ÂŠ Ann Thompson, www.intoafricablog.com, 10 October, 2011
Safari Clothing: What Not To Wear! You may wear what you want. Nevertheless, your planned activities will be enhanced by the right clothing. During a bus safari, where the traveler rarely walks along far off bush-trails or among the locals and relaxes in sheltered lodges, few clothing adaptations are required. Nevertheless, dust will show more on white and very dark colors. Black and blue attract the tsetse fly. Light colors are more suitable for the summer heat. Comfortable clothing will render long hours in the bus more bearable. Anyone flying into Africa will want to place an emphasis on light weight, even better quick drying clothing due to airline weight restrictions. While visiting local villages, depending on cultural norms women and men may want to dress modestly. Men who wear long pants, and women wearing longer skirts with both wearing a conservative sleeved, tops are rarely go wrong. In Cape Town (South Africa) your shorts and miniskirts are just fine, regardless, if you are a man or a woman. While some argue, that one should not go on trails looking like Hemingway did, the basic tenants of the clothing he wore during his safari remain. For walking in the bush, neutral, light colors are advisable. Neutral, and monotonous, colors without asymmetrical patters will not disturb the animals. Thus, your chances to take the photo of a live time will increase. Yes, the Maasai warrior you just had in front of your camera did not wear bland beige, but bold red. Well, he was not attempting to take the photograph of his life time. He may want to be seen. Tactical shirts and cargo pants will have the pockets you need for all your Safari accoutrements. These pockets are great for your sanitizer, Boy Scout pocket knife and alike. Be advised in some countries camouflage clothing is illegal. A wide-brimmed hat covering face and neck is perfect protection from the sun. HatÂ´s with venting are best. These vents should be very fine to avoid some insects getting through, and driving you nuts. Overall, adapt your clothing to your needs. Winters and locations at high altitude may get very cold. Thus, packing a fleece jacket, rain clothing, and a warmer outdoor jacket, hat and gloves is advisable. I on my part hope, that Stacy London and Clinton Kelly will do an episode on what to wear on Safari.