Clothing and Packing
About Safari Wear
Comfortable and casual are key. In general, long- and short-sleeved shirts, shorts and long pants in lightweight cotton or moisture-wicking, quick-drying fabrics will keep you comfortable. A light jacket, fleece or windbreaker and layerable clothing are suggested for cooler temperatures at the beginning or end of the day and a bandana or cotton scarf will come in handy. Comfortable, lightweight walking shoes are essential – hiking boots not necessary. While earth tone colors are traditional for safari travel, other colors are fine as well. Consider the bright reds worn by the Maasai people! However, very dark colors such as navy or black have been known to attract tsetse flies. As game drives can be dusty affairs, it’s a good idea to choose washable fabrics. Valet service is available at all lodges and hotels. When deciding what clothing to bring, less is more!
Personal Care Items to Consider
It may be useful to pack a personal kit with over-the-counter drugs for possible upset stomach, allergy medication, aspirin and insect repellent. Other suggestions are pre-moistened towelettes, antibacterial lotion, sunscreen, lip protection and sundries that may be difficult to find en route. Along with an optional extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses, and a change of clothing in the event of luggage delay, your personal kit should be packed in your carry-on bag.
Other Suggestions for Your Journey
- Sunglasses, hat
- Swimwear, gym wear
- Daypack for personal items
- Good pair of binoculars for viewing wildlife
- Camera, lenses, filter
- Battery-operated travel alarm clock
- Rain poncho, collapsible umbrella
- Zipper-lock bags
- Daypack for camera equipment
- Sundries and toiletries that may be difficult to find
Make Packing Easier
To help you decide what to include when packing for your destination, we’ve partnered with Necessary Gear, an easy-to-use one-stop shop that carries the gear and apparel that you’ll need to make the most of your journey. In Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania, our safaris are very relaxed; resort attire is not needed. In South Africa’s larger cities, many guests like to dress up – but by all means, be comfortable!