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It is best to have two soft duffel type bags for the safari:  one with the majority of your belongings that will be for your use in camp or at the lodges; and a smaller one that will travel with you in the safari vehicle to contain your photo equipment, sunscreen, hat, jacket and other personal items.
The following list encompasses most all of the safari activities and based on your individual safari itinerary you may want to shorten or otherwise alter the list.


*Good quality sunglasses – preferably polarized.
*Sun hat
*Golf-shirts, T-shirts and long-sleeved cotton shirts
*Long trousers/slacks
*Underwear (sports bra recommended on game drives as the roads can be bumpy and uneven) and socks
*Good walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine)
*Swimming costume
*Warm Anorak or Parka, scarf & gloves (it can get cold at night and early morning)
*Light rain gear for the rainy months
*Camera and video equipment
*If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case your eyes get irradiated by the dust


*Good binoculars  “highly recommended”


How to Choose Your Best Safari Binoculars ?

When choosing binoculars, it's best to determine what they are primarily going to be used for because the characteristics necessary will differ for each use.


So what are the essential characteristics that a binocular for safari use needs?

  • *It needs to have a high power of magnification to be able to see the spots on a leopard but not too high because there is no place for a tripod in a safari vehicle and a handheld binocular with a very high magnification power is difficult to keep still. Because you will be out spotting wildlife in the early morning and at dusk you need a binocular with a large outer diameter and a decent exit pupil size to collect a lot of light in these low light conditions
  • *It needs to be light and compact because you will be packing a lot of other things for your safari and there are weight limitation considerations.
  • The roads in Africa can get rough and might cause you to drop your safari binoculars so they need to be tough to withstand accidental bumps and bashes.
  • *The field of view needs to be as wide as possible because you will be doing a lot of scanning in areas enclosed by undergrowth, bushes and trees and the wider field of view will help you spot the animals quickly in these conditions. As this may be the first time you are going to be seeing some of these wild animals you need to be able to see them very clearly and therefore need the best quality prisms and optical coatings to cut down on light reflection.
  • *Eye relief is important because you will probably be spending a lot of time on your safari looking through your binoculars so it has to be comfortable especially if you wear spectacles or sunglasses.
  • *It mustn't cost the earth because a safari is often a once in a lifetime experience and even though you might use it on occasion back home it wont justify spending the thousands which some of the best ones cost.

So based on all these factors this is the best binocular to take with you on an African safari:
Magnification: 8 x 42
Field of View: At least 330 ft at 1000 yards.
Exit pupil size: 5.25 mm or more
Eye relief: 18 or more
Prism and Coating: BAK-4 prism and Fully Multi-Coated surfaces

Weight: Not more than 30.1 oz. lbs.
Recommended Safari Binoculars Brands
The following three brands conform well to all the specifications above and I recommend them highly for an African safari...

  • Nikon 8x42 Monarch ATB
  • Minox BV 8x42 BR
  • Bushnell 8x42 Legend Waterproof/Fogproof




*Relevant bird book if you are a keen birder (  In case you don’t have,   is fine.. your  guide has the books.. )
*Personal toiletries ( you will also find in your safari vehicle all the time  )
*Malaria prevention tablets
*Moisturizing cream, lip balm & suntan lotion
*Insect repellent e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc
*Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream and Anti-histamine cream etc)
Tissues/”Wet Wipes”
*Visas, tickets, passports,  and important documents
*Waterproof/dustproof bags/cover for your cameras.
*A good torch and spare batteries.
*Padlocks for your luggage during international and regional flights  ( HIGHLY RECCOMENDED PLEASE )



What to wear while on safari

Please note that bright colors and white are NOT advised whilst on safari.  We advise that you wear neutral colored clothes – brown, tan, khaki, green etc.Each client is limited to 44 pounds (20 kilos) baggage on the aircraft. Your baggage should be packed in soft duffel bags to fit into the small luggage compartments of the aircraft and vehicles used within Tanzania.


The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling in denominations of: 10,000 – 5,000 – 2,000 – 1,000 – 500,The United States dollar is the preferred foreign currency and almost anything in East Africa may be purchased with it. Bring plenty of small notes as the Maasai seldom have change for your souvenir purchases. It is important to have US dollars with the “new” safety features (most bills printed since 2000), as some lodges and shops refuse the older issues.

Credit cards are not widely accepted in Tanzania, but there are currently accepted at the arusha HOTEL . There are many ITM in Arusha city but not available on safari .


