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    sockets-dollar bills

    by elsadran Updated Oct 14, 2014

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    Miscellaneous: In Tanzania there are 3-pin sockets. If you haven't brought an adaptor for your plugs you can just use a tooth pick or even better a match. You put the match into the upper hole and push it downwards. This releases the other two lower holes. Then, always holding the match downwards, you can put your plug in the lower holes.
    If your currecy is not the dollar, don't forget to get some dollar bills enough to pay the visas at the customs because only dollar bills are accepted as everywhere in Africa and there are no banks to change money to dollars. Then you are easily given a 3-month visa.

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    Packing for safari and Zanzibar

    by toonsarah Written Apr 22, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack lightweight clothing, ideally cotton, for the heat, but remember that it could be cooler when on early morning game drives and after the sun goes down, so bring a fleece or jumper too. This is especially true if you’re planning to visit Ngorongoro – the crater’s rim is high and it can even get frosty there at night. Long sleeves and trousers will give you more protection from insect bites and light-colour fabrics are said to help discourage biting insects; lighter colours are cooler too because they reflect the sun’s rays. But if you prefer to wear shorts that’s fine, for women as well as men, but it’s best not to wear them too short, especially in Zanzibar which is mainly Muslim. And remember to bring a hat to protect you from the sun.

    You’ll need comfortable flat shoes for climbing in and out of safari vehicles, and for the uneven streets of Stone Town if going to Zanzibar. You’ll also want sandals and/or flip-flops there, for the beach and hotel pools.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen with a high SPF is a must, and insect repellent too. You’ll also need malaria protection and of course any of your usual prescription drugs and a good supply of anything else that you might need (headache pills, Imodium etc) – on safari you’ll be away from any towns for several days at a time so won’t be able to just pop out for anything you’ve forgotten or run out of.

    Photo Equipment: Take plenty of memory cards and/or film, especially for the game drives. Animals don’t always pose just how you’d like them to, so you’ll probably take plenty of shots looking for the one that’s just right. A zoom lens is a must, the longer the better. Most of our photos on these pages were taken with a zoom of a maximum 200 mm, which was fine for most shots but occasionally not long enough. We used 35 mm slide film as our trip was some years ago, before the age of digital photography; I gather that nowadays safari vehicles have connections for recharging camera batteries but you should probably bring some spares just in case. And make sure you have a dust-proof bag for all your equipment, and one of those puffer brushes to get rid of any dust that gathers on the camera each day.

    Miscellaneous: It would be a good idea to include a torch for evenings spent in camps and for the back-streets of Stone Town. Binoculars too, for game viewing, and maybe a book about the various animals (although your guide will be able to tell you most of what you want to know).

    Beach wear in Zanzibar

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    Sleeping bag for climbing Kilimanjaro

    by VA_Dave Written Jan 10, 2009

    Miscellaneous: We climbed with the Hotel Marangu, and they laughed at the summer weight bag that I brought. They had a warehouse full of extra gear and they gave me another bag, and I used them both, one inside the other. A -5C bag may not be good enough for Kili, but it is probably overkill for the NP. Get a recommendation from your climbing tour operator. We saw folks turning back on the Kili climb because they did not have adequate equipment, especially because of cold. Expect the temperature to drop 6.5 °C for every 1 km increase in altitude, or approximately 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit per 1000 feet. At the top of Kili, I had 4 layers of clothing on my legs and upper body and I was still cold.

    Have a great trip!

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    dont leave home without it

    by karenvanessa Written Dec 7, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: walk with your visa if you purchase it prior to arriving in tanzania if you are coming from the usa

    bring your malaria pills with you and take them.

    make sure you bring your mosquito repellent. in tanzania itself in the city i didnt find too many mosquitos but sometimes at night depending where you were they come out and tend to bite, so its good to keep it in your bag.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: cotton, light colored clothing
    sneakers and flip flops

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: mosquito repellent
    malaria pills

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    'Soft luggage'

    by bumpychick Updated Jun 3, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: When on safari, even when staying in top quality lodges, it is not appropriate to bring a suitcase, particularly a hard one. Each day, your bags will be loaded in to the back of your safari jeep and they need to be squashy in order to fit them in. A hold-all type bag is much more sensible and is an acceptable alternative for those of us who can't travel light (with a ruck sack!)

