In reality, you won’t need much specialized gear or anything, but you should still familiarize yourself with the following to make sure that nothing important is forgotten:
Hard-sided luggage/suitcases are NOT preferable. You should bring something like a backpack or a duffel bag. This is because it is difficult to pack hard luggage inside the Land Cruisers that we will be riding in.
Dress in layers! It will be cool to cold in the mornings depending on the season (maybe 50’s F/10’s C), but will rapidly heat up as the sun rises. This means bring a lightweight wind/waterproof outer shell jacket or hoody/jumper, with a moisture-wicking wool (preferred) or synthetic base layer.
NOTE: It is important to dress in muted colors during our safari outings, as bright colors (red, orange, yellow, etc.) can scare the animals. However, dark colors (dark blue, black) are also to be avoided as they attract flies. Your best bet is to go the khaki route (or other more neutral tones) if possible.
There will not be a ton of walking, but it is important to bring a pair of broken-in tennis shoes for daily use. Even better if you can quickly slip your footwear on and off, as you’ll frequently be taking your shoes off to stand on the seats to see the animals during your safari. A pair of flip-flops or sandals for use around the lodge is useful as well.
Don’t worry about water purifying tablets and the like — we’ll be providing you with bottled water during the duration of the adventure.
Water at the resorts is usually OK for brushing your teeth, but follow directions posted at each lodge. Do not drink tap water at any of the lodges, just to be safe.
Bring all necessary chargers to power any devices you’ll be ringing with you. There will be power outlets in the hotel rooms as well as in the vehicle itself so that you can keep everything charged up.
Tanzania runs on a 230v/50hz electrical grid. Most power sources auto-switch voltage nowadays, so you most likely will NOT have to bring a voltage converter with you (notebook PC’s, anything with a USB charger, phones, tablets, camera battery chargers, etc.).
Tanzania’s plug-type is the same as the UK plug (as it was once a British colony). We will have some plug converters on hand in case you need them, but we recommend grabbing some converters on your own as well — such as this one, which works with most plug input from around the world (including North America and Europe).
We don’t recommend bringing high-draw electronics that don’t auto-switch voltage, such as curling irons and hair dryers, as using them on the local voltage could ruin the devices.
A hat with a brim to keep out the sun, sunglasses, high powered flashlight or headlamp (optional), sunscreen, lip balm, Ziploc bags (to protect valuables/electronics from dust), and of course, a camera and binoculars (if available — some guests just use their phone).
For a full list of what to pack for your safari trip, please see the full Safari Packing List page.
If you have any questions on what you should bring on your safari, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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