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African Safari Clothing - Our 4 Vital Safari Clothing Tips

Nov 9, 2007
Choosing the right African safari clothing can be the difference to enjoying your trip to Africa or spending your time being miserable.

It's one of the most important aspects of going on safari to Africa yet many first time travelers there still treat it as just another holiday destination. That's a big mistake. In this article, we'll point you in the right direction so you only take what you need too and more importantly, take the proper African safari clothing.

What To Wear on An African Safari

If you love to take everything but the kitchen sink when you go on holiday then you should reconsider before boarding your flight to mighty Africa. The first rule of thumb is to travel light.

The reason for this is you'll be moving around a lot and lugging more than one or two bags with you is going to be very frustrating. A trip to this continent is not a fashion show. Here are a few tips on what to consider in the way of safari clothing:

1. Firstly, consider taking comfortable fitting clothes only. Forget the dinner suit. Whether you're traveling by road with a tour group or walking, comfortably fitting clothes will make a huge difference. Also, your clothing color should be neutral. Nothing too bright or white.

2. The main bulk of your clothing should be light however, while it gets hot during the day in Africa, you'll still need to pack a warm garment such as a sweater. The nights can get a little chilly especially if you are spending most of your time camping.

3. Take a hat. Caps could be okay but should be accompanied by some neck protection. The preferred hat to wear on safari is one which gives you all round protection from the sun. It should also have water-proof qualities while be able to absorb perspiration on it's inside.

4. Comfortable walking shoes are essential. Heavy boots are not really appropriate because you'll start to tire and feel heavy around the legs after only a short time. If you're on a walking safari, sturdy and durable walking shoes are the key. Also, don't pack too many shoes as it only takes up luggage space. Take two pairs at the most.

The issue of African safari clothing should be discussed with your travel agent or more importantly, with someone who has already made the trip. Believe me, getting this part of your preparation wrong can have some major consequences to your overall enjoyment factor.

If you think you're traveling too light that's okay. You can always purchase any extra pieces of clothing while you're in Africa.
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