Vacation leaves applied for? Check. Safari tour in Zimbabwe arranged with Africa Joy Tours? Check. Clothes packed? Uhhhh….
Don’t worry; we know that first timers on a safari tour often make the same mistake of bringing along inadequate clothing and thereby ruining their safari experience. To help you avoid this, we’ve put together this post to inform you about your clothing options for a safari tour.
Consider Color First
When it comes to color, pick out only neutral tones – colors such as khaki, olive and other light shades of brown. Why? Firstly, these colors are good at taking on the dusty environment you’ll be exposed to you on your tour. And secondly, because bright colors draw attention to you and they can scare away the wildlife. Some colors to absolutely avoid are:
Black and Blue – These attract the attention (and painful bites) of the tsetse flies commonly found in East and Central parts of Africa.
White or extremely Pale colors – Unlike brown, these colors aren’t suited to safari due to their inability to deal with dust. Best save them for other occasions.
Camo Patterns – It is of the utmost importance to keep away from such clothing items as they signal a connection to military personnel.
Now that you know about which color to look into, let’s talk about materials. While cotton may work for the most part, depending on the location you’re visiting, you may need wicking fabrics to keep the sweat away.
Check the weather conditions prevalent in the area you’re looking to visit and choose clothing materials to match.
Use a layering system to counter the changing weather conditions you’ll encounter on the African safari. Keep in mind though, that while shorts and t-shirts may work during the day, it can be dangerous to keep them on at night due to the presence of insects. If you can, bring along long sleeved layers and long pants for nighttime.
While it may not feel like much at first, after spending hours on the safari in an open jeep, you will start to feel the heat. Not to mention all the dust settling in your hair. A simple hat will be enough to take care of this problem.
The African sun’s glare will also make it difficult to see properly, so bring along sunglasses with UV-protection.