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Recommended Tanzania Safari Packing List for Tourist

Baggage and Sleeping (not applicable to lodge safaris):

– Elasticated water-proof rucksack cover (only if incorporating a multi-day walking safari)

– Large Holdall, to contain everything you’ll need while on wildlife safari

– Daysack, 25-35 liters, for personal use while on wildlife safari; for ready-access items

– Sleeping Bag, rated to -10C if climbing Kili with Kilibound Adventures, or +5C if on safari only

– Water-proof rucksack liner or heavy duty plastic sack (only if incorporating a multi-day walking safari) such as Lake Natroni tour and Lake Eyasi tours

– Sleeping bags are available on rent

– Daysack, 25-35 liters, for personal use while on wildlife safari; for ready-access items


– Jacket and trousers, (for active safaris that incorporate hunting or trekking),

– Sweat-wicking T-shirts / vests – Fleece.

– Lightweight walking trousers (for active safaris that incorporate hunting or trekking, avoid jeans or heavy cotton as they chafe and dry slowly)

– Underwear (briefs are usually better than boxer shorts which gather and chafe)

– Very good quality hiking socks and thin liner socks. (We advise that socks should be at least a size too small otherwise they stretch and bunch causing blisters)

– Breathable lightweight waterproofs

– Balaclava, (for ascents of Kili or Oldonyo Lengai only) – Wide brimmed sun hat to protect face, ears and neck

– Jacket and trousers, (for active safaris that incorporate hunting or trekking),

– Waterproof walking boots, sturdy and worn-in, (if your safari incorporates active elements and walking)


– Sanitary products

– Toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant

–Flat packed Wet Ones, travel wipes, or similar for personal hygiene on the mountain.

– Kleenex tissues in plastic travel pouches or toilet paper

– Hairbrush / comb

– Sanitary products

– Lip salve with UV protection

– Vaseline, to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters


– Malaria tablets (if you choose to take these. Most will seek advice from their GP. Note: some anti-malarial courses need to commence several weeks before departure.

– Sun cream. Note: some argue that most sun creams are carcinogenic and either organic sun barriers or loose fitting clothes that cover the skin are regarded by many as preferable.


– Passport (with additional 6 months’ validity after proposed trip return date)

– Tanzanian Entry Visa. (If flying to Nairobi and taking the bus to Arusha, Kenyan visas can be bought on arrival at Nairobi airport.)

– Air Travel Documents – Cash in US dollars in denominations of $10 and $20 (tipping allowance and local purchases, taxis, meals, etc)

– Credit Cards (recommended for eventualities only & obtaining extra cash from ATMs)

– Travel Insurance Documents

– Vaccination Certificates (where applicable) – Traveler’s Cheques are not recommend as they are subject to extremely poor conversion rates in Arusha.

Other stuff:

– Camera and film or Digital Camera and spare memory cards & batteries & charger

– Sunglasses with UV-filter lenses

– High energy snacks (Cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts)

– Spare Contact Lenses and fluid, if worn – Watch

– Head torch with spare batteries

– Water bottles & Camelbak (3 litres carrying capacity if climbing)

– Water Purification Tablets / Iodine drops

– Ear Plugs (in the event of attempting to sleep near barking dogs)

– Plastic bags (for dirty washing, used wrappers, etc.)

– Telescopic walking poles (optional – and for use on active safaris & climbs only)

– Mobile phone. There is signal reception in much of the national parks and safari areas. Note: It is a very good idea to unlock your phone before you come out so that a local SIM card can be used. This will make calls home very inexpensive.

Personal Small First Aid Kit:

– Pain Killers (Ibuprofen)

– Diamox (Acetazolamide) if you are climbing Kilimanjaro – Paracetamol

– Zinc oxide tape and small scissors.

– Compeed Blister Pads

– Immodium / Loperamide anti-diarrhea tablets

– Any medication you normally use

– Dioralyte sachets or similar re-hydration packs. Note that your guide or safari liaison will carry a more comprehensive medical kit containing additional Acetazolamide, Ibuprofen, Anti-inflammatory gel, bandages, Loperamide, Amoxycilin, Oral Dexamethasone, and several other items.Kilibound highly recommend these Tanzania Safari Packing List for all tourist and travel who wish to visit Tanzania.

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