Tanzania Safari Packing List

When preparing for a Tanzania Safari, packing can be a daunting task. You want to make sure you have everything you need without overpacking and taking up valuable space. Here is a general packing list to help you prepare for your safari adventure: If your also planning to climb Kilimanjaro here is a Kilimanjaro Packing List link

1. Pack lightly.
Leave room for gifts and souvenirs. Remember to pack in a soft-sided luggage as it is easier to pack into the safari vehicle.

2. Keep your important documents on hand.
Always carry your passport, airline tickets, and money with you. Use a fanny pack or moneybag that hangs around your neck for easy access.

3. Pack essentials in your carry-on luggage.
In case your luggage is delayed, it’s important to have enough essentials with you. This includes a change of clothes, toiletries, and any important documents.

4. Check weight restrictions.
If you are taking a domestic flight, be aware of the weight restrictions for luggage. These can vary depending on the airline, but commonly the carry-on luggage can be up to 20kg (44lb) per person and hand luggage up to 6kg (13lb) per person.

5. Choose your footwear wisely.
Make sure to pack sturdy, comfortable shoes that are preferably waterproof. You will be doing a lot of walking and these shoes may get dirty. Also, pack a pair of flip-flops or sandals for lounging in the evening.

6. Pack appropriate clothing.
Depending on the season and activities included in your safari, here are some general clothing suggestions:

– Shorts, preferably mid-thigh or longer (not recommended for village visits)
– Lightweight, breathable pants
– Casual and comfortable clothing, such as short-sleeved shirts or tank tops (in neutral colors like khaki, brown, olive, or green)
– A bathing suit if you plan on staying in a lodge with a pool or visiting Zanzibar
– A warm fleece or sweater for cooler evenings or mornings
– For the cold season (June – August), pack a heavy sweater, warm gloves, a knit hat, and a scarf
– A rain jacket or poncho, lightweight jacket, or windbreaker
– Pyjamas
– A sun hat or bandana
– A scarf for dust and sun protection

Specific clothing recommendations for women:
– Long-sleeved shirts or blouses
– Pants that cover the knees (capri-length or longer is ideal) and shirts that cover the shoulders are recommended for village visits
– Lightweight dresses or skirts that cover the knees can also be worn for evening dining at accommodations

Specific clothing recommendations for men:
– Short-sleeved shirts with collars (for visiting villages or evening dining)
– T-shirts or light tops

Remember to keep valuable jewelry to a minimum.

7. Take advantage of laundry services.
Most lodges offer laundry services, either for a nominal fee or for free. This can help you save space in your luggage and minimize the amount of clothing you need to bring.

8. Consider your baggage.
Here are some important baggage items to include:
– A day pack for carrying essentials during activities
– A large, waterproof duffel bag or backpack for your main luggage

9. Don’t forget your toiletries.
Here are some suggested toiletries to bring:
– A small towel
– A roll of toilet paper (some public restrooms may not provide it)
– Soap
– A toothbrush and toothpaste
– Waterless anti-bacterial gel, handi-wipes, and Kleenex
– Lotion
– Glasses, contacts, and solution
– A comb and mirror
– Shampoo (choose one without a heavy fragrance)
– Unscented deodorant (avoid using cologne or perfume, as it may attract bees or other insects)
– Zip lock bags for toiletries and small trash bags

10. Essential documents:
Make sure to have these important documents with you at all times:
– Your passport (with a visa stamp or completed visa application and $50 or $100 US cash, exact change may be required)
– Your plane tickets
– Your safari itinerary
– Emergency contact details
– A yellow fever certificate (REQUIRED if you are traveling from or through an endemic country)
– Medical and travel insurance
– An address book

11. Prepare a first aid kit:
Be prepared for any unexpected situations by packing a first aid kit with the following essentials:
– Aspirin
– Anti-malarial pills
– Cold and allergy medicine
– Cream for itches and rashes (e.g. Benadryl itch relief stick)
– Band-aids
– Stomach ache medicine (e.g. Pepto-Bismol)
– Ibuprofen
– Antiseptic ointment (e.g. Neosporin)
– Multi-vitamins
– Diarrhea medicine (e.g. Imodium)
– Prescription antibiotics effective against a broad range of bacteria, including travelers’ diarrhea
– Insect repellent
– Antihistamines
– Lip balm and sunscreen (SPF 15+)
– Bandages and tape
– Prescription medications (if applicable)

12. Other items to consider:
– Maps and guidebooks
– Batteries
– Sunglasses
– Binoculars
– Cash (small Tanzanian bills and/or small US bills for small purchases and tips, and larger US bills and/or traveler’s checks for bigger purchases)
– A journal or notebook, a pencil, and a pen
– A pocket knife
– A UK plug adapter and transformer/voltage converter (if applicable)
– Energy bars and snacks
– A headlamp or small flashlight
– Playing cards, games, and reading material
– A camera, film, extra batteries and charger, memory cards, and a mini-tripod
– A personal music device
– A travel pillow.


Packing for a safari can seem overwhelming, but with this general packing list, you can be prepared for your adventure without overpacking. Remember to pack lightly, keep important documents on hand, and bring appropriate clothing for the season and activities. Also, be sure to pack your toiletries, first aid kit, and other essential items. This will ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable safari experience. Safe travels!