Packing for your safari to Tanzania can be a challenge, especially if it is your first Africa adventure. The country offers a beautiful mix of mountains, plains, jungles and beaches, with a huge variation of temperatures and topographies. Therefore you need to pack smart and carefully. And light!
Consult the below Safari Packing List for suggestions to be well prepared and travel comfortably during your safari in Tanzania. Note that this is not a complete list but it will definitely give you valuable tips on (safari) items not to forget on your trip.
Also check out our Travel Tips for more information!
- Lightweight, easily washable (cotton) clothes; subdued safari colors such as khaki, green, beige and neutral colors are recommended
- Long sleeved shirts for a cool evenings but also for protection from the sun and mosquitoes
- Long trousers for evenings and cooler days (zip pants can be very useful)
- Comfortable safari shirts and shorts (but not too short)
- A fleece or warm sweater for the early morning or evening game drives; particularly in the Ngorongoro Crater it can be chilly
- Lightweight waterproof jacket (especially during the rainy season)
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- (Hiking) socks, long enough to tuck your trousers in (and keep the tsetse flies out)
- Sandals or flip-flops
- Swim and beachwear
- Reef shoes to protect you from sharp rocks and coral
- Sun hat or cap
Note: please respect the (unwritten) dress code in public places and Muslim areas like the Swahili coast and Zanzibar. Read also our clothing tips in the Travel Tips for Tanzania!
- Sunscreen (water resistant and high SPF)
- After-sun lotion
- Insect repellent
- Anti-itching remedy against insect bites
- Wet wipes or antibacterial soap
- Malaria tablets (please consult your GP in advance)
- Personal small first aid kit with painkillers, (blister) patches, bandage, tape, anti-diarrhea tablets, re-hydration packs and any medication you normally use
Note: your safari guide will carry a comprehensive medical kit as well.
- Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Pocket knife (Swiss or Leatherman type)
- Video and/or photo camera with lenses, memory disks, batteries and charger/power cord
- Lens cleaning cloth
- Bag to protect your camera from dust and rain
- GoPro with memory disks, batteries and charger
- Cell phone with charger
- Universal adapter
- Guide book(s) about the area you’re visiting and the flora and fauna
- Bird/mammal guide books for easy identification of the animals you will be seeing
- Small notepad or journal to write down your experiences
- Leisure book to read between game viewing or at the beach
- Passport (which is still valid for 6 months after your trip and has at least two blank pages)
- Tourist visa ( obtainable through the Embassy/Consulate or at the immigration service at the airport)
- Airline (e-)tickets (make sure that your name on the ticket matches with your passport)
- Copy of your travel itinerary
- Emergency phone numbers
- Medical insurance card
- Yellow fever certificate and vaccination records
- Doctor’s statement (if any medication is used)
- Bank and credit/debit card
Tip: make copies of your passport, visa, flight tickets, itinerary, travel insurance and emergency phone numbers in case of an emergency. Leave a copy at someone’s home and keep a copy in your baggage and/or email it to yourself (or save it in Cloud).
Keep in mind that the wheels of suitcases are not very bush friendly, though the luggage can always be carried. Lightweight, soft (duffel) bags are recommended as they are easy to store and travel with. A daypack as your hand luggage comes in handy when flying to your next destination, driving around in the safari vehicle or going for a hike.
Also remember that for most domestic airlines the maximum baggage allowance is limited (often to 15 kg). If you are planning to climb the Kilimanjaro we will send you extra clothing advice attached to your itinerary.