Question about Attire on a Safari
Replies: 15 - Last Post: May 15, 2011 8:52 PM Last Post By: viaggero
Apr 28, 2011 10:52 AM
Question about Attire on a SafariHi - this may sound like a dumb question but...here goes. I was under the impression that it is important to wear long sleeves/long pants on a safari/in safari areas. Yet, as I look at these pictures from the various safari lodges/camps, etc. I see people wearing shorts and flip flops. What is the deal? Is wearing long sleeves/pants overkill or are these people in the pictures just uninformed tourists? Any advice is appreciated! Thanks.
Apr 28, 2011 11:59 AM
1As a point of decorum, flip flops are fine. I would recommend more substantial shoes when on a game drive. You will see plenty of people in shorts, especially while on safari. Most won't get a second look. I always wear pants unless I am at the beach--shorts are for school boys, not adults.
Apr 28, 2011 12:07 PM
2Shorts are ubiquitous in southern africa but hardly ever seen in Ethiopia.
Apr 28, 2011 12:56 PM
3-shorts are for school boys, not adults.
You must be one of them there cityfied Yankees, 'cause here in Florida, shorts are as ubiquitous as hot sunny days - even among us adults. And, less we offend, let us not forget our friends in Bermuda where shorts are not only worn, but are part of the national dress. In fact, at the Winter Olympics in Japan (year?) the flag bearer from Bermuda wore shorts in the frigid weather. I'm surprised that someone as well traveled as you would make such a blatant judgment on a different style of attire.
Apr 28, 2011 1:28 PM
4I should have mentioned that this applies to east Africa. As Mrs_Trellis noted, shorts are common in southern Africa. Kendrick, I have no issue with wearing shorts in the States! Just following the local culture. When it comes to dress, East Africa is quite conservative.
Apr 28, 2011 4:54 PM
Also depends on temperature.
When on a morning drive in Namibia, we had to cover up with heavy woolen blankets.
By 10 am it was shirt sleeve warm.
Apr 28, 2011 9:30 PM
6Long, canvas trousers protect you if you go wandering through thorn bushes, lighter material doesn't. On safari the locals are used to the strange habits of bwanas. Long trousers/sleeves are often mentioned as a mossie protection at night, but I believe this to be utter nonsense. Who the hell wants to go from the cold northern hemisphere to the equatorial belt and put on extra clothes??
Wear what you like with one exception; a solar topee is so crass during tiffin.
Edited by: WanderinWilco
Apr 28, 2011 10:49 PM
In Namibia and S. Africa I usually wore denim jeans, Jackets and leather gloves to protect me from thorns when hunting!
I once wore a white shirt and my PH told my I stuck out like a sore thumb to animals.
Blue denim seemed to be OK.
Apr 29, 2011 5:01 AM
Apr 29, 2011 8:04 AM
Dark clothes are more attractive to mosquitoes--one of the first things that the miserable beasts key-in on, is body heat. Tsetse flies are particularly attracted to bright blue.
Apr 29, 2011 2:52 PM
May 1, 2011 4:32 AM
May 1, 2011 11:55 AM
12Thanks for all of your replies! I was planning on wearing jeans and thin long-sleeved shirts and sneakers. I am not a fan of shorts myself but my companion is. Here is another question for you - I have heard that east Africa is on the conservative side - will knee-length skirts offend in the city areas - particularly Mwanza?
May 15, 2011 7:08 PM
13We wore long pants and long sleeves to keep mosquitos and tse tse flies off of us during safaris, but we never saw one tse tse fly or any mosquitos during the 8 day safaris in TZ in August.
Been to the middle east and other conservative countries, shorts and short sleeves are ok as long as it does not expose too much. Always have a long sleeve ready. We especially like the pants that can zip off into shorts (this way you are ready for anything).
May 15, 2011 7:28 PM
14Oops...forgot to mention this...
We had khaki/heather grey clothing because tse tse flies are attracted to shades of blue and green. It's best to blend in to your surroundings when on a safari (which for us was tan, very dull colors). Also they hide dust well.
White color clothing would make you stand out and would get very dirty quickly, as the game drives are very dusty. I guess white (and any other colors) would be fine in the lodge during the evenings over dinners/drinks. I would avoid reds, yellows and other bright colors on the game drives/walking safaris during the day.
Hope this helps.
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