Tanzania Safari Packing List

Choices, choices, and choices – This is the thing that comes up when creating a Tanzania Safari Packing List. A safari packing checklist is necessary for Safaris in Tanzania. So make sure that you double-check everything! Even though there are loads of choices – you should just boil things down to just the essentials.

The following safari packing list has been created just for safari-goers. So, make sure that you check off all the items mentioned below.

The General Safari Packing Checklist

Below are the essential items required for safaris in Tanzania. Ensure that you have all these items on your checklist.

Clothing Essentials and Footwear

  • Comfortable shirts and trousers (we recommend a pair of both half and long-sleeved shirts)
  • Lightweight safari shoes (for nature walks and safari activities)
  • A sturdy pair of hiking boots (if you plan a Kilimanjaro trek)
  • Few pairs of underwear
  • A Rain jacket/poncho
  • Scarfs/A wide-brim hat
  • Socks
  • A Fleece jacket (for morning safari drives and night activities or dinners)


  • 85-95L duffle bag
  • A 20-35L Backpack
  • Organizers, tags and locks (for your bags)

General Items

  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Insect repellent (with DEET)
  • Prescribed Medications
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottles (reusable)

Clothing – Layered, Comfortable, and Light!

Comfort and Colour! You should remember these words when packing for Tanzania Safaris. Moisture-wicking clothes and breathable fabric are highly recommended. They also play a crucial role in making the process of layering work smoothly.

Our Suggestions – Do not wear bright-coloured clothes while on safaris – Earth tones are advised. Laundry services are available at most Tanzania Accommodations, so don’t overpack your luggage with clothes!

Footwear – Light for walking and Strong for Hiking is the way to go!

You should pack light and breathable shoes for guided walking Safaris in Tanzania. And, a pair of strong hiking boots for hiking purposes. Especially, if you plan on climbing the Roof of Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tech Items – Probably the most important one for you!

Camera, Binoculars, adapters, and a high-capacity power bank are must-pack gadgets for safaris. If you plan to go on night safaris, then a headlamp or a flashlight is recommended.

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Pro Packing Insights – For birdwatching enthusiasts, a pair of binoculars are highly advised. 10x50 magnification is recommended.  For capturing the best pictures on your safari – you should have a zoom lens of 300mm or more.

Essential Documents

You should have all the necessary documents in your luggage before you leave for your safari journey. Below are some documents you should ensure are in your luggage:

  • Passport and Visa
  • Identification Documents
  • Travel Insurance Papers
  • List of Emergency contact numbers
  • Medical Certificates
  • Health Surveillance Forms
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate
  • Credit Cards
  • Safari Itinerary

Our Advice - In Tanzania, there’s a risk of malaria in some regions. So, take all the essential safety precautions like taking anti-malaria pills/tablets and having a DEET-based mosquito repellant.

A Few Words to wrap up!

To have the best experience of Safaris in Tanzania, you should ensure that all the above items are in your luggage. So, that is about wrapping things up, now you can fully enjoy your safari with the Tanzania Safari Packing List.

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