Safari Packing List
Safari Packing List
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Safari Packing List

If this is your first time in Tanzania or your first time on safari, this packing list below can help to be well-prepared and comfortable during your adventure. If you do forget a few things, don’t worry, you can pick up most everyday items in town before you leave.

Valid passport
Yellow fever vaccination records/ certificate.
Tanzania visa, available at the airport upon arrival, USD $100 payable in cash only for US citizens or USD $50 for residents of the UK/European Union and most other countries.
Copy of flight itinerary.
Copy of travel and/or medical evacuation insurance.
Personal medical/dental insurance cards.
Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard are most widely accepted).
Cash in U.S. Dollars (bills MUST have been issued in 2004 or later)

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Remember, it’s not a fashion show out there, so be a bit more practical when choosing your safari wardrobe. Try to stay away from bright colours – khaki and other neutral colours tend to work well. It is probably best if you dress in layers since it can get cold, but also very hot.

Sweater or fleece pullover to keep warm
Sturdy boots or sandals
Sun hat
T-shirts or polo shirts (2-5 depending on how often you want to change)
Long sleeve shirts (lightweight)
Long trousers
Travel towel
Thermal underwear, gloves and a warm hat (during May-Sept)
Raincoat and rain trousers (During rainy season Mar-May and Oct-Dec)
Highly recommended
Camera and memory cards
Hand sanitiser and wet wipes
Insect Repellent
Personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, eye drops etc)
Malaria tablets
Basic first aid kit and prescription medicines
Flashlight or headlamp
Chargers and extra batteries for your camera, phone etcThe power adapter to fit the UK-style electrical socket

Bring soft luggage such as a duffel bag, hiking pack or sports bag. These are ideal for packing into a safari vehicle. Hard suitcases can often be difficult to fit into vehicles. Bring a backpack to carry all of your important items including travel documents, money, camera, medication etc. You should keep this backpack with you at all times. Keep luxury items such as hair dryers/ straighteners, expensive jewellery, makeup and bulky toiletries to an absolute minimum. If in doubt, leave them out.

If you plan to bring cash, divide it into different areas of your carry-on luggage, wallet and money belt just in case something happens to one of those carry items.

Leave some space in your luggage for the all-important souvenirs that you will probably buy. There are places where you can send packages home via DHL etc, however, this can sometimes be an expensive option.

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