Tanzania Safari Packing List

Tanzania Safari Packing List

Baggage should be of the round squashy type rather than hard suitcases that are difficult to fit into jeeps. Try to use something that is both lockable and water proof as luggage can often end up sitting on the roof of the vehicle. It should be noted that the luggage limit per person on domestic flights is 15-20 kg per person (checked-in and hand luggage). On your inbound flight, don’t check in items that you absolutely need (such as medicines), as it is not uncommon that checked-in luggage gets misdirected and arrives in Tanzania a couple of days after you. It is better to have such items in you hand luggage. You can leave extra luggage in a locked storage room at the lodge ,Hotel for no charge.


  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: T-shirts, shorts, and pants.
  • Long-sleeved shirts and pants: For sun protection and cooler evenings.
  • Sweater or fleece: Nights and early mornings can be chilly.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: Sneakers or hiking boots.
  • Sandals or flip-flops: For relaxing at camp or lodges.
  • Swimsuit: Many lodges and camps have swimming pools.


  • Passport and visas: Ensure validity and necessary permits.
  • Travel insurance: Comprehensive coverage including medical evacuation.
  • Personal medication: Carry enough for the entire trip.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm: High SPF for protection against the African sun.
  • Insect repellent: Especially important for evenings and game drives.
  • Binoculars: Enhance wildlife viewing experiences.

Safari Gear:

  • Camera and lenses: Extra batteries and memory cards.
  • Hat and sunglasses: Protection against the sun.
  • Flashlight or headlamp: Useful for navigating camps at night.
  • Daypack or small bag: For carrying essentials on game drives.
  • Reusable water bottle: Stay hydrated during activities.


  • Guidebooks or wildlife identification books: Learn about local flora and fauna.
  • Notebook and pen: Journal your experiences.
  • Snacks: Energy bars or nuts for game drives.

Important Notes:

  • Weather: Tanzania can vary widely in temperature; check seasonal weather patterns.
  • Laundry: Many lodges offer laundry services; pack accordingly.
  • Respectful attire: Modest clothing is appreciated in local communities and some lodges.

Packing Tips:

  • Light layers: Facilitate adjustments to changing temperatures.
  • Pack for comfort: Safari vehicles often have limited space.
  • Bag restrictions: Check with airlines for weight and size limits.

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