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Safari Outfits Inspiration For Your Next Big Trip

Need Outfit Inspiration For Your Safari Adventure? 

As you pack for your safari, you must consider your clothes carefully or else you will have a horrible time on your safari. 

Plus, you need cute and Instagramable outfit ideas!

Lucky for you, in this best ultimate safari packing list guide and safari outfit inspirations, you can take all of the guest work out of packing. 

I’ve personally taken numerous safari tours during my trip to Kenya, so these tips are from my personal experience on safaris as well as other expert travelers. 

So you know exactly what you should and shouldn’t pack (+ get the cutest outfit inspiration) for your big safari adventure. 

Safari Outfits for Game Drives

The best part of these outfits is that you can easily mix and match the top and bottoms to make a whole new outfit!! 

Best Overall Safari Outfit:

Best overall safari outfits

If you’re like me and want to channel your inner safari girl, then this is the best overall outfit! It’s perfect for all-day game drives and active adventures! 

  • Wide brimmed safari Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm jacket 
  • Cute Short sleeve shirt
  • Shorts or pants
    • Aim for the length to be at least mid-thigh to above knee length

Best For Comfort:

Best for comfort- safari outfits

When you’re doing an all-day game drive, and looking for comfort and functionality then here is your go-to safari outfit:

  • Wide brimmed safari hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm jacket 
  • Breathable tank top 
    • Short sleeve shirt
  • Mesh long sleeve tunic 
  • Leggings
    • or lightweight joggers
  • Sandals 

Best for Pictures:

Best safari outfits for pictures (instagram)

Need to make a fashion statement for your next Instagram pictures? Then this safari outfit is perfect for you!!! 

  • Safari Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Safari dress or jumpsuit
    • Aim for the length to be at least mid-thigh to above knee length
  • Blanket scarf Or mesh tunic 
  • Small heel boots or sandals 

Best For Hiking Safaris:

Best for hiking safari outfit

If you are going on a hiking trip or doing a physically active safari, then you want something that will keep you cool against the hot sun or won’t show your sweat stains. 

  • Safari hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Breathable tank top or short sleeve shirt
  • Mesh tunic
  • Convertible pants that zip off into shorts
  • Hiking/ Active footwear

Safari Outfits for Around Camp

You will be at camp during or after your safari adventures, which is typically during the early morning or late evenings. Temperatures can get quite cold (plus the bugs are most active) during this time, so it’s essential to stay covered and warm. 

Relaxing by the pool:

Trust me, there is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a good book by the pool as you watch animals off in the distance. 

  • Blanket scarf or tunic 
  • Swimsuit
  • Shorts
  • Sandals

Cozy by the campfire:

These are perfect cozy outfits that will keep you warm by the fireplace, as you share campfire stories of your favorite wildlife spotting from the day. 

  • Long sleeve shirts 
  • Warm jacket
  • Leggings
  • Pants

Fancy Dinner Attire:

For your fancy dinner nights or cocktail hours, here are a couple of options! Remember You don’t need any expensive or blingy jewelry (it’s best to leave them at home). 

You can also reuse your picturesque outfit to save on luggage space. 

  • Blanket scarf or tunic
  • Nice shirt 
  • Jeans
  • Casual dress or jumpsuit 
  • Small heel boots

Safari Outfit Tips:

What to wear on a safari. Safari packing list tips.
  • Pack earth tones and neutral colors: such as green, khaki, light brown, and tan. 
  • Don’t pack black or dark blues: Bugs and mosquitoes are attracted to dark (and extremely bright) color clothes. Plus, you don’t want to scare away any animals with bright or red colors.  
  • No Camouflage clothing: Camouflage clothing is not recommended or is completely illegal in most African countries. 
  • Pack lightweight items that can easily be washed by hand: Your safari outfits will get easily dirty or dusty. So try to pack items that you can easily wash in the sink and hang up to dry for the day ahead.
  • Expect to sweat: Pack clothes that are lightweight and absorb moisture quickly
  • Pack something warm! The mornings and evenings can be surprisingly chilly, especially if you’re traveling during the winter months. 
  • Pack Modestly: Most African countries have a conservative approach (especially if visiting rural areas or tribes). So avoid wearing extremely revealing outfits. Always pack an item in your day bag that you can use to easily cover up if needed. 

If you want to know more helpful tips for packing for a safari, then check out this ultimate guide to packing for a safari. 


I hope that you have found this safari outfits inspiration particularly helpful for your next big adventure!

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So you can enjoy more of your trip with less stress! 

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