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Below details the specifications and suggestions for personal clothing and other items.


Personal clothing

This is, as it suggests, a totally personal choice, but please bring items that will keep you warm at night as the evening in camp can get cold; as well as clothing that is cool but can can dry quickly if required. It is much better to have a base, mid and top layer than rely on one thick layer as you will overheat during the daytime, plus it is easier to carry.

Please do not bring/wear denim jeans as they are not very suitable for use in the field.

Please do not bring or wear any bright coloured clothing as this will spook the wildlife. The best colours are safari coloured and khaki or natural colours. It is not advised that you bring military camouflaged clothing, as you do not wish to look like a member of an army, or poacher.

Good walking socks are of course essential. Make sure they're comfortable to wear in boots whilst walking several miles. You will also need to bring a hat to keep off the midday sun and you may also want to bring gloves and a Buff (or similar) etc.

Please be aware that you will be required to carry all of your clothes with you, to and from base camp at the start and end of your course - along with your share of the communal/group camp equipment. As such, please do not over pack.

You do not need to bring a new set of clothes for every day
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Two pairs of trousers, a couple of base, mid and top layers is likely to be more than sufficient - and you'll be wearing one set of everything when you arrive for the course!

Good quality walking boots

It should go without saying that you will need a good pair of boots. They don't have to be leather, but please make sure that they are well built with good ankle support as the ground is often rugged underfoot, and good boots will support your ankles as well as protect you feet. It may be an advantage if they were also waterproof.
Please Note : Walking shoes will not be accepted as suitable footwear on any of our courses.

If you need to purchase boots for a course, it is best to do so well in advance so that you can break them in prior to attending. Doing this on a course which involves a lot of walking will be uncomfortable at best.

Good quality waterproof/windproof jacket and trousers

These are essential. Whether it rains or not, these are mandatory for your own comfort. Even if it is not raining, waterproofs will keep out the wind, which can be a major consideration when sitting still for several hours at a time watching wildlife even in a hot country. Please also take into consideration, even though it may not be raining, you may well spend a considerable amount of time during your course either sitting or lying on the ground whilst filming, and if you are doing this early in the morning or late into the night, the air itself may be damp, even if the ground is not wet.

Warm sleeping bag

Whatever the time of year, it is always a good idea to have a really warm comfy sleeping bag. The temperature will drop considerably overnight. If you are cold at night you simply will not relax and sleep very well and this in turn will affect both your mood and ability to do things the next day. Believe it or not, sleeping comfortably may be the difference between a fantastic course and a course where you really struggle.

Suggestions

There are many brands of outdoor clothing to choose from. Some of the top brands such as Rab, Fjallraven, Patagonia and Arc'teryx sell very high quality products - but are equally as expensive. You don't need to spend a fortune to get good clothing. There are many less expensive brands out there, and don't discount 'own-brand' clothing from outdoor shops. Alternatively simply go to an outdoor shop and ask to see their safari clothing range.

As an alternative to cotton tops, try and find clothing made from Merino Wool. It's a super material with many incredible properties. Not only is it very comfortable, it keeps you warm when it's cold, keeps you cool when it's warm, dries out extremely quickly and wicks away sweat so efficiently it simply can't hold an odour. You can comfortably wear a Merino Wool thermal top day and night, for a whole week before it needs a wash. Equally, Merino Wool socks are incredible for minimizing smell - even after just one day of moderate walking, regular hiking socks will start to smell a lot due to the heat!