While on safari you will not have much need for cash except for:
· souvenirs
· art works
· post cards

· books
· drinks in most lodges
· gratuities





Our tipping policy is very simple: Our staff are paid good salaries and allowances so that they are not dependent on tips. If you  tip, we ask you to please share equally between the staff involved, as it is teamwork that makes your SAFARI and EXPEDITION magical.


As for Tanzania Photographic Safaris, Wildlife photography is an exciting and challenging safari activity. Whether you do it as a hobby or as profession, you will find photo opportunities to match your every requirement. As you know the camera equipment has a lot to do with the quality of the final product. You can use the point-and-shoot for casual photos around the camp or similar settings; however, it takes a much more sophisticated camera and lens to capture that “just perfect” wildlife image. All of our guides have photography as hobby and have worked with many professional photographers. As the result they should be able to offer you good advice about safari photography



For good wildlife shots a 35mm SLR with two zoom lenses (28-80mm or more importantly 75-300mm or similar) is essential, as are spare camera batteries, memory cards and cleaning tissue.
If you are passionate about photography, consider the following:

*Two camera bodies (Africa is hard on equipment)
*Wide angle lens – 20, 24, or 28mm or zoom lens to cover 24-80mm
*Telephoto lens 300mm or above or zoom lens to cover 75-300mm
*A good quality 1.4x converter matched to your telephoto lens (you only lose one stop with a 1.4x)
*A fast 200mm F2.8 (Nikon make a brilliant 80-200mm F2.8) that is very useful in low light.
*A flash for fun in the camp after dark or a happy snapper with flash
*Our Land Cruisers are well prepared for photography with great vantage points high and low and plenty of positions to rest cameras. We provide bean bags in all our vehicles to help support your cameras


Protect your camera equipment (!)
The sand and dust that you have on safari are deadly enemies of your photographic equipment and often unavoidable so Digital SLR users should bring enough cleaning materials to enable   clean your cameras whilst on safari. You must therefore be extra protective of your equipment and film, we advice you to bring along big zip lock bags so that you can keep your camera equipments away from sand, dust and water. We also recommend to bring a scurf or other dust cover to protect the camera while driving.
Tanzania voltage is 220-240 volts with British type plugs. We suggest you bring a 12-volt car adapter for charging your video batteries, as it is often a lot easier than getting batteries charged at lodges.


African Holiday & health safety
Health: All travellers should consult their doctors before travel and get advice as to the appropriate medications and inoculations for their safari. It is important that travellers take their medications as instructed for the full duration indicated. Please note that the Yellow fever inoculation is required in Tanzania.


To help overcome the effects of long flights and avoid dehydration during your safari, we suggest drinking a lot of fluids including juice and bottled water, Coffee and tea does not count as they are diuretic. Should you feel ill during your trip, let your driver-guide or local representative know, as soon as possible so that appropriate actions may  be taken.


Liabilities and Insurance
"Small world of travelers" Tanzania  acts only as an agent of the passenger in all matters relating to tours and accepts no responsibility for any personal illness, injury, accident, death, flights delay, any kind of loss, damage or irregularity of any kind, which may be occasioned by reason of any act or omission beyond its control, including without limitation, any act of negligence or breach of contract of any third party.


Our Policy
It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants and traveling companions for the duration of their tour to Africa. This insurance should include coverage in respect of, but not limited to the following eventualities: cancellation or curtailment of the safari, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage, theft or loss of personal baggage, money and goods. “Small world of travelers” Tanzania  will take no responsibility for any costs for losses incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest’s dependants or traveling companions, with regards to, but not limited to, any of the above mentioned eventualities. Guests will be charged directly by the relevant service providers for any emergency services they may require, and may find themselves in a position unable to access such services should they not be carrying the relevant insurance coverage.


Payment of deposit indicates acceptance of above terms and conditions such as a hotel or airline, who is to, or does supply, any goods or services for Business etc.  Therefore, you should secure fully comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for any eventual loss of baggage or valuables, personal accident and medical expenses, or loss of any kind.


Malaria: Is not to be taken lightly. It is a potentially fatal disease transmitted by the female anopheles mosquito. Certain factors influence the risk of contracting malaria. For example low-lying equatorial swamp will be high-risk all year through, a dry Montana plateau set at subtropical latitude will probably carry no risk at all, and places falling between these extremes often show a marked seasonal pattern – medium to high risk in the wet summer months, low to no risk in the dry winter. Remote areas tend to be lower risk as there are fewer people to act as vectors for malaria. Our rule of thumb is to take malaria prophylaxis when in doubt. Ask your doctor for his advice.
You can also lessen the risk by avoiding being bitten. Wear long sleeves, trousers and socks and douse any exposed skin with a good mosquito repellent shortly before it gets dark (the anopheles mosquito is active at dawn and dusk), and always sleep under a net when provided. Should you experience any combination of headache, fever, nausea, flu-like aches or disorientation within three months of returning home, get yourself tested immediately – malaria responds best to treatment when detected early.


