It’s all about layers and neutral colours on safari, and we’ve a few little tips to help you too – read on and all will become clear.

safari clothing

Rule number one on safari is that you need to pack light, so you need to bear this in mind when choosing your clothing.  If you are on a mobile safari or a fly-in, your luggage space and weight will be limited.  Most safari lodges offer a laundry service and things dry quickly in the hot breeze so you don’t need to pack a huge amount.

Blend in to your surroundings. Stick to neutral colours such as brown, khaki and green and leave the bright colours to the birds. We recommend you avoid camouflage too, as in some countries this is reserved for the military.


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Light-weight and breathable fabrics are the order on safari. Dress in layers as mornings and evening game drives can be chilly but the days soon warm up, as the temperature rises, peel off another layer, that way you stay comfortable. Take a combination of long and short sleeved shirts so you can cover your arms in case of sunburn.

Long sleeves and trousers are good for evenings to protect you against mosquitos. If it’s warm, then linen is the perfect fabric. They seem to love black or dark clothing too, so avoid those colours if possible. White is best avoided as it gets dusty and grubby quickly, so that brings us back to khaki, green and brown. Dinners at the lodges are usually relaxed and casual, so no need to pack ultra formal wear.

Footwear is important, some light-weight walking shoes or trainers are ideal. Flipflops or sandals are easily squeezed into a gap in your luggage and may be useful back at the lodge.

Don’t forget to pack a hat, this will protect you from the heat, and it gets pretty hot, and together with a pair of sunglasses will help cut out some of the glare from the sun.


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Many lodges have a pool, so don’t forget your swimwear, and a sarong (a sarong has many uses on holiday and is possibly the most versatile piece of clothing).

That’s it in a nutshell, but if you are unsure, ask one of our well-travelled consultants, and they will be able to help.