For those of you who have been on an African safari or are currently planning, what clothes and gear did you take with you? As much as I want to dress like I was straight out of "King Solomon's Mines," I think that I would not only look outrageous but it wouldn't be the most practical. What have you all worn and brought with you? Any clothes or gear your brought that was super useful or a waste of space?
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September 2, 2013, 06:53 PM
if you go in their winter, two pair of good high ankle walking boots, several warm long sleeve shirts and short sleeve shirts too. with one warm jacket, one pair of light gloves and four pair of jeans(camo if you want) and six or eight pair of good socks and a hat,large brimmed if you like or base ball cap. undergarments to your own taste. thats what i took for a winter hunt. 40-45 degree,s at night and 70-80 afternoon on. that was in botswana eastbank.
September 2, 2013, 08:00 PM
For a plains game hunt they typically like you to wear camo. Clearly not necessary. I go light and layered as it can be a bit cool in the AM warming up later in the day. Spend your money on trophy fees not clothes.
What time of year to you plan on being here and where exactly will you be. Our climate can differ considerably, if I know where you will and at what time then I can tell you what to wear.
And please no "King Solomon's Mines" stuff, no 12" Bowie strapped to the ankle.
If rifle hunting you could wear jeans with camo tops, you could wear full camo's. Bow hunting will require full camo. I have found those "wicking" shirts to be great, they remove sweat from you body, cool you and then dry very quickly. Wide brim Indian Jones hats look great but will catch on every thorn bush so a camo cap could be better, take both.
September 3, 2013, 02:28 PM
1. If your outfitter is like most, laundry will be done daily so you don't need more than 3 sets of clothes including what your wearing.
2. Camo is fine but some African countries don't allow military camo so to be safe make it hunting camo. Other cloths in earth tones work just as well.
3. The advice to bring something warm to wear is a good one. It gets cold at night and in higher elevations. Our summer is their winter and, in places, there can even be snow.
4. One of the mose useful pieces of clothing for me has been a hunting vest; I take 2 of them and they're worn pretty much daily.
5. For a hat, I use a Tilley had.
Your outfitter should be able to give you a list of things to bring.
September 3, 2013, 02:58 PM
Namibia here, June.
Wore Cabelas Safari long sleeve shirts, very nice. Also wore long plants, helped while crawling under the Camelthorns in the sand. Uninsulated boots. Only thing I bought and brought but didn't use was a cotton coat. Layers worked better. Also wore a nice felt stetson, crushable, that worked well.
Don't feel too self-conscious about what you wear. You are actually in Africa, so as long as you have boots that are broken in and can shoot, what you wear is not that big of deal.
September 10, 2013, 02:24 PM
I thought that it was de rigueur to wear short-shorts while on African safari?