We strongly recommend packing light and essential items only.
Luggage capacity on safari vehicles is limited and light aircraft domestic flights usually allow 15 Kg only (including cameras, camera bags and associated equipment) for safety and space reasons.
Excess is charged at a fee (about USD 3 + VAT per extra kg) but there is no assurance that it can be accommodated on the flight. Medium or small size soft suitcases or bags that can be molded and fit into small areas are recommended when travelling by road and compulsory on domestic flights.
Safari clothing should be practical and comfortable as you will spend most of the time in the safari vehicle. We do all our game drives with open roof hatches and windows and at times it can get dusty and windy.
The lodges and camps where we will be staying do not have any formal dress codes and safari clothing can double up as dinner clothes.
Be prepared for a large temperature range each day. Temperatures tend to be cool or cold in the early morning and after sunset (if going to the Ngorongoro Crater during the coldest months it can almost freeze in the early mornings). By contrast, it warms up considerably during the day and it can get very hot at midday.
Packing light layers will allow you to adjust to any climate condition, as you simply remove or add layers as the temperatures change. Cotton or other natural fibres are recommended as they can breathe during the hottest hours.
During the day try sticking to dull neutral colours such as light brown, olive green, beige and khaki. These colours help reflect the sun rays, blend in with the natural environment, and do not attract so much attention from certain insects. Bright colours are not recommended. Avoid blue as this attracts tse tse flies where these are a nuisance (especially in some parts of Tarangire NP or Serengeti NP in Tanzania). Please also note that it is illegal to wear camouflage clothing in East African parks and reserves.
Laundry services are available at all lodges and camps at a fee (USD 2 – USD 3 per item depending on size). In some camps laundry is included in the rate.
Read also our page dedicated to camera gear and its accessories.