Going on a tropical safari adventure, regardless of location, should most definitely be on the top of your bucket list if you have not yet been (and if you have, you’ll be back – there’s something addictive about it!) . But lets face it, it can be hard to figure out what to wear in terms of safari style but also functionality. Going on safari can be as relaxed or as action-packed as you make it, but most important of all, it’s about appreciating organic & untouched nature at its finest. Which of course, is all the more reason to be arming yourself with an appropriate pair of sunglasses.
Of course, you want to look stylish, but it’s also important to keep UV protected. Being outdoors for a significant amount of time necessitates a pair of sunnies. This is especially true for long drives, walking treks, hikes and even while lounging by the pool in between game-spotting.
When game watching, you want to have top-notch lion-spotting abilities, which can be difficult when the glare from the sun gets in the way. Having a pair of appropriate (and appropriately fabulous) pair of sunnies at hand will help; especially during those early morning and late evening drives when the sun is much lower in the sky.
So, here are a few Safari styling favorites and tips on how to dress and accessorize with the perfect pair of sunglasses.
Kenya: Maasai Mara Game Drives
Game drives are the most exhilarating, especially in Maasai Mara. Most likely, you’ll be seated in an open-roof van with the dust and glare in all its glory; So, you’ll want to be wearing something sturdy, comfortable and protective. A pair of full-rimmed Savannah 8121 – Tortoise glasses are not only stylish, but will keep you protected in the beautiful African sunshine. Pair these with some Givenchy jeans (for comfort), a Burberry scarf (for those chilly early morning drives) and a pair of sturdy Steve Madden boots (because lets face it, heels are out of the question).
Givenchy Jeans, Burberry Scarf, Steve Madden boots
Tanzania: Ngorongoro Crater Bush Breakfast
So now that you’ve just finished your early morning game drive, what’s next? How about a lush bush breakfast, where you can enjoy some delicious food surrounded by birds singing, fresh air and a killer view . Go for these subtly feminine Mexx 6215 sunnies, which will add a touch of color to your outfit. Keep your binoculars ready in this gorgeous Praktica bag, which will match your safari Picolinos! Style tip: It would be best to dress in layers, because the day can get hot, but mornings can be a bit chilly. A Dagmar sweater will help. Remember, comfort is key here.
Rwanda: Gorilla Trekking
When trekking, staying comfortable while covering-up ensures you make the most of the trip. You’ll be walking through the forest, so this outfit is all about being practical to keep your focus on the gorillas! You can’t go wrong with a pair of Ray-Ban RB2132 Wayfarers: they’re strong, reliable and will keep you protected from the sun. You’ll want to wear long, loose fitting, sweat-wicking clothes to keep you comfortable throughout your trek. A pair of cargo trousers are a good idea; you don’t want to be too precious about what you’re wearing as it will most definitely be getting dirty. Sturdy trek shoes will help take care of your feet as you hike.
HM cargo trousers, Under Armour Gamutlite 1/2 zip-jacket, Vasque Talus Trek Ultradry
Zambia: Bird Watching in Mwinilunga
Bird watching may not be everyone’s favorite safari activity, but while in Zambia, and especially when close to the Zambezi river, you might as well seize the opportunity. Come prepared with a pair of binoculars as well as some comfortable clothing. The Porsche Design P8478 sunglasses have that ‘oh-so-cool’ look about them, and will be a perfect match with the Alexander Wang Safari dress. Keep a safari hat in hand, because it can and will, get pretty toasty!
Christys’ Crushable Safari Hat, Alexander Wang Safari Dress, Coleman waterproof binoculars
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