Pack for hot days and cool nights: East Africa may be hot and dusty by day but it is often cool and crisp by night so you need to pack for both times of the day.
Layers are ideal for safari days: Pack clothing that is able to keep you cool but protect you from the sun and biting insects. Choose mid-tone colours and avoid white or bright colours that may distract the animals and dark colours like black and blue as these attract tsetse flies. The best colours are the safari classics: olive, green and khaki. For evenings at lodges you can stay in your casual gear as even the luxury lodges do not expect smart wear out in the bush.
Prepare for chilly safari nights: East- African bush can be chilly during the mornings and evenings even during the summer so be sure to bring a windbreaker and long trousers. If your trip is in the spring or winter you will need warmer clothes the night-time temperature dips down quite low during the African winter. This is especially important if you are camping out under canvas. Check the temperature before you travel to make sure you have clothing that is warm enough for the season. You will need to take a waterproof mac with you too, as rainfall is often unpredictable and can be heavy.
What to put on your feet : As you want to be careful not to over pack, you need to think carefully about what shoes to take. As long as you are not going on a safari that requires a lot of walking, you will be fine with some light hiking boots and some sports sandals (sandals are also great for walking around the camp at night). You may also like to take flip flops for the showers.
How to handle the sun: East-African sun can be brutal so be sure to buy a pair of polarizing sunglasses so you can protect your eyes. You’ll also need a hat that shades your face and covers your ears and neck so you have maximum sun protection. Ideally, get one that you can tie on in case you end up in an open-top Jeep. Of course, take plenty of high-protection sun cream and lip salve.