We are scheduled to go there in September, and I am already getting excited for our trip. We want to pack as light as possible - I was wondering if people "dress" for dinner or around the lodge, or do you mainly wear what you had on sans the hiking boots?
Your excitement about traveling to Dulini is infectious and such a joy to us who know that you are in for an amazing experience!
The African bush is always exhilarating, but has a particular magic in Spring, which is the season you have chosen to travel. The weather at this time of year is pleasantly mild and will offer warm days, followed by cool evenings. It is always good to pack a light jacket and layers of clothing. Our game drive vehicles are equipped with luxurious, fleece-lined, water-proof ponchos for every guest, in case of poor weather.
There is no formal dress code and guests are welcome to keep casual. "Bush Chic" is the dress style - which is open to personal interpretation! Enjoy planning for your safari! We look forward to receiving you in September.
Hi, sorry for the delay in responding. Often you return from the afternoon safari at 7.30pm and go straight to dinner. Generally very casual. Breakfast is straight away on arrival back from the 5.30am safari. Lunch we tended to wear shorts and casual top. Hope this helps.
No need to go overboard with expectations to change into dinner attire. We stayed in 3 upscale camps last fall and there were no dress codes. Oftentimes, our return from the afternoon game drive was extended into dinner hours due to unique encounters with leoparda or lions... and too good to abandon! On these occassions, I probably would have welcomed the opportunity to freshen up and change before dinner; however, we were directed by the camp staff to go straight to dinner in our safari garb. I think that I may have changed for dinner only twice and, by the way, our attire was still just a notch above our utility khakis. If you have a female companion, tell her to pack only one washable, packable "dress up" ensemble -black pants, one or two tanks and sweater (Eileen Fisher or Chico's type) and a pair of nice ballet flats (no heels!) and she will be comfortable. My husband had a couple of cashmere crewneck sweaters that he wore over no-iron L/S shirts and that worked well everywhere - camps and CapeTown. Trust me. You will be so exhilarated that the last thing that you will care about is your wardrobe.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the staff at the camps do your laundry. We would leave our laundry bag at the door when we left for the morning game drive at the crack of dawn and it would be returned in pristine condition the very same day.
If you have other questions, don't hesitate to send a message.
This will be the absolute best trip of your life!!!
We, and I think nor the lodge, had no issue having dinner with our game drive gear on. The lodge is pretty relaxed when it comes to dinner attire, but still excellent service and food. Of course sometimes it can be hot and sweaty or dry and dusty, so we did sometimes change clothing because of this.
Sorry for the delay. Pack in a practical manner. Not dressy at all. Very casual and welcoming. Also, laundry service is included, so you can arrive with dirty clothes and/or leave with all clean clothes. Really helps with packing. Request Mark as your Ranger. He was incredible.
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