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What to wear on a safari & how to pack?


Planning what to wear on your upcoming safari in Tanzania is easy. Everything you need is most likely in your closet already! Our clothing suggestions apply for all seasons and regions. In case your region requires specific gear we will inform you accordingly.


For group safaris, we recommend using a duffel bag of a maximum capacity of 90 liters (15-20kg) + and small daypack as hand luggage. As all luggage must be transported inside the safari jeep, please do not overpack. Excess luggage must remain at your accommodation in case that the jeep is full and will be decided by your safari guide. Be respectful to your fellow travelers and reduce your luggage as best as possible.

Suitcases with wheels and hardcover might be damaged during transport and might consume too much space so we recommend avoiding those. They can be kept at your accommodation in Arusha and you can collect them after your safari.


Casual, comfortable and easy-to-wash clothes are definitely recommended. The goal is to pack lightly and most lodges and camps will launder clothes for a small fee.
Safaris are informal, and there is no need to dress up. Do plan to dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes as early morning game drives can be quite cold depending on the time of year while daytime temperatures can get quite hot.

Minimum temperatures (at night): 5-10 degrees °C / 41 °F
Maximum temperatures (at daytime): 30-35 degrees °C / 95 °F

Stick to neutral, sand or khaki colors and avoid wearing dark blue or black clothes as these colors tend to attract tsetse flies. Wide brimmed hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent are a necessity. After sunset, we recommend that you wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks and spray insect repellent to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.


  • T-shirts and tank tops (quick dry, liner)
  • Long-sleeved shirts (for protection from sunburns)
  • Shorts
  • Light long pants or convertible long-short pants
  • Warm fleece pullover or jacket
  • One swimsuit
  • Cotton socks and underwear
  • Pajamas
  • One pair of comfortable walking shoes
  • One pair of sandals or flip-flops
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Bandana (for dust)
  • Heavy sweater, gloves, a scarf if traveling in the cold season (June – August)

We highly recommend that you carry-on all important items such as prescription medication, camera equipment, essential toiletries (please keep in mind that many airlines have liquid restrictions) and one or two changes of clothes in case your luggage arrives late or gets lost at the airport. Tanzania Horizon Safaris cannot be held reliable for any loss, damage or delay of your luggage at the airport as this is subject to the airline.

*all gear can be rented on arrival at our office in Moshi, Kilimanjaro. In case that you are arriving in another region and starting your safari from there, please contact us with enough time in advance.

Please contact us for further information concerning the right gear for your safari.

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