Where should I buy safari clothes?

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Sep 20th, 2005, 10:31 AM
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Unless you feel a deep burning need for a pith helmet, swagger stick, or some such, don't worry -- you don't really need any special clothes, just comfortable clothes in neutral colours. All of my 'safari clothes' are things that I wear here in England -- they just happen to be khaki, green, tan, and brown.

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Sep 20th, 2005, 10:48 AM
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safari clothes are the items you buy for sfari before dicovering all the info at fodor's, and by that time the return policy has expired. BTW, want to buy some safari shirts, complete with epaulets?
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Sep 20th, 2005, 10:49 AM
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Dr. Andrea,

I never bought any safari clothes per se, but as a city dweller who's pretty much in a black-and-heels uniform, I found I did have to augment my wardrobe. Just went to Gap (and even Old Navy!) and picked out some neutral-colored cotton stuff.

Like me and others on this board, you may end up dropping a little weight on safari. So my advice is: don't buy anything that's a bit too big to begin with. That "dressy scarf for safari dinners" I was always reading about? It ended up as my belt, tied tight to hold my pants up--not a good look.

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Sep 20th, 2005, 10:50 AM
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Dennis - No, But I'd LOVE a pith helmet!!!!!!!!

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Sep 20th, 2005, 10:54 AM
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Leely,

What camps did you stay at? I think I'd like to add them to my itinerary...

I tend to gain weight on safari, especially when I stay at CCA camps as they have particularly good food, so I tend to avoid packing anything that DOESN'T fit a bit loosely.

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Sep 20th, 2005, 11:11 AM
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Julian,
And there you are worrying the food to death on that other thread.

You're asking all the wrong questions, I'm afraid. Inquire not "Is the dining delightful?" but rather "Is the food mildly edible?"

And then after a few weeks you'll be fashioning shorts out of your washcloth.


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Sep 20th, 2005, 11:26 AM
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Hee hee!!!

(You make a good point, Leely!)
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Sep 20th, 2005, 12:41 PM
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Leely -

AH HA! So, rather than planning around the full moon, tidal phases or whatnot, what I should be doing is asking each of the lodges when their supplies are restocked. Then, I can plan to be there for the 2 - 3 days just prior to the re-stocking!

That or the khanga might just have to be fashioned into a muumuu.
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Sep 20th, 2005, 12:48 PM
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Hi Leely,

I suppose that is one plus of going to places where the food is bad...though after enduring English food for most of the year, maybe overeating on safari is some sort of survival mechanism!

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Sep 20th, 2005, 01:15 PM
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semi-hijack question. everyone says not to wear blue but in Rocco's pictures, he's wearing blue and in the videos from taga safaris, one lady is wearing a blue jacket. what gives?
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Sep 20th, 2005, 01:20 PM
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Yeah, and while we're at it, everyone says dull colors, fade into the bush....but look how the Masaai (sp) dress. ;-)
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Sep 20th, 2005, 01:23 PM
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even the women on shore from Rocco's pictures are wearing blue. hmmm, a trick for the first time safari goer?
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Sep 20th, 2005, 01:37 PM
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Hello,

Well, Rocco did mention that he got chewed up by tsetse flies (whose affinity for blue explains why you're usually advised to avoid that colour).

The Maasai wear bright colours because they want to be noticed (by animals and by other people) -- if you are on foot around big game, being noticed by the animals means less likelihood of an unplanned confrontation. However, the goal on safari is to observe animals acting as naturally as possible, so you don't want them to notice you -- hence the advice to blend in. Different colours for different purposes.

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Sep 20th, 2005, 01:44 PM
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Thank you Julian. Although I was being facetious.
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Sep 20th, 2005, 04:57 PM
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Sep 20th, 2005, 11:50 PM
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Trust me, while in the Puku Ridge area, it wouldn't have mattered if I had a forcefield around me, the Tetse flies would have still got in. I just wanted to wear comfortable clothes and avoid any loud colors. The tetses did not bother one bit in Lower Zambezi (the photos in which I was wearing a light blue t-shirt), but they made my life miserable in the Puku Ridge area...even so, for the incredible lion interactions I had at Puku Ridge, I would gladly suffer through Tetse flies to get in this prime area for lions (and leopards).
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Sep 21st, 2005, 04:28 PM
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I'm so glad so many of you are going with the no special safari gear theme...I was beginning to fear that Fodorites were all out there en masses in their matching safari suits!
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Sep 21st, 2005, 04:31 PM
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welltraveledbrit,
That's just what we wear at home.
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Sep 22nd, 2005, 04:16 AM
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Madam
May I be so presumptious as to assume that you are female as indicated by your Author name. If this is correct indulge your hedonistic propensities and purchase your undergarments ( I had difficulty finding a discreet word ) from Victoria's Secret - something nice and spicy! Unfortunately Game Rangers are too busy pointing fingers at the exotic rather than the erotic. As for the rest of your attire nobody here in Africa gives a damn so pick up the drabbest items you can find at your local military surplus store. If you are German please do not forget the obligatory white socks with your sandals. This is necessary for us to determine your language group.
My Gin and Tonic is rapidly warming in the sun so I must bid you adieu and wish you a wonderful stay in Africa.
Yours truly
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