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Essential Tips for Safari and Mountain Climbing

Pack Smart for Your African Adventure

Prepare for your African safari and mountain climbing expeditions with our expert packing tips. Organize your belongings in one waterproof duffel bag and a carry-on for valuables and day trips. Be mindful of weight limits on safari vehicles and small aircraft. If you’re a souvenir enthusiast, consider bringing an extra bag in your suitcase. Remember, airlines have bag restrictions, so plan accordingly. Leave excess baggage at the hotel and take advantage of affordable laundry services in Africa. Dress appropriately to respect East African customs, especially in conservative coastal areas and Zanzibar.

Suggested Pack List for Men’s Clothing

  • 1 pair of comfortable shoes for nice restaurants
  • 1 pair of sturdy, waterproof hiking boots
  • 1 pair of sandals for showering at campsites
  • 3-4 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of long slacks for restaurant visits (no shorts in Zanzibar Town)
  • 1-2 pairs of casual long pants
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 belts
  • 1-2 swimming trunks
  • 3-4 golf/tee shirts
  • 2 long-sleeve casual shirts
  • 1 shirt (with an optional tie for upscale restaurants)
  • 1 sweater or light jacket
  • 1 rain poncho
  • 1-2 hats (essential for sun protection)
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • Backup prescription glasses (contact lenses can be challenging on safari due to dust)

Suggested Pack List for Women’s Clothing

  • Comfortable shoes for restaurants
  • Sturdy hiking shoes or boots
  • Sandals for shower walks
  • 3-4 pairs of socks
  • 1-2 pairs of pantyhose
  • A nice skirt for restaurants
  • 1-2 pairs of long casual pants
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 belts
  • 1-2 swimsuits
  • 3-4 casual short-sleeved blouses
  • 2 long-sleeved casual blouses
  • A sweater or light jacket
  • A rain poncho
  • 1-2 hats for sun protection

When Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro & Meru

  • Trekking poles: reduce the impact on knees and provide extra stability
  • High-altitude sickness medication: prescribed by your doctor to alleviate symptoms
  • Snacks: bring energy bars, trail mix, or high-energy food
  • Camera and spare batteries: capture stunning views
  • Personal medications: pack any personal medications you need
  • Cash in small denominations: tip porters and guides
  • Portable battery pack: keep electronics charged
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes: maintain good hygiene
  • Plastic bags: separate and waterproof clothes and gear
  • Warm hat and neck gaiter/balaclava: protect from cold temperatures
  • Windproof and waterproof shell jacket and pants: be prepared for unpredictable weather
  • Gaiters: keep snow and debris out of your boots
  • Emergency whistle and signal mirror: attract attention in case of emergency
  • Emergency blanket or bivvy sack: stay warm during an emergency overnight stay

When Going on a Camping Safari

  • Towels: Pack two to three medium-sized towels for personal hygiene, drying off after swimming, and wiping down camping equipment.
  • Soap and Shampoo: Bring soap in a plastic soap dish for easy travel and pack travel-sized shampoo to keep you clean and fresh during your trip.
  • Sleeping Bag: A sleeping bag is a must-have for a camping safari.
  • Warm Clothing: Pack warm clothing for the evenings, as nighttime temperatures in Ngorongoro can drop to about 5°C.
  • Flashlight: A (head) flashlight is an essential item for camping safaris.
  • First Aid Kit: A first aid kit should contain basic medical supplies such as band-aids, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and any personal medication you may need.
  • Rain Gear: Pack a raincoat, waterproof boots, and a poncho to keep you dry in case of rain.

Travel Tips

  • Visas: Obtain visas for entry to Kenya and Tanzania in advance through the respective embassies to avoid travel disruptions.
  • Important Documents: Make photocopies or a list of important documents such as passports, plane tickets, vaccination records, lists of medications, and camera serial numbers. Keep this list separate from the actual documents.
  • Lost Luggage: Report lost luggage immediately and follow the airline’s procedures to retrieve it. Inform your safari driver and our office to assist in getting your bags to you.
  • Guide and Assistants Tips: Tipping follows the North American system in Tanzania. Tips are expected but not a substitute for wages. Adjust your tip based on your experience.

Important Items to Consider for Your Trip

  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing
  • Water bottles to stay hydrated
  • Pens, paper, and a journal to document your experiences
  • A good novel or two for downtime
  • Zip-Lock bags to protect your belongings from dust and moisture and separate wet clothes
  • Large plastic trash bags to wrap your belongings in case of rain (bags may be stored on vehicle racks)
  • Money belt or pouch to keep your valuables safe and secure, ideally worn in front of your shirt or pants

Safari Tipping Guidelines

For safari drivers/guides, a tip of USD 15 – USD 30 per day per guide is customary. For chefs (on adventure camping safaris only), a tip of USD 8 – USD 20 per day per chef is appropriate. It is important to note that the tip is per guide per day, not per traveler per day. For instance, if you are in a group of four travelers and wish to tip the driver $20/day, each traveler would contribute $5/day to the tip pool. It is customary to give a tip at the end of the safari.

Hotels and Restaurants

Tipping is expected at high-end luxury hotels and lodges, while it is also anticipated at moderately priced safari lodges. However, not all patrons may tip. In restaurants and hotels frequented by locals, tipping is not expected. Most tourist lodges and hotels provide tip boxes at the reception desk. You can choose to tip hotel staff individually or place a tip for all hotel staff in the tip box, or do both. Tips can be made in local currency, USD, Euros, or Sterling, depending on your preference.

Trekking Tipping Guidelines

For trekking, budget between 10% and 15% of your total climb cost for tips. If you are traveling in a small group, it is recommended to contribute more per person to the tip pool. As for the specific tipping amounts, consider tipping the head guide USD 15 – USD 30 per day per guide, the assistant guide USD 10 – USD 20 per day per guide, the cook USD 8 – USD 12 per day per cook, and the porter USD 4 – USD 10 per day per porter. Some porters may have extra responsibilities such as toilet cleaning, camp crew duties, or waiter. In such cases, it is customary to tip these porters slightly more than others who don’t have additional roles. The tip amounts provided for safari and mountain climbing are per group, not per individual traveler.

By following these travel tips and being prepared for your journey, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience during your time in Tanzania.

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