Ultimate Safari Packing Guide: What to Wear on Your Adventure (2024)

Embarking on an African safari is a thrilling adventure, offering close encounters with majestic wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. To make the most of this unforgettable journey, packing wisely is essential. Here’s a comprehensive guide to ensure you’re well-prepared for your safari adventure.

Essential Safari Clothing: Blend In, Stay Comfortable

Neutral-Colored Clothing

To blend seamlessly into the African bush and stay comfortable, opt for layers in earthy tones like khaki, brown, and olive green. These colors not only help you blend in but also handle the changing temperatures throughout the day.

Lightweight and Breathable Fabrics

Given the hot and humid climates of many safari destinations, choose lightweight and breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, and moisture-wicking synthetics. These materials will keep you cool and comfortable throughout your journey.

Long-Sleeved Shirts and Pants

Protect yourself from the sun, insects, and thorny vegetation by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants. Look for garments with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) for added sun protection, and consider convertible pants that can transform into shorts for versatility. Our Candy Pants and our Anatomie Kate Cargo Pants are both great choices to pack.

Specific Clothing Recommendations

  • Anatomie Clothing Line

Our Anatomie line features lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics that outperform traditional cotton in comfort and functionality.

The Kenya Safari Jacket

Offers a sleek, fashion-forward style and is nipped in at the waist for a flattering feminine fit. It is outfitted with plenty of pockets for stashing all your travel essentials and crafted in their signature stretch woven fabric, a lightweight stretch material. The Safari Jacket is wrinkle-free, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and highly durable. The perfect companion on any trip.

Delaney Vest

Crafted from their exclusive curve-hugging stretch fabric that's designed to be your go-to piece. With a flattering longer length, this chic vest is perfect for safari, seamlessly transitioning between warm and colder weather, and elevating your overall look. Wear it over a shirt or layer it with the Kenya Safari Jacket.

Kate Skinny Cargo Pants

Offers a slimming fit, a broad waistband, ample pockets, and a sleek, wrinkle-resistant design. Crafted from the Anatomie signature ultra lightweight stretch fabric from France, these pants combine chic European sensibility with everyday ease. Super lightweight and perfect for travel, these pants don't wrinkle, ensuring you stay stylish on the go.

Available in Khaki

  • Raffaello Rossi Candy Pants

Perfect for safari adventures, these pants are unbelievably comfortable, wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying, and versatile enough to be dressed up or down, making them ideal for both daytime excursions and evening activities.

    Footwear and Accessories

    Closed-Toe Shoes

    Choose comfortable, closed-toe shoes like sturdy sneakers for walking over uneven terrain and protecting your feet from rocks, thorns, and insect bites. Hiking boots are unnecessary unless you plan to traverse rugged terrain.

    Wide-Brimmed Hat

    A wide-brimmed hat will shield your face and neck from the sun’s rays. Look for hats made from breathable materials with a chin strap to keep them secure in windy conditions.


    Protect your eyes from glare and harmful UV rays with polarized sunglasses designed for outdoor activities. Ensure they offer full coverage.


    Bring a bandana or scarf to protect against dust during game drives.

    Lightweight Jacket or Fleece

    Early mornings and evenings can be cool, especially in open vehicles. Pack a lightweight jacket or fleece to layer over your clothing. Choose neutral colors to maintain a low profile. Our Kenya Safari Jacket is the perfect travel companion for safari.

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    Additional Gear and Essentials

    Rain Gear

    Rain showers can be unexpected, depending on the season and location. Pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket or poncho to stay dry during sudden downpours.


    If your safari includes swimming or water-based activities, don’t forget to pack swimwear. Opt for quick-drying options that transition easily from water to land.

    Binoculars and Camera Gear

    While not clothing items, binoculars and camera gear are essential for a safari. Pack these in a comfortable, accessible bag or vest for easy access during wildlife sightings.

    Insect Repellent and Sunscreen

    Protect yourself from insect bites and sunburn with insect repellent containing DEET and high-SPF sunscreen. Reapply as needed, especially after swimming or sweating.

    What NOT to Wear

    Avoid Bright Colors and Busy Patterns

    Bright colors, busy patterns, and camouflage clothing can attract unwanted attention and scare off wildlife. Similarly, avoid dark colors like black or blue, which may attract tsetse flies.

    Avoid Heavy and Bulky Clothing

    Opt for smart, lightweight clothing and leave heavy hiking boots behind unless your itinerary includes rugged terrain. Streamline your wardrobe and take advantage of laundry facilities at safari lodges.

    Why Clothing Choice Matters

    Blend In and Stay Safe

    Your attire should respect nature and enhance your safari experience. Neutral colors help you blend into the environment, minimizing disruption to wildlife and maximizing your chances of observing animals in their natural habitat.

    Comfort and Performance

    Lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics like those in the Anatomie line provide superior comfort and performance compared to traditional cotton. Garments treated with insect repellent add extra protection, ensuring uninterrupted exploration.

    Packing Essentials

    Keep It Light, Stay Prepared

    When packing, prioritize lightweight, versatile clothing that dries quickly and packs efficiently. Soft-sided luggage is ideal for adhering to strict weight restrictions on internal flights, ensuring hassle-free travel to remote safari destinations.

    Prepare for Adventure

    As you embark on your African safari, let your clothing reflect the spirit of adventure and respect for nature’s beauty. Thoughtful dressing not only enhances your comfort and safety but also deepens your connection to the wilderness, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the wonders of the African landscape.

    We wish you an awesome adventure!

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