Your Guide to Packing for a Safari

Baggage Allowance:
Please bring soft-sided luggage like duffel bags, NOT hard suitcases.   Charter flights within Tanzania strictly limit passengers to a total of 44 lbs including carry-ons, so the key is to pack as light as possible.  Our safari camps offer free daily laundry service so you won’t need to bring so much clothing.

Wondering what to pack on your first African safari adventure?  Here is a suggested packing list:

Travel Documents
Valid passport
Tanzania visa, available at airport upon arrival, USD $100 payable in cash only; $50 for residents of UK/European Union
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 be crisp, new-format, issued 2004 or later, with no tears)

Essential Gear
Binoculars
Camera and good telephoto lens, waterproof/dustproof bag
Sunglasses, preferably polarized
Hat for sun
Eye drops
Personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion provided)
Hand sanitizer
Basic medical kit, plus malaria tablets and prescription medications
Sunscreen
Glasses (if you wear contacts)
Insect repellent containing DEET (we also provide this)
Headlamp or small flashlight
Chargers and extra batteries for electronics such as phone, camera and lights

Clothing
Sweater or fleece pullover
Lightweight waterproof hiking shoes or boots
Waterproof sandals
2-3 shirts (golf or T-shirts)
2 lightweight long-sleeved shirts
2-3 pairs of shorts
2 pairs of long pants
Swimsuit (if you will be visiting Lupita Island or other water areas)
Undergarments and socks; women might consider a sports bra (for bouncy jeeps)
Sleepwear
Thermal underwear (for the cold winter months of May to September)
Warm anorak or parka and scarf/gloves (for the cold winter months of May to September)
Rain gear (if traveling during the rainy season March-May and Oct-Dec)

Please note:  Bright and white colors are not recommended for safari.

General Packing Recommendations:

  • Bring sturdy, soft-sided luggage which is easier to stow throughout the trip and to carry in our vehicles during transfers.
  • Carry any necessities, including travel documents, money, medications, and other vital supplies, in your carry-on bag and not in your checked luggage.
  • If you plan to lock your luggage, please use a TSA-approved security device.
  • Leave expensive jewelry at home!  If you would be heartbroken to lose the item, don’t bring it along.
  • Keep cash in more than one place.
  • A water-resistant daypack to carry cameras and other items is very handy while on game drives.  Better yet, let this be your carry-on.
  • Please refrain from bringing hair dryers, irons, radios, and excess clothing or toiletries.  All points of this trip are quite casual, and we recommend that you keep luggage down to the basics.