What should I pack for my Safari in Tanzania?
If this is your first time in Tanzania or your first time on Safari, Wayo Africa has put together a suggested packing list below to ensure that you will be comfortable during your adventure. If you do forget a few things, don’t worry, you can pick up most everyday items in town before you leave.
Yellow fever vaccination records/ certificate
Tanzania visa, available at airport upon arrival, USD $100 payable in cash only for US citizens or USD $50 for residents of UK/European Union and most other countries
Copy of flight itinerary
Copy of travel and/or medical evacuation insurance
Personal medical/dental insurance cards
Credit card (Visa and MasterCard are most widely accepted)
Cash in U.S. Dollars (Bills MUST have been issued in 2004 or later)
Remember, it’s not a fashion show out there, and the elephants are not going to mind if you’re not sporting the latest trends, so be a bit more practical when choosing your safari wardrobe. Try to stay away from bright colours – Khaki and other neutral colours tend to work well.
Sweater or fleece pullover to keep warm
Sturdy shoes or boots
T-shirts or polo shirts (2-5 depending on how often you want to change)
Long sleeve shirts (light weight)
Thermal underwear, gloves and warm hat (during May – Sept)
Rain coat and rain trousers (During rainy season Mar - May and Oct - Dec)
Camera and memory cards
Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes
Personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, eye drops etc)
Basic first aid kit and prescription medicines
Flashlight or headlamp
Chargers and extra batteries for your camera, phone etc
Power adapter to fit the UK style electrical socket
Extra guild lines for packing
Bring soft luggage such as a duffel bag, hiking pack or sports bag. These are ideal for packing into a safari vehicle. Hard suitcases can often be difficult to fit into the vehicles.
Bring a back pack to carry all of your important items including travel documents, money, camera, medication etc. You should keep this back pack with you at all times.
Keep luxury items such as hair dryers/ straighteners, expensive jewellery, make up and bulky toiletries to an absolute minimum. If in doubt, leave them out.
If you plan to bring cash, divide it into different areas of your carry-on luggage, wallet and money belt just in case something happens to one of those carry items.
Leave some space in your luggage for the all-important souvenirs that you will probably buy. There are places where you can send packages home via DHL etc, however this can sometimes be an expensive option.