Preparation & Packing?
- What to Pack
- Money & Tipping
- Insurance, Passport & Visas
- Health, Sun & First Aid
- Vaccinations & Malaria Prevention
International Airlines do lose or mislay luggage from time to time so we suggest putting any essential items such as a change of clothes/malaria tables/chronic medication in your hand luggage too.
Please read below our suggested ‘Packing List’. This is not an exhaustive list but is based on what our past guests have mentioned.
- Subdued safari colours such as khaki, green, beige and neutral colours (dark blue and black clothing is not practical during game drives but can be worn at the lodges & camps)
- Shirts with long sleeves for a chilly evening and even in summer: as protection from the sun & mosquitoes
- Golfshirt/T shirts
- Shorts or light skirts
- (Safari) trousers for evenings and cooler days
- A fleece or thick sweater is recommended for early morning and evening game drives
- Lightweight waterproof jacket
- Swim and beachwear.
- Comfortable walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine).
- Jackets or ties are not required nor any special dress code when dining in lodges & restaurants.
- We suggest that ladies do not wear shorts in cities, particularly in Muslim areas. The same applies for public areas on the coast of East Africa.
- Swimwear is fine on the beach or around the pool, but not appropriate in town. Topless sunbathing is prohibited.
Medication & Toiletries
- Sunblock with high SPF. Hat, moisturizer and lip-salve are all essentials.
- Personal toiletries
- Malaria tablets if applicable – please seek advice from your physician or local travel clinic.
- Basic medical kit containing plasters, travel sickness tablets, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream, pain relieving tablets for headaches, indigestion tablets, eye drops, medication for upset stomachs, rehydrate sachets and after-sun moisturizer. If you have any allergies i.e. insect stings, or an asthma condition, please make sure you bring enough of your required medication with you.
- Strong insect repellent.
A good quality pair of sunglasses (tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light). If you wear contact lenses, bring enough solution & a pair of glasses in case your eyes get irritated.
Photographic & Optics Advice
- A good camera with zoom function. 300 mm lenses are adequate for wildlife photography.*
- We recommend you bring plenty of memory cards/film and batteries.
- A dustproof bag ensures your camera is safe from the dust whilst on safari.
- A pair of binoculars will enhance your game viewing experience and although your guide will have pairs available to use, you may wish to bring your own. We recommend 8 x 40 as an appropriate specification.
- A small flashlight – although flashlights are available at each of the Elewana Collection of lodges and camps.
230/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are square 3-pin, fused or un-fused in East Africa, in South Africa they are round 3-pin. We normally travel with a travel adapter, which you can buy at any airport/travel shop before leaving for Africa.
*Please note: Be sure to bring plenty memory cards, film and batteries as these are not readily available. We put our equipment in plastic Ziplock bags as this keeps them safe from the fine dust you’ll encounter whilst on safari. Please don’t forget to ask permission before taking a photograph of any African resident. There could be a charge for this.
What’s the weather like?
Don’t underestimate the temperatures on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater during June, July and August, it can be very cold then.
Most of the rain falls in March, April & May and in November. Generally temperatures are pleasant ranging between 15ºC (59ºF) – 26ºC (78ºF) during the day; sometimes rising above 30ºC (86ºF) in the warmer months.