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  • bits and bobs

    by angit Written Apr 21, 2007

    Luggage and bags: A bum bag is useful and a small ruck suck to take out for the day.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy footwear - it will either be dusty and dry underfoot or an absolute quagmire!!
    I bought sandals there and the next day it was soooooo muddy after the rain. You couldnt see my feet or sandals for the mud and some local guy shouts as i walk by "shoe shine"!! laughing at me....i laughed back!!
    Light wash and wear materials worked for me. Good if your travelling around.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A needle kit could come in handy if you need any jabs while your out there.

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    Packing List

    by DanielF Updated Aug 11, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Weather conditions vary a lot according to the two seasons that occur in Eastern Africa. We were there during the dry season, which is when all roads are transitable and animals easier to spot.

    In spite of its proximity to the Equator, many of the interesting natural areas lye at high altitude, where it can get quite cold during the night and early in the morning, when safaris usually start. Warm clothes are thus essential in these parts of the country. During the day, the heat can be really suffocating, although this is the time when tourists stay at the lodge relaxing by the pool or having a nap.

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    Safari in Tanzania

    by SanguiniA Written Jun 27, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Rucksacks are the best choice. In fact some shuttle buses and small aircraft will not appreciate suitcases - especially if they are of the hard type.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothes - preferably not very brightly coloured if you want to see the animals. Stick to khaki or such neutral colours. DO NOT BRING ANY CAMOUFLAGE CLOTHES - THEY ARE ILLEGAL IN TANZANIA! Be sure to get long sleeved shirts and pants - to protect yourself from the mosquitos and tse tse flies. Avoid blue clothes as they attract the nasty tse tse flies.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring toilet paper with you if you are camping. None is usually provided or not enough.

    Malaria medication is essential in these parts of africa. Be sure to tell your doctor you are visiting Tanzania as here the malaria strain is resistant to chloroquine. You will probably be perscribed something like malarone or mephloquine.

    Also do bring along a high factor sunblock.

    Bring along contact lenses as I read they are very difficult to obtain in Tanzania.

    Photo Equipment: Plenty of cards of film! You will surely be taking hundreds of photos! A UV filter is highly advisable as well as lens cleaners (the air pump type) - to get the lenses free of all the dust!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If on a camping safari the camps, mats and pillows are usually provided. You will need a sleeping bag and/or some sleeping linen.

    Don't forget a powerful flashlight and a lamp with batteries for inside the camp.

    Miscellaneous: Binoculars and wildlife books can really enrich your experience! Sunglasses are also helpful to reduce glare from the sun and avoid getting plenty of dust in your eyes.

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    Antimalarials a must!

    by TracyG Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: I am not a light traveller (unfortuanately i've never perfected that art!) but I always take as smaller rucksack/holdall (I have used both) as I can get away with, even if it is very heavy.
    If you are doing an organized tour, you can probably get away with the weight and a smaller bag, but if you are camping or backpacking independantly, then it is probably best to pack as light as possible, which is very hard, I know - but it's worth it......

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on the time of year, a waterproof jacket will never go a miss, mine has been invaluable at all times of the year.....

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Malaria tablets and insect repellant (though nothing ever seems to work for me, as I get bitten all the time)

    Also antihistimine tablets and bite cream, beleive me these are absolute essentials.....

    Photo Equipment: Most of your travels will take you through larger towns and cities ie. Arusha, Dar etc. So unless you are going to be spending a considerable time away from large towns, you shouldn't find that you have any problems.

    And of course, the golden rule - YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH FILM!!!!!!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are doing an organized tour, the company should provide a tent, though very rarely do they supply a sleeping bag. The minimum you should take is a 2 season, and a 3 season will come in handy, depending on how much you feel the cold. (Camping at the edge of Ngorongoro Crater is particulalry cold.)

