Tanzania What to Pack

  • What to Pack
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Tanzania What to Pack

  • sockets-dollar bills

    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...

  • Packing for safari and Zanzibar

    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...

  • Sleeping bag for climbing Kilimanjaro

    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...

  • dont leave home without it

    walk with your visa if you purchase it prior to arriving in tanzania if you are coming from the usabring 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...

  • 'Soft luggage'

    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...

  • bits and bobs

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

  • Packing List

    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...

  • Safari in Tanzania

    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. 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...

  • Antimalarials a must!

    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...

  • A hat

    please bring a hat or you will peel. also helps you see as it reduces the glare. Forget about your hair

  • Good shoes are essential

    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. Even if you have your own good shoes, you never can be sure from blisters. So...

  • Things to take

    Ruck sack Hiking shoes if you intend hiking the whole way up Kilimanjoro otherwise just comfy walking shoes and sandels. Warm clothes for night. 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...

  • Sleeping bags and more

    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. Walking/hiking shoes - it gets muddy and there are scorpions at the campsites so closed toes are keyIf going to beaches - then aqua socks are a...

  • Filthy clobber!

    Soft bags fit into the safari vehicles better than suitcases. Your clothing will get filthy from the dust - so don't take your best T-shirts! 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! Zoom lenses are essential!

  • Wear tan

    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. 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...

  • Packing List

    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. 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. Mmmmmmmm, I'm sure you could find what you were looking...

  • Packing List

    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.

  • Packing List

    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. I brought along a pareo, which proved very helpful in keeping the sun off my thighs...

  • Packing List

    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--- 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...

  • Packing List

    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. fleece for the cold nights and early morningst shirts, shorts, long sleeve shirts, bathing suite, wide hat, sun glasses, good...

  • Packing List

    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...


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