Safari is a Swahili word, originally from the Arabic “safar;” which means journey. The word is used for any type of journey, e.g. by bus from Nairobi to Mombasa or by ferry from Dar es Salaam to Unguja. Richard Francis Burton, a famous English explorer; made it possible for the word to enter the English language in 1850’s. In this modern day era, Safari refers to a journey or expedition, for hunting, exploration, or investigation, especially in Africa.
A certain theme or style is associated with the word, which includes khaki clothing, belted bush jackets, pith helmets or slouch hats, and animal skin patterns. If you’re going on an African adventure, take note of the theme because it will help you decide on the proper attire for a safari.
If you are going on a summer safari, here are some helpful tips on what to wear:
- If you want to get close to the wildlife, the best way is to go neutral so you blend with the surroundings. Wear greens, browns and khakis so as to not attract unnecessary attention.
- It is also important to minimize noise when walking so wear light-weight, breathable fabrics.
- Light trail shoes or hybrid shoe/sandals are adequate on a summer Safari.
- Pack light by layering. Temperatures during a safari differs in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. Layers would be so much convenient as it allows you to remove clothing or wear it back, as temperatures fluctuate.
- Protect your arms and neck from the heat of the sun by wearing airy, long-sleeved shirts with a collar.
- Combat trousers are the perfect outfit. It has plenty of pockets to store your camera, sunscreen, binoculars and other important stuff during your journey.
- For an extra layer of warmth, you may bring a light jacket or fleece. Fleece is great because it dries quickly too.
- To protect your head and face from the sun in an open-top safari vehicle, wear hats. They also reduce glare for better game viewing.
- To block out harmful rays; sunglasses, polarized glasses if possible should be worn. It will cut through the glare so you won’t miss a thing.