hippo-ngorongoro-crater

Hippo – Ngorongoro Crater

 

What should I bring and is there a suggested safari packing list?

We are often asked a very important question: “What should I pack to bring on a safari?”. Here is a helpful packing list:

Main bag: we recommend a duffel bag or a soft-sided wheelie bag (No hard suitcases) (note: on internal flights, baggage allowance is 15 Kg per passenger).

Carry-on shoulder bag: Important documents (i.e. passport, vaccination certificates, etc.), medications, camera, binoculars, change of clothing, photocopies of all important documents should be in the carry-on bag.

As no formal clothes are needed, we recommend that you keep your luggage to the basics for your Tanzanian holiday. Whilst on safari bright and contrasting colours (black & white) are NOT advised. Try and ensure your clothes are of a neutral colour such khaki, beige or green. Dark colours are not a good idea especially if you are going to be out in the sun, as they absorb the heat. Tsetse flies love colours like blue or black. A suggested clothing list is attached for your African travel information.

Safari clothes and packing should focus on casual, practical items. There is no need for high fashion, expensive jewelry, purses/handbags or bright colours. Laundry services are readily available and it is important to remember that there are luggage weight restrictions. Here is the essential safari packing list:

1. Good quality sunglasses – preferably polarised. Tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light
. If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case you get irritation from the dust

2. Safari hat
 – the sun is very dangerous near the equator and full head protection is essential

3. Golf-shirts, T-shirts and long-sleeved cotton shirts
 in earth tones. If you can get shirts that have zip-off sleeves that is ideal as you can “change” on the go.

4. Shorts/skirts
 in earth tones

5. Long trousers/pants in earth tones (jeans aren’t recommended as they are heavy, don’t dry quickly and bulky). If you can get pants that have zip-off legs that is ideal as you can “change” on the go.

6. A back pack/day pack to carry your essentials each day while on safari

7. Underwear and socks
 (cotton is best)

8. Good walking shoes that are already worn in (running/tennis shoes are fine)

9. Sandals
 (Teva, Keen, etc. are ideal brands – we recommend these over thongs)

10. Bathing suit/swimming costume

11. A fleece or light-weight sweater: it can be very cool in the early mornings on safari and layering is ideal

12. Warm jacket (only if important for the cold winter mornings i.e. June-August)
. If you are climbing Kilimanjaro, we will have a separate packing list for you.

13. Camera equipment – ESSENTIAL and a zoom lens is ideal. See question on camera equipment for more information

14. 
Binoculars – ESSENTIAL

15. Personal toiletries

16. Medications

17. Moisturizing cream & suntan lotion
 with a high UVA rating – ESSENTIAL

18. Anti-histamine cream

19. Insect repellent with a high Deet content if available e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc. – ESSENTIAL

20. Basic medical kit (aspirins, elastoplast (Band-Aids), Imodium, antiseptic cream, constipation pills, etc.)
. Our safari vehicles have a well-stocked medical kit and all lodges/camps also are well stocked

21. Tissues/“Wet Ones”
 (antibacterial wipes are great) – ESSENTIAL

22. Visas, tickets, passports, money, etc.
 Place these in a very safe place such as a travel belt or purse worn close to the body (put a photocopy of all important documents in your checked luggage in case anything is lost)

23. A flashlight (torch) with spare batteries as these are unobtainable in most rural areas. A head-lamp style flashlight is ideal

24. Light rain gear such a compact rain poncho

25. Scarf and light weight gloves for those cold morning game drives and dusty roads

REMEMBER THE MAXIMUM 15 KGS – IN SOFT BAGS FOR LIGHT AIRCRAFT TRANSFERS, IF APPLICABLE – INCLUDING CAMERA EQUIPMENT & HAND BAGS

 

hippo-ngorongoro-crater

Hippo – Ngorongoro Crater

 

What should I bring and is there a suggested safari packing list?

We are often asked a very important question: “What should I pack to bring on a safari?”. Here is a helpful packing list:

Main bag: we recommend a duffel bag or a soft-sided wheelie bag (No hard suitcases) (note: on internal flights, baggage allowance is 15 Kg per passenger).

Carry-on shoulder bag: Important documents (i.e. passport, vaccination certificates, etc.), medications, camera, binoculars, change of clothing, photocopies of all important documents should be in the carry-on bag.

As no formal clothes are needed, we recommend that you keep your luggage to the basics for your Tanzanian holiday. Whilst on safari bright and contrasting colours (black & white) are NOT advised. Try and ensure your clothes are of a neutral colour such khaki, beige or green. Dark colours are not a good idea especially if you are going to be out in the sun, as they absorb the heat. Tsetse flies love colours like blue or black. A suggested clothing list is attached for your African travel information.

Safari clothes and packing should focus on casual, practical items. There is no need for high fashion, expensive jewelry, purses/handbags or bright colours. Laundry services are readily available and it is important to remember that there are luggage weight restrictions. Here is the essential safari packing list:

1. Good quality sunglasses – preferably polarised. Tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light
. If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case you get irritation from the dust

2. Safari hat
 – the sun is very dangerous near the equator and full head protection is essential

3. Golf-shirts, T-shirts and long-sleeved cotton shirts
 in earth tones. If you can get shirts that have zip-off sleeves that is ideal as you can “change” on the go.

4. Shorts/skirts
 in earth tones

5. Long trousers/pants in earth tones (jeans aren’t recommended as they are heavy, don’t dry quickly and bulky). If you can get pants that have zip-off legs that is ideal as you can “change” on the go.

6. A back pack/day pack to carry your essentials each day while on safari

7. Underwear and socks
 (cotton is best)

8. Good walking shoes that are already worn in (running/tennis shoes are fine)

9. Sandals
 (Teva, Keen, etc. are ideal brands – we recommend these over thongs)

10. Bathing suit/swimming costume

11. A fleece or light-weight sweater: it can be very cool in the early mornings on safari and layering is ideal

12. Warm jacket (only if important for the cold winter mornings i.e. June-August)
. If you are climbing Kilimanjaro, we will have a separate packing list for you.

13. Camera equipment – ESSENTIAL and a zoom lens is ideal. See question on camera equipment for more information

14. 
Binoculars – ESSENTIAL

15. Personal toiletries

16. Medications

17. Moisturizing cream & suntan lotion
 with a high UVA rating – ESSENTIAL

18. Anti-histamine cream

19. Insect repellent with a high Deet content if available e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc. – ESSENTIAL

20. Basic medical kit (aspirins, elastoplast (Band-Aids), Imodium, antiseptic cream, constipation pills, etc.)
. Our safari vehicles have a well-stocked medical kit and all lodges/camps also are well stocked

21. Tissues/“Wet Ones”
 (antibacterial wipes are great) – ESSENTIAL

22. Visas, tickets, passports, money, etc.
 Place these in a very safe place such as a travel belt or purse worn close to the body (put a photocopy of all important documents in your checked luggage in case anything is lost)

23. A flashlight (torch) with spare batteries as these are unobtainable in most rural areas. A head-lamp style flashlight is ideal

24. Light rain gear such a compact rain poncho

25. Scarf and light weight gloves for those cold morning game drives and dusty roads

REMEMBER THE MAXIMUM 15 KGS – IN SOFT BAGS FOR LIGHT AIRCRAFT TRANSFERS, IF APPLICABLE – INCLUDING CAMERA EQUIPMENT & HAND BAGS