Tanzania Safari Packing List Overview

If it were a stroll on the beach then you would just put on a t-shirt and pair of “comfortable” shoes and push off. But this is not an ordinary walk on the beach; this is a safari – an adventure of a lifetime. And getting the Tanzania Safari Packing List right is a step in the right direction to ensure a hiccup-free safari trip. So let’s take a look at the essentials on your Tanzania Safari Tours.

We mentioned “comfortable shoes’ because comfort is the name of the game and your stuff you pack should assure comfort- more so when its clothes. The Best Time For Safari In Tanzania is the dry season.

Clothing For Men and Women During Your Tanzania Safari

So if you are wondering What To Wear In Tanzania Safari, we have the complete solution for you. Comfortable, casual, layered and practical should guide your selection of clothes. Cargo pants and capris are a good idea for outdoor safari activities.

Your Clothes for Safari in Tanzaniamust be lightweight and washable. In safari wear, neutral colours are a smart choice as they don’t draw the attention of animals. Long sleeves and trousers in light-coloured fabrics are a good protection against the sun help discourage insect bites. In your Tanzania Safari Packing List avoid the temptation for camouflage clothes.

A Pullover or windbreaker or jacket is essential for early morning and night game drives.

A backpack is important part of Tanzania Packing List to carry the essentials that you need immediate access to on the safari (clothes, food water etc). It should be durable, lightweight and waterproof. Waterproof boots for those walking safaris. Sneakers can be used elsewhere. Weather tends to be hot in the daytime. Floppy hats, sunglasses with glare reduction, sun block lotion with high SPF, Lip balm with SPF are necessary to protect you from sunburns and sunstrokes

Tanzania Safari Packing List

Toiletries and the Medical Kit

In your Tanzania Safari Packing List firstly carry a bag for your toiletries along with a basic medical kit required for your trek. Your toiletries include a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant- roll-on, a mountain shower, cream or moisturiser, toilet paper, etc.

In your medical kit you can include medications that have been personally recommended to you by your physician.

Tanzania Safari Packing List

Antihistamine and other pain relieving medicines like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Panadol or Tylenol can also be packed in the medical kit. Women can take their necessary hygiene products like tampons, pads, panty liners. Other medications include - antiseptic gel, anti-diarrhoea medication, antacid tablets for indigestion, band-aids with antiseptic cream and prescription medications.

Varieties of Bags you must consider

When you are Travelling To Tanzania What To Pack is the main thought in your mind. Firstly you can carry the most important waterproof duffle bag. In this you can add the stuff that you rarely need in your day trek. Then you need a trekking bag where you can stuff your camera, 3 litres of water, food, additional layer and more that you require in a day's climb.

You can add packing cubes that come in handy as they make organising your clothes and other essentials easy.

In these you can stuff the under wears, base layers and shell layers. There are other normal bags like those needed for shoes, for your dirty clothes. You can carry zip locks for your passports. Depending on the amount of days you spend before and after your trek, you will most probably stay in same hotels. And the extra clothes for your safari (If are planning any after the trek) and other luggage can be stored in the hotel rooms.

Tanzania Safari Packing List

Camping Gears and Gadgets for Your Tanzania Travels

If you are ponderingWhat To Take OnTanzania Safari for your camping trek, you are at the right place! For a camping safari in Tanzanian national parks or even for your Kilimanjaro trek you will need camping gears. You need a sleeping bag as the temperatures on the mountain are minus 10- 15 degree Celsius.

You can add liners to add to the warmth in case you are renting a sleeping bag.

Other gears that you will need are microfiber towels (when you wash your face or hands in warm water on the trek), wet wipes, hand sanitizers. You will be relieved on the camping site if you take your camping shoes for the trek. Headlamps are also important (take extra batteries for these).

In your Tanzania Safari Packing List gears are important. This gadget list includes your Smartphone, solar battery pack, charging cables, noise cancelling ear phones, hand warmers (you can also use these to keep your batteries warm as they readily lose charge in cold temperatures), power adopters to charge these batteries and a smart watch to keep a tab of the temperature, altitude, etc.

Tanzania Safari Checklist – The Way To Find Tanzania With Ease!

We know you must be wondering - What To Pack For Safari In Tanzania? The following list will solve your problems:

  • Toiletries: Pack the usual things like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner etc. Bug spray/ insect repellent with DEET

  • Hand sanitizer,

  • Wet wipes: if you have to go to the toilet or clean anything during your safari.

  • Electronics: Camera with extra batteries and zoom lens for that perfect safari shot. Smartphone with a portable charger for taking notes when not taking photographs.  Adaptor/ converter, binoculars for game viewing at a distance and headlamp with extra batteries for navigating in the dark

  • Basic first aid kit and prescription medicines

  • Anti-malarial medication;

  • Painkillers;

  • Antihistamines for allergies and insect bites;

  • Cold and flu medication;

  • Anti-Diarrhoea medication;

  • Antibiotics

  • Antiseptic lotion;

  • ORS solution

  • A valid passport and visa and travel and health insurance are a must. And if you really want to go places in Tanzania, pack in a few Swahili phrases. “Jambo-Hello and Habari-Good morning and Asante-Thank you” should be good place to begin with.

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Tanzania Safari Frequently Asked questions

Lifetime Safaris Practical Guide To Planning A Trip To Tanzania

  • 1
    Can I make my own itinerary?

