Travelling to Tanzania:
Tanzania is a wonderfully diverse country which contains more than its fair share of the continent’s natural wonders and yet remains with relatively little tourist. Although the big names… Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar … do attract decent numbers of visitors, there is very little of the overt mass-market tourism that is so prevalent in parts of Kenya and elsewhere.
The best time of year to Travel in Tanzania for safari is between June and October as this is the dry season across most of the country. While this is particularly the case in Ruaha and Selous in Southern Tanzania, Katavi in Western Tanzaniaand the Mahale Mountains on Lake Tanganyika, it’s by no means the case for all parks. Between December and May for example offers up some of the best game viewing available in all Africa in the Serengeti and surrounding areas.
What to pack for your safari & clothes to wear
It is best to pack for a safari in the bush using two soft duffel type: One with the majority of your belongings that will be for your use in camp or at the lodges; and a smaller one that will travel with you in the safari vehicle to contain your photo equipment, sunscreen, hat, jacket and other personal items.
The following list encompasses most of all the clothes you need to pack for the safari activities and based on your individual safari itinerary you may want to shorten or otherwise alter the list.
General Packing List:
- In general, pack lightly. Leave room for gifts and souvenirs. Soft sided luggage packs more easily into the safari vehicle.
- Always carry passport, airline tickets and money on your person. A fanny pack or moneybag that hangs around the neck works well.
- In case luggage doesn’t arrive the same day you do, put enough clothing and supplies for the first day in your carryon luggage.
- If taking a domestic flight luggage weight restrictions range between 15-20 kgs (33-44 lbs) total per person.
- If climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru, additional supplies will be needed.
- Sturdy, comfortable shoes, preferably waterproof. They will get dirty.
- Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
- Comfortable, breathable socks
- Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
- Lightweight, breathable pants
- Short sleeved shirts, cool and breathable (neutral colors are best, avoid black, dark blue and bright red)
- Bathing suit if staying at a lodge with a swimming pool or if visiting Zanzibar
- Long sleeved shirt or sweater for evenings
- Rain jacket or rain poncho
- Women: Lightweight dress/skirt that covers knees (for visiting villages), shoulders should be covered also in the village.
- Men: short sleeve shirts with collars (for visiting villages or evening dining at the lodges).
- Keep valuable jewelry to a minimum
Note: Laundry service is available at most lodges either at a nominal cost or free of charge in some cases.
- Day pack, for you to carry
- Large waterproof duffel bag or backpack
- Sun hat
- Maps, guidebooks
- Scarf (for dust and/or sun)
- Binoculars (2 pair are standard in each vehicle – Nikon Monarch 8×36)
- Money (small Tanzanian bills and/or small US bills for small purchases and tips. Larger US bills and/or travelers checks for bigger purchases)
- Journal/notebook, pencil and pen
- Pocket knife tips
- Electricity adapter
- Energy bars and snacks
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Playing cards, games, books, Frisbee
- Camera, film (film is available but expensive), mini tripod
- Mementos for guides and other travellers
- Personal music device
- Video camera, tapes
- Travel pillow
- Small towel
- Roll of toilet paper (for some public restrooms)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Glasses, contacts, solution
- Comb, mirror
- Shampoo (without heavy fragrance)
- Unscented Deodorant (use cologne/perfume sparingly, if at all, in case it might attract bees or other insects)
- Passport (with visa stamp or completed visa application with $50 or $100 US cash, exact change)
- Yellow fever certificate (REQUIRED if travelling from or through an endemic zone )
- Medical and Travel Insurance
- Address book
- Antiseptic cream
- Band Aids
- Bandages and tape
- Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
- Diarrhoea medicine
- Anti-malaria pills
- Insect repellent
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Prescription drugs
Getting in Tanzania:
Kilimanjaro International Airport(JRO)
The most convenient way to get to Tanzania is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (Airport Code: JRO). This airport is about 45 minutes from Arusha or Moshi. We can provide airport transfers to and from JRO for any flights that arrive at Kilimanjaro airport.
Arusha has a small airport within the city. Flights into and out of this airport are very limited, but if you are coming from a nearby country or Zanzibar this may be an option for you.
JomoKenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, Kenya
Some clients choose to arrive in Nairobi, Kenya. From Nairobi, you can take a daily shuttle bus to Arusha for under $50USD. The ride is about 4-5 hours.