All students purchase the reading packet prior to the trip, which you must read (ALL of it!) beforehand and then bring with you to Kenya. You’ll hear a lot about the reading packet from us - we take it seriously!


All students must bring a pair of binoculars.  We recommend getting at least 8x32 to 10x42. We suggest getting the best quality pair that you can afford or borrow. The biggest regret past students have had is bringing a cheap, small pair of binoculars. A good place to look is at Eagle Optics.


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You are likely to want a camera on this trip; we recommend you bring one with at least an 8X optical zoom for nice wildlife shots. You should also plan to bring substantial storage memory in whatever format your camera takes. We will only have sporadic access to charge batteries, so plan on bringing all the batteries you might need. You will NOT be able to purchase batteries in Kenya. You will be able to recharge batteries, but not every day.


Not every student needs to bring a laptop, but if you have one already you should consider bringing it along.  Laptops are useful for the various reports you have to write, and they are also a great place to store photo files if you end up taking a lot of pictures (some past students have taken more than 1 GB of photos per day). You will be able to charge your laptop periodically at Mpala. Laptops will be stored safely at Mpala.


Space is limited in the vehicles, so it is important NOT to bring a lot of excess stuff with you. If you can’t fit everything in one checked piece of luggage plus your carry-on, you are bringing too much...

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