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What to Wear On a Safari in Tanzania

You’ve booked your safari, and now it’s time to pack – but what should you wear on a safari? If you’re wondering exactly what to wear for your Serengeti safari in Tanzania, we’ve got you covered.

What Colors to Wear on a Safari

Choosing what colors to wear on a safari all comes down to blending in with your surroundings as best as you can. Especially when wildlife viewing is a goal, you don’t want to stand out. Matching your safari environment helps to ensure that bright colors don’t spook the animals. For this reason, classic safari clothing is generally neutral.

Light colors like beige, khaki, light brown, and olive green are all good choices for your safari attire. Denim can be a great option too. 

Protecting Your Skin During Safari

Long sleeves and pants are your best bet to protect your skin from critters. It also adds added protection from being out in the sun.

You may initially think that wearing short sleeves and shorts would be your best option to stay cool on a safari, but there’s more to consider. While these options are fine, they expose your skin to the elements. The weather in Tanzania is fairly comfortable most of the year, with temperatures typically ranging from 50° to 80°, so don’t worry too much about getting hot. Instead, opt for mid-weight clothes that are fitted enough to keep flies and mosquitos out while still being comfortable enough for you to move around in.

Dress for Your Specific Safari Itinerary

If you are taking a camping safari, you may want to wear clothes more suitable for layering to keep you warm during cool nights.

If you’re taking your trip during Tanzania’s off season in the months of March, April, or May, make sure to pack a light rain jacket – these three months make up the rainy season.

Choose a Sturdy, Closed Toe Shoe

This will also somewhat depend on your specific itinerary, but a good rule of thumb is to choose a supportive and closed toe shoe. Even If you are planning to remain in the land cruiser most of the time, wearing a sturdy shoe will allow you the option to get out and explore if you choose to.

If your safari includes hiking or trekking, you’ll want a closed toe, supportive shoe that is broken in and comfortable for you to move around in. Additionally, a boot that comes higher on your ankle can provide added protection when you’re navigating brush.

Don’t Forget Good Socks

Whether you’re wearing a hiking boot or a lower-top shoe, good socks make a big difference. Wool socks are a great choice because they help to regulate your temperature, so on hot days they will wick sweat but will also keep you warm on cooler days or nights.

What Not to Wear on a Safari

  • Bright colors and busy patterns
    • Skip the neons and bold colors
  • Dark clothing
    • Dark clothing can actually attract some insects that you may encounter during your safari
  • Camouflage clothing
    • In Tanzania and many other African countries, camo clothing is reserved for the military only

Now that you know what to wear on your safari, read about what to expect on your first safari with Roam.