Casual and comfortable clothing is recommended. Dressing in layers is an effective method of compensating for the wide variations in temperatures. Some of the most practical items to pack are: Shorts and cotton tee-shirts, swimming suit, comfortable walking shoes, safari clothes – casual, light and neutral colored cotton clothes. A jersey or jacket is needed for evenings and early mornings, as it can be quite cold especially at high altitudes. For open-air vehicle game drives, warm clothes are highly recommended. At the coast, summer clothing is ideal. However, note that the population there is mainly Muslim, and in the town centers and Muslim villages, it is not advisable for the ladies to wear tight or revealing clothing that could be considered offensive to the Muslim religion. Your attire is a key part of your non-verbal presentation. Your clothing should always show respect for local traditions. For dinner in some restaurants in the cities, note that the dress code is a bit more formal, and will not admit diners dressed in jeans, tee-shirts or sports shoes. Some other items that you could bring along include; a hat, sunscreen, lip balm, a pair of binoculars, a camera, batteries for electronic equipment, a flashlight or head lamp, a money belt or neck pouch (for wearing under your clothes).
The African sun is hot and visitors should not over-indulge. Wear a good hat, lots of sunscreen and take time to acclimatize. Use mosquito nets and insect repellents, especially in the evenings, and avoid getting bitten even if you are taking anti-malaria tablets.