The image above is one of the most iconic images of the Sixties and depicts German model Veruschka in Kenya, defiant and pouting, with a rifle hitched behind her shoulders, wearing nothing but an over-sized floppy hat and a skimpy khaki Yves Saint Laurent tunic for a Vogue shoot, photographed by Franco Rubartelli. What it did was start a new and exciting fashion trend: “Safari Wear” and all of a sudden it meant that you could not only look great whist on safari, but you could take some of the clothing onto the streets of Paris as well.

Womens Safari DressSafari dresses are not as piratical as wearing a shirt and trousers, but they are ideal for wearing around the lodge and are fine whilst on safari in a vehicle. I would however not recommend using a safari dress for walking safaris, here trousers to protect your legs from thorny bushes and plants are far more suitable. I would look at using a safari dress once you have returned to the lodge after your game drive, they are ideal to wear around the pool and to breakfast and lunch.

As with all safari wear, look out for dresses in colours that blend in with the bush, so khaki, browns, greens and stone colours work best. As a dress will not really be worn out on walking safaris, things like extra pockets and the thickness of the material is not that important.

There are far more durable dresses available (see below) than the dress shown on the right that may be that little bit more suitable for travelling with.

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Womens Safari Dress

Promod Safari Style Dress

Instant casual chic and ideal to wear around the safari lodge is this gorgeous safari shirt dress.

  • Popper through fastening.
  • Flap chest pockets.
  • Mid-waist design.
  • Turn-ups on short sleeves

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Safari Wear
For more, take a look at this page on Safari Clothing Advice, that includes Men’s and Women’s Safari Wear.