When it comes to what clothes to pack for Africa, focus on lightweight, breathable fabrics that are quick-drying and can be washed easily by hand. Also, as tempting as it is to pack your super cute outfits, this is a place where a fine layer of dust seems to eternally cover everything. Except for the key essentials, like a warm down jacket, bring the clothes you don’t care too much about and could happily wear with the intention of destroying them.
After the essentials above, a sturdy pair of shoes is super important for protecting your feet on your Africa travels, particularly if you’re planning to go hiking, head out on safari (particularly a walking safari!). They’ll keep your feet dust-free and safe against potential nasties, like snakes or scorpions.
AROUND THE CAMP SHOES / FLIP FLOPS – These are a godsend when you just want to chill out in your safari camp without having to stomp around in heavy boots. We’d recommend a trusty pair of light sneakers and pair of flip flops.
LIGHT COTTON T-SHIRTS – Avoid super bright colours (especially for safaris), blue (it attracts TseTse flies), and also bear in mind that white is likely to become insanely dirty, very quickly. Neutral colours are perfect, and you’ll practically live in these so take 3-4.
LONG SLEEVED SHIRT – A long sleeved linen or cotton button up shirt can be the perfect cover up for those times when you need something a little more respectful, or to protect against those pesky mosquitoes (and the cold!) at night.
HIKING PANTS AND/OR JEANS – This one comes down to personal preference; lots of people prefer to take light long hiking pants with them and we’ve listed our recommendations for these below.
SHORTS – Lightweight, breathable sport shorts are perfect for outdoor activities like rafting or hiking, while a casual pair will see you through the rest of the time.
A WOOLEN JUMPER OR FLEECE – This obviously depends on the time of year you’re travelling to Africa, but in winter the nights are honestly bitterly cold. This is particularly true around the desert areas, where the temperature plummets to about 0 degrees as soon as the sun sets. Pack at least one decent woolen jumper or fleece to keep you snug.
WARM JACKET – We can’t emphasise the need to have warm clothes with you for evenings enough! We always take our down jackets because they’re super lightweight, very warm, and pack down easily in a little compression sack.
RAIN JACKET – If you are traveling during the rainy season, you definitely won’t want to be without a rain jacket. Lightweight and waterproof.