Suggested Packing List
Seasonal Climates- what to expect.
Tanzania’s cool season is from June to early August and the early mornings and evenings can be cool to cold with sometimes a biting wind, but it rarely gets below 4°C/39°F — even at Ngorongoro which is 8,000 feet asl (above sea level). And although the days are cooler, it can still become warm in the afternoon and reach temperatures of 25°C/77°F.
After August it starts to warm up and until late October it is typically a dry heat and midday can be up to 28°C/82°F. The evenings cool off but are never cold.
The first rains are expected in November to late December and bring welcome relief from the more humid, hot days. If it is a clear day the midday heat of over 30°C/84°F is to be avoided. Still the evenings cool off because most safari destinations are at an altitude of over 4,000 feet asl.
At lower elevations such as Lakes Natron and Eyasi and coastal areas the evenings are warm and humid-- a blanket for sleeping is always tossed aside! This warmer weather continues until the rains of late March bring relief again. April and early May are wetter periods but excellent for safaris and animals.
Suggested clothing and other essentials.
Please keep these items “bush coloured” (try to avoid strong colours and blazing white) and we suggest taking the “layering approach” to prepare for warm days with cool mornings and evenings; and for possible showers and mud. Everything should be washable.
- Jacket: water-resistant and lightweight.
- Warm Sweater or Fleece Jacket (1-2)
- Shoes: 1 pair comfortable, water-resistant hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes; and 1 pair casual shoes or sandals for evenings in camp.
- Bathing sandals (flip flops etc.) are very useful for shower times.
- Socks: 3-5 pair.
Pack at least three complete changes of clothing to include:
- Trousers: 2- 3 pair (lightweight); 1-2 pair shorts (optional).
- Shirts: lightweight fabrics (cotton or breathable synthetics) and long sleeves are best as they are adjustable.
- Hat (the brim’s the key)
- Insect Repellent.
- Sun-block-factor 20 plus- the non-greasy type.
- Sunglasses and reading glasses if needed (bring a spare of each).
- Personal Toiletry items that you will need for the entire safari (toilet paper is supplied).
- Personal medical items and a Small First Aid kit: 1 kit per group.
- Your camera, with its carrying bag. (I will not get into details about which camera but for wildlife shots a 300mm lens is the minimum required). Dust is the major problem for most cameras so a lightweight dust proof zipper bag is useful and should be large enough for your camera mounted on your largest lens.
- Also a 12-volt (cigarette lighter fitting) and a 220-volt charger for all your battery (bring at least two spare batteries) charging needs for video cameras, shavers and anything else. We use a 220-volt generator to power fridges and for recharging tent lamps-but it is wise to bring back up chargers.
- Binoculars- 8 or 10 x 40’s are the best. One each is highly recommended!
- Your own small torch (flashlight). One is supplied per tent.
- Small rucksack (day pack). This is very important and very useful.
- Small penknife. Ensure that you check it in with your luggage at airports!
- Field Guides – A large selection is carried in the vehicle – but it is always nice to have your own. Check out my list of recommended field guides.
- I highly recommend that before your safari you try to read a few of the books on our recommended list and if I had to pick one it would be, Africa –A Biography of a Continent, by John Reader.