Before trekking into the Serengeti or conquering Mount Kilimanjaro, there are a few basic items you should add to your packing list. For more information, visit our FAQs page or give us a call.
If you are going on safari, remember that luggage capacity is limited on small planes and other modes of transport you are likely to use. It is likely that you will need to restrict your luggage to 15 kg (33 lb), packed in a soft duffle bag, plus a reasonable amount of camera equipment.
We encourage you to wear light khaki, olive, tans and brown/beige as they increase the chances of better game viewing. However, due to the high altitude on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, night time temperatures are cold even in summer. Travelers to these regions should pack a fleece or sweater, as well as a warm jacket for game drives. Swimwear is a must when traveling to the coastal areas of Zanzibar. Comfortable walking shoes are essential for those planning bush walks or walking safaris. Guests intending to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru should pack thermal underwear, light layers, a sweater, warm jacket, good socks, and sturdy boots.
Memory cards and film are available in most large cities and towns. However, the quality may vary and it is recommended that you bring your own. The standard voltage throughout Tanzania is 220V AC, so be sure to check and make sure all of your electrical appliances can handle that wattage. It is a good idea to bring a converter as well as an adaptor with you. Tanzania uses a three-pronged square plug.
ATMs are found in all major towns of Tanzania. In Tanzania, the currency is the Tanzanian shillings. Foreign currencies such as the US dollar are widely accepted in Tanzania, although dollar bills dated before 2003 are usually not accepted. Most cities have banks and forex bureaus where money can be changed. In National Parks, currency exchange facilities are usually available at reputable lodges/tents. It is a good idea to change your money in advance if you are going on safari. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in most restaurants, shops, and hotels in Tanzania. However, Diners Club and American Express may not be accepted. Proof of identification may be required when paying by credit card, so be sure to carry some form of photo identification at all times.