The single most important piece of clothing you can take on safari is a hat. Heat exhaustion can kill, and at the very least the resulting headache and nausea will ruin your trip. Pick a hat with a wide brim to keep the sun off your face and your neck, and wear it whether you think it’s sunny or not.
Women: Lowe Alpine Savannah (£17.50; www.safariquip.co.uk)
Men: Paramo Summer Cap (£30; www.paramo-clothing.com)
With a beating sun for much of the day, sleeveless shirts are not a good idea: even if you don’t usually burn, on safari you risk significant skin damage unless you’re covered up. You’ll likely switch between long and short sleeves depending on your activity and the time of day.
Women: Paramo Suswa Shirt (£50; www.paramo-clothing.com)
Men: Columbia Cascades Explorer (£45; www.columbiasportswear.co.uk)
Women: Rohan Tian Shirt LS (£57; www.rohan.co.uk)
Men: Royal Robbins Expedition Stretch L/S (£60; www.royalrobbins.co.uk)
After dark, temperatures can fall dramatically, especially if you’re in the desert or another arid environment with few clouds to keep the heat in. To keep warm around the bonfire, or whilst star gazing outside your tent, you’ll need a light jacket which won’t crease easily when you pack. Pockets are a welcome bonus, especially if you’ve camera kit in tow, the the Peter Stom Safari Jacket is treated with insect repellent too.
Women: Peter Storm Women’s Safari Jacket (£50; www.millets.co.uk)
Men: Paramo Halcon Traveller (£130; www.paramo-clothing.com)