Tanzania Safari Packing List

Baggage Allowance

  • Please bring soft-sided luggage like duffel bags, NOT hard suitcases.

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

Essential Gear

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
Glasses (if you wear contacts)
Insect repellent containing DEET
Headlamp or small flashlight


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  Island or other water areas)
Undergarments and socks; women might consider a sports bra (for bouncy jeeps)
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)

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

General Packing Recommendations

  • 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.
  • 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.

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