What to pack for Tanzania

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    by AJ_Vancouver Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Watch out for malaria and check in with the embassy is the first thing you should do for update and don't sleep outside the mosquito net.

    You can buy anything you need locally except medical supplies,which i can not guaranty.It is warm and humid along the coast and cooler inland so wear appropriate clothes.

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    by scuba62 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: I'd suggest you take a couple of small bags rather than one large bag. Don't expect to be able to wheel your luggage everywhere you go, much of the walkways are of rough stone or have stairs so you'll have to be able to carry it yourself if a porter isn't around.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I brought along a pareo, which proved very helpful in keeping the sun off my thighs as we sat in the car for long periods of time. A long shirt is necessary to protect your arms. Bring a hat to protect your head from the sun. Although November is the short rainy season, it only rained for one afternoon during the 8 days I was in Tanzania. Didn't need the rain poncho I brought.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 100% Deet to protect yourself for the biting bugs.
    Flashlight/torch (some of the tented camps we stayed at didn't have 24 hour electricity so a trip to the bathroom needs a flashlight)
    A spare roll of toilet paper, don't expect toilet paper at Olduvai Gorge!
    Anti-bacterial wipes (don't expect running water at all the bathroom stops)
    Anti-malaria pills
    Immodium or any other anti-diarrhea medicine

    Photo Equipment: Zoom lens is essential, take your time to frame the animal(s) you're photographing. My photos came out well but if I could do it all over again, I'd take more time to frame the animals and I'd zoom in more than I did. A few wide angle shots of scenery and animals are great but I found that the best pictures I took were close-ups, especially faces!

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    by chipeuno Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: if you going on safari tour, go as light as you can-duffle bag NOT packed to gills, so you have room to bring home gifts---

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: neutral colors best--sneakers, with one alternate pair of nicer shoes, but definitely shoes that are comfortable-- depending on length of stay, and if you doing safari/traveling over land by land-cruisers and the like, is chilly in early am and late afternoon: lite sweats or sweater and jogging pants-dress in layers that you can take off as day progresses- even in heat of day, it not HOT or HUMID as we know it here in the States---but daytime temps are very comfortable---

    Photo Equipment: take as much film with you as possible, as prices in africa are high for film and accessories--x-ray machines at airports have caused NO PROBLEMS with any of rolls of film we took and brot back, in regular luggage---

    Miscellaneous: take fanny pack or waist pack to keep passport/visa and money/traveler's chex on you and with you AT ALL TIMES----don't take expensive jewelry--tho a couple of cheap watches will come in handy for bartering or bargaining to purchase african wares---also, pens and pencils are great gifts for kids---DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO KIDS along roads, or wherever, this upsets natives-

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    by inuit Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: A mid size suit case who can prevent dust from coming inside.

    20 litre back pack is very useful while sitting in the safari vehicle so you can put inside your field guides, camera, lenses, water bottle, binoculars etc.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: fleece for the cold nights and early mornings
    t shirts, shorts, long sleeve shirts, bathing suite, wide hat, sun glasses, good shoes, sandals.

    Photo Equipment: a good semi professional quick camera.
    must have a 300-500 mm zoom for animal photography.
    50-70 mm for portraits
    100 ASA is enough

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    by Rozita Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Depending on if you're doing all your travelling by plane, or like me, going with the bus. Personally I never bring a suitcase anywhere, as it's so much easier to get a backpack with me. Bring a cover for the backpack, to protect it from rainfall, dust and thieves. Also use padlocks or chains wherever that is possible.

    If you're climbing Kilimanjaro, you must bring a small daypack as well, that you carry yourself. It needs to be big enough for rainclothes, a warm sweater, lunch and approx 3 litres of water.

    Another tip for Kilimanjaro is to pack all your stuff in plastic bags inside the big backpack that the porters carry. The reason for this is that you will be walking through rainforest, and after a day of walking in the rain, it might be nice to have some dry clothes to change into. And remember that if your clothes get wet the first day, it's difficult to dry them, and you might risk being stuck with wet gear for the rest of the trek.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're doing the standard Tanzania, with Safari, Trekking and Beaches, you have to have a varied wardrobe, due to the major differences in temperature and activities. If Tanzania is a part of a longer journey, it might be a good idea to rent most of the warmer clothes for trekking, as it takes up a lot of space, and is probably not necessary for so many other places.

    Bring good shoes! I had hiking boots, and sandals, and that was all I needed!

    Bring long-leng trousers, and long-sleeved shirts to protect from mosquitos.

    Be prepared for rain!

    At Zanzibar, you only need your bathing suit, shorts and a shirt for the beach places, but when going to villages, or Stone Town, you need to dress up, and hide shoulders and knees, as they are Muslims. It's important to respect this!!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring anti-malaria medication, insect repellant, something for an upset stomach, pain killers, and something for fever. It might also be wise to bring a few clean needles, just in case you end up in some unexpected and unwanted situatuions. Otherwise, bandaids and antiseptic is always good to bring in your toiletries-bag. It's easy to buy things as soap and tooth-paste wherever you go, but remember that everything is more expencive at Zanzibar than at the mainland. Dar es Salaam is a good place for buing these.

    Miscellaneous: card games, some books, maybe music

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    by drcondon Written Feb 12, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: please bring a hat or you will peel. also helps you see as it reduces the glare.
    Forget about your hair

    Related to:
    • Luxury Travel
    • National/State Park

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