Safari Packing Guide

In general, pack lightly. Leave room for gifts and souvenirs. Soft sided luggage packs more easily into the safari vehicle. Always carry passport, airline tickets and money on your person. A fanny pack or moneybag that hangs around the neck works well. In case luggage doesn’t arrive the same day you do, put enough clothing and supplies for the first day in your carry-on luggage. If taking a domestic flight luggage weight restrictions range between 15-20 kgs (33-44 lbs) total per person. If climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru, additional supplies will be needed. Please refer to the Kilimanjaro Packing List.


Sturdy, comfortable shoes, preferably waterproof. They will get dirty.

Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening

Comfortable, breathable socks


Shorts, mid-thigh or longer

Lightweight, breathable pants

Short sleeved shirts, cool and breathable (neutral colors are best, avoid black, dark blue and bright red)

Bathing suit if staying at a lodge with a swimming pool or if visiting Zanzibar

Long sleeved shirt or sweater for evenings

Rain jacket or rain poncho

Women: Lightweight dress/skirt that covers knees (for visiting villages), shoulders should be covered also in the village.

Men: short sleeve shirts with collars (for visiting villages or evening dining at the lodges).

Keep valuable jewelry to a minimum

Note: Laundry service is available at most lodges either at a nominal cost or free of charge in some cases.


Day pack, for you to carry

Large waterproof duffel bag or backpack


Sun hat

Maps, guidebooks

Scarf (for dust and/or sun)




Money (small Tanzanian bills and/or small US bills for small purchases and tips. Larger US bills bigger purchases)

Journal/notebook, pencil and pen

Pocket knife tips

Electricity adapter

Energy bars and snacks

Headlamp or flashlight

Playing cards, games, books, Frisbee

Camera, mini tripod

Mementos for guides and other travelers

Personal music device

Video camera, tapes

Travel pillow


Small towel

Roll of toilet paper (for some public restrooms)


Toothbrush and toothpaste



Glasses, contacts, solution

Comb, mirror

Shampoo (without heavy fragrance)

Unscented Deodorant (use cologne/perfume sparingly, if at all, in case it might attract bees or other insects)


Passport (with visa stamp or completed visa application with $50 or $100 US cash, exact change)

Medical and Travel Insurance

Address book



Antiseptic cream


Bandages and tape

Sunscreen (SPF 15+)

Diarrhea medicine

Anti-malaria pills


Insect repellent


Lip balm with sunscreen

Prescription drugs