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Tanzania Packing List

Are you putting together a packing-list for your safari to Tanzania, but you are not sure what to bring? Our top tip is to keep it light, soft and simple. You will be on a once-in-a-lifetime experience and what you bring should make your experience even better. However, you should pack wisely. You could change destination every day, so try to avoid having to unpack and repack each time you move. Take the essentials, but pack something warm for an early morning game-drive or a piece of flare for that classic safari dinner. Still not sure? Do not worry. We are here to help and we have written a Tanzania safari packing list, so that you do not have to.

Tanzania Packing List


Bring soft-shell bags on your Tanzania safari

Remember keep it light, soft and simple. We recommend bringing a medium sized soft-shelled bag on your Tanzania safari and we kindly ask you to limit the weight of your luggage to 15kg, plus one piece of hand luggage.

You will spend quite a bit of time in our specially adapted Toyota Land Cruisers. Whilst designed for comfort and to give you the best game-viewing experience possible, space is king when sharing a vehicle with other people. Choosing a soft-shelled bag will help us when loading the boot of our 4×4 vehicles. For this reason, we suggest a soft-shelled bag over a bulky suitcase or trolley bag.

Another good tip is to pack a small day bag to take with you on game drives. They are perfect for carrying binoculars, guide books, suncream, water and anything else you might need. Remember, the smaller the better. If you are travelling in a couple, you could consider sharing a small day-bag.

Tanzania has banned plastic bags, so packing a small travel tote-bag could be very useful for when the need arises.


Thinking about which clothes to pack for a Tanzania safari? Here are some suggestions:

The right colour clothing. Khaki-coloured clothing is not a must. However, we do recommend soft, light-coloured clothes that have long sleeves and trousers to protect you from the sun and biting insects. During game drives bright colours and camouflage are not recommended. Tsetse flies are reportedly drawn to blue and black, so avoid these colours if travelling to woodland or marshland areas.

Bring something warm. Tanzania has an excellent climate, which you can read about on our best time to visit Tanzania page. However, depending on the time of year and where you want to visit, temperatures can fall rapidly at night. Especially if you are at altitude, such as Ngorongoro Crater of Mount Meru. Consequently, early morning game-drives can feel quite cold, so it is important to pack a warm set of clothes. A compact scarf can keep your ears and neck warm.

Sun protection. Cool windy mornings and staying at altitude can mask the strength of the sun. Suncream, shades and hat are highly recommended, even if you do not usually use them.

What shoes to bring. Hiking boots are not essential, but soft closed shoes are. If a pair of flip-flops are your choice, no problem, but pack some closed-shoes for sitting around the campfire.

Pack a costume. During the heat of the afternoons the pace of a safari comes to a halt, as game and humans alike seek out the coolest, shadiest parts of the parks. Luckily, some of the accommodation that you will stay in will have incredible swimming pools, so do not forget to pack a swimming costume to cool-off in style.

A flash of flare. Pack a flash of flare for a classic safari dinner. However, remember keep it light, soft and simple.

Dress code. In some parts of Tanzania, such as Zanzibar, there is a dress code where visitors are expected to cover their bodies from their shoulders to their knees in public places. You can wear casual clothes in the majority of the accommodation, but some luxury lodges and camps request smart clothes during dinner.

Finally, if you book a safari to Tanzania, we will send you a detailed packing list.

Luggage packing list Tanzania

Soft-shell bags like the bags on the right take up less space in a safari vehicle – the preferred safari luggage!


Some other items to consider when packing for your safari to Tanzania are:

  • A good guidebook with a map, country guide and list of Swahili phrases is a must. A section on identifying East African animals, birds, insects and reptiles is essential. Your senses will be triggered with a number of fascinating things during your safari and a good guide-book is the perfect companion for your journey.
  • A first aid kit for any unexpected cuts and grazes.
  • Basic medication and prescriptions that you require.
  • Spare glasses for those who use glasses.
  • Binoculars are an excellent tool during a game drive.
  • Caps and wide brimmed hats block out the low sun on early-morning or late-evening drives and enable you to spot something moving in the grass.
  • Plug adapters are really important. Type D plugs are used in Tanzania.
  • Water proof bag to protect your electronics from the dust.
  • Refillable water bottle is essential on your safari to cut down on buying plastic bottles. We carry drinking water containers in our cars and fridges so you can refill you bottle while on game drive.
  • Head torches are always incredibly useful, even if you go on a lodge safari.
  • Malaria prophylaxis and mosquito repellent. Consult your doctor before you travel.
  • Money belt or hip bag for documents and money.
  • An alarm clock for those early morning game drives.


Travel advice can change at any time, so please refer to your local Tanzania Embassy/Commission to keep up-to-date with understanding what travel documents to bring to Tanzania.

Generally, we do recommend bringing the following travel documents with you to Tanzania:

  • A passport which must be valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure date.
  • A visa is required for a large number of visitors to Tanzania and are obtainable when you arrive. However, to avoid queuing as much as possible when you land in Tanzania, we highly recommend obtaining an E-visa before you arrive. You can do this via an online portal or at your local Tanzania Embassy/Commission. Visas typically take 2 to 3 weeks to be issued.
  • A yellow fever vaccination card is required if you are entering from a yellow-fever-infected country such as Kenya and Uganda.
  • A return flight or proof that you have the means (a credit card) to pay for an onward flight.
  • A form of payment. Remember to notify your bank that you are travelling to Tanzania.
  • A copy of your travel insurance and other important documents.
  • A credit card in case of an emergency.
Dinner at Elewana Tarangire Treetops


We provide our guests with classic safaris throughout Tanzania. One of the iconic moments of a classic safari is a safari dinner. Lanterns hanging in acacia trees, a star filled sky and the sounds of the night are the romantic backing to your dinner. You might not want to wear heavy trekking boots on this occasion. Our expert advice is to pack something light, soft and simple to wear at dinner to make this experience even more special.

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