I packed fairly well as to the choices of clothes. I had 2 pr. pants-1 zip off and one that rolled up into capris. I wore 3 different tank tops, and was glad I packed sports bras to wear during the trip. I took 3 t-shirts, and that was probably 1-2 too many. I wore sleeveless in the jeep, with a long sleeve ex-officio type shirt in the AM over the tank. I wore sneakers each morning and changed to flip flops in the jeep. I didn’t pack any rain gear, and didn’t miss it. I used my fleece at the crater, but easily could have done without it for just one night.
Things I packed but didn’t need: too many batteries. I never used my flashlight so much as to run out of battery power. Had a headlamp AND reg. flashlight. A headlamp would do and no real need for both. Too much sunscreen-although a much needed product and we were going to Zanzibar, with the pop up roof we were fairly well protected during safari.
I am glad we brought Pepto Bismol and Imodium. I needed the former, but not the latter…although my friend had used both at times. We just didn’t want to have any “issues” while out in the bush. All worked out well. We really didn’t have any “bad” stomach issues, but were glad to have the pills with us. (No Cipro needed for this). Washcloths aren’t supplied, so if you like this, then pack it. I can’t think of much else, as the packing threads here cover much of this very well. Food is plentiful. I made my lunch box last for lunch and then a snack for later on. That held me until dinner. Also, a tube of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) is a must for dry hands. I don’t understand how your hands can get that dry, but I brought a very good hand lotion and it didn’t even touch the dryness. Cathy had Vaseline which was a lifesaver every night before bed.
Zanzibar was a great place to relax. Although Zanzibar sounds very exotic, and sounded so cool to tell people I was going there, it really wasn’t exotic at all once there. On the drive to Nungwi, if we were to look straight ahead on the road, then it was very green and lush, but should we look on the sides of the roads, it was very dirty and poor. We stayed at Langi Langi, and it was a good place to stay. We had an ocean view room, and it thrilled us to keep seeing the different tides. It was fun to see how high it could come up, leaving us with no beach at all and then go out so far that we could walk out and look for shells. It was also fun to watch the local people with their nets and pails, looking for things on the beach and in the water.
The people of Tanzania are wonderful and very friendly. We always felt safe. We had an absolutely great trip…thank you all again for your help, suggestions, and support. I thought of all of you many times during the safari. I remembered to “put the camera down and enjoy what we were seeing through eyes and through binoculars rather than only through the lens”. I also tried to remember to “take pictures also while sitting down, not always standing up, for a different perspective”. As much as it was suggested here, it is hard to remember while in the moment.
-Beer was 2000-4000 TSH ($1.20-2.50)
-Soda 1000-1500 TSH (.65-$1.00)
-The quietness of being on safari is amazing
-I missed perforation!!! We were really challenged with their toilet paper and their tissues! What’s up with that?
-I never got used to the flies, as much as I tried. I am thankful that I didn’t eat one, sniff one, or have one go in my ear to then never come out! (yes, I DID worry about that)
-So surprised to have such excellent soup in such warm weather
-Malarone-no side effects-took with breakfast each day
-Never ate so much carrot, zucchini, and rice
-Eggs look funny when cooked
-I won’t ever miss lunchboxes
-Loved having toothpicks available all the time
-Loved having warm milk for coffee every morning-sometimes it was actually too hot and I would use the milk for cereal instead
-I am surprised that our driver didn’t kill anybody in Zanzibar when driving to the airport at night
-Never saw ANY “critters”