Packing List for A Safari In Nyerere National Park

Packing List for A Safari In Nyerere National Park Tanzania : In general, packing for an African safari appears to be the easiest thing to do, but it is not since what you take will depend on the time you want to spend on the continent, and the same notion applies to preparing for Nyerere National Park. Nyerere National Park, originally known as the Selous Game Reserve, is located in southern Tanzania. It is the country’s largest wildlife reserve and was recently designated a UNESCO Heritage Site due to the diversity of species and unspoiled nature found within the National Park.


This packing list is a broad piece of advice for what to bring for your Tanzania safari. Please pack lightly and in layers, as local airlines flying to various parks across the country have an average luggage allowance of 15 kilograms per person (including carry-on bags). Soft-sided totes or foldable duffel bags are preferred.

While we list everything down below with descriptions, your packing list should include the following basics: Clothing appropriate for safaris, shoes, hats, sun protection, insect repellent, essential medications, and cameras or photography equipment, among other necessities.

Don’t forget to bring your passport, health cards (vaccination certificates are required), airline tickets, credit cards, and insurance paperwork with you on safari. Ensure that all documentation is in order and up-to-date. Your passport must have at least two blank pages and a validity period of six months from the desired departure date from Tanzania.


This packing list is intended to guide you through what to pack, but it does not imply that these are the only items you should bring with you on your safari.


The clothes you take will be determined by the time you plan to visit Nyerere. The National Park has two major seasons: dry and wet, and each season offers a unique set of activities. The dry season lasts from June to October, followed by the wet season from November to December. These seasons, as well as the activities that take place during them, influence what you should bring with you on your safari in Nyerere National Park.

Clothing for your Selous safari includes long-sleeved shirts and jeans, light clothing, a hat, scarf, trek boots, and warm clothes for the night because it can get cold. During the rainy season, you’ll need a raincoat, a jacket, pajamas, and any other heavy gear to keep you warm.

If you intend to hike around the park during both the dry and wet seasons, you will need sturdy hiking boots and shoes. Flip-flops are ideal for the beach or swimming pool, and remember to dress as casually as possible in anything you bring with you on safari.


These are the personal items you’ll need for your day safari in Nyerere National Park. You must bring your own necessities, such as toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorants, bathing soap, toothpaste, a hair brush, shampoo (small size), lotions, sunscreen, insect repellant, undergarments, and others. When carrying toiletries, make sure not to exceed Tanzania’s weight limit.

Insect Repellant

Some lodges and campers provide insect repellant; however, we recommend you bring your own preferred brand. Deet-containing repellents are thought to be more effective against the majority of insects and pests. If you’re concerned about the impacts of deet, an all-natural citronella repellant can help. Please see your physician or pharmacist.


Remember, you’ll be in the “bush” when on safari, and the nearest town or city could be hours away. Make sure to pack your most important personal prescriptions, particularly brands or medications that may not be available in Tanzania. Pharmacies in Dar es Salaam sell a large range of pharmaceuticals, so basic needs such as pain relief, antimalarial tablets, and antacids can be purchased in Dar es Salaam or Arusha. When bringing medication into Tanzania, remember to pack any prescriptions you may need to produce at the airport.

Packing List for A Safari In Nyerere National Park
Packing List for A Safari In Nyerere National Park


Gadgets will be part of your daily activities while on a safari to Nyerere National Park. Binoculars, cameras, a travel adaptor plug, extra batteries for your camera, a laptop, and other essential items should be brought along. There are many features of type G and type D plugs that you should consider while packing a travel adaptor plug. The binoculars will aid in the observation of distant creatures and birds, while the cameras will aid in the permanent capture of memories.

Cameras, binoculars, travel adaptors, and laptops

For improved safety, we recommend putting cameras and photography equipment in your carry-on luggage rather than checking in. East Africa has incredible photo opportunities, so pack a good camera to make the most of your vacation. Binoculars are really handy, and while some Safari operators give a pair in their cars, the specifications may be poor, so bring your own if possible.

Serious photographers may want to bring their laptop, which is ideal for uploading and processing photographs after a day on Safari. It also allows you to make the most of your camera storage cards by automatically transferring photographs to your laptop or hard disk at the end of each day. Spare AA and AAA batteries are also available for purchase at several lodges in Nyerere National Park, including conventional and rechargeable batteries. Bring several travel socket adaptors for electrical sockets. In Tanzania, we utilize the associated plug type G, which has three rectangular pins arranged in a triangular arrangement. Tanzania uses a 240V supply voltage at 50 Hz.



Personal toiletries (such as travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, moisturizer, hair brush, toothpaste, and toothbrush), feminine sanitary products, wet wipes and hand sanitizers, a small sewing kit, small scissors, and pocket knife (not in a carry-on bag), an alarm clock, a money pouch or belt, reading materials, a pen, and a notebook.

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