What to Wear on Safari

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When thinking about what to wear on safari before heading off for my trip to Tanzania, my mind was immediately drawn to khaki and camel… and my rather large supply of adventure hats! With more than a week to enjoy observing the lions, zebras, giraffes and cheetahs, I filled my suitcase with all the neutral tones I had, stacked a few hats into the mix and was on my merry way.

To state the obvious, neutral tones are important on safari as you want to blend into your surrounds as much as possible, especially when viewing wild animals. Hats also come in handy to tackle the midday sun (and boy does it get hot), as well as a scarf to throw over your shoulders in the evenings and mornings, as game drives occur right after sunrise and right before sunset – the two coldest times in the day. Add a few accessories into the mix and you’ll totally look the part as you venture into the depths of Africa!

Safari packing essentials: (1) Handbag: Chloe | (2) Shades: Ray-Ban Aviators | (3) Necklace: Bauble Bar | (4) Sandals: Steve Madden | (5) Jacket: BP | (6) Hat: BP | (7) Duffle Bag: Sole Society | (8) Boots: Naturalizer

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I’m wearing: 

Tommy Hilfiger shirt, Zara pants (similar), Sole Society Hat, Jane Debster Boots (similar), Ray Ban Shades.

Books for Safari:

Out of Africa by Karen Blixen; Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart; The Poisonwood Bible

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

March 1, 2016



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    March 4, 2016

    I love these pictures and a perfect safari look.

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    March 2, 2016

    This is a lifesaver! I was hoping to go to Tanzania in the near future and this would be my everyday wear! Thanks for the suggestions, lady!

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    March 2, 2016

    Ahh! I love this. I would have totally loved to see this a year ago when I went on my first safari. I did a self drive safari in Chobe desert (SO many elephants!) and then spent two days relaxing in Victoria Falls. Do you think you’d ever want to do a self drive? They’re so cool! When we came upon the pride of lions, we were the ONLY ones there! So frightening but so cool at the same time. Such a life changing moment.

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    Claire Corbett

    March 2, 2016

    I never thought I would do this, but I just started a blog after watching your videos and reading about you. Im 16 and all people ask me is what I want to do. I have no interested except to travel. I know it took you a while to get where you are now so if you have any tips on how I can start working towards being a travel blogger please email me or commnet. After learning about you and people like you I know now what i want to do with my life. Thank you for that:)

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    Melinda DiOrio

    March 2, 2016

    Oh, like Terry I have a couple of book suggestions too…Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux (although not a very optimistic read, it’s very good) and I Dreamed of Africa by Kuki Gallman (an easy, can’t put it down, memoir, more about her family life, but very good!)

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    Melinda DiOrio

    March 2, 2016

    I don’t think I could ever pull off such a stylish look on safari, haha! I was expecting you to show goods from some type of outdoor outfitters store for some reason, I should have known better! 😉 I’m curious where you got your actual boots from though, they look really comfy and just my style!

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    Posh, Broke, & Bored

    March 2, 2016

    Looking good, Brooke!

    African safari has been on my travel bucket list since forever. Until then there’s always the ‘safari-chic’ style which I could try while planning my perfect holiday…x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

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    Jamie Catt

    March 1, 2016

    This is lovely! x

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    Gabi @ Books & Trips

    March 1, 2016

    Great outfit, it seems most appropriate for a safari!

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    Ariane Kuijt

    March 1, 2016

    Very nice outfit! You made me think of you as Jane from Tarzan, haha. You look stunning.

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    March 1, 2016

    I am beyond jealous of everything in this post! Love the outfits, love the pictures, and just love everything about it.

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    Abbie E.

    March 1, 2016

    Gorgeous photos! Love your boots!
    Abbie E.

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    Terry Divyak

    March 1, 2016


    Might I also suggest the ebook “The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior” by Tepilit Ole Saitoti. It’s a fascinating look at the life of Maasai and their culture. I never go to Africa without my Tilley Hat and can’t wait to go back again this year to Tanzania.

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