All travelers will need a current passport with an expiration date of at least six months beyond the last day you’ll be in Tanzania. Tanzania tourist visas can be applied for in advance and only through the Tanzanian government's official website at We recommend applying at least 3 weeks prior to your departure. See the Downloads below for a help sheet to assist you with the application process. If you choose to purchase your visa upon arrival be prepared to pay in cash, USD only ($100 per person for US citizen, $50 per person for all other nationalities).

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.

Tanzania Choice Safaris does not provide insurance for travelers, but we strongly encourage you to insure your trip. Speak with your travel agent or airline about options for travel insurance to cover personal accidents, 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:

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” —Antoine de Saint Exupéry, pilot and author

If your itinerary includes domestic flights, be sure to check the luggage limits of the airline(s) you’ll be flying as they will be less than international airlines.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Tanzanian government has banned plastic bags. Zip-lock style bags for carrying toiletries are accepted. 


  • 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


  • passport carrier/money holder
  • small day pack/backpack for carrying items you need during the day
  • wide-brimmed hat
  • neck pillow for plane
  • converter/adapter
  • binoculars
  • small flashlight
  • journal or notebook and pens
  • travel alarm
  • small travel umbrella
  • sunglasses
  • 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
  • Q-tips
  • razor
  • 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)
  • sunscreen
  • wet wipes
  • Swahili phrasebook
  • Tanzania guidebook

MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS: click here for a specialized packing list.

Clearly mark your luggage on the outside and inside with your contact information in case it gets lost. A bright ribbon or large, unique luggage tag will help you spot your luggage on the carousel among the hundreds of other bags also arriving on your flight. Check with your airline(s) for guidelines on the number and size of bags you may carry—especially any domestic or chartered carriers you’ll be using in Tanzania, as their restrictions will be more extreme than for international flights.

Soft-sided luggage is much easier to manage when packing in your safari vehicle and may be required by the airline if you are flying in or out of the national parks.

Do you have other questions about how to prepare for your Tanzanian safari?

Just email us and we’ll be glad to help! Be sure to also check out the What to Expect section of our site for more helpful information.