Nonprofessional photographers should bring a .35 mm. still camera with 13.5 cm. or equivalent photo lens and tripod and gun stock mountings, .16 mm. turrethead camera with 1", 3" and 6" wide-angle lenses, exposure meter and film. You are allowed free import of 500 feet of eight and 16 mm. film per week for a one-month stay, 1,000 feet thereafter if intended for safari use and brought in with the baggage accompanying you personally.
Bring your own weapons or rent them (about $34 a month) from the group planning your safari. They will advise you of the best weapons for the game you want. In general, the best rifle for big, dangerous game is the heaviest caliber you can handle accurately. Bird hunters should use a 12-gauge double-barreled shotgun. Select from suggested light-caliber 30.06 Springfield or Winchester, .300 Magnum or .275 Rigby Magnum; medium-caliber .375 Holland & Holland Magnum, .375 Magnum, .350 Rigby Magnum or .318 Westly Richards; or heavy-caliber .465 Holland & Holland, .470 Evans or .475 model. Light or medium rifles will suffice for plains game.
For ammunition, an approximate month's supply includes 30 solid and 20 soft rounds for heavy rifles, 200 silvertip and 40 solid rounds for medium rifles, 400 rounds each for light and .22 rifles and 100 No. 4 and No. 6 for shotguns. Arms licenses costing $1.40 are required for all weapons.
Big-game licenses are required at extra cost. A major license for hunting most game costs $140, with additional licenses required for shooting one elephant ($210), two rhinos ($84), one leopard ($28), two giraffe ($42) and one ostrich ($6). Typical safari licenses total about $500.
These groups will provide nearly everything on safari proper except liquor, of which one case per person a month is suggested for moderate drinkers. Remember, your white hunter, or professional guide, expects to share your cocktail hour as well as comparable accommodations to yours in the field. The safari organization provides tentage, equipment, food, medicine chest, native staff and all motor transport, with a free allowance of 1,600 miles on the hunting car and 1,000 miles on the truck. You can contact a safari organization by writing the East Africa Tourist Travel Association, Box 2013, Nairobi, Kenya Colony, East Africa. Tourist agencies in the U.S. can also help you.
Air is best as sea travel takes several weeks. TWA, BOAC, Scandinavian Airlines or Air France will get you to Nairobi. Round trip for one is about $1,160 including tax and pickup flight from Mombasa to Nairobi.
To sum it up, if you have the time, the money and the desire—safari will be an enormously rewarding experience. Good luck!