Mama Africa Safari Experts uses modern, custom-built 4WD Toyota Land cruisers (both short and extended). Each vehicle is specially designed for comfort, with extra legroom and plenty of headroom. Extra large windows and an open roof are perfect for panoramic game-viewing and provide optimal opportunities for photography. Each visitor is guaranteed a window seat for wildlife drives.
Our off-road safari vehicles are specifically designed for your adventure, whether you choose to stay at lodges, luxury tented camps, or campgrounds. Each is fully equipped with water, cooler boxes, a complete field kitchen, tables, and chairs. All of our vehicles and equipment are inspected fully before departing on safaris.
We recommend that you pack light because you will probably be moving between various modes of transportation (airplanes, cars, light aircraft, truck, boats). Suitcases with wheels don’t function well in the African bush, but they are adequate if you don’t mind carrying them. A day pack is handy for carrying the items you need while driving around in the safari vehicle or walking through the bush.
Please bring soft-sided luggage like duffel bags, NOT hard suitcases. Charter flights within Tanzania strictly limit passengers to a total of 44 lbs including carry-ons, so the key is to pack as light as possible.
It’s a good idea to put essential medications in your carry-on bag, in case your checked baggage is delayed. It’s also a good idea to put an approved lock on your checked bags.
There are ATMs in most towns in Tanzania, and the most convenient way to get money here is to bring your ATM card. You can also exchange cash – dollars, Euros and other currency – at change bureaus. Larger denominations ($50 – $100) are best, and dollars from 2006 and after are strongly preferred. Many banks and vendors will not accept bills from before 2006, and will give a lower exchange rate if they do. Travelers’ cheques are not recommended. They can be difficult to cash, and get an unfavorable exchange rate.
Phones and Communication:
It’s nice to unplug and immerse yourself in the experience of your safari without digital distraction; but many travelers find it essential to be able to communicate home. Tanzanian mobile phones work on the same GSM network as European phones; so any phone that will work in Europe will work here.
If you have an international calling plan on your phone, you should be able to use it here for emergencies, though it can be very expensive if you make frequent calls. If your phone is unlocked you can buy a SIM card in Tanzania very inexpensively, and use pre-paid vouchers to pay for calls and data. Most of Tanzania has 3-G data service, and smart phones work here.
In town, most hotels have Wi-Fi internet. In remote parks, internet service is typically not available, though there is usually phone service.
It’s not necessary to bring special safari clothes, although there is some convenience and comfort associated with quick-drying nylon travel clothing. Washable, light-weight clothing works fine. A few things to consider:
On safari, neutral colors or patterns (no bright whites, sparkles or fluorescent colors) are less likely to disturb animals.
You don’t need to bring enough clothing to last the entire trip without being washed. When staying at a lodge or tented camp you can usually get laundry done; when camping, you can do your own. It’s possible to get laundry detergent in Tanzania, although it might be more convenient to bring a small package of detergent powder.
Warm-to-hot weather is the norm, but it can be downright chilly on safari, especially at Ngorongoro Crater. Bring mostly warm-weather clothes, but pack a couple of warm layers.
Don’t underestimate the tropical sun. Bring a hat with a brim, and at least2 lightweight long-sleeved shirts, 2-3 pairs of shorts and two pair of long pants.
Unless you plan on trekking, hiking boots are not necessary, but some good walking shoes will come in handy. A pair of flip-flops or other easily removed waterproof sandals is also useful.
2-3 shirts (golf or T-shirts) ,Swimsuit (if you will be visiting Zanzibar Island or other water areas) Undergarments and socks; women might consider a sports bra (for bouncy jeeps) and sleep wear.
One last comment: although standards of dress for tourists are somewhat relaxed (especially on safari), people dress conservatively here. If you spend any time walking in towns or villages, short shorts, tank tops, and similar clothing will cause you to stand out and may cause embarrassment to yourself or others. Around the pool at the hotel, you don’t have to worry about it; but for venturing into town it’s recommended that both men and women cover themselves from shoulders to knees.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat with a brim.
Basic first aid supplies and medications you may need:adhesive bandages, antiseptic cream, headache tablets, moleskin, etc. Malaria medication, anti-biotics and anti-diarrheal tablets are strongly recommended.
If you wear contact lenses, consider bringing glasses. It’s very dusty here.
Binoculars are essential for a successful trip; no safari packing list is complete without them!
Camera, extra memory card(s), charger, and extra batteries (film if you use it)
A couple of large re-closeable plastic bags (Zip-Loc or similar) to protect your camera and binoculars from the dust.
Small bean bag to substitute for a tripod
A money belt for keeping your passport and any large sums of money.
Washing powder/travel soap for laundry (optional)
Plug adapters – Tanzania uses an English-style 3-pronged plug. Our electricity is 240V, so make sure the appliance has a suitable voltage rating.
You may have to get up early, so a travel alarm clock (can be a phone) is useful.
A travel sewing kit is often useful.
Your passport should have an expiration date at least 6 months after your date of departing from Tanzania.
Bring your immunization card, particularly if you will be transiting through any other African countries.
A single-entry tourist Visa is available at international airports in Tanzania, and is required for visitors from most countries. If you want to obtain your visa before coming, visit the website of your country’s Tanzanian embassy for instructions. You can find specific visa requirements at http://www.tanzaniaconsul.com/visa.html, or from the Tanzanian embassy in your home country. A tourist visa costs $100 for visitors from the United States, and $50 for visitors from other countries.
Emergency phone numbers, addresses for post cards, email addresses, etc.
A travel diary—to write about your safari and record the wildlife you see
Many health insurance policies include coverage for accidents and illnesses overseas, and my also cover evacuation.Check your coverage, and consider buying extra insurance.
Guide book(s) covering the area you’re visiting, as well as field guides to the birds and other animals of Tanzania, are useful.
A copy of your itinerary and all flight confirmation information.
Photocopy of your passport and vaccination card (kept separately from your passport), along with extra passport photos.
Copies of prescriptions.