What to wear on your Tanzania Trip – Packing checklists and tips

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Tanzania is one of the most amazing tourist destinations in the world. Home to unique locations such as the glorious Mount Kilimanjaro, the vast Serengeti, the bustling city of Dar Es Salaam, the breathtaking Pemba Island, and the serene Lake Manyara. Tourists can taste delicious foods, learn about the unique culture and heritage, and observe stunning flora and fauna. To have an amazing vacation in Tanzania, it is important to know what to wear and when. Here is a guide with a checklist and tips that can help you pack for your enriching and exciting trip to Tanzania!


  1. Weather

Nights in Tanzania tend to be colder, so it is wise to pack an extra layer, such as a scarf, a jacket, socks, or a fleece, which travellers can wear when the weather requires it. In case the day is sunny, you can carry a hat and sunglasses to get protection from the sun. From June to October, the region experiences its dry season where the sky is clear and days are sunny. The rainy seasons occur from March to May, and then November to December. Tourists must pack according to the weather during their vacation.


  1. Itinerary

It is important to consider the location you are visiting, when deciding the clothes you will pack and wear. For areas such as Zanzibar that are more conservative an/or religious, it is important to dress modestly and according to the morals and values of the region, so the locals are not offended. The terrain and altitude of the region must also be considered.

The clothing you pack should be ideal for the activities you have planned for your trip. If you’re going on a safari, it is important to carry comfortable walking shoes, especially those which are suited for rough terrain. Safari clothes should be lightweight so they are comfortable and minimize noise when walking. It is also preferable if they are breathable so tourists can be comfortable and not tire quickly in case of harsh weather.


For beach destinations, carrying flip flops or sandals is a great idea as that allows you to be comfortable and relax. It is important to carry sunscreen, as well as sunglasses and a hat for such locations. Bathing suits are considered acceptable at most beaches.


If your itinerary includes more exciting activities and adventures, your clothes should be packed accordingly. Carrying a waterproof duffel bag or backpack is a great idea. One could also wear clothes with big pockets so they can carry more items. A hooded jacket and light hiking pants can help make the experience more convenient and comfortable!


  1. Safety

When packing, tourists must consider their safety. Long sleeved shirts and full legged trousers are advised, as less skin exposure reduces the risk of mosquito and insect bites.  Dark colored clothing must be avoided as it can attract Tsetse flies whose bite can be very dangerous. Carrying insect repellant is essential, especially for areas with more greenery such as Arusha. Light colored fabrics are advisable as they attract less attention, and clothes that do not stand out too much in public are suitable. It is also vital to take precautions from COVID-19, so tourists should pack, and wear gloves and masks.


  1. Checklist
  • Scarf
  • Hat
  • Trousers
  • Walking Shoes
  • Hiking Boots
  • Flip Flops
  • Socks
  • Fleece
  • Jacket
  • Long Sleeved Shirt
  • Masks
  • Gloves
  • Bathing Suit
  • Duffel Bag


We hope that this checklist and these packing tips can help you carry clothing that is ideal for your trip, and can help you enjoy an extraordinary vacation in Tanzania!

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