A practical and fashion-forward guide to curating your safari chic wardrobe.
Embarking on an African safari is an adventure like no other, where the breathtaking landscapes and majestic wildlife create unforgettable memories. As experienced safari travellers, The Safari Gals are here to share top tips on safari style, helping you make confident decisions on what to wear while exploring the wonders of South Africa. We hope you enjoy this guide to creating a chic and ‘somewhat’ practical wardrobe for your safari adventure.
Safari Neutrals: Colours & Fabrics
When it comes to safari, think neutral earthy tones like khaki, olive, and sandy hues. These colours seamlessly blend with the natural surroundings and offer a timeless and classic safari look. Opt for breathable fabrics such as linen and cotton to stay comfortable in the African heat while exuding effortless elegance.
Have a look at Taeve Africa (we are huge fans!). Their collection offers a range of garments designed specifically for the safari experience, ensuring you can explore with comfort and grace. Remember, luxury safari travel often presents opportunities for stunning photographs, so let your style shine and create Instagram-worthy moments.
Bold Prints: Embrace Contrast & Drama
While neutrals might make up the bulk of your safari chic wardrobe, don’t be afraid of making bold statements. Go out of your way to embrace prints that contrast with the safari environment and wear vibrant patterns that create dramatic and beautiful images from your holiday.
While on a safari vehicle animals take very little notice of colour and pattern (however, this is not the case if you are going on a walking safari). Focus on choosing breathable fabrics and practical cuts that allow freedom of movement. Express your individuality and wear whatever makes you feel happy and confident.
Safari-Inspired Animal Prints
Animal prints have long been associated with safari-inspired fashion. While mixing multiple animal prints can be overwhelming, incorporating a pop of animal print into your outfit adds a touch of timeless chic. A leopard print scarf or a zebra print accessory can effortlessly elevate your safari style without overpowering the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Embrace Practicality & Romance
Let’s face it – this might just be the most romantic experience you will ever have – so dress for it! Embrace the inherent romance of a safari holiday with a flowing cotton dress. As before, always opt for breathable fabrics, consider the fit for ease of movement, and ensure it can withstand the adventures of the day. A well-chosen cotton dress allows you to immerse yourself in the safari experience while looking effortlessly elegant.
When it comes to making a statement on your safari, explore the exquisite designs of Harlow & Summer offering romantic summer dresses with beautiful prints that evoke a sense of whimsy and elegance. Or take a look at Swing Cape Town. Their magnificent dresses, skirts and tops are unashamedly romantic, very beautiful and come in a range of neutral colours.
Diving into Serene Waters
Many safari destinations boast picturesque pool locations and offer year-round swimming opportunities. Pack your favourite swimsuit to take a refreshing dip in these serene waters, or just lounge poolside with a fabulous cocktail. Whether it’s a secluded lodge pool or a private plunge pool, enjoy the blissful moments of relaxation surrounded by nature’s wonders.
The Safari Gals recommend the gorgeous swimwear from Gabrielle Swimwear and Granadilla Swim, two South African brands that blend style and functionality, allowing you to make a splash while feeling confident and chic.
Headgear: Sun & Wind Protection
Protect yourself from the elements with stylish headgear. Hats and scarves are essentials on game drives, where the sun and wind can be intense. Opt for wide-brimmed hats to shield your face and neck from the sun’s rays and select lightweight scarves to add a touch of elegance while keeping your hair in place.
Complete your safari look with silk scarves and jewellery from Asatsi. Their exquisite silk scarves not only add a touch of glamour but also serve as fashionable head coverings, protecting you from the sun and adding a chic element to your ensemble.
Accessories: Complete Your Safari Look
Elevate your safari style with carefully chosen accessories. Don a pair of chic sunglasses to protect your eyes while adding a touch of glamour. Consider copper jewellery, which not only complements earthy tones but also reflects the rich cultural heritage of Southern Africa.
Discover the unique jewellery pieces crafted by Down 2 the Wire. They transform animal snares, once used by poachers as objects of torture and death, into stunning pieces of jewellery. By supporting their cause, you can wear a beautiful accessory while contributing to conservation efforts.
Footwear: Every Girl’s Best Friend
Let your footwear strike a balance between practicality and fashion, whether it’s veldskoens, boots, sandals, or flip-flops. Pointed heels are generally to be avoided on safari as even in camp there is often a lot of natural terrain like sand, rocks, and natural pathways. Remember, comfort is key during your safari adventure.
Veldskoen are known for their iconic South African shoes. They offer a range of traditional and durable options that are perfect for safari adventures. Also take a look at their locally made flip-flops – plakkies, which we absolutely love. For exquisite handmade boots, look no further than ROF-Style handcrafted in Cape Town, their designs are a true testament to South African craftsmanship, adding a touch of luxury to your safari attire.
Dress for Dinner: Celebrate Special Occasions
While many safari-goers opt for casual attire throughout their stay, there’s something magical about dressing up for a special dinner. Celebrate these unforgettable moments and milestones by donning elegant attire, whether it’s a romantic evening with a loved one or a celebratory gathering with friends.
Kingsley Heath offers a range of items suitable for safari travel, including sophisticated dresses, tailored separates, and elegant accessories. Their collection allows you to celebrate special moments in style, adding an extra touch of glamour to your safari experience.
Weather Considerations: Always Be Prepared
Before embarking on your safari, research the average temperatures and rainfall during your travel months. Pack accordingly, ensuring you have the right attire for various weather conditions. In the rainy season, carry lightweight rain gear to stay dry during unexpected showers. Layer up with warm jackets and clothing for cooler winter months and opt for light and breathable fabrics for the summer heat. Preparation ensures you’re comfortable and ready for any weather surprises that may come your way.
Crafting your safari chic style is an exciting part of the journey. From safari neutrals to bold prints, romantic cotton dresses to essential headgear, and accessories that complete your look, embrace your individuality and create unforgettable fashion moments on your African safari. With these tips and the support of these incredible brands, you can confidently create a safari wardrobe that embodies both style and practicality.
Stay tuned for more insightful content from The Safari Gals as we continue to inspire and empower female travellers across the globe.
Safe travels and stylish adventures!
PS: To book your luxury safari experience at Rhino Sands, contact our Reservations Team.