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I got my copy of Fodor's guide on safaris a couple months ago in preparation for my overland tour from Kenya down to South Africa which I just completed. One item in Fodor's guide that caused me consternation and repack was advice to avoid wearing camouflage. I had been planning on taking my mossy oak Goretex parka since it's winter in Africa and I thought the subdued colors and pattern would work well on safari as well as providing great insulation but I changed it out to a less-insulated yellow Goretex jacket.

I have to say this advice in the Fodor's guide was incredibly off-base. They implied camouflage of any kind is looked at as implying some connection with paramilitary groups. I saw all sorts of people wearing camouflage patterns (most of them much more military looking than my hunter's mossy oak pattern) as daily wear without any concern or fuss.

In fact, I was advised by guides in Zambia that I would have been much better off with the camouflage because my yellow jacket was too loud for going on safari (all my other warm jackets tend to have a lot of black or blue in them which I was told to avoid due to tsetse flies).

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