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What to wear on Safari

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One of the first questions you will ask once you have booked your safari is what you will need to wear when on safari. Fortunately, we have the answers!

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Follow our top safari clothing advice tips below and you'll be comfortable, protected and assured that the clothing you pack is safari suitable.

Dress in layers for activities

Morning and evening game drives are likely to be cold (sometimes very cold) as the sun is just rising or setting, and there can be wind. However, as the sun rises or sets, it quickly gets hot or cold, so wearing layers that allow you to adapt is the perfect preparation.

Clothing Colours

Neutral-toned colours such as shades of khaki, greens, greys and browns are best suited for when on safari. Not only does it help you blend it into the environment, but you engage with the spirit of being on safari.

Sun Protection

The African sun is hot and intense, so we recommend packing a hat, sunglasses and sun cream. Wide-brimmed hats are perfect for those being cautious.


When choosing footwear, consider that there can be inch-long thorns on the floor, so ask yourself, will this shoe stop a thorn? Walking shoes are perfect and trainers are good too (with the added advantage of being easier to transport). We also suggest packing a pair of hot weather shoes (boat shoes/sandals/flip-flops etc).


If you are finishing your safari on the beach, don't forget your beachwear! Temperature highs and lows are less extreme on the beach than on safari, and you are not getting up at 5am, so normal beachwear will be adequate.

Pack light

Luggage restrictions on internal flights mean that packing lightweight is key. Don't forget most camps provide in-house laundry, so if you're worried about weight restrictions, remember you can wash as you go.

Check list
  • Warm jacket/fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Trousers
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts or polo shirts
  • Trainers or walking shoes
  • Underwear & socks
  • Nightwear
  • Washbag
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Flip flops/sandals/boat shoes
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Mosquito spray
  • Book/ Kindle
  • Swimwear
Other considerations
  • Have you consulted your GP re vaccinations?
  • Have you got your visas?
  • Do you need a yellow fever certificate?
  • Have you got enough cash for tips?
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