In general, pack lightly. Leave room for gifts and souvenirs. Softsided luggage packs more easily into the safari vehicle.
Always carry passport, airline tickets and money on your person. A fanny pack or moneybag that hangs around the neck works well.
In case luggage doesn’t arrive the same day you do, put enough clothing and supplies for the first day in your carry-on luggage.
Sturdy, comfortable shoes, preferably waterproof. They will get dirty.
Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
Comfortable, breathable socks
Shorts, mid-thigh or longer (not advisable for village visits)
Lightweight, breathable pants
Short-sleeved shirts, cool and breathable (neutral colors are best, avoid black, dark blue and bright red)
Bathing suit if staying at a lodge with a swimming pool or if visiting Zanzibar
Long-sleeved fleece or sweater for evenings and/or early mornings
Rain jacket or rain poncho
Women: pants (capri-length or longer) and shirts that cover the shoulder are advisable for village visits. Lightweight dresses or skirts that cover the knees are optional depending on how rural your village visit is but can also be worn for evening dining at the accommodations.
Men: short-sleeve shirts with collars (for visiting villages or evening dining at the accommodations).
Keep valuable jewelry to a minimum
Note: Laundry service is available at most lodges either at a nominal cost or free of charge in some cases.
Day pack, for you to carry
Large waterproof duffel bag or backpack
Scarf (for dust and/or sun)
Money (small US bills for small purchases and tips. Larger US bills and/or travelers checks for bigger purchases)
Journal/notebook, pencil and pen
Energy bars and snacks
Headlamp or flashlight
Playing cards, games, books, Frisbee
Camera, memory cards, minitripod
Mementos for guides and other travelers
Personal music device
Roll of toilet paper (for some public restrooms)
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Glasses, contacts, solution
Shampoo (without heavy fragrance)
Unscented Deodorant (use cologne/perfume sparingly, if at all, in case it might attract bees or other insects)
Passport (scan your passport and email it to yourself in case you need an emergency replacement)
Yellow fever certificate (REQUIRED if traveling from or through an endemic zone – refer to Medical Tips)