Must Haves for an African Safari - Brownell Travel

Must Haves for an African Safari


Packing for a trip is always a struggle. Trying to look stylish yet also be comfortable without packing everything you own should be an Olympic event. And if that trip is an African safari, all bets are off (especially with the luggage weight restrictions!). We asked Style Coach Megan LaRussa Chenoweth for her must have items for an African safari after she went on an incredible trip to East Africa. 

Leading up to a recent trip to Africa, I researched and researched what to pack in my small duffle suitcase.  Due to bag restrictions on the small aircrafts you take from camp to camp, your wardrobe is quite limited. But despite all of my preparedness, it wasn’t until I actually experienced the magnificence of this land, people and culture that I really felt confident in knowing what to pack. I hope my must have list helps you prepare for your safari adventure with ease, and of course soak up all Africa has to offer when you get to your destination.

Megan at Giraffe Manor in Kenya

Megan at Giraffe Manor in Kenya

1. Neutral Pull Over Sweater

For those chilly early morning and sunset game drives, you’ll enjoy snuggling up in a cozy pull over. Select a neutral hue as it allows for more versatility.

2. Colorful Patterned Scarf

What better way to liven up your safari neutrals than with a colorful scarf. Use it as a wrap at night, a scarf in the morning, and slip it off when the midday heat hits.

3. Sunglasses

A pair of sturdy sunnies ensures you see the African wildlife in all its glory!

Gilbey and Megan

Gilbey and Megan

4. Baseball Hat 

Protect your precious skin from the blazing sun with a classic baseball cap. It’s perfect for taming your hair as you cruise through the African bush looking for lions, giraffes, and more!

5. Kaftan

After an exhilarating sunset safari, slip off your dusty daytime wear and slip on an always chic kaftan for dinner at your camp.

6. Light weight long pants 

Quick dry pants are a necessity for your safari adventures, especially as your laundry will be hand washed and air dried in the African sun.

7. Cozy Vest 

Light layers are a must to help your body acclimate with the fluctuating temps. Try a vest in your favorite color to add some fun to your capsule African wardrobe.

8. Well Draped Tees 

Basic neutral tees provide a solid building block as you creatively make the most of your limited wardrobe on your trip.

9. Closed Toe Sneakers 

For your safaris, both day and night, stick to a close toe shoe to keep your feet safe from the elements.  A sneaker, cross trainer or hiking boot allows for ease when taking walks around your camp, and hopping in and out of your safari jeep.

10. Peep or Closed-Toe Espadrilles 

Your go to nighttime shoe is a slip on and stylish espadrille.  It’s the perfect accoutrement to your kaftan.

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