Tanzania with its endless savannahs, the profusion of myriad flora and fauna, the mysterious forests, rugged peaks, and pristine azure beaches is an irresistible draw for niche tourists and assorted backpackers. There is something for everyone and make it count you have to get your stuff in right. Stuff you ask? Things that you need to take to realise a hassle-free safari experience.

Pack light and right and for everything you need or might require 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.

Sturdy waterproof boots are a good measure on 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

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-Diarrhea medication;
  • Antibiotics
  • Antiseptic lotion;
  • ORS solution

A valid passport and visa and travel and health insurance is a must.