Getting out into the wilderness in Africa requires transfers by bush plane, and weight restrictions are no joke. In Tanzania, your limit is 33 pounds, and that includes both your checked bag and your hand luggage. The ideal checked bag is a soft-sided duffel that can fit into the luggage hold of the bush plane and be transported in open safari vehicles on the ground.
And don’t forget that most camps offer free laundry service (confirm with your outfitter in advance), so it’s likely that you can re-wear some items. Another note: Plastic bags, such as Ziploc and grocery bags, are prohibited in Tanzania. If a luggage search reveals any, you could be looking at a fine.
The Safari look
That khaki-on-brown-on-tan look isn’t just for movie sets. When you’re on safari, there are a few good reasons to blend in. First off, you want to maximize your animal sightings. Colors such as white and red may alarm some animals and drive them away from you. (Caveat: Avoid camouflage prints.
They’re prohibited if you’re non-military.) Secondly, it’ll protect you from getting eaten alive. In Tarangire tsetse flies are attracted to blue and black, and the bugs will gladly take a bite out of you if you’re exposing skin or wearing the wrong colors. Also consider loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, along with a hat and sunglasses, to protect you from the intense sun. And if you’re planning on a walking safari, bring sturdy hiking shoes: flip-flops or light tennis shoes won’t protect you from uneven terrain, acacia tree thorns, or the occasional snake.
Amp you First Aid Kit
Safety and health is generally a big concern for anyone traveling in South/East Africa. While you shouldn’t let this scare you from trying local food or enjoying your adventure, you should pack a few extra items in your first aid kit just to be safe.
- Bandaids: And other basics for cuts and scrapes
- Ibuprofen: Or any other pain reliever
- Antidiarrheals: Like Imodium and Pepto-Bismol
- Malaria prophylaxis: Whichever was prescribed by your doctor
- Coartem: The medicine you take if you get malaria (talk to your doctor)
- Hand sanitizer: Sometimes, there’s just no water or sink
Kilimanjaro Gear List
Getting the right Kilimanjaro equipment will make a dent in your budget. But there is no way around it, you need good gear for Kilimanjaro. Being cold, wet and miserable does not increase your summit chances. Below are the essential gear that you need for your Kilimanjaro climb.
- Tents: Icluded in your packages
- Good thermal mat: You can hire while here but not needed in Marangu Route
- Good sleeping bag: We can supply with extra charges
- A sleeping bag liner: Can help with temperatures
- Trekking boots: Needed to be comfortable
- Thermal socks: 2 pairs
- Outer clothing layers: Good Rain protection, a down jacket, fleeces and trekking pants.