Sunburn: The African sun is very strong and harmful. Use lots of sun block and a hat particularly if you are on foot, in a boat, or in an open vehicle. That tan may look good for a few days after you get back from safari, but skin cancer is a high risk for everybody – especially fair-skinned people.


Water: It is very important that you drink plenty of water to limit the effects of dehydration, especially during the warmer months. Note that tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages act as diuretics and can actually contribute to dehydration. While on safari, Please do not drink tape, always use bottled water. Most lodges provide bottled water. Kindly note that there are times when water is in short supply. Please limit your use of water at Hotels, Lodges and Camps by avoiding wastage where possible. If towels can be reused, hang them on the towel rack.


Bugs: You will probably be bitten by lots of bugs and get lots of itchy swellings (tsetse flies in certain areas are the worst culprits). A good anti-histamine cream usually reduces swelling and itchiness. Check your body for ticks after every bush walk and at least once a day even if you are not walking.



General Safety in Africa
Are you unsettled by the bad news you see on TV regarding Africa? Remember two things. Firstly remember that bad news sells and that is why you see so much of it. Secondly remember that Africa is huge. There are trouble spots in Africa, but the areas in which you will spend time are far away from those trouble spots.

Africa is not different to the rest of the world. So if you are staying in a town or city during your trip, you should ask for advice from the local representative or hotel staff concerning safe places to visit. Walking at night is not recommended. Taxis should be arranged by the hotel and a price agreed before starting the trip. We suggest you do not wear expensive jewellery at any time during your trip spots.


Please take precautions as you would in your home country
* Don’t wander around the streets after dark.
*Ask your hotel about unsafe areas and avoid them.
* Leave expensive jewelry at home and wear a cheap plastic watch.
*Don’t carry valuable things where you feel unsafe.
*Keep your money and passport in a money belt and out of site or in a safe at your hotel.
*Dress like a local or at least dress casually.


Our final comment regarding safety: You will spend most of your African holiday in a relatively remote and wild area that are safe and enjoyable places.



Passports and Visas
All visitors arriving in East Africa must posses a valid passport. Citizens of some countries require visas. One should check with their nearest embassy, high commission of East African Countries, i.e. Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
For most travellers visas may be purchased on arrival at the cost of $ 50 in Tanzania and Kenya.  Visas may also be purchased in advance which will save time on arrival.  Travellers visiting Tanzania and Kenya (and other African countries) will need to purchase a visa for each country. Travellers staying less than 2 days in a country may qualify for a transit visa.  Generally, travellers arriving in one country, proceeding to another country and returning to the first country may re-enter on the original multiple entry visa unless they have returned to their home country.
Travellers arriving from overseas must comply with immigration formalities on arrival.  Travellers going between African countries (such as Kenya and Tanzania) need to complete immigration formalities.  Landing cards are generally provided by the airline in advance and must be completed for each traveller.


Customs:  On arrival, travellers must also pass through customs.  Tourists generally are not questioned; however, customs officials have the right to inspect all luggages.  Patience and courtesy are important. Personal effects including cameras and film may be imported temporarily without a permit. A customs bond may be demanded from visitors bringing in filming equipments, radios, tape recorders and musical instruments to ensure that the goods are re-exported. Firearms require a special permit.


Back Up Copies: Safari participants should make copies of their passports, visas (if purchased in advance), itineraries, emergency contact numbers names of prescription medication and other important information and carry the back up copies in a separate place or have a travelling companion carry them.

Arrival Delays: Should events such as missed or delayed flights mean that a safari participant will arrive late, the traveller or agent should contact local tour operator as soon as possible so arrangements can be made to join other safari member with their trip.  Any additional costs must, however, be borne by the safari participant or airline.
Lost Luggage: Should a safari participant arrive without their luggage, a report must be filed with the airline before leaving the airport.  If the bag has been locked, it is important that keys and combinations be left with the airline so they can open and clear it with customs.  Once luggage has been located, we will work with the airline to help the bag catch up with the safari participant.  Should there be any costs for forwarding luggage, the safari member must meet those costs and recover them from their insurance or airline.


