Packing for Safari

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.

Travel Documents


Valid passport

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


  Sun hat

  Sun glasses

  T-shirts or polo shirts (2-5 depending on how often you want to change)

  Long sleeve shirts (light weight)


  Long trousers




  Travel towel

  Thermal underwear, gloves and warm hat (during May – Sept)

  Rain coat and rain trousers (During rainy season Mar - May and Oct - Dec)


Highly Recommended


Camera and memory cards



  Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes

  Insect Repellent

  Personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, eye drops etc)

  Malaria tablets

  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.