If is your first time on safari, this packing list below can help to be well prepared and comfortable during your adventure. If you forget few things, Hakuna Matata, you can buy some items in town before you begin your Adventure.
Yellow fever vaccination records/ certificate.
Tanzania visa, available at airport upon arrival, USD $100 payable in cash only for US citizens or USD $50 for residents of UK/European Union and most other countries.
Copy of flight itinerary. Copy of travel and/or medical evacuation insurance.
Personal medical/dental insurance cards.
Credit card (Visa and MasterCard are most widely accepted).
Cash in U.S. Dollars (bills MUST have been issued in 2004 or later)
Try to stay away from bright colours, We recommend, khaki and other neutral colours which seem to work well. It is probably best if you dress in layers since it can get cold, but also very hot.
Sweater or fleece pullover to keep warm
Sturdy boots or sandals
T-shirts or polo shirts (2-5 depending on how often you want to change) Long sleeve shirts (light weight) Shorts
Rain coat and rain trousers (During rainy season Mar – May and Oct – Dec)
Camera and memory cards
Hand sanitizer and wet wipes
Personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, eye drops etc)
Basic first aid kit and prescription medicines
Flashlight or headlamp
Chargers and extra batteries for your camera, phone etc
Power adapter to fit the UK style electrical socket
Bring soft luggage such as a duffel bag, hiking pack or sports bag. These are ideal for packing into a safari vehicle. Hard suitcases can often be difficult to fit into the vehicles.
Bring a backpack to carry all of your important items including travel documents, money, camera, medication etc. You should keep this backpack with you at all times.
Keep luxury items such as hair dryers/ straighteners, expensive jewellery, make up and bulky toiletries to an absolute minimum. If in doubt, leave them out.
If you plan to bring cash, divide it into different areas of your carry-on luggage, wallet and money belt just in case something happens to one of those carry items.
Leave some space in your luggage for the all-important souvenirs that you will probably buy.
Most safari areas in Tanzania enjoy warm days and cool evenings year-round. While temperatures drop to below freezing on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, the country’s Indian Ocean coast and lakeside regions are hot and humid.
Tanzania has two distinct rainy seasons: April to May (the ‘long rains’) and November to December (the ‘short rains’) Our safari itineraries are tailored to seasonal animal movement patterns so wildlife viewing is excellent year round. So the best time to go on safari is really depending on when you wish to come, your interests, places you wish to visit and activities that you may want to do.
If you’d like to see the wildebeest migration spread out across the Serengeti plains, we’ll recommend you travel in the green season stretching from December to April. This is especially good for the calving season. As the migration moves North from June onwards the Northern part of the Serengeti and river crossings into Kenya’s Maasai Mara is the best area. Whatever month you travel, we will build your itinerary to ensure you’re located in the right parks and the right regions for best wildlife viewing. We can make suggestions about the best areas to visit and build the safari around the time you wish to travel according to your interests and budget.
Please bring some warm clothes! It gets cold in some places because of the high altitude, especially in June, July, and August. Of course, it can also get very hot! It is probably best if you dress in layers, that way you won’t be chilly in the morning, and as the day gets hotter, you can just take off your layers and stay cool in the lighter clothes you’re wearing beneath.
Cancellation Policies & fees • More than 120 days before the safari or tour starts, 25% off the payment. • 119 to 90 days before the safari or tour starts, 50 % off the payment. • 89 to 31 days before the safari or tour starts, 75 % off the payment. • 30 days and below or No Show, 100% off total costs.
Unfortunately, we do not book international flights. However, all domestic internal flights included in your safari itinerary can be arranged by us, and the cost is included in the safari price. You can also book your own domestic flights. For domestic flights, you can use companies like the ones below: Auric Coastal Precision Air
Be sure to bring special and personal prescriptions and medications. Please let us know of medical conditions that may require special attention on safari. Malaria is not to be taken lightly.
All travellers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic about 3 months before departure. Ask your doctor about vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis. Bring mosquito repellent (also good for Teztze flies). We recommend Deet. Also make sure you have jabs for Tetanus, Diptheria, Typhoid, Polio and Yellow Fever before you come.
First of all, tipping is completely at your discretion. If the service is not good, you do not need to give a tip. Some camps or lodges have a staff tip box. At other camps and lodges, it may be appropriate to give the head waiter or the manager a lump sum.
Generally speaking, you can tip the camp or lodge staff, usually giving a lump sum, and separately from that, you can tip your guide. It all depends on where you stay as tipping varies a bit at different camps or lodges, and it also depends on the details of your itinerary.
When you book your safari, you will receive a comprehensive information package, including guidelines on giving tips. When we meet you for the safari briefing, we can also tell you more about this.
Tourist visas can be obtained upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Dar Es Salaam International Airport by simply filling out an entry form (provided during your flight) and payment of the visa fee.
Please ensure you have two blank pages in your passport and your passport does not expire within six months of your arrival date. The tourist visa fee is US$50 except for the following citizens: Pakistan (US$ 200), USA (US$100)
Make sure you bring some cash, but not too much. Do not carry amounts in your pocket that you would feel uncomfortable with at your local supermarket, and try to keep your money out of sight and safely tucked away.
There are a some Barclays Bank branches where you can withdraw cash from the ATM, there are a few in Arusha, and another branch in Zanzibar (Stone Town).
The official currency here is Tanzanian Shillings, however US dollars are widely accepted, though preferably not the old 2003 or 2006 notes. You can use your credit card in the large hotels and lodges (to pay for your drinks for example). You won’t be able to use your card in remote places in the bush. There are many bureaus where you can exchange money in Arusha
The most important thing is to be comfortably and practically dressed. Safari colors – green, khaki, brown or grey are really useful, because white, red and other bright colors might scare away the wildlife! Some ladies may want to consider packing a sports bra as the roads are bumpy. Open sandals or other comfortable shoes may be useful to wear in the car when it is hot
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