What to wear on safari!
‘Safari style’, ‘safari chic’, ‘bush wardrobe’, the list goes on…. all phrases leading the humble safari-goer to believe a complete new wardrobe is in order when one goes on safari.
Hold your horses, all is not lost…here are few tried and tested tips for what to wear whilst discovering the African wilderness!
First tip, don’t forget your ‘P’s & C’s’
PRACTICALITY & COMFORT
LESS IS MORE!
Bear in mind that you will need to keep within a 15kg luggage allowance and the smaller airlines also only allow soft luggage. Large, heavy suitcase can cause delays on smaller, lighter aircraft.
All our properties have daily complimentary laundry service, so an outfit a day is definitely not necessary.
To Khaki or not to Khaki….
Go for neutral and natural hues. Being in the bush is all about blending in, not startling animals with shiny garments or standing out like a sore thumb.
Best to avoid bright shades. Navy blue and black will attract the infamous tsetse fly. Whites will get ruined in the dust or the mud!Our verdict – We’re not saying head to toe in khaki but a little here and there won’t do any harm.
– Denim takes an age to dry,
– Collared shirts can be used to protect you from the sun,
– Hiking boots aren’t necessary but hard rubber shoes are useful to avoid thorns penetrating the sole,
– Flip flops/slip-on sandals are essential to wear around camp, some camps require you to take off your shoes before entering the tents,
– We don’t dress for dinner, so no formal attire is necessary.
Layer, layer & layer...
Evenings and mornings are cool and days can be hot. Think of layering your clothes, so that you can easily peel off items as the sun climbs higher in the sky.
Light, long-sleeved shirts/shorts/trousers that are cool to wear yet protect you from the sun.
Non-indulgent, useful accessories
– A decent wide-brimmed hat is ESSENTIAL,
– Lightweight raincoat,
– Torch/flash-light plus batteries
– Extra memory cards + spare batteries for your camera,
– Binoculars are usually provided in the vehicles, but we recommend that you bring your own pair too,
– Small day-pack,
– Your personal medicine and toiletries. Many camps provide toiletries – so more space in your bag for pressies!