Planning your safari may not be very hard, but there is only one issue that disorganizes most safaris , which definitely leads to very many questions such as;What should I pack ?, what type of shoes should I wear/ pack? How many clothes should I carry?, yet your answer is just easy. Congo is blessed with apair of two different seasons annually that is, two rainy seasons and two dry seasons. This may create different changes in your wardrobe, so your January outfit might be different from the June. You therefore need to get prepared for all seasons.
During High season (peak season), when it is quite hot therefore you will be required to pack T-shirts, shorts, swim suits and cargo pants. You are then urged to select light weight and preferably neutral colors, Whilst in the wet seasons, thick and light weight jackets which comes handy with a few sweaters, gloves and socks, all packed in your suitcase, since it’s always cold with lots of rain. However, you should always consider packing; a 20kgs of luggage, 3 short sleeved safari shirts, 3 long sleeved, 2 shorts and 3 trousers.
Shorts and shirts are so adorable on a safari especially during the day, but sometimes during the game drives and short walks in the bushes you may wish to cover up a little more. Therefore light weight pants in light colors like cream, khaki and Chinos or grey are a better match for the game drives and walks.You will want to cover up to avoid mosquito bites at night especially in areas with malaria so save your shorts for the day time. We recommend Rogue Long Sleeve Shirt in Safari Light Brown.
You should’nt be over confident in the dry seasons, because it can get cold in the mornings and late evenings therefore it is highly recommended to carry asafari jacket ( suitable for game drives) for such times, that is to say multifunctional jackets with various pockets and in Neutral colors.These help in such away that you can safely carry your small asafri accessories such as a camera, a pair of binoculars, guide books etc. On the other hand, Congo can really get hot and you might need to protect yourself from the scorching heat.
A white brimmed safari hat then comes handy with this weather.Not only will it protect you from the heat but also shield your eyes from the glare of the sun to enable you see the animals at adistance. You may also need a chin strap to keep the hat to keep the hat firm on your head. It would much better to if you purchased awaterproof hat, to shield you from both the rain and sunshine, then add apair of sun glasses to your accessories and you will be ready to enjoy aday game viewing or gorilla tracking even with the African sun glaring at its worst or best whichever way you may look at it.
A Central African safari as well as East Africa is one trip where you only need to pack what is necessary. Extra luggage will just be a burden which will put a dumper on your African experience. All you require is to just Carry a sweater, a jacket or a shawl to keep you warm when it gets cold, trousers shorts, T shirts, sleeping clothes shoes that you will need. Recycling clothes when on safari is something to bear with especially for women who find it hard. Jewellery is not necessary, but you can buy some African jewelry to take home with you.
At least once in a while you might dine out in a nearby hotel, so an extra dress or outerwear for such an occasion can be added to your luggage or backpack. Think of Slim fit, capri, Gingham, Tunic, Flannel Shirt, polo shirts, Embroidered African safari shirt, a pullover, Chambray, blazers, no cuffs,and do not forget your wallet in your hotel, just in case you need to spend on extra drinks.
For you to enjoy your hearty adventure experience, you should be able to concentrate towards your surrounding rather than thinking about yourself, and the best way to achieve this , is y going neutral with your clothings; say Khaki, followed by olive, then tans and brown since they are very good at handling dirt and also blends in with the African wilderness, unlike the bright colors which which sometimes scare away the animals.
You should always keep it comfortable with T-shirts, long sleeved shirts, hiking boots, shorts and the athletics socks to avoid blisters.A light fleece jacket, jackets, gloves and sweaters are best suited for cold seasons. However there are some clothings you need to stay away from which include;
Dark blue or black colours;These arenot recoomended because they attract tsetseflies which have anasty bite.This is always common within East and Central Africa.
White and very pale colours ; Wearing white is always pleasing, but not suitable for asafari in Congo and Africa at large because the continent is dusty in most times, but you can rather keep it for your dinner or wear it at the beach.
Caouflage clothings-mostly identified with soldiers in Africa, therefore it is so much possible that you keep away from these type of clothing
Simple cotton usually works best for shirts and trousers or else try out the man-made materials which are much more pleasing then even the cotton materials, depending on where you want to go, however you also need to be updated with the weather conditions and the season. For example hiking Nyiragongo which requires amore heavier jackets than boat cruise or an after noon game drive which requires simply light clothes.
You don’t need to carry a broad range of shoes just for a safari. All you need is a pair of hiking boots,and one for a casual dress, as well as a pair of sandals to give your feet a break from the boots.
Footwear is one single item that is quite often overlooked by many when packing for a safari. Many people, not just men, assume any shoes can do. Well no, not just any pair of shoes can work for a safari. Your comfortable walking shoes can only take you as far as the vicinity of the lodge where you’ll be staying. The rugged Congo terrain requires sturdy comfortable hiking boots that are long lasting and will not leave your feet bruised. It is very easy for something as trivial as a pair of shoes to ruin your safari experience. So we strongly recommend that you invest in safari footwear for your trip. Try and get a pair of shoes or boots of high quality, preferably waterproof that can protect your ankles. Some pair of quality sneakers will do.
As you plan your safari, we also recommend, you include the following
- leggings for evening walk
- Hoodies & Cardigan
- Camo Jacket
- V neck for cold weather
- Sleepwear or nightwear
- Denim Shirt