So, what should you wear out in the bush? Well, the best way to get close to the wildlife on a walking safari is to not attract unwanted attention and by trying to blend into your surroundings as much as possible. Stick to the neutrals: greens, browns and khakis and avoid any busy patterns, bright colours and camouflage – some African countries reserve this pattern for military personnel only.
The African climate is a common misconception for travellers: people get misled that Africa is a hot summer all year round. It might be hot at midday but rest assured you will be freezing cold on the early morning and night drives if you’re just sporting your shorts and t-shirt. So don’t forget to pack long-sleeved shirts, trousers and jumpers.
Sensible walking shoes are essential for climbing in and out of the vehicle and a good sunhat and sunglasses combination will reduce glare to ensure better game viewing.
Mosquitoes like to come out in force around dusk and dawn so we always highly recommend that you wear long sleeves as well as laver yourselves in insect repellent containing DEET to avoid being bitten.
TAKE NOTE: Mosquitoes love dark colours – don’t learn the hard way!