Packing list for Tanzania

Malaria is relatively common in Tanzania, especially during the rains, and it is one of the biggest killers in the world, although the affect is worst on those under five years of age. It is strongly recommend that all visitors take anti-malarial drugs, however you should discuss this with your personal physician to decide which one and which vaccinations would be most suitable for you.

An infographic on the prevalance of malaria

To maximize your enjoyment of the actual Tanzanian safari experience, make sure to bring binoculars, camera, appropriate clothing, sun hat and sunscreen, and a first aid kit. Ensure you also have sufficient US dollars and credit cards authorized by your bank for use in Tanzania.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Tanzania safari adventure

day 1

Welcome to Tanzania

day 2

Enjoy Maasai guided ethnobotanical walks

day 3 to 4

Explore the Serengeti National Park

day 5 to 6

Spot the Big Five

day 7

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Tanzania health insurance

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Tanzania in May

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