Fashion tips for your safari holiday
We are often asked by our guests what’s best to pack in terms of safari fashion for African Safari holidays to ensure you have a little touch of style.. so here’s our top tips on what to pack, where to shop and what to drop!
What to pack It’s not hard to dress appropriately for a safari. Whilst you don’t have to race out and spend hundreds of dollars, there are a few essential items you should throw in the bag.
Spring 2015 has also seen sophisticated safari trends and tailored khakis popping up on the runways, so even in the urban jungle you’ll blend in.
- light weight long sleeved shirts to protect you against mosquitos and chilly air in the mornings and evenings
- Fitted fleece for warmth
- Light rain jacket that’s easily stuffed in the bottom of your bag
- Long and light weight trousers to keep grass seeds and ticks at bay and prevent scratches from thorns
- Colours should be natural, khaki, olive etc but don’t feel like you have to replace your entire holiday wardrobe. White is lovely but not practical unless you fancy hand washing after each wear. And avoid bright colours so you don’t stand out
- Comfortable shoes and socks that you can slip on and off easily, that cover the foot to prevent scratches, bites and ticks and you love walking in. You don’t really need boots unless you are there for trekking
- Hat and the wider the brim the better and tight because you will lose it from the car or boat as you are zooming to an animal sighting
- Swimsuit essential if your accommodation has a pool or if your safari has a beach or island finale
Where to shop
Given safari fashion is on trend right now, you can look in just about any fashion store and find some neutral, tailored clothing perfect for your safari. We get lots of our clothing from overseas brands like Top Shop, Zara and H&M.
If you want to really safari in style, check out Hickman & Bousfield, an e-tailor specialising in bush appropriate separates and accessories for men and women. Based in Botswana and London, Caroline Hickman is the brains behind the brand, a former UK based costume designer who moved to the Kalahari Desert to be with her partner, Ralph Bousfield. Ralph is a noted guide in Botswana and owns Unchartered Africa, one of our favourite operators running Jacks Camp, San Camp, Camp Kalahari and a unique camping experience.
What to drop
Whatever you do, don’t wear military style camouflage print clothing. It just isn’t the ‘done thing’ and could land you in hot water, especially at border crossings.
All in the bag
The ultimate safari item is the bag. If your itinerary has light aircraft flights, there will be strict luggage allowances so you will need soft sided and maximum 15 kilograms. It is still very possible to remain trendy on safari with such strict regulations… Think light weight canvas with leather trim or a simple duffel bag with great design and practicality like multiple pockets and zip sections!
Hope this helps with your safari packing.