what to pack for your Safari
Tanzania Safari Packing List

what to pack for your Safari

“The ultimate guide to packing for your safari”

Are you ready to embark on a Tanzania safari? we are here to provide all the necessary information for a better understanding of what to pack before coming to Tanzania with an updated Tanzania safari packing list.

However, to properly enjoy the safari, you need to be prepared.

What you pack will make all the difference on your safari. Pack wisely and be prepared for the unique conditions you may encounter.

Pack only what is necessary: Traveling through the African wilderness can be challenging, so make sure you’re carrying small bags with less weight so that your luggage won’t become a burden.

Included in this guide is some information about luggage, and a comprehensive packing list, including clothing, footwear, and accessories in relation to health & safety.


Your Tanzania safari packing list needs may vary depending on the specific location, season, and activities planned for your Tanzania safari.

Luggage for an African safari

The size and type of your luggage are more important than you may realize when visiting Tanzania for a safari trip. Having the appropriate luggage can make your trip more comfortable.

The permitted weight allocation may vary slightly depending on your flight but typically falls between 15 and 23 kg (33 and 44 lb) per person. This usually does not include camera equipment, handbags, or daypack Also normally rolling suitcases go into the flight cabin, so try to pack as lightly as possible for a seamless and stress-free journey. If you really can’t choose what to bring – you can contact us for more information FREE OF CHARGE!


If your bag is overweight you will have to pay the extra fee of between $2 and $5 per additional kilo depending on the flight company

The choice of luggage is equally important as the weight considerations. Suitcases are generally not recommended for safari travel, soft bags/luggage are typically recommended for transportation on smaller aircraft and safari Jeeps.




            what to pack for your Safari


Tanzania safari packing list

Create your Tanzania safari packing list from this guide and check off items as you pack them!


      1. Lightweight, neutral-colored clothing: Pack breathable, lightweight fabrics like cotton or linen to stay comfortable in the African heat. Opt for neutral colors such as khaki, tan, or olive green to blend in with the environment and minimize disturbances to wildlife, sun, and tsetse-flies.
      2. Long-sleeved shirts and trousers: Protect yourself from the sun, insects, and thorny vegetation by packing lightweight, long-sleeved clothes. They also offer an additional layer of protection in the cooler mornings and evenings.
      3. Sweater or jacket: Although the days may be hot, nights and early mornings can be cold, particularly in certain Tanzanian parks. Pack a warm sweater or jacket to keep you comfortable in these cooler periods.
      4. Swimwear: Some safari lodges and camps offer swimming pools or water-based activities. Don’t forget to pack your swimwear for a refreshing dip or some relaxation at the lodge.



      1. closed-toe walking shoes: Invest in comfortable, closed-toe shoes with good traction for walking safaris and game drives. Choose footwear that provides support and protection against uneven terrain and potential encounters with thorns or insects.
      2. Lightweight sandals or open shoes: Pack a pair of comfortable, lightweight sandals or open shoes for relaxing at the lodge or camp after a day of exploration.
      3. Socks: Bring a few pairs of moisture-wicking socks to keep your feet comfortable and protected inside your shoes.
      4. Wide-brimmed hat or cap: Shield yourself from the sun’s rays during game drives and walks by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or a cap with a neck flap.
      5. Bandana or scarf: A multi-purpose accessory that can be used to protect your face from dust, cover your head, or serve as a very important accessory.


        1. Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the intense sunlight and glare, giving you clear vision during your safari adventures.
        2. Binoculars: Enhance your wildlife viewing experience by bringing a good pair of binoculars. They allow you to observe animals and birds in greater detail, even at a distance.
        3. Camera equipment: Capture thrilling moments and breathtaking landscapes with a high-quality camera. Don’t forget your additional lenses, spare batteries, memory cards, or whatever else you need for your camera.
        4. Power bank: Safaris often takes you into remote areas with limited access to electricity. Carry a reliable power bank to make sure that your important electronic devices stay charged though you can sometimes charge your devices on your safari cars.

what to pack for your Safari

         Health and Safety

    1. Insect repellent: Protect yourself from mosquitoes and other biting insects by packing a high-quality repellent. Apply it generously to exposed skin and clothing.
    2. Malaria prophylaxis: Consult with a healthcare professional or travel clinic to determine if malaria medication is recommended for the specific regions and time of year you’ll be visiting.
    3. Sunscreen: Carry a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to shield your skin from the intense African sun. Apply it generously and frequently, especially on exposed areas.
    4. First aid kit: Prepare a basic first aid kit with essentials such as band-aids, antiseptic cream, pain relievers, antihistamines, and any necessary prescription medications that you normally use on your African Safaris.
    5. Hand sanitizer: Maintain good hygiene standards, especially during game drives and in remote areas where handwashing facilities might not be found.


