We recommend you to bring one safari vest during your trip. And that’s it. Leave all your dressy clothes at home unless you are to attend a special function in Africa while on a trip. The trick in safariing is to be as lightweight and functional as possible. Lightweight, due to the fact that you cannot (and must not) carry as much gears as you prefer while on the field. Despite from being too impractical, too many luggages would only cause you terrible mess and less ease of travel.
In the early years of African safaris, people are fond of taking with them unnecessary materials (a huge wooden chair for example) that are obviously unneeded. Well, travelers are far more comfortable with such form of practice since they have carriers to do the works for them. after all, most early safari guests came from the up society.
Yet, for the present, no one is truly certain that she can walk as comfortable while goofing around with extra (and unnecessary gears) while transferring from one vehicle to another or while crossing a remote trek.
Wearing safari vests, while treated more as a traditional part of all safari trips should be viewed as something practically important.
The rule of thumb is to apply casual comfort. Carry an average of 3 to 4 shirts for your entire trip and those must be pure cotton. On top of these, you need to have a safari jacket or safari vest.
A safari vest is vital for carrying with you small but essential gadgets such as a Swiss knife, extra films or a pocket size camera. In fact, anything will do so long as they fit in the pockets of your vest.
From 8 to 10 pockets, it would be impossible that a safari vest would not hold enough of your stuffs.
You may place them in your backpack off course but accessibility makes everything less complicated.
Actually, because of this specific property of safari vests, they are also popular among photographers and other professions that require the use of extra pouches.
Safari vests typically appear in neutral shades, following the idea of not being too loud when on the trek.
This practice can also be observed for your long sleeves, shirts and other safari clothing. Not only do neutral shades lessen the possibility of attracting animals, these may also allow proper ventilation. They are not as heat absorbent as other darker colors and they somehow help heat bounce back away from your body.