The ultimate safari style is light, breezy and completely casual. Check out our guide of what you should fit in your suitcase before you jet off to Tanzania.
When heading out on Safari you should be sure to leave your pearls, designer clothes and bright colors back in the hotel. Laundry service is expensive in Tanzania and difficult to find so it may be best to limit your wardrobe and stick to the basics. Visitors should take note that wearing camouflage clothes is actually illegal in Tanzania and you can face a hefty fine if you choose to wear them.
Khaki browns and beiges are all the rage on safari, you want to try and blend in with the landscape for a chance to catch sight of big game. The roads and plains also kick up a lot of dust so be sure to dress in clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Temperatures in Tanzania rise considerably in the daytime. By midday you may find yourself sweltering so remember to pack plenty of light clothing with breathable materials such as light linens and cotton.
If you are planning to wake up early to bask in the sunrise or hoping to eat al fresco on the verandah come evening then it’s advised to bring some warm clothing. A fleecy pullover or lined jacket can save you from the cold. This is especially true if you are planning a trip to the crater in the winter months of June, July and August, you may want to pack a few heavy duty items to keep the chill at bay.
Whilst open toe sandal are perfect for walking on the pale sands of the local beaches they are less than practical on safari. You should pack a good pair of walking shoes especially if you are planning a trek through the bush as stepping on a snake without proper footwear can be dangerous.
Along with Tanzania being a largely populated Muslim country you are also at risk if you expose your skin to mosquitoes. Long trousers and long sleeved shirts should be packed into your bag to keep your body free from insect bites and to avoid upsetting local customs.
The downpours do happen in Tanzania and whilst it is magnificent to witness the sky flooding over and the river banks overflowing it can be unpleasant to get wet. Be sure to bring an umbrella and a raincoat to keep you dry when the storms roll in.
A high factor sun cream is a must! The fiery ball in the sky bakes the ground and it is vital to stay protected from serious sun burn or sun stroke. You should also pack a wide brimmed hat to protect your head and a good pair of sunglasses.
Many hotels and lodges have pools and watering holes for guests to cool off in the scorching afternoons. Bring along a bathing suit as it is perfectly acceptable to wear swimsuits and bikinis for lounging around the pool.
Maximize your viewing pleasure on safari by bringing a pair of binoculars. Don’t forget to pack your camera and extra batteries to take some stunning shots of the gazelles grazing and the big cats stretched out in the sun.
You can find all kinds of toiletries in Tanzania so only bring the basics or specialist brands. Be sure to bring prescription medication along with you as you could have trouble finding replacements in the limited pharmacies.