Picture a cliched example of what a typical Tanzania safari might look like and you may conjure up images of masculine-fuelled shenanigans, animal hunting in the Serengeti and cooking raw meat on the campfire.
However, the reality is very much different and over recent years many couples, families and singletons have decided to pack up and jet off on the Tanzanian adventure of a lifetime.
Although there a plethora of luxury Tanzania holidays choices on offer that will help make your trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, there’s no escaping the realities of the outdoors- especially when you’re on a long game drive!
From dealing with bucket showers to advice on packing, we bring you our top womanly tips for dealing with a safari travel adventure.
The Bucket Shower
Depending on your choice of accommodation, you may have to encounter the bucket shower which is essentially is a drum of water that is heated on the campfire- especially in more remote locations. Once the water reaches a comfortable temperature staff will proceed to hold it above you and then you’re free to go about your business.
However, keep in mind that your water is limited and if you want to shampoo/condition your hair then make sure you get the product on as soon as your hair becomes wet. in the minute your hair is wet so you will have sufficient water to rinse it.
In terms of shaving your legs, if you are planning to wash your hair at the same time there may not be enough water so it’s probably better to wax just before you jet off so you don’t encounter this dilemma.
Using the Toilet
Game drives can be long adventures and it’s only human nature that everyone has to go at some point. If you have a good guide they will usually explain upfront what you need to do and it’s also worth bringing some hand sanitiser with you.
If nature calls while you’re out, ask the guide to locate a safe bush and then proceed to do your business. Just be sure to check the ground around the bush for snakes, bugs or any other unwelcome intruders.
Packing for a Tanzania safari adventure can be challenging because the climate and landscape will be different to anything you’ve likely experienced back home.
For essentials, make sure you bring plenty of t shirts and pants, but avoid ‘loud’ or fluorescent colors that could attract animals- it’s best to wear greens, browns and khaki.
Bring enough warm and cool clothing because believe or not Africa does get cold and also avoid revealing items like mini-skirts because in some African cultures, the hips and thighs are considered extremely private.
Remember to pack essential toiletries only which include sanitary items as well toothpaste and toothbrushes, sunblock and prescribed medicines.
It’s also worth bringing a torch because if you’re staying in a tent things will be pitch black at night which makes locating items very difficult.