Africa safari wear

A safari in Kenya can be one of the most eventful and thrilling experiences in your life. Picking out the appropriate attire for the adventure is therefore necessary.

When choosing your safari attire do not for a second assume that since Kenya experiences tropical climate, it is hot all year round. Kenya has its hottest periods that fall between January and March and it’s coolest in July and August. But even in the hotter periods, you may experience chilly temperatures at night and in the mornings. Different regions also have variations in temperatures; the coastal regions are hotter and wetter than the inlands; which are much cooler and drier except for the highlands like the slopes of Mount Kenya where it rains all year round.

Take into account the variations in tropical climate and fit in your suitcase clothes that are light for the midday sun and heavy for the chilly early mornings and nights. It may also be in your interest to consider the material of your clothes.  Khaki and cotton are the two preferred materials since Khaki hides the dust on your clothes and cotton absorbs body sweat and keeps it cool.

Experiences from veteran safari travelers and travel advisories recommend not carrying more than 15 kilograms of luggage. You can decide to pack two to three safari short sleeved and long sleeved shirts and a similar range for long trousers and shorts. Long sleeved shirts and trousers protect you from mosquitoes and the cold while short sleeved shirts and shorts are ideal for hot temperature regions and if you are spending a longer period in the van. Extra clothes will not be needed since most hotels and safari lodges have laundry facilities as long as your clothes are wash and wear.

appropriate-attire-3 appropriate-attire appropriate-attire-2A safari vest is not crucial but may come in handy especially in the cold early mornings and late evenings when you need that extra layer on your body for warmth. It also has more room and a better feeling of movement around the shoulders and upper body. Alternatively, you can purchase or bring along a safari jacket which will give you protection from the biting cold. It has around eight pockets where you can fit in items like extra batteries and camera memory cards and above all it gives you the safari adventure outlook.

Another piece of attire that will give you the Safari adventure look is the safari hat. But it does more than style, it also protects you from the sun’s glare, wind and dust. Female tourists can also carry bandanas or a scarf to protect their hair from dust as it is certain that the routes followed into the wild bush will be dusty roads. If you intend to go to the Mara reserve, the coastal region or mountain regions like Mount Kenya, carry along a rain coat or a water proof jacket.

Swim suits are necessary for visitors headed to the coast. You can decide to bring along beach attire like beach shirts, shorts and even a sports cap that is brightly colored and rhymes with the environment. You can also buy kikoys, sarongs or kangas (brightly colored and patterned long garments) that are appropriate while walking along the beach. They also help cover skimpy swim suits like bikinis to avoid run-ins with local communities who are Muslim and lead conservative lives.

Except for Mount Kenya Safari Club, all other Kenyan hotels and lodges have abandoned the policy on dinner dress codes so you are free to dress without restriction. However, if you intend to visit Mount Kenya Safari Club you will be expected to dress in smart casual for dinner.