Packing for a safari is vital, but it might be challenging on your first trip. The stress of deciding what to pack can diminish your pre-trip joy. We’ve compiled a list of items you should carry with you on a safari for your convenience. Depending on your safari style, these goods may or may not be necessary.
There are various types of travel bags you can use, but for safaris, your optimum travel bag depends on your travel style because travelers going on private and lodging trips have the flexibility to choose their travel bag because there will be enough space. For camping and group trips, duffel bags or backpacks are recommended because Jeep storage space is limited.
Duffel bag (highly recommended)
These are basic and lightweight, making them ideal for tourists looking to join a group tour or go on a budget camping vacation.
Backpack for travel (perfect for camping or group safaris)
Backpacks are suitable for budget travelers who want to join group or camping safaris since they provide hands-free mobility and ultimate adaptability.
Luggage that rolls (a great option for private and lodging safaris)
The wheels look great. These bags are recommended for private and lodge safaris and eliminate the need to carry your belongings. Not suitable for camping or group outings when space is limited.
Packing List for Safari Clothing
A comfortable sweater.
Nights and mornings in East Africa can be cold, so it’s always a good idea to have something warm to throw on till the sun warms up the plains. (Be aware that afternoons and nights in Ngorongoro might reach 6 degrees Celsius.)
Walking shoes, sandals, or boots
Because you’ll be spending a lot of time in your safari vehicle, you’ll need to wear comfortable shoes, sandals, or boots. Shoes or boots, on the other hand, may be required if you’ve planned any walking safaris or to cover your skin to prevent sunburn and bug bites (tsetse flies).
A pair of safari pants (those with zips at the knees are very useful).
A long-sleeve shirt and pants are ideal for both sun protection and repelling hungry mosquitoes on a cold morning or evening. You’ll want these short sleeves and pants for supper and drinks at the end of a long day if you’re staying in fancier lodges.
Sunglasses are a good way to shield yourself from the sun while also decreasing glare during wildlife viewing in East Africa.
Sun protection should be a top consideration while on safari. While your vehicle provides cover, putting the top up for game viewing exposes you to the elements. A decent hat might help you avoid painful burns or heatstroke.
When on safari, avoid wearing clothes that are black or dark blue since they attract unwelcome insects (tsetse flies) who are thirsty and eager for blood. White clothing should also be avoided because it can become highly dusty in Tanzania’s parks, especially during the dry season.
A toiletry bag
Wet wipes are normally advised due to the dusty roads on safari, but for those going camping, wet wipes, body wipes in lieu of a shower, and wipes for the bathrooms are required because the camping grounds may not be sanitary.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
These products are necessary to keep your breath fresh and are not provided for on a camping vacation. Those staying in mid-range lodges, on the other hand, do not need to bring these items.
A safari can be very sunny; therefore, sunscreen is recommended.
Roll of tissues or toilet paper
While motels provide toilet paper, camping safaris do not; amenities frequently go missing in public restrooms.
Slippers (required for a low-budget camping trip)
For those going camping, bathroom facilities are open to the public; therefore, slippers are required if you plan to take a shower (clogged drains can be an issue).
It is vital to bring a towel on camping vacations.
Shampoo and shower gel
To enter the country, you will need a valid passport and a visa, which you may obtain online.
Travel insurance documentation
While on safari, we have air ambulance (fly doctor) medical insurance, but we urge that tourists purchase travel insurance to cover other areas of their trip.
Last but not least, make sure you have enough cash in the city before venturing into the Savannah. While some hotels accept credit cards, you’ll almost certainly need cash to tour villages or buy souvenirs. You’ll need money to tip your guides and porters as well.
Health and safety.
Check what vaccines are required and recommended for your destination several months before your travel. Check the https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list and consult your doctor. Some photographs are in a series, so you’ll need a few months before departure to complete them.
Health insurance documents
Remember to bring your insurance for emergency coverage.
Mosquitoes and tsetse flies can both transmit diseases, and their bites can be highly annoying or painful. Tsetse flies have an especially terrible sting. A strong bug repellent is an excellent method to keep these bloodthirsty little creatures at bay.
It goes without saying that you’ll need a camera for your safari experience. While your smartphone may suffice in some circumstances, a camera with a strong zoom lens is the ideal partner. It is advised that you purchase extra camera batteries and memory cards.
You can rent binoculars to use in the wilderness, but having your own set is a smart way to ensure you don’t miss a second of the action. You don’t need an expensive pair. Even a little set of binoculars can suffice for game viewing.
Electric converters and adopters
Because plug type G is extensively used in Tanzania, adopters or electric converters may be beneficial if your charging equipment has a different plug type.
A flashlight or headlamp.
When traveling across camp after dark, a headlamp or flashlight is vital. Many lodges provide them, but people staying in budget campgrounds should carry their own.
Safari entertainment, knowledge, and comforts
You don’t need a big Lonely Planet for your safari, but having a wilderness guidebook is a fantastic way to create a ‘to-do list’ for your vacation. Your safari driver is also an expert on animal, bird, and plant life. Do not be afraid to ask questions! We adore inquiries.
Travel pillows and Extra blanket
These are useful if you want to take a quick nap while on safari.
What not to bring on a safari
Tanzania does not use polythene. Plastic bags, including the standard plastic duty-free bags, are prohibited and have been outlawed for environmental concerns. Transparent toiletry bags are ideal for liquids in hand baggage. It’s also worth noting that no camps in East Africa accept drones.