      1. Travel documents: Carry a valid passport with at least six months’ validity, any required visas, your travel insurance documents, and any necessary permits or vaccination certificates (check the up-to-date requirements online or with a healthcare professional). Keep both digital and physical copies of these documents
      2. Cash and cards: Most Tanzanian tourist places prefer Euros and USD dollars for making payments and tipping but you are advised to collect local currency from any nearby ATM as in many places foreign exchange service may not be accepted. Other ways of payment will be visa or master cards
      3. Travel guidebooks/maps: Stay informed and learn about the regions you’ll be visiting. Pack guidebooks, and maps, or download relevant travel apps to navigate and enjoy your safari experience.

Preparing for an African safari – general tips

Here are some general tips and useful information to consider when preparing for your African safari adventure:

  • Research your destination: Africa is a vast continent with diverse ecosystems and wildlife. Research the specific country or countries you’ll be visiting, including the climate, terrain, wildlife species, and any unique requirements or considerations.
  • Be mindful of luggage restrictions: Some safari camps and lodges have weight restrictions for luggage due to limited space on small planes or vehicles. Check with your tour operator or accommodation providers regarding luggage restrictions and guidelines.
  • Pack light: It’s essential to pack efficiently and keep your luggage to a minimum. Opt for versatile clothing items that can be layered mixed and matched. Choose lightweight and quick-drying fabrics to facilitate easy washing and drying.
  • Don’t bring unnecessary plastic: Some African countries like Tanzania have banned plastic bags and won’t allow you to bring them into the country. Be a responsible traveler and support efforts to reduce pollution by leaving plastic bags at home.
  • Plan for different weather conditions: African weather can be unpredictable. While the days might be hot, nights and early mornings can be chilly. Pack clothing for both warm and cooler temperatures, and don’t forget a waterproof layer in case of rain.
  • Respect wildlife and follow safety guidelines: Remember while on safari that you are in the animals’ territory. Always listen to your guide’s instructions, maintain a safe distance from wildlife, and avoid any disruptive behavior that may stress or endanger the animals.
  • Prepare for dust and sun: Safaris often involve driving on dirt roads, which can kick up a lot of dust. Bring a scarf or bandana to cover your face and protect yourself from dust and potential allergies. Apply sunscreen regularly, wear a hat, and use sunglasses to shield yourself from the strong African sun.
  • Stay hydrated and drink safe water: Carry a reusable water bottle and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially in hot climates.If possible carry your reusable water bottle and we will provide you with enough drinking water during your stay also inquire about the safety of tap water at your accommodation and use bottled or treated water if necessary.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: Learn about the local customs, traditions, and etiquette of the country or communities you’ll be visiting. Respect the local culture, be open-minded, and embrace the opportunity to learn from and interact with local people.
  • Dress appropriately: Respect the local culture and dress modestly, especially when visiting communities or rural areas in Tanzania or cultural sites outside of safari areas.  Be mindful of packing clothing that covers your shoulders and knees, For instance, short wears are allowed in Tanzania’s mainland but they are not allowed in Zanzibar
  • Follow health and vaccination recommendations: Consult with your healthcare professional or travel clinic well in advance to ensure you are up to date on necessary vaccinations and receive any recommended medications, such as malaria prophylaxis, and make sure to take proof of vaccinations with you!
  • Engage in responsible tourism: Choose tour operators and accommodations that prioritize sustainability, conservation efforts, and responsible wildlife viewing practices. Minimize your impact on the environment by following guidelines, avoiding littering, and supporting local communities.

Have travel insurance: It’s crucial to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellation, and any safari-specific activities you’ll be participating in. Ensure your policy covers the countries you’ll be visiting and the activities you’ll be undertaking.

Are you prepared for your African safari?

Preparing for an African safari requires careful consideration and planning. Follow the tips and guidelines in this guide, and have an incredible, stress-free safari experience.

Remember to research your destination thoroughly, understand the luggage restrictions for your flights, and pack only what is necessary. Protect yourself from the unique risks of the African wilderness, pay attention to clothing and footwear choices, and take useful and practical accessories. Prioritize your health and safety.

Make a Tanzania safari packing list for yourself and make sure you have everything you need!

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