    Miscellaneous: If you are doing an organized trip your tour company will probably supply a mosquito net, if not buy one.

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    Good shoes are essential

    by queenminka Updated Jan 17, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, bring your own good trekking shoes with you, also it is burdensome to carry them all the other time. You can rent shoes there, so we did. And of course we were arriving back at the base of Kilimanjaro with blisters on our feet.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Even if you have your own good shoes, you never can be sure from blisters. So have some plasters with you.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A really good sleeping bag cause it is so cold at night!

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    Things to take

    by HeidiR Written Dec 25, 2004

    Luggage and bags: Ruck sack

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking shoes if you intend hiking the whole way up Kilimanjoro otherwise just comfy walking shoes and sandels. Warm clothes for night.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Best to take all your toiletries and medical supplies. You can buy some but makes may be unkown. Make sure you have your travel vaccinations and malaria tablets before you go and don't forget to take your yellow fever vaccination certificate with you

    Photo Equipment: A good camera is a must

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: warm sleeping bag, thermarest very important. torch, one that goes on your head is convenient for seeing what you are eating while camping

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    Sleeping bags and more

    by lauren6 Written Feb 8, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Something that you can easily carry with you, even if you are truckin it there is not much space to be had. Compression bags helped a lot and after giving away camping gear, had room to carry home goodies.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Walking/hiking shoes - it gets muddy and there are scorpions at the campsites so closed toes are key
    If going to beaches - then aqua socks are a must

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I took medication for the stomach and even our guide was appreciative!
    Toilet paper is EXTREMELY helpful (if you want some that is).

    Photo Equipment: I had so much film with me, but found it pretty available everywhere, although at about a 30% increase in price.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Towel
    Sleeping bag - I went for a cheaper one and gave it to the cook after the trip was over. I did this with a lot of gear. Fancy gear is not needed (so don't overindulge in this area).

    We debated about mosquito netting - we went in short rainy season and it did rain, but bugs were few. Didn't need netting - just repellant.

    Miscellaneous: We took yahtzee with us and it was a hit!

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    Filthy clobber!

    by SalsaNikki Updated Feb 4, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Soft bags fit into the safari vehicles better than suitcases.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Your clothing will get filthy from the dust - so don't take your best T-shirts!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent wipes are really useful for when out in the safari vehicle.
    A toilet roll is a useful packing addition!
    Wet ones are also useful!

    Photo Equipment: Zoom lenses are essential!

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    Wear tan

    by ycnan Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Bring soft-sided duffles if you are going on safari. They put them in the 4-wheel-drive vehicles and there isn't much space.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Do not wear black or dark blue. Dark colors attract mosquitos and tse tse flies. Do not wear bright colors, especially red. Lions will run away from red. It's the color the Maasai wear (they hunt lions). Well-worn shoes, of course. The ground is as rough as the roads, so sandals are probably not a good idea except at the lodges. It did rain. The people at the lodges and camps had umbrellas for us.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Imodium is your friend. Although the food was safe, the malaria medication sometimes causes tummy problems (usually causes tummy problems). Bring some petroleum jelly as the air is dry--it has no scent to attract bugs so you can use it on your skin. Of course, sun screen.

    Photo Equipment: Telephoto lenses, battery chargers for your camcorders. There is limited electricity, as the power isn't reliable, and they turn it off at night. The tent camp had a generator. I had no problems getting my battery recharged. However, it's best to bring more than one battery, just in case.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: They provide just about everying you need.

    Miscellaneous: Hat, scarf. The scarf came in handy to cover my nose to keep the dust out on the roads.

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    Packing List

    by Jacksprat Written Sep 13, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Make sure what ever you pack in is strong, as it's sure to get a battering along the way. A rucksak is probably the easiest.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In summer, make sure you have some comfortable open walking shoes. Ladies, you're generally expected to be wearing skirts and no tight tops or too much flesh showing.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mmmmmmmm, I'm sure you could find what you were looking for eventually, but I'll recommend taking your basic first aid kit and toiletaries. A roll or 2 of toilet paper won't do you any harm!

    Photo Equipment: Films can be purchased as well as processed.

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