Packing for safari and Zanzibar
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).
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!Related to:
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Safari in Tanzania
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.Related to:
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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!
Miscellaneous: In Tanzania there are 3-pin sockets. If you haven't brought an adapter 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 as many dollar bills as you can because at the customs 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.
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.Related to:
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!)Related to:
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.
dont leave home without it
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
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Good shoes are essential
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!Related to:
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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.
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)
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!
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-
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.
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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