How To Prepare for Tanzania In Safari
Please make sure to lock all of your bags when traveling and to obtain travel insurance prior to departure. It is recommended that you travel with a set of clothes and essential items in your carry-on bags in case of luggage being lost – security measure at airport check in are the same as international airports – Do not carry lighters, pen knives, nail scissors in carry on luggage as it will be removed and destroyed. Leken Adventure offers secure storage rooms / safes where luggage & valuables can be left for a certain part of a safari if returning to Arusha (ie, If climbing Kilimanjaro or heading to the beach climbing/beach gear can be left whilst on safari and delivered to the lodge/hotel prior to your return)..
How To Prepare for Tanzania In Safari – Overview
Passports and Visas
All travelers will need a current passport with an expiration date of at least six months from the time of entry into Tanzania. Tanzania tourist visas can be purchased in advance through the nearest Tanzanian embassy, or upon arrival at the airport or border crossing. Currently, visa payments at Kilimanjaro International Airport and border crossings are by cash only; payment at Julius Nyerere International Airport is by credit card only.
Proper health preparations for the trip are your responsibility. You may be able to get your vaccinations from your own physician, but a travel clinic will be more familiar with the necessary vaccines and can also provide other helpful information. Be sure to also discuss malaria prevention with the travel clinic.
Travel and Medical Insurance
Tanzania Choice Safaris does not provide insurance for travelers. Speak with your travel agent or airline about options for travel insurance to cover personal accident, medical expenses and medical evacuation, repatriation, trip cancellation and loss of personal effects.
The weather may vary considerably throughout your trip, or even throughout the day, so plan on clothing that can be layered if it’s cool, or removed if it’s warm. Choose separates that can be mixed and matched, and avoid fabrics that require special care. Neutral colors are good for safari; avoid black and blue clothing as tsetse flies are attracted to those colors. Accessorize with modest jewelry. To respect cultural norms, avoid sleeveless blouses and short shorts or skirts.
Depending on your itinerary, consider a pair of sturdy closed-toe shoes in case of mud or rough terrain. Sandals will be appropriate for safari. Most days will be sunny, so bring appropriate sun protection: hat (wide-brim is best to protect the neck and ears), sunscreen, sunglasses.
Packing for a trip like this is a delicate balance between bringing what you’ll need and not overburdening yourself with luggage. As you review the packing list and determine what to bring with you, remember this:
Essentials to pack in your carry-on bag:
- passport (keep a photocopy of your photo page in each of your suitcases)
- plane ticket and air travel itinerary
- International Certificate of Vaccination
- prescription and essential over-the-counter medications in their original containers
- money and/or ATM card [while in Tanzania, consider dividing your money between your bag, suitcase (well-hidden) and your passport carrier—if one of them gets lost or stolen you’ll still have another stash of cash]
- credit cards if you want to use them at the airports
- toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and any other essential hygiene items
- a few clothing items to hold you over a couple of days if your luggage gets lost
- valuables such as your camera
Other items to consider bringing:
- passport carrier/money holder
- small day pack/backpack for carrying items you need during the day
- wide brimmed hat
- neck pillow for plane
- small flash light
- journal or notebook and pens
- travel alarm
- plastic bag for dirty laundry
- small travel umbrella
- mini sewing kit and safety pins
- extra batteries or charger for camera
- bandana for a variety of uses—washcloth, dust mask, head cover, etc.
- snacks—granola bars, trail mix, hard candies; chocolate may melt but could still be worth the risk
- hand cream or body lotion
- hand sanitizer
- feminine sanitary supplies
- insect repellent
- lip balm with sunscreen
- nail clippers/nail file
- roll of toilet paper or travel packs of tissue
- shampoo and hair styling products (some tented camps and lodges operate on solar power and cannot accommodate a hair dryer or other styling implements; select a low-maintenance style for your safari)
- wet wipes
- Swahili phrasebook
- Tanzania guidebook
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