl advise.

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kpsanghvi - I would just like to say how delightful your replies were to the respondents. So many people don't bother to reply when people have taken the time and trouble to offer advice. You have quite literally made my day! I hope you have a wonderful safari. Don't worry too much about what to wear or the food - at all the lodges that I have stayed they have vegetarian options and also usually cater to visitors from the Indian sub-continent. But a word of warning - its definitely not a good idea to get out of the bus when on a game drive and your driver really shouldn't get too close to the animals for fear of breaking the park rules. Best wishes.

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Hi kpsanghvi,

I will email you right away.

We were quite apprehensive before our trip, being our first African holiday. Happy too say that it all went like clockwork, like a well oiled machine. Our guide was a happy, smiling, caring person, and so was every staff member at every lodge. And as we passed villages, a little wave resulted in several waves and smiles in return, from the people sitting around. You should find that a familiar sight. There always seems to be people sitting around bus stops and stores, like in India!

No worries about Veg food. We noticed several Veg options (Kenyan, Chinese, Continental, Indian and Salads), or even an Indian corner, at the lodges. There seems to be a fair amount of Indian and Mughal influence: samosas, bhujia, biryani, roti and so on. :)

As for clothes, it may be a little cool and nice (10 to 28 Celsius), so comfortable cottons will help, with a few jackets. We absolutely loved the weather. The Rift Valley and Highlands seemed air-conditioned, being around 2,000 metres in altitude. A mix of full sleeve and half sleeve should do.

If you read my JBR, you would notice that the Memsahib was extremely concerned and packed milk powder, Bournvita and so on, though I believed that we can get all of that in super markets on the way, if needed. Since it was our first time in Africa, I did not have enough data to counter her concerns. Happy to say that we did not use any of it, and handed it over to our driver.

We hunted high and low for anti-mosquito gear and located patches to be stuck on clothes (made in Malaysia!). We did not even open the packets! We get chewed by mozzies at home in Bangalore on a daily basis, actually. We did take a course of anti-malaria tabs, which consisted of ONE tablet a week for SIX weeks, starting about TWO weeks before our travel. The tab we swallowed contained the chemical MEFLOQUINE, the trade name was MEFQUE. I don't remember the strength in milligrams. Please check with your doctor. This is only for your reference. Since you have a small child in your group, you may need to be a little more careful than if the group was all adults. We also took "Hepatitis A" jabs.

One more point. I felt that we had a fairly insulated trip: Airport -- Vehicle -- Designated stops -- Lodge -- Safari -- Lodge and so on, with NO getting off the vehicle during the safari. The only place we got off was at Lake Naivasha to get on to the boat, and then the nice walk at Crescent Island. That was fun, trying to get close to the suspicious herbivores! I have reviewed all the areas we visited.

I'm determined to ride a Matatu next trip! My email is coming up...!!!

I am sure you will have a great trip. The smiles you will encounter are just wonderful.

- Jyoti

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MEFQUE - is known as Lariam, which can have some nasty side-effects and rarely recommended these days. That's not to say some do not take this (I do and have for years) but if anyone using or has even a family member with psych issues (any kind)... I'd say this is a no-no. There are others as Malarone* (the newest, though more expensive) and the antibiotic Doxycycline (inexpensive but negatives are sun sensitivity, and have to take for 28/days upon departing Kenya). The protocols for any of these are different as to when to take, how often, etc.

*there is a child dosage and even a generic which does bring down the price somewhat.

Before you decide on which malaria med is best for all, read up on all of these and absolutely discuss with your personal physician or tropical diseases specialist.

There is a large Indian population in East Africa, so plenty of your home foods are available.

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