Safari-style is high fashion on the cat-walk
….but what should you wear on safari?
True safari attire is much more casual. Packing your safari suitcase isn’t like packing for you regular overseas holiday – there are extremes in temperatures to consider and depending on your destination, early morning and evening temperatures can generally be quite cool. It’s a good idea to layer up with neutral colours: beige, khaki brown are preferable (try to avoid white, it look quite bright in the bush!). Choose lightweight ‘quick-dry’ materials, often available with UV protection. Roads can be dusty on game drives, (depending on the season you’re travelling in). We advise packing clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty – you may get a little dustier than you expect!
What about the weight?
It’s also worth considering the weight allowance, if you’re planning a safari with air transfers between camps, baggage is often restricted to just 10 – 15 kilos. Don’t forget that some wheeled bags can be quite heavy before they’re packed. A small rucksack or duffle bag is a good choice, if you’re combining your safari with a beach or city break you may be able to leave some of your luggage at the hotel before heading off into the bush.
Light trail shoes/sandals such as North Face, Merrel and HiTec etc are fine for normal safaris. (Even if you’re going to be walking on fairly rough terrain and walking trails, when the weather is dry you won’t really need hiking boots.)
Generally speaking… safaris are casual, even some of the more exclusive lodges and camps won’t expect you to bring evening wear, you just need to be comfortable and warm. Clothes should be loose fitting so you can layer. During the evenings there’s normally a camp fire where you can gather and sit around. Long sleeves and trousers are advisable to avoid the mosquito bites.
Pack a couple of pairs of cotton trousers to wear on safari, cotton T-shirts, a fleece or sweatshirt, a couple of long sleeve cotton shirts, women could take a cotton sarong or you could buy one locally. Don’t forget a waterproof and swimming costume or trunks, many of the camps have plunge/swimming pools
Remember… many safari camps and lodges offer a laundry service so it’s worth checking to see if your accommodation does, it’s a good way to cut down on the packing.
As a rule of thumb… lay all your clothes out ready to pack and then put half of them back in the closet! We’re all guilty of packing too much!
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