Safari Clothes and items

General ideas and checklist

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When deciding what to wear and take on safari, it's best to keep it simple. wear things you'll be comfortable in all day. Here are a few considerations: 

  

  1. Normal, comfortably fitting, neutral-colored clothes are a great choice. Light, strong, breathable garments are ideal, especially the ones that have moisture wicking properties.
  2. Bright colored clothing should be avoided and white clothes will show up dust and dirt. Khaki, brown and olive colors top the list. Red, white, yellow and patterns are conspicuous to wildlife. Our 4X4's are painted in subdued colors for this reason.
  3. Avoid blue or black clothes in East Africa. This is due to the tsetse fly which is attracted to dark colors.
  4. Do pack something warm. Although the days in East Africa can be hot, the temperatures will often drop sharply at nights and in the early mornings.
  5. Do take a sun hat. A lightweight light-colored hat is best. 
  6. Packing in your heavy walking boots is unnecessary. Simple lightweight shoes (non white) or sandals/sports sandals are best.
  7. Be careful to not overpack. We have a 15kg/30lb weight limit for the aircraft and all of our luggage will go in the trunk/boot of the Land Cruiser. 
  8. Remember long sleeves shorts and long trousers. These can be worn at night to stay warm and to protect from mosquitoes. 
  9. Informal dress is best. Our safari destinations have a very relaxed dress code for dinner so there is no need to pack formal dress. 
  10. Polarizing sunglasses. The light can be harsh and you're going to be spending a lot of time staring into the veld looking for, and at wildlife, so a pair of polarizing glasses will help with contrast and relax the eyes.
  11. Layering. It's a good idea to wear cool garments as your first layer and then you can remove the warmer outer layers once things start heating up, as they almost always tend to do later in the day. 
  12. A silk or cotton scarf or bandana is a handy item to add a little warmth or sun protection. 
  13. Avoid fancy leather bags/satchels (or keep them under the seat). Monkeys are attracted to them and will jump into the 4X4 to try and grab them. This is only funny if it's happening to someone else. Keep the monkeys outside the 4X4!

Some places to buy clothes for safari. 

Exofficio 

Cabelas 

Travelsmith


Complete Checklist 

Clothing & Luggage

  • Medium duffle bag. No hard suitcases or wheeled bags.
  • Hat
  • Clothing in neutral colours: khaki, light brown/green, tan. Avoid bright colours & white for improved game viewing, especially when on foot. Not as important in a vehicle.
  • Comfortable short- and long sleeved shirts (2 or 3 of each)
  • Comfortable shorts and long trousers (1 or 2 of each)
  • Underwear
  • PJ's
  • Swimming costume
  • Flip-flops or sport sandals 
  • Comfortable shoes (not white). 
  • Socks
  • Sweater, jacket or fleece. Night time in Serengeti can be cool. 

SAFARI SUPPLIES

We will carry an extensive first aid kit. Here are some personal items you'll need.

  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock and after sun lotion
  • Skin cream
  • Malaria Medication (very important)
  • Sunglasses - make sure they have polarized lenses.
  • Pocket Knife (Swiss/Leatherman type)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • Lip balm
  • Q-tips & cotton balls
  • Razor & shaving cream/gel
  • Sanitary requirements (shops are sometimes few and far between, and very basic)
  • Contact lens solution & extra set of disposable lenses
  • Motion sickness tablets if needed.
  • Pen/pencil
  • Plastic bags (wet washing/muddy shoes/organize clothes in duffel)
  • Book to read between game viewing and other leisure time