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What to pack for your Safari trip.

Whether it is your first “Safari” to Africa, or you are a returning visitor, this list of what to pack may be of help.  The time of year that you are visiting Africa, and the specific country you are visiting will make some difference to the number of warm items of clothing you need to pack, but this guide is a good rule of thumb.

Firstly your clothes must be up to the job!!  Of African Origin safari clothing are authentic safari wear.  The clothes are made in Africa and worn by the guides working at the lodges.  The styles and fabrics are all tried and tested and have come through with flying colours!!

Clothes should all be neutral colours so that you blend in with the environment.  Cotton fabrics are the best as they help you stay cool and comfortable.
•    Short & Long Sleeve Shirts / blouses – Long ( or ¾) sleeves are great for warmth in the evenings and early mornings, protection from the sun and insects. 100% cotton is the preferred fabric worn by the guides and people you will meet working at the lodges.

100% cotton blouses Of AFrican Origin

100% cotton blouses Of AFrican Origin

•    Shorts/Skirts & Trousers – Long cotton trousers can protect from the sun & insects in the evenings. However you will find that your guides and most guests will be in shorts or skirts during game drives and walks.
•    Safari Hat – Wide brimmed hats work best. Rogue in South Africa make a “breezy hat” which has mesh sides and is excellent for keeping the head cool but sun off your head and neck.  Packaway hats are also great for travelling as they fold flat in to a calico bag and are therefore very easy to pack and do not take up valuable space!

Rogue 301K Breezy Hat - great in the heat!!

Rogue 301K Breezy Hat - great in the heat!!

•    Safari Jacket or Fleece – you may go out for a game drive before sunrise when it could be chilly.  Make sure you have at least one warm jacket or fleece as being cold is no fun!
•    Footwear – High heels will not be needed in the bush…EVER! Shoes that will not “slip off” are ideal when on the game drives.  You will need some type of hiking or safari boot if you plan on any walking safaris. The Rogue Desert Boot is a great option as it is smart but strong and looks great with shorts or trousers.

Rogue Desert Boot - great for bushwalking or dinner!

Rogue Desert Boot - great for bushwalking or dinner!

•    Sun tops that can be worn under a blouse for the girls is a great idea so that when the temperature goes up you have an extra layer to peel off and can get some sun on your shoulders!!
•    Binoculars, in general a compact pair with no zoom are easiest to use.
•    Camera.
•    Sunglasses.
•    Sun Screen.  At least factor 25.
•    Insect repellent.  It’s up to you whether you choose a DEET product or a non-DEET product.  Bug Geroff is a natural non-DEET insect repellent that was developed in South Africa and has been widely tested in malarial areas.  The trick is to reapply often and use the full range of products. The Bug Geroff Travel Pack is perfect for your Safari holiday.

Non Deet insect repellent

Non Deet insect repellent

•    Malaria prophylaxis: please consult your GP/travel nurse. These are essential if you are travelling to a malaria area and will need to be organised well before you leave.
•    A Rogue sling bag to pack your binoculars, camera, insect repellent and sunscreen in.

Sling bag for every day use.

Sling bag for every day use.

•    Adaptor plugs are useful to recharge phones, cameras etc.

It is best if you pack your clothes in to a soft canvas or leather bag.  Suitcases are awkward for the small planes and transfer vehicles. Rogue make a range of bags exactly for this purpose!

available in olive or sand canvas

available in olive or sand canvas

Authentic safari wear and accessories such as hats, boots, bags, clothes and insect repellent are available in the UK from www.kendrickimports.com
All products you will find on the Kendrick Imports website are made in Africa and are available for immediate delivery.

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One Response to “What to pack for your Safari trip.”

  1. Are boots recommended when in a vehicle?


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