Safari Packing Lists

How do I Pack for safari in Tanzania

Remember packing for a safari in Tanzania, the most important thing is moderation. While there is no need to go minimalist, you also don’t want to carry a lot of unnecessary luggage across Africa with you. When traveling on safari you will move with their luggage in the safari vehicle throughout the tour. Also, for the days spent in the same hotel or lodge, of course, you will leave your bags in your room. if you bring too much luggage it could be an inconvenience or even a hindrance to wildlife viewing. But this depending on the number of the people in the jeep.
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 safari in Tanzania:

The important Safari Packing List

Put on your mind that you will spend a great deal of time in the safari car, viewing wildlife. However, you may participate in walking safaris or cultural tours throughout your safari, so you should have practical, comfortable, and sturdy walking shoes. Please leave high heels, fashion sneakers, and platforms for other occasions.
The weather in Tanzania can vary depending on the altitude and time of day or week. And this depends and where you will spend your safari mostly. If it will be Ngorongoro, walking safari from Ngorongoro to lake Natron. Then it is wise to bring layers for added warmth, especially in the early mornings and late nights.

Packing list for safari.

• 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, not blue or black colors clothes this can be attract the tsetse flies. And will make your safari uncomfortable.
• Shorts or a loose skirt, for the ladies;
• swimsuit / trunks (most lodges offer a swimming pool);
• A hat, for the sun (visor or another cap is also acceptable).
• Camera and memory cards. Flashlight.
• Binoculars. In the jeep will have 2 Binoculars. But you can bring your personal one.
• Binoculars (8×32 or 10×42)
• Sunscreen.
• Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
• Insect Repellent.
• Personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, eye drops etc)
• Malaria tablets.
• Basic first aid kit and prescription medicines although in the jeep you will have the first Aid.
You may realize that many travelers on safari wear khaki or neutral colors, and avoid bright whites or fluorescent colors. There are several reasons for this: firstly, you will blend in with nature better by wearing neutral tones, whether you are walking or seated in the car; secondly, some areas of Tanzania are very dusty and khaki-colored items are less likely to show discoloration from the dust of the safari than white garments.

medications you should take on safari?

Keep in mind, every Altezza safari vehicle is stocked with a basic first-aid kit. If you have prescription medications or special needs, please come prepared with your necessary medications.
• 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.
These pesky insects are only active in the early morning and evening, likely when you are already back at your accommodations for the evening. Alternatively, wearing a long-sleeved shirt can help deter mosquitoes, as well.
The equatorial sun is strong in Tanzania, and you are likely to be at a higher elevation throughout your Tanzanian safari, especially when in Ngorongoro or the highlands. Choose a product with SPF 40 protection or higher to protect your skin.

Other important tips

Most of African Traces partner hotels and lodges provide full room and board for our guests, meaning 3-full meals are provided each day. However, the excitement and fresh air of a safari are known for building up quite an appetite!
Just in case this you buy here in Tanzania before safari.
• 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

Even if the weather forecast guarantees the lack of sun, don't hurry up to lay out protective glasses. They will help protect your eyes from wind, dust and small insects while you pop out of the window or through the open roof of the running speed car in search of objects for observation. Put in your backpack: As we have mentioned above African Traces car or jeep provides a pair of binoculars for our guest’s convenience. We also have charging stations in each of our vehicles so your devices will never lose power during a safari.

More recommend thinks to bring:

• 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;
• Personal hygiene items (including sunscreen and insect repellant);
• Notebook and pen.
In case you have more questions about what to pack, contact African traces team. We are happy to assist.


We contact Marko Mtui from African Traces about a month and a half before our trip to Tanzania in order to book ourself a safari trip. Marko was very communicative and answered all our questions and wonderings.
We checked a few Safari operators in Tanzania and decided to go with African Traces (which had the best "value for money" proposal and a lot of great reviews), and we couldn't choose better!

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