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 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.

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

Proximity to the equator means the hot sun will be tailing you in the day and as it goes down the chills will be on as the temperature drops. Comfortable, casual, layered and practical should guide your selection of clothes. Cargo pants and capris are a good idea for outdoor safari activities. They should be lightweight and washable. In safari wear, neutral colors 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. Avoid the temptation for camouflage clothes. Pullover or windbreaker or jacket is essential for early morning and night game drives

A backpack on your shoulders 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


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.


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-Diarrhea 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