Some IMPORTANT stuff upfront (without guarantee):
Local Currency: Tanzanian shillings, but USD dollars are accepted everywhere. If possible, take small USD bills for tips, which are expected in USD.
Vaccinations: Coming from Germany there are no mandatory vaccinations - even no yellow fever. It is recommended however to have the standard vaccinations, see suggestions by the Ministry of Foreign Affair.
Baggage: If you travel by plane in Africa, then you should go for "soft" luggage (for example sports bags). Also pay attention to the weight restrictions. The Photographic equipment should definitely be taken on board. Check beforehand if it is cabin luggage size (!)
Aid Kit: This should be done carefully and according to personal needs. Disinfectants, plaster / bandage, something against Mosquito / insect bites, painkillers and remedies against gastrointestinal should definitely be packed, as well as good sunscreen.
Tools: A small pocket knife as well as a strong flashlight with replacement batteries are often very useful. The cell phone flashlight does it too, but often does not shine far enough.
Let's get started.
The travel bags are packed. A total of 46kg of luggage, just as much as allowed. 15kg of it is the photo backpack. Still excited about the Nikon 200-400 VR II, I have added this lens to my portfolio. It fits perfectly in the Lowepro Runner 450 backpack. Also included is a Nikon D500, a Nikon D850, the proven Tamron 150-600 G1, the Nikon 20mm and the Nikon 24-85mm. In addition, a small bean bag.
Day 1: This time we travel via London, where we spent the first night. The night is short, since our connecting flight to Zurich is at 6am.
Day 2: On time on board everything looks perfect, until an African woman remembers that she put her passport in the checked suitcase. This one must now be picked out. That takes 45min and our connecting flight from Zurich is in danger. Very tight - 20 minutes before departure - we reach our plane to Dar es Salaam. On board we are reminded that a "direct flight" is not "non-stop" and so we get to know Kenya with a stop in Nairobi, at least the airport. On time we land at 10pm local time in Dar es Salaam. In winter Tanzania is 2h ahead of the German time. The immigration costs 50USD, payable in cash, is fast and the employees are friendly. After 20min we have our luggage and visa and discover our driver in the crowd. Another 30min later we arrive at the hotel. Contrary to our expectations, we got 5 hours of sleep. Outside it was still humid with 28 degrees celsius and drizzling. Dar es Salaam is a typical african city with about 5 million inhabitants.