If your mind is set to go on a Safari, kudos to you! You’re going to be spending a lot of time outside through bush, riding in the back of a vehicle or hiking, so packing the right clothing is essential.
You’re not going to have many possibilities nor time to change your clothes as often as you want, so keep that in mind when packing. You need to select colors that help you mingle in the surroundings, but don’t attract bugs either.
Where you’re going to travel in Africa is also another aspect to take into consideration when packing. Needless to say, you should start by checking your wallet, since the right clothing for safari isn’t going to be cheap.
What colors should you choose/avoid?
Where you go to Africa and when you go are also aspects to mind when selecting your clothing. Here are some recommendations to remember:
- Go with browns, tans, and khakis in the dry season
With khaki, the most common clothing color for safari, finding khaki clothing isn’t going to be tricky at all. You need to disguise very well into surrounding, and during the dry season, khaki, tan, and browns are great for blending in.
If you go with these colors, you’re also going to hide dirt a lot more efficiently. The chances for your clothes to get dirty are high, no matter if you go through bushes or travel in a vehicle. Browns, khaki, and tan make an excellent option for hiding you in a safari.
- Go with greens and browns in the rainy season
Rainy season happens at different times, so it depends a lot when you’re going to Africa. No matter where you’re going to be, it’s wiser to have greens and browns during a rainy season. The foliage is green most of the time, helping you blend in better.
- What colors to avoid in Africa?
When it comes to Africa, it’s not only about which color to wear but also about the colors to avoid using:
- Stay away from blue in Eastern Africa- Blue attracts the tsetse fly in Eastern Africa, which are known for carrying severe diseases. You don’t want to get bitten by one and end up with a critical illness.
- Don’t wear bright colors (white including)- Bright colors (red especially!) may scare the wildlife you’re keen to see on a safari. White is calling the game when you’re in a walking safari, and animals may flee because of it.
- No camouflage clothing either- Camouflage clothing is related to the soldiers in most African countries. It’s a good thing that you want to blend it, but you don’t want people to think that you’re military either.
How to dress on a safari?
One may think that a couple of shirts and a good travel jacket are going to do it on a safari. Even if this isn’t entirely faux, how you’re dressing is a lot more critical. Scroll down for the rules to follow:
- Go with layers in southern Africa
The mornings of south Africa get quite chilly, whereas the afternoons get hot. You cannot just go back to your hotel in the middle of the day, so dressing in layers right from the beginning is a lot more practical.
- Get a dependable travel jacket for eastern Africa
It doesn’t matter if you’re going in the rainy season in East Africa or not. The risk of getting caught in a downpour is rather high when traveling to this part of Africa. You need a reliable travel jacket so here are some features to pay attention to:
- It has to be waterproof
- It has to be easy to pack and to store small
- It should have many pockets easy to access
- A hidden pouch is something to look for on a travel jacket
- It has to have the right color so that you blend in very easily into surroundings
- Get ready for both rainy and hot days in South Africa
In South Africa, the rainy season is also the hottest. You need a waterproof jacket, but also hats and shoes. Get shirts and pants that are breathable and are lightweight so that you don’t get too hot.
- Select convertible pants for east and central Africa
The weather in the east and central Africa has medium temperatures all year round, but the mornings can get chilly. Look for a good pair of convertible pants so that you can have an excellent time both in the morning and in the afternoon.
- Make sure that you’re ready for the cold and rainy days in eastern Africa
In Eastern Africa, the rainy season is also the chilliest weather. You should pack long pants and lightweight shirts (long-sleeves) so that you can wear under the travel jacket.
Which clothing to pack for your African Safari?
Even if you may feel that you’re paying the extra buck for it, you should always look for high-quality clothing when traveling to Africa.
Here are some general tips to remember when buying:
- Always get long-lasting clothing
Don’t settle with the cheapest choices when you’re buying your safari clothing. You may save a buck now, but the garment isn’t going to last very long either. You don’t want your pants to tear in the middle of nowhere when getting out of the vehicle. You should look for woven cotton and avoid nylon or any other fabric containing more than 25 % spandex.
- Get clothing with many pockets
You don’t want to carry many accessories, which is why pants, vests, and jackets with many pockets are the best choice.
- Select versatile clothing
With the majority of hotels and safari lodges being casual, you want your garment to fit in, without drawing too much attention to yourself. Long and short pants, t-shirts, and collared shirts are the most popular options in a safari.
Which accessories should you get for your safari?
You want to travel light in a safari. You must keep the number of accessories to a minimum.
Let’s see the accessories you need when traveling to Africa:
- A good sunhat
You’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun, even if you go in the winter. But a sunhat that protects your face, neck, and head against sunburn. Fabric with UV protection is ideal.
- Use sunscreen
A sunhat isn’t going to protect your whole body, and you should always apply sunscreen (at least 30SPF) every time you go out.
- Choose a headband that keeps dust and sweat away
Look for a headband that turns into a scarf, for increased versatility. You want one for keeping sweat away from the face. A headband can also protect the face from dust when traveling.
- Select good hiking boots
You may want to pack a light pair of shoes for the hotel, but you should get a couple of hiking boots for your safari. They should go above the ankle and waterproof as well. Don’t forget to break them in before getting to Africa!