The best clothing for day to day safari wear is lightweight synthetic long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. These can always be obtained in the US and Europe from sports and outdoors equipment companies and there are many options available online. Oftentimes the best shirts are called safari shirts or even fly-fishing shirts – these are very lightweight and can be easily washed out and will quickly dry out. The trousers are often referred to as hiking pants and often come with legs that can be unzipped so that they can be worn as shorts. Earth tones are best, as they tend to blend with the surroundings. Footwear should be outdoor type shoes or low boots, and the lugged soles, often called Vibram, give a better footing when out of the car and on trails or rocks.

For evening wear, especially at the finer lodges, it is always preferable to have nice, but casual, evening wear. This would include slacks and polo shirts for the men and summer dresses or slacks and blouses for the women.

East Africa does have its rainy seasons and it can also get a little chilly in the mornings and evenings. So it is always a very good idea to travel with a lightweight rain parka, just in case, and a fleece type jacket or sweater.

All the lodges have laundry service, so at a bare minimum it should be possible to go on safari with only two changes of clothing. However, it is always a good idea to have a third change of clothing, because it is not possible to have laundry washed on those days in which we transfer from one lodge to another.


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