Safari costume ideas

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Safari costume ideas
A pith hat is the perfect headgear for your safari costume. (still life with safari helmet image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Putting together a unique safari costume can take creativity and some scrounging. Use items from around your home, as well as searching through thrift shops or dollar stores. A traditional safari outfit can be spiced up with a few interesting accessories. Don't be afraid to think outside the box and come up with a new and exciting twist on the old classic.

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The Basics

The base for any safari costume is khaki coloured clothing. A button-down collared shirt can be paired with trousers, shorts or a skirt. Even a khaki T-shirt can work in warmer weather. Another safari element is thick wool socks paired with hiking boots. The classic hat to wear is a pith helmet, however if you can't get your hands on one try painting or covering a brimmed hat for the same look.


Make your safari costume unforgettable with fun accessories. A pair of binoculars or camera around your neck, along with a bird or animal guide in your pocket, will go a long way. A sports vest or fishing vest can be used, and the pockets filled with safari accessories such as a first aid kit, granola bars or pocket maps. Carry a fishing rod or butterfly net as if to spring into action. A canteen can also make a convincing prop.

Dressing It Up

Create an attractive or sexy safari costume with a few changes and add-ons. Use a short skirt, and attractive blouse in khaki colour. Leopard, zebra or other animal print accessories such as a belt or scarf can add to the outfit. High heels may be an option, as well as sandals. African style earrings and necklace will create a feminine look for your costume.

Period Style

Turn your safari outfit into a period piece by using colonial accessories such as brass binoculars. A monocle and curled moustache will also add to the look. For a dressy costume add a white or striped vest with a pocket watch. A brown leather belt can hold an antique looking fake dagger or pipe pouch. Taller boots are appropriate for this time period.

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