Safari Packing List
What to pack and wear while on Safari in Africa
Bringing the right clothing and personal items on your East Africa Safari not only keeps you safe and comfortable, but also increases your enjoyment of the many adventurous activities available during your travels.
As a general rule, you should pack lightly and make wise choices in what types of clothing you bring. Unless you have a special event to attend, formal clothing is not necessary, and can even be burdensome while in Tanzania.
Loose fitting garments that can be worn in layers will ensure your comfort day and night, and you should bring only clothing that you do not mind getting soiled. Some safari accommodations in Tanzania offer next day laundry services (generally at a cost) subject to appropriate weather conditions, so you do not need to bring a large quantity of clothing.
Avoid bright colors, white and dark colors, and instead bring clothes of neutral colors, such as khaki, light bark or mid-tone brown, beige, olive and green, the typical colors used for safari clothing.
Mosquitoes are a concern in Tanzania, as are tsetse flies, and you are best shielded against these insects by wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes. Insect repellant is also highly recommended, if not binding in most locations.
Wearing appropriate shoes for your Tanzania activities protect your feet from blisters, as well as thorns and stones.
Because your safari activities vary in intensity and terrain, appropriate waterproof shoes are recommended dependent on your itinerary such as hiking boots or walking safari shoes for long hikes or on Tanzania game walks; waterproof sneakers shoes are most appropriate for game drives only itineraries but we generally recommend walking shoes for utmost comfort due to the rugged ground exposure in Tanzania, and sandals for beach extensions.
You may also want to bring a pair of lightweight flip-flops for in-room use including during showers.
When you travel in Tanzania, you should respect the local customs and beliefs. Tanzanians have very strong beliefs about morality, including proper ways to dress and show respect.
When you are visiting local markets, bazaars and other attractions, you should wear either long trousers or knee-length shorts with a polo shirt. Tank tops, shorts or skirts above the knee and other types of clothing that reveal the shoulders or thighs should be avoided.
Religious sites, such as mosques, temples, synagogues and churches, require even stricter dress requirements and you may be asked to leave by one of the guards if you are dressed inappropriately based on the local culture and people’s expectations.