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8 proudly South African essentials to pack for a stylish safari

There’s something deeply romantic about going on safari, isn’t there? Perhaps it was those dreamy scenes from Out of Africa or maybe it’s just the pure, unbridled sensuality of reconnecting to nature. Whatever the case may be, one of the great joys of setting out into the bush is adorning yourself in a way that taps into the inherent romance of the experience. We’ve put together a little collection of locally-made items that capture the very essence of a modern stylish safari. No need to bring your khakis!

The Charles Safari Hat by Simon and Mary

Protect your pretty face from the harsh African sun by donning a statement hat by Joburg-based Simon and Mary. Rooted in more than 70 years of milliner experience, they have an impressive array of hats to suit all tastes and styles. We just love the simplicity and attractive lines of the ‘Charles’ hat from their Safari range.

 

Protect your pretty face from the harsh African sun by donning a statement hat by Joburg-based Simon and Mary. Rooted in more than 70 years of milliner experience, they have an impressive array of hats to suit all tastes and styles. We just love the simplicity and attractive lines of the ‘Charles’ hat from their Safari range.

 

Ausi Slip On by Matsidiso Shoes

Keep things simple by adding a stylish slip on shoe to your look. With its timeless lines and no-nonsense practicality, the Ausi by Matsidiso is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to toe the line between glamour and comfort. Plus, you can rest assured that every single pair has been lovingly made by human hands in a family-run factory in Cape Town. 

Keep things simple by adding a stylish slip on shoe to your look. With its timeless lines and no-nonsense practicality, the Ausi by Matsidiso is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to toe the line between glamour and comfort. Plus, you can rest assured that every single pair has been lovingly made by human hands in a family-run factory in Cape Town. 

Inthusiasm lipstick

While spending time in the bush may present the perfect opportunity to go easy on the makeup and give your skin a bit of a rest, there’s nothing wrong with a little pop of lip colour to brighten your day. Keep it natural by opting for a 100% organic lipstick by Johannesburg-based Inthusiasm. With more than 15 shades currently available, you’ll be spoiled for choice! However, if we could recommend one for this look, it would definitely be Earth.

 

While spending time in the bush may present the perfect opportunity to go easy on the makeup and give your skin a bit of a rest, there’s nothing wrong with a little pop of lip colour to brighten your day. Keep it natural by opting for a 100% organic lipstick by Johannesburg-based Inthusiasm. With more than 15 shades currently available, you’ll be spoiled for choice! However, if we could recommend one for this look, it would definitely be Earth.

 

While spending time in the bush may present the perfect opportunity to go easy on the makeup and give your skin a bit of a rest, there’s nothing wrong with a little pop of lip colour to brighten your day. Keep it natural by opting for a 100% organic lipstick by Johannesburg-based Inthusiasm. With more than 15 shades currently available, you’ll be spoiled for choice! However, if we could recommend one for this look, it would definitely be Earth.

 

Just Pure Insect repellent

The bush is home to some nasty little critters you wouldn’t want to encounter up close. Unfortunately, some are more difficult to avoid than others – like mosquitos. If you’re going to a malaria area, it’s best to speak to your GP beforehand about appropriate medication to avoid infection. However, if you’re going anywhere else, good old insect repellent is sure to help stave off the attacks. We highly recommend this all natural option from Just Pure, which contains nothing else but water, sesame oil, alcohol and essential oils of cedarwood, neem, lime, geranium.

Linen jumpsuit from Merwe Salt

Keep things comfy and laid-back while looking fab in one of Merwe Salt’s belted linen jumpsuits. This Cape Town-based label is all about casual elegance with close attention to detail. Opt for their belted linen jumpsuit in Ecru to blend into your natural surrounds, while simultaneously looking effortlessly chic. Pair it with these beautiful earings by Pichulik and you're good to go. 

Keep things comfy and laid-back while looking fab in one of Merwe Salt’s belted linen jumpsuits. This Cape Town-based label is all about casual elegance with close attention to detail. Opt for their belted linen jumpsuit in Ecru to blend into your natural surrounds, while simultaneously looking effortlessly chic. Pair it with these beautiful earings by Pichulik and you're good to go. 

Keep things comfy and laid-back while looking fab in one of Merwe Salt’s belted linen jumpsuits. This Cape Town-based label is all about casual elegance with close attention to detail. Opt for their belted linen jumpsuit in Ecru to blend into your natural surrounds, while simultaneously looking effortlessly chic. Pair it with these beautiful earings by Pichulik and you're good to go. 

Musgrave Gin & Barker and Quin Tonic

While it may not be something to adorn yourself with, a bottle of Musgrave Gin and some Barker and Quin tonic may just end up being the cherry on top of your experience. Just imagine relaxing at the end of every day with a beautiful pink drink in hand while watching the sun dip below the horizon. Now that is bliss!

Image: Mike Eloff

While it may not be something to adorn yourself with, a bottle of Musgrave Gin and some Barker and Quin tonic may just end up being the cherry on top of your experience. Just imagine relaxing at the end of every day with a beautiful pink drink in hand while watching the sun dip below the horizon. Now that is bliss!

Image: Mike Eloff

Striped choker from Dear Rae

Nothing like a little piece of understated bling to pull an outfit together! Dear Rae’s Shashe range is full of subtly African-inspired pieces to compliment your safari attire. We were especially taken by the delicate Striped Choker. This Cape Town-based studio also does a lot to employ and empower local artisans, which just makes us love them even more.

Nothing like a little piece of understated bling to pull an outfit together! Dear Rae’s Shashe range is full of subtly African-inspired pieces to compliment your safari attire. We were especially taken by the delicate Striped Choker. This Cape Town-based studio also does a lot to employ and empower local artisans, which just makes us love them even more.

Guinea Full Costume by Gabrielle Swimwear

Midday in the bush can get pretty damn hot. Fortunately, a lodge without a pool is pretty much unheard of! So, as soon as you’ve returned from a morning game drive and enjoyed a languid breakfast, it’s time to slip into some sexy swimwear. Sticking to the safari theme, we absolutely love Gabrielle’s Guinea cozzy. This lovely swimwear label is based in Cape Town and prides itself in carefully constructed pieces in exclusively designed prints.

 

Midday in the bush can get pretty damn hot. Fortunately, a lodge without a pool is pretty much unheard of! So, as soon as you’ve returned from a morning game drive and enjoyed a languid breakfast, it’s time to slip into some sexy swimwear. Sticking to the safari theme, we absolutely love Gabrielle’s Guinea cozzy. This lovely swimwear label is based in Cape Town and prides itself in carefully constructed pieces in exclusively designed prints.