Safari Packing List
- Large Duffle Bag, to contain everything you’ll need while on safari
- Daysack, 25-35 litres, for personal use while on safari; for ready-access items
- Sleeping Bag, rated to -10C if climbing Kili with us, or +5C if on safari only (not applicable to lodge safaris)
- Waterproof rucksack liner or heavy duty plastic sack (only if incorporating a multi-day walking safari)
- Elasticated waterproof rucksack cover (only if incorporating a multi-day walking safari). Sleeping mattresses are not required as we provide these for you.
- Sweat-wicking T-shirts / vests – Fleece.
- Insulated down jacket or similar (only if climbing Kilimanjaro or Oldonyo Lengai or Mt Meru)
- Down mittens or similar (only if climbing Kilimanjaro or Oldonyo Lengai or Mt Meru)
- Thermal long-johns for summit night (only if climbing Kilimanjaro or Oldonyo Lengai or Mt Meru)
- 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
- Jacket and trousers, (for active safaris that incorporate hunting or trekking),
- Waterproof walking boots, sturdy and worn-in, (if your safari incorporates active elements
- otherwise comfortable leather shoes will suffice – Calf gaiters, (only if climbing Kilimanjaro or Oldonyo Lengai or Mt Meru)
- Balaclava, (for ascents of Kili or Oldonyo Lengai only) – Wide brimmed sun hat to protect face, ears and neck
- 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) – Traveller’s Cheques are not recommend as they are subject to extremely poor conversion rates in Arusha.
- 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-diarrhoea 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.