Game Viewing:

The best times for game viewing are normally in the early morning and late  afternoon, as animals tend to hide up during the heat of mid-day but it is also worthy to spend full day out with picnic lunches as you might see great things as well.

Laundry: There are laundry facilities at practically all hotels; lodges and safari camps and laundry will often be returned on the same day weather permitting.
We require that all clients arrange personal travel insurance to cover their medical, property, and other personal risks for the duration of their safaris.

The official languages of Tanzania are Kiswahili and English, and in Kenya and Uganda is English. Kiswahili is spoken and understood by the great majority of East African. There is a wide usage of and understanding of English language, particularly, in the town centers.

You will find woodcarvings, leather goods, batik, souvenirs, jewelry and precious stones in shops inside most hotels and lodges throughout the countries but the prices in the shops in hotel and lodges are fixed. Bargaining is possible along the souvenir shops. Anything you purchase, remember to keep a receipt with you for presentation at customs.
You should feel confident in eating the meals at the restaurants and hotels that are included in your travel package.  Your guide or local representative can give you advice if you are dining on your own.  We can assist with special dietary requests given advance notice.

It never get really cold in Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda, so lightweight clothing is the normal. However in particular Arusha and Nairobi, they experience colder weather in months of June and July. On safari, short sleeve shirts/blouses, and shorts are ideal. A light jacket/sweater may be needed in the evening at higher altitudes. Sensible walking shoes, a hat to keep off the sun, and sunglasses are essential too. but pack a sweater, it can be cold in the evening/morning. If climbing, needless to say, warm clothing is essential.

Electric Current:
Africa uses 240 volt electric current.  Plugs in Arusha are the UK standard square pin .  Some lodges generate their own electricity and will not generate 24 hours per day .  The electric current is subject to voltage fluctuation and power cuts are possible, even in larger cities. You can charge your cameras in the safari car .

Litter: We request that litter is never thrown from vehicles.  This includes bits of food such as banana peels.  Also, at picnic sites, all litter should be collected and placed in bins provided.  If there is no bin, the litter should be carried to the next lodge where your guide will dispose of it.
Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle.  Smokers will have opportunities for breaks during their trip, but it is imperative that no lit matches or cigarettes be left behind.  An accidental brush fire in the bush could cause severe damage to the environment and wildlife.
Many visitors like to bring gifts for the local children.  It is more than likely that children will be encountered during the trip and that they will look to visitors to share gifts with them.  Confectionery is not a good idea.  Gifts such as school supplies or clothes are much better options. We also suggest that gifts and donations be made through local schools and orphanages.  This gives our clients a chance to help the local community without reinforcing the culture of begging.


Street Beggars:
We do not recommend that our clients give anything to street beggars and street children encountered in the towns and cities as this will encourage them to berg forever even for those who have an ability to work.
Dress Codes:
Our holidays are generally relaxed experiences with casual dress codes.  There are a few places where cultural considerations might dictate conservative dress.  This is especially true in Zanzibar and Mombasa.  Here, shorts and swimming attire should not be worn outside of the grounds of the hotel or resort.  Some lodges and luxury camps request that guests wear “smart casual” attire at evening meals.
People Photography:
On your safari you will be meeting a lot of local people along the way, most of them feel offended if their photographs are taken without their consent, therefore please communicate with your guide before, he will advise  you on local people photography.
Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules, it should be noted that occasionally routes, lodges and camps may be changed while on safari as dictated by changing conditions. Such conditions may be brought about by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields and in game areas, by game migrations from one region to another, or airline or other booking problems, etc. Small world of travelers Tanzania LTD  shall not be held responsible for such itinerary changes as discussed above.
Inside the parks/reserves
Please be aware that our safaris may take you into close contact with wild animals. Attacks by wild animals are rare, but no safari into the African wilderness can guarantee that this will not occur. Small world of travelers Tanzania  shall not be held responsible for any injury or incident on the safari. Please note that many safari lodges and camps are not fenced and that wildlife does move freely in and around these areas. Always follow the safety instructions from the lodge or camp's staff with regards to moving to and from your tent and while on game activities throughout your safari.

Arrival Delays:

Should events such as missed or delayed flights mean that a safari participant will arrive late, the traveller or agent should contact local tour operator as soon as possible so arrangements can be made to join other safari member with their trip. Any additional costs must, however, be borne by the safari participant or airline.


Back Up Copies:

Safari participants should make copies of their passports, visas (if purchased in advance), itineraries, emergency contact numbers names of prescription medication and other important information and carry the back up copies in a separate place or have a travelling companion carry them.



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