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What to Pack: Safari

Posted by Bee Shapiro on October 14, 2013 at 10:17:11 AM EDT | Post a Comment

Kids may have Disney's Animal Kingdom, but for adults, few trips-of-a-lifetime can top the majesty of an African safari. From the bush camps of the Serengeti to the fancy lodges and game reserves of South Africa, the sub-Saharan experience is something to behold (and save your pennies for). But taking a walk on the wild side doesn't mean your travel wardrobe has to suffer. Here are some ideas to get you packing.



Savannah Scouting

Though fall temperatures tend to be milder, still plan for all-important sun protection such as a canvas wide brim bush hat with chin cord ($46).

Depending on your itinerary, you might spend most of your days in a Jeep, or perhaps venturing through more adventurous ground. Regardless, hiking boots are a versatile choice that you won't mind getting a little dusty ($220).

Snap up a few colors of sweat-wicking tees, such as this one by Gap, in sunset orange ($24.95).

If your plans include navigating bumpy terrain, pick up a sports bra that offers light support and won't pinch, even after a long day ($12.99).

Convertible hiking pants are literally a two-for-one, and will give you wardrobe options in case temperatures dip or skyrocket ($55).


Lodge Lounging

The mercury can drop quickly after sunset, but you'll feel both bright and cozy in this vibrant yellow cashmere v-neck ($79.90).

Pull-on pants with smart tailoring give your usual camp sweats a fashion boost ($90).

Mid-layers have come a long way since their utilitarian beginnings. Patagonia, particularly, has a few feminine styles with contrasting stripes ($115).

Same goes for functional fleece jackets. Kuhl's stretch wool fleece jacket touts style that could easily transition from city to savannah ($179).

Lastly, let your toes breathe at night with a pair of flip flops ($64.95), perhaps slightly jazzed up in reflective silver.



Day Tracking

The right safari jacket comes with attractive proportions and plenty of pockets for storing cameras and snacks ($129).

Tees made of lightweight, quick-dry materials ($11) will do well in the heat of the day. Plus, they'll provide a good amount of sun protection.

Hiking shorts are a savvy option when you want ease of movement. This durable pair by Columbia offers a forgiving elastic waistband in back ($40).

Comfortable footwear is a must when out on safari. This outdoor boot by Danner also has handsome, rugged looks to spare ($260).

Get a better view of the famed Great Migration, or track other wildlife, with these Zeiss binoculars ($349.99).


Camp Chilling

If you plan on checking into one of Africa's luxurious safari camps, which are usually set on stunning grounds far from city lights, you can get away with more relaxed cuts like these drawstring pants, offering some stretch to them ($67.95).

To save packing space, choose a jacket that can double as a shirt ($70). 

Cotton pieces, such as this Henley pullover shirt in bone heather ($39.95) are obvious favorites; plus, they're high on breathability.

Similarly, other natural material garments, like this merino wool vest, work well with several temperatures ($130).

Lastly, a cushioned slip-on shoe can do wonders for trail-worn feet at the end of the day ($100).

Photo Credits: Women Savannah Scouting: Courtesy of Gap Inc.; Amazon.com, Inc.; Target Brands, Inc.; www.rei.com; Eastern Mountain Sports, Inc. Women Lodge Lounging: Courtesy of Kuhl Clothing; Nordstrom, Inc.; LOLE INC.; Patagonia, Inc.; UNIQLO CO., LTD. Men Day Tracking: Courtesy of Sierra Trading Post, Inc.; Danner Boots; www.travelsmith.com; Cabela's Inc.; Columbia Sportswear Company. Men Camp Chilling: Courtesy of L.L.Bean Inc.; Ibex Outdoor Clothing, LLC; Amazon.com, Inc.; Craghoppers Ltd.; The North Face.
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  • Tapata1 on Oct 26, 13 at 06:44 PM

    Great ideas for safari packing (though I'm not sure about the orange top and blue shorts - more neutral colours would seem to be more appropriate for game viewing). I pack layers of Icebreaker merino tops of different weights in a dark green colour. And, for travelling in an open vehicle in the wet season, rain pants. The up-market lodges that I've been to provide ponchos, but my backside was always getting wet so now I take light rain pants to pull on over my shorts/trousers in the event of rain. People get surprised by the fact that It can be very cold in Africa on the early morning and evening game drives and when eating outdoors, so a warm hat, gloves and scarf are a good addition except in summer. I've just come back from South Africa and I used all of that and it's spring there now, not winter. Finally, don't forget a back pack for your camera, binoculars, and layers of clothes.