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Masai Mara In August - What type of hat to take

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Masai Mara In August - What type of hat to take

Hi,

I am travelling to Masai Mara this August and was wondering if anyone out there had advice or experience in the type of hat that is recommended to wear.

I was thinking of a hat that comes with a mosquito net attached as reading the reviews I'm quite worried with all the flies and mosquitoes especially the time of year I am travelling.

So my question is do i take a hat with a net or a normal tilly hat or hat with strings?

Many Thanks in advance.

Dil

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1. Re: Masai Mara In August - What type of hat to take

You will very much feel the odd one out if you wear a hat with a mosquito net, you'll be the only person wearing one. Mosquitoes aren't a massive problem in the Mara, certainly not during daylight hours.

A Tilly hat is ideal for Kenya, Sadly mine died recently due to too many sessions in the washing machine, and I never filled the lifetime guarantee slip in, so I now a wear a cheap local hat of a similar design. My Tilly hat had a string for adjusting the fit and for wearing under the chin in windy conditions, as does my local version.

Depending on the type of vehicle you may find you don't need a hat at all, for example, if you are in a van or Land Cruiser with a pop up roof. I don't think many safari vehicles in Kenya are completely open top.

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2. Re: Masai Mara In August - What type of hat to take

Thanks for your reply Doffcocker... I did think about being the odd one out. Maybe I'll just take a tilly hat. Thanks again.

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I was in the Mara August 2017 for 4 nts and did not see 1 single mosquito, even though we stayed near the river. In fact we didn’t see 1 single mosquito the entire 2 1/2 weeks we were in Kenya. We visited Nairobi, Tsavo East, Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Naivasha and the Mara. We were given Safari hats by our TO but never needed to use them as we travelled in a pop up Land Cruiser. The weather was perfect, not hot, except for Samburu, so maybe that’s why. We did see a lot of people use bandannas around their faces to protect from dust, but we never felt the need to do that either.

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4. Re: Masai Mara In August - What type of hat to take

I was in the Mara August 2017 for 4 nts and did not see 1 single mosquito, even though we stayed near the river. In fact we didn’t see 1 single mosquito the entire 2 1/2 weeks we were in Kenya. We visited Nairobi, Tsavo East, Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Naivasha and the Mara. We were given Safari hats by our TO but never needed to use them as we travelled in a pop up Land Cruiser. The weather was perfect, not hot, except for Samburu, so maybe that’s why. We did see a lot of people use bandannas around their faces to protect from dust, but we never felt the need to do that either.

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