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Luggage for safari, in 1 – 2 – 3!

You chose your safari. You booked. Everything is ready… Then it comes the time to pack your luggage. You gave for granted that it’s easy stuff, but now you see that on the practical side it’s not so obvious.

We know how does it happen! A safari in Tanzania is not an everyday trip, and might be not so simple for you to select the items to store in the limited space you have. Keep calm and have a look at our guidelines, and you will travel as comfortably as possible!

Luggage for safari

Step 1: Which bag should you choose?

First, let’s talk about the type of bag to choose: space in the safari vehicle is limited, so safari companies often ask to take only one luggage per person; moreover, if one or more domestic flights are included in your itinerary, you have to keep in mind that usually these carriers have a strict limit of 15 kg in soft bags as baggage allowance – in this case, it is important to choose a suitcase that is not hard and that has not heavy structures.

Step 2: What to put in your luggage?

After choosing the bag, it is time to decide what to store in it: you have to remember that during a safari you will spend many time travelling along dirty road, so it is better to pack
comfortable clothes, better in neutral colors like khaki, olive or acacia. A bout colors it is also better to avoid camouflage clothes, as in some African countries are not allowed for civilians.

Keep in mind that Africa doesn’t always mean “hot weather”, but in some areas it can be very cold, so don’t forget to bring a sweater or a jacket. If you plan to wash your clothes, remind that it is better to do this when you are spending more than one night in the same place, so you can be sure that it will dry.

Step 3: This is the final checklist!

Do you have the items in this list? If yes, you’re ready to leave…

  • Trousers (long and short)
  • T-shirt / safari style shirt
  • Underwear and socks
  • T-shirt / Shirt with long sleeves to protect your arm from mosquito after sunset
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Jacket or sweater
  • Swimming costume
  • Solid shoes (like trekking shoes or sneakers)
  • Sandals
  • Cagoule
  • Slippers for shower

Next to clothes, don’t forget:

  • Toilet bag
  • Medicines
  • Sun lotion
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Charges for your electrical devices
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Binoculars and camera
  • Passport and a copy of your documents

If you have any doubt about luggage or other practical issues, just ask us. We will be glad to help you.

Travel to Tanzania, with the right guidebook

A good guidebook is surely the best companion for travelers, from the planning stage of a journey up to the day when you are on the road.

Many publishers offer guidebooks for Tanzania and Zanzibar and often it is not easy to understand which it’s going to be the right one… so, let’s have a look to the most popular.

Rough Guide for Tanzania & Zanzibar

Written by Jens Finke, the Rough Guide for Tanzania & Zanzibar is a reliable source of information for people who would like to have an introduction about this country as well as many useful tips about how to organize a journey.

In fact, next to travel suggestions, this guide offers a well written introductory section with many general information about Tanzania (cultural customs, food, health service, etc).

In the following sections, the guide is focusing on giving practical information, reviews about hotels and restaurant for every budget and clear maps. It’s well focused also about wildlife that you can observe during a safari.

Bradt Guide for Tanzania

Bradt guidebooks are widely recognized to be one among the best about traveling to Africa. The deep knowledge of the different countries and the extensive experience “on the road” of their authors are the warranty of the quality of these books.

It is not just a chance, in fact, that Bradt is known to be a pioneer publisher: tracking unusual destination and giving a particular attention to sustainable tourism are the peculiarity of these publications.

At the same time, the importance given to the layout of the pages and the use of color allow this publisher to offer guidebooks that are not just useful but also nice to read.

Lonely Planet for Tanzania & Zanzibar

Established in 1973, Lonely Planet is today the world’s leading travel guide publisher and the most famous in all the countries. They offer a product that is at the same time rich of information but also easy to read. These guidebooks are suitable also for non-expert travelers.

The one about Tanzania offers samples of itinerary, an interesting section about general information (language, local customs, food, health service, etc.), maps and reviews about hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.

Lonely Planet is a real passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date travel advise and covers not only the mainstream touristic areas of the country, but also the less visited places and it is suitable for backpackers as well as all-inclusive tourists.

So, either you are an independent traveler, a backpacker looking for the cheapest options or a tourist that prefers luxury journey… don’t forget to put a good guidebook in your bag, before leaving to Tanzania!