Recommeded Bug Repellents For Tanzania Safari

March 29, 2024
Tanzania Safari Guide

Going on a Tanzania safari is a holiday of a lifetime. You’ll see and do things that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Whether you’re going as a couple, taking the whole family or enjoying a solo vacation, you’re sure to enjoy yourself.

However, there’s one thing that can get in the way of your enjoyment- bugs. You’ll likely already know that Africa or Tanzania is known for mosquitos and other pesky bugs that can bite. Here are some tips on finding the best bug repellent for your Tanzania safari tours.

What Is Malaria?

Female Anopheles mosquitos spread malaria. These mosquitos will most of the time bite during the night, so it’s essential to sleep with a mosquito net during your safari trip. The Malaria parasite enters the bloodstream and then goes to the liver. 

Once the infection develops, it re-enters the bloodstream and attacks red blood cells. Some of the symptoms of Malaria include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Muscle Pain

There are lots of things you can do to repel these mosquitos and other bugs you may encounter on your holiday.

Good To Know

When choosing which bug repellent to take with you, you may be faced with an extensive choice. Remember that cheap repellents may not work as well and you’ll be putting yourself at risk using them.

The main element in any good bug repellent is DEET. The higher the concentration of DEET in your repellent, the more protected you’ll be from bugs. You can find out the concentration by looking at the ingredients list.

In addition, the higher the concentration of DEET, the longer your repellent will last. For instance, a repellent with 80% DEET could last up to 10 hours if you’re out exploring for the day.

Always read the instructions on your repellent very carefully as some should not be applied directly to your skin.

So Which Repellents Should I Buy?

It’s always better to buy your repellents before you go on vacation. It could be difficult to find them while you’re traveling. Here are some repellents you can rely on while you’re away.

  • RID Tropical Insect Repellent- This Australian produced repellent is regarded one of the best on the market. It’s safe to spray directly onto your skin and clothing and it repels all flying insects. It comes in both spray and roll-on form.
  • Natrapel 8-hour insect repellent- This is another repellent that’s safe to use on your skin. That’s because the product is totally DEET free and uses a Picaridin formula instead.
  • Mosi Guard- This is a popular insect repellent choice because the ingredients are more natural. The active ingredient is OLE (Oil of lemon eucalyptus) which is known to successfully repel mosquitos. 
  • Jungle Formula- This repellent contains 50% DEET and it comes in a handy spray that’s easy to carry around as you explore. This is also a good option for children above the age of 6-years-old. You can pick this up on Amazon for quick delivery.

Mosquito Repellent And Young Children

The ingredient DEET is not recommended for young children’s skin. The highest percentage that can safely be applied is 7%. It is also unwise to apply any bug repellent to children’s hands as they have a habit of rubbing their eyes or putting their fingers in their mouths.

RID Tropical Insect Repellent is one of the safest choice on the market. They make a child-safe version of their repellent called KIDs RID. 

Electronic Repellents

Many people wonder whether electronic repellents work as well as sprays or roll on’s. After all, it would save you the hassle of remembering to apply your repellent. However, it is not recommended that you use an electronic repellent alone.

Electronic repellents need to be plugged in at an electronic point, so they’re most useful in hotel rooms as you sleep. The repellent releases vapor into the room that will discourage bugs from entering.

You should still reapply your spray or lotion before sleeping each night to make sure you’re fully protected, especially when visiting areas like Nigeria.

What To Wear On Safari In Tanzania

Have you ever wondered why people on safari wear light-colored clothes? You’ve probably seen the light-colored shirts and cargo pants before. In fact, it’s always referred to as ‘going on safari holiday‘. 

There’s a good reason why people on safari wear these light colors. While safari trip, you’re more susceptible to bug bites but bugs are far more attracted to darker colors. 

So, bare that in mind while you’re packing your suitcase. White, cream and beige colors are all great if you’ve got a lot of sight-seeing to do. 

It’s also important to make sure you pack long sleeve tops and pants. Cotton is a fantastic fabric for staying cool in the heat. You should aim to wear long sleeves and pants first thing in the morning and last thing at night when the mosquitos tend to be out in force. Read more about Tanzania safari packing list here


When you’re out exploring and enjoying yourself, it can be difficult to remember to reapply your mosquito repellent. A great way of reminding yourself is to set a timer on your watch or phone so you get an alert when you’re busy.

Choosing The Best Bug Repellent For You

If you’re headed on a Tanzania safari, bug repellent is a must for your travel kit. Since many areas of Africa are known for malaria mosquitos, it’s important to choose a repellent that is reliable.

Look at the reviews and avoid buying cheap replications. Here are some more facts to know about your Tanzanian safari.