Tanzania Safari - what to pack for safari

Safari Packing Checklist

What to take on safari?

Safari Packing Checklist

Moderation is key when packing for a safari. You don’t have to be minimalist, but you also don’t have to carry a lot of unnecessary luggage around Africa. Please note that safari travelers will move their luggage in the safari vehicle during the tour. Of course, you can leave your luggage in your room for days spent at the same hotel or lodge. Therefore, too much luggage can be inconvenient or impede wildlife viewing.

We have created a packing list, based on years of leading excellent safaris, to help you pack just the right items (but not too much!) for your incredible African safari in Tanzania:

The Ultimate Safari Packing List

Keep in mind that you will spend a lot of time in the safari vehicle observing wildlife. However, you can participate in safari walking safaris and cultural tours. That’s why you need walking shoes that are practical, comfortable and sturdy. Please leave high heels, fashion sneakers, and platform shoes to us.

Weather in Tanzania can vary depending on the altitude and time of day. It is wise to bring layers for added warmth, especially in the early mornings and late nights.

Safari Packing List:

  • 1 -2 long-sleeved shirts;
  • warm sweater or light jacket (the temperature in the Ngorongoro falls to 0 degrees Celcius in the evening and in the morning);
  • Regular, light shirts or T-shirts (preferably 1 pc for every day of safari);
  • 1-2 pairs of light cotton trousers;
  • Shorts or a loose skirt, for the ladies;
  • swimsuit / trunks (most lodges offer a swimming pool);
  • A hat, for the sun (visor or other cap is also acceptable).

You may find that many safari travelers wear khakis or neutrals and avoid bright whites and fluorescent colors. There are several reasons for this. First, wear neutral tones to blend in naturally, whether you’re walking or sitting in your car. Second, some areas of Tanzania are very dusty, and khaki clothing is less discolored by safari dust than white clothing.

What medications should you take on safari?

Remember that all GreyJoy Tours Safari vehicles are equipped with a basic first aid kit. If you have prescriptions or special needs, please bring the necessary medicines with you.

  • antimalarial drugs (such as Malarone, Lariam);
  • tablets from motion sickness, if you are susceptible;
  • antihistamines for allergies (Claritin, Loratadine, Azelastine), which can be difficult to purchase in Tanzania;
  • Inhaler for asthma remedy, as the dust may aggravate asthmatic symptoms;
  • Any prescription medications you may require.

It is also recommended to bring insect repellent. These nuisance insects are only active during the early morning and evening hours, perhaps when you return to your accommodation in the evening.

Don’t forget your sunscreen! The equatorial sun is strong in Tanzania and you may gain altitude during your Tanzania safari, especially if you are in Ngorongoro or highlands. Choose products with SPF 40 or higher to protect your skin.

Other important tips

Most of GreyJoy Tours & safari’s partner hotels and lodges offer their guests full board and accommodation. But the excitement and fresh air of a safari are known to whet your appetite!

Just in case, you may consider packing:

  • biscuits, chips, cookies, or other packaged snacks;
  • fruit (pre-washed or dried varieties;
  • chocolate bars;
  • Various mixtures of nuts.

Some fruits (such as bananas), or nuts (like cashews or peanuts) may easily be purchased locally as you drive through local Tanzanian villages.

Necessary Items

Don’t rush to put your goggles on even if the weather forecast guarantees no sun. Protect your eyes from wind, dust and small insects when jumping out of a window or open roof of a moving car in search of an object to observe. Pack your backpack:

First, you can leave your binoculars at home. We also have charging stations in each vehicle so your devices will never run out of power during your safari.

Here are the items we recommend you bring:

  • Sunglasses;
  • Bandana or handkerchief in case of dust;
  • Adapter for electric plugs (Tanzania uses three-pronged plugs, similar to England);
  • Photocopies of your passport and other necessary travel documents;
  • Camera and all photo equipment;
  • Hand sanitizer or disinfectant;
  • Personal hygiene items (including sunscreen and insect repellant);
  • Notebook and pen.

If you have any questions about what to pack, contact us! We are happy to assist.

Want to know more about Tanzania adventures?

Contact our team! We have been to all of the top destinations in this land. Our Arusha-based adventure consultants will gladly share our travel tips and help you plan the trip.

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