The Ultimate Guide to What to Wear on Safari: Daytime and Evening Attire

What to wear on safari – during the day and during the evening

What to wear on safari


When embarking on a safari adventure, choosing the right clothing is crucial for both comfort and protection from the elements. This guide provides a quick overview of daytime and evening attire for your safari, along with links to two more in-depth articles to help you make the best choices. Before we dive into the specifics of daytime and evening wear, let’s explore some general considerations for selecting appropriate safari clothing.

Climate Considerations

The climate in African safari destinations can vary significantly depending on the time of year and location. Dry seasons typically bring hot days and cooler nights, while the wet season brings humidity and rain. It’s essential to research the climate of your safari destination and pack accordingly, considering layers and materials that will keep you comfortable in various conditions. But remember, the weather can change quickly and the seasons are not as reliable as they were. If they ever were, that is. Talk to us for the best advice for your destination and time of travel.

Daytime Safari Wear: A Quick Overview

When dressing for daytime safari excursions, comfort and protection from the sun, heat, and insects are key priorities. Here are some essentials to consider:

  1. Breathable shirts: Opt for lightweight, long-sleeved shirts made from moisture-wicking materials to help keep you cool and protect your skin from the sun.
  2. Convertible trousers: Choose trousers that can easily be converted into shorts for versatile and practical wear throughout the day.
  3. Hats: Wide-brimmed hats or caps with neck protection will help shield you from the sun and prevent sunburn.
  4. Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun’s glare and harmful UV rays with a good pair of polarised sunglasses.

For more detailed information on daytime safari attire, follow this link to our in-depth article on the topic.

Evening Safari Wear: A Quick Overview

As temperatures can drop significantly in the evenings, it’s important to dress accordingly for your after-safari activities. Here are some essentials for evening wear:

  1. Warm layers: Bring a lightweight fleece or jumper for added warmth when the sun goes down.
  2. Jackets: A windproof and water-resistant jacket is a must-have for unexpected weather changes.
  3. Long trousers: Opt for long trousers made from quick-drying, breathable materials to keep you comfortable and protected from insects.
  4. Footwear: Comfortable and closed-toe shoes are essential for evenings at the lodge or campsite, protecting your feet from any potential hazards.

For more detailed information on evening safari attire, follow this link to our in-depth article on the topic.

Other Important Safari Clothing Tips

  1. Stick to neutral colours: Earthy tones like khaki, olive, and beige blend well with the natural environment and help avoid drawing unwanted attention from wildlife.
  2. Avoid bright colours and bold patterns: Bright colours and patterns can startle animals and make you more visible in the wild.
  3. Pack essentials: Don’t forget items like sunscreen, insect repellent, and a reusable water bottle to stay protected and hydrated throughout your trip.
  4. Special considerations for footwear: Choose comfortable, supportive shoes with good traction for walking or hiking. Also, consider packing a pair of sandals for relaxing at the lodge.
  5. Packing light and efficiently: Pack versatile clothing items that can be layered and easily mixed and matched. Use packing cubes or compression bags to keep your luggage organised and save space.


Selecting appropriate safari attire is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. This guide has provided an overview of the key considerations for both daytime and evening wear, along with links to more in-depth articles on each topic. By following these guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared for your unforgettable safari adventure.

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