What to Pack?
Packing for a safari requires careful planning so that you have everything you need to ensure the best safari experience as many items will not be available to purchase in rural and remote parts of Africa. It is important to remember the strict weight restrictions of the airline that you are flying with, as well as what you will need while on safari. There is a daily laundry service at the lodges so packing light is highly recommended.
Here is what we recommend you bring
- Comfortable walking shoes/hiking boots for walking in the bush. We recommend you wear these in before your trip – there is nothing more uncomfortable than new shoes!
- Comfortable sandals/shoes to wear around the lodge.
- A light jacket and warm fleece. A heavier jacket and sweater is highly recommended from June to August as evenings can be cold once the sun has gone down.
- Light weight cotton clothing in neutral colours (beige, khaki, olive green) with long trousers and long sleeves for the evenings. Avoid white, red and dark colours on game drives and walks.
- Swimming costume.
- Sun hat, sun block and sunglasses. Lip balm is also handy.
- Insect repellent.
- Binoculars are essential.
- Camera and video camera, spare memory card, spare batteries, charging equipment and adaptor.
- Toiletries: feminine products and a sufficient supply of any prescription medication (including malaria tablets). A small, personal medical kit with basic First Aid including plasters, headache pills and antihistamine is always useful.
- A good book and sketch pad.
Tanzania is a malaria zone and we strongly advise that you consult your doctor or travel clinic prior to travel and be advised what appropriate anti-malarial drugs to take. All visitors must be vaccinated against yellow fever and it is compulsory to provide a yellow fever certificate when entering or exiting Tanzania.
Passport & Visa requirements
Please remember that you need at least TWO blank pages in your passport for your visa and make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after travel. All foreigners are required to have a valid visa unless their countries have agreements with Tanzania that waivers the visa requirement.
Temperatures are generally pleasant with a minimum temperature range at night of 13°C / 55°F and maximum temperature range during the day of 29°C / 84°F.
Dry season: June to October is warm with clear skies and sunny weather. It can be cool in the evenings but the chance of rain is very small.
Green season: November to March is cooler with light & short rains, although this is not always the case. If the rains do come, it tends to be drier again in January and February before the heavy rains arrive.
Rainy season: April & May – heavy and long rains although these tend to be heavy, tropical downpours in the afternoon and relatively predictable.
Nimali Tarangire is closed between 1st April to 31st May each year.
Tips for Wildlife Viewing:
Tanzania offers so much more than the Big Five which is often at the top of everyone’s wish list.
It is often the smaller animals, diverse birdlife and incredible reptiles that draw you back again and again for another exceptional visit. Watching a breeding herd of elephant will always be special but there is a certain thrill in seeing a serval, gerenuk or beautiful coloured saddle-billed stork. As a visitor, go beyond the obvious and challenge yourself to learn as much about the wildlife and ecosystems through which you will travel on your safari.
Binoculars are an essential bit of kit, particularly for observing detail and for identifying birds and other smaller mammal species.
Patience is a good virtue for wildlife viewing and we advise spending a little more time at each sighting to quietly observe the fascinating behavioral traits that become apparent over a period of time.
Early morning and late afternoons are the best times to be out looking for wildlife. This is known as the “golden hour” for photography and animal activity peaks, with nocturnal species like leopard and hyena often still active. During the heat of the day, elephant and a variety of plains game will come to drink at the waterholes when there is less likelihood of predators being present. Night drives can be very rewarding for nocturnal mammals such as genets, bush babies, white tailed mongoose and the bat eared fox.