    Yes! You can definitely plan your own personalised travel itinerary with Lifetime Safaris. We provide private Tanzania Safari Tours which are customised according to your needs. For planning a perfect Tanzania Safari itinerary, you can speak to our Travel experts who will guide you about the destinations of your choice. We also take utmost care of the safety, hygiene of our clients. The Food will be of your choice requested as per your recommendations during the time of safari bookings.

  • 2
    Can I take my children on safari?

    Yes you can surely bring your children on Safari. But you must be aware of the minimum age restrictions at various national parks and lodges which is about 4 and 12 years of age. As all safari activities are not open to children, you must check with our travel exerts regarding the age criteria at the different destinations planned in your itinerary.

  • 3
    Will I stay in tents or lodges?

    Whether you stay at tents or lodges depends on the type of packages you have purchased like luxury safaris, budget safaris or a standard Tanzania Safari where we will bring our own tents, camping, a cook to prepare your meals, food and other cooking equipments.

    You can choose to upgrade your accommodation, to enjoy a more comfortable and luxurious experience as well.

  • 4
    What size are your safari groups?

    In a safari group in Tanzania we take anywhere around 4-6 people in our vehicle depending on the type of safari you have chosen. In group tours six people are taken at max. While for a private tour less than three guests will accompany in the safari vehicle.

  • 5
    What Kind of vehicles do you use?

    The safari vehicle provided by Lifetime Safari is a 4×4 safari vehicle. Mostly we accommodate around six guests in throw rows of seating in our closed safari vehicles which has a pop-top roof hatch that will allow you to view wildlife Form a height. These safari vehicles can also be minibuses or 4X4 Land Cruisers or 4X4 Land Rovers.

  • 6
    I am interested in a Tanzania safari… What is my next step?

    It's a great choice to choose Tanzania safari as your next travel or vacation destination. As you have already made up your mind for visiting this spectacular country, we suggest you to call our Lifetime Safaris travel experts to inquire about and book a suggested itinerary of your choice. You can accompany us in our group safari trips or even plan a personalised private Tanzania safari which offers flexible dates, location and safari durations. After selecting your package or travel itinerary you can proceed with booking the safari.

  • 7
    Will I have a chance to interact with local people of Tanzania?

    Tanzania for many years has been a home to thousands of native tribes and people of different origins, and culture. Tanzania is the home of 120 African ethnic groups and more than 26 million people live in this East African country. You will be amazed to encounter and closely interact with the Maasai people of Tanzania who will show you how to light a fire without any combustibles. Other lesser-known tribes like the Datoga and Chaga and their rich cultural tapestry can be explored in your Tanzania walking or cultural tours

  • 8
    What additional costs can I expect when traveling in Tanzania?

    In your Tanzania Safari Cost the following expenses are not included in your safari package:

    • Airport departure taxes

    • Travel Insurance

    • Excess baggage fees

    • International Flight Travel expenses

    • Tanzania Visa or passport costs

    • Medical expenses, meals or activities included in the safari package (up gradation of stay or additional activities included after travel bookings)

    • Tips to drivers/guides/tour leaders

  • 9
    How far in advance should I book my safari?

    It is advisable to book your international flight tickets at least three months in advance if you do not wish to face problems getting seats on British Airways or KLM. If you are planning your trip in the peak season, it is advisable to book your safari to Tanzania at least nine months before.

  • 10
    Can I use a credit card to pay?

    Yes you can use credit cards to pay your bills however these are only accepted in big hotels or restaurants. However in other local markets only Tanzanian Shillings are accepted. There are ATM machines in Arusha, Dar and Zanzibar where you can get local currency with your Visa or MasterCard.

  • 11
    Should I bring some cash with me?

    Yes you can bring cash around in either Tanzania Shilling (TSh) or American dollars as cheques and cash are acceptable in many places here around town.

  • 12
    What will my means of transport be?

    Uber is the least expensive means of road transportation in the Tanzanian town as for 30-40 min ride they charge a minimum of $3.50. There is affordable public bus transportation in Tanzania called Dallas-Dallas, which can be difficult to navigate in town, as the bus stations don't have any name on it and you will have to ask around for directions. To go around the towns you can take the Rapid Transit System as well but these do not go into the peninsular areas.

  • 13
    What about Tanzania Safari Tips?

    Tanzania Safari Tipping is not compulsory but customary. Lifetime Safaris recommends you to tip moderately depending on the level of satisfaction you have received from the services.

    • Safari guide(s) US $10 per day;

    • Cook US $7,

    • Camp staff US $3 $5 per day.

  • 14
    Do I need a visa to enter Tanzania?

    To enter this marvellous country of diverse wildlife and unique culture, some countries like USA, Australia, UK, require a Tanzania Visa which cost around $50 US cash for non US citizens and $100 for US citizens. You can obtain this visa on arrival at the airport as well.

  • 15
    What Are The Entry Requirements?

    The various documents needed to enter Tanzania are listed below in the Tanzania Travel Requirements :

    • Passport valid for at least 6 months

    • Two Blank Passport pages

    • A Tourist Travel Visa for entry

    • Yellow fever vaccinations are required if travelling from a yellow fever endemic country. You can consult your physician for any other vaccine requirements.

    • Can I get a visa upon arrival?

  • 16
    Can I get a visa upon arrival?

    Yes you can purchase a Tanzanian Visa on arrival at the Airport upon entry by paying $50 after some document verifications (which is a 30 min procedure only). American citizens need to pay 100 US$, and get only a multiple entry Visa (since September 2007).

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