Safari Jackets

If you are shopping for a new safari jacket we can help you choose the right one to fit for function, style and budget.

A Spot Of Safari Jacket History

Safari jackets or bush jackets were garments originally designed only for the purpose of going on safari in the African bush. Nowadays the style has been adapted for many other activities such as photography and fishing.

Popularized by turn-of-the-20th-century Anglo African adventurers, safari-style jackets were engineered for comfort and function.

A traditional bush jacket is commonly a lightweight cotton drill or poplin jacket, usually khaki in colour, with a self-belt, often with epaulettes and four or more expandable bellows pockets. Safari jackets have been worn as mainstream casual clothing since the 1950s. They are particularly popular with photographers, as their many pockets allow a convenient way to carry film, lenses, flashes, and other photographic equipment.

The traditional safari jacket was often worn with nothing on underneath, rather like a shirt, with a dapper neckerchief to mop up the sweat.

This long-established jacket style has been largely superseded by fleeces for cold weather wear, the hunter (or his tracker) carrying a day bag, rather than using pockets for all his immediate requirements in the field. Nowadays safari jackets or fleeces are just worn on chilly mornings on the back of the truck or on chilly evenings around the campfire. Most hunters take them off and leave them in the truck before going off on foot, despite the cold, because they are only an extra thing to carry when it gets hot later.

Essential Safari Jackets Guidelines

  • Comfortable, lightweight and unrestrictive construction for possibly many hours of wear.
  • Made of natural or hi-tech fabric that will be sweat absorbent and quiet if wearing it while stalking.
  • Cooling features possibly vents and mesh but warm enough on cold mornings.
  • Optional zip-off long sleeves to convert to a vest.
  • Pockets - better to have buttons rather than velcro which can be noisy. Too many pockets can be a disadvantage for hunting if you can't remember where you put something and have to rummage through all 21 pockets to find it.
  • Other optional features - cartridge loops, shoulder padding for shooting.
  • Khaki, green, brown colours rather than white or any bright colour.

Recommended Safari Jackets For Men

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This classic Zambezi Twill Safari Jacket is partially mesh lined for easy airflow, is prewashed and sanded for a softer feel and includes three outside patch pockets with a hidden zip-closed pocket to keep your belongings organized and secure. This is a most popular safari jacket and sells out quickly. If it is sold out, please keep checking back as it will be back in stock soon. Buy Now icon

This unlined traditional safari jacket has four exterior pockets, all with button flaps and button epaulet detail on the shoulders. Comes with button-through centre front closure, adjustable cord in waist area to cinch the jacket. Buy Now

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This safari jacket is constructed of tightly woven yet supersoft pure cotton poplin. It offers breathable comfort, protection from wind and sun (with UPF 40+) and superior resistance to abrasion, snags, thorns, thistles and insects. It also offers plenty of storage with 8 pockets (4 outer patch with button flap, 2 handwarmer and 2 inner zip security). Tailored with epaulets at the shoulders and action-back styling for superb maneuverability. 100% cotton. Buy Now


Designed to fend off snags, sun and insects, this safari jacket is made of rugged twill with a touch of comfortable stretch. The men's button-front short-sleeve jacket has two zip security interior pockets, epaulets to secure shoulder straps, grommets and mesh half lining for breathability and microsuede-trimmed buttonholes. Buy Now


This lightweight cotton safari jacket comes with a hood which may be zipped in collar pouch when not in use. It comes with an adjustable drawstring waist, 4 front pockets, front zipper and hook and loop closure on the sleeves. Buy Now

Khaki convertible safari jacket and vest. Buy Now

This Tag safari jacket for men is lightweight and designed for layering when on an African safari. It provides ample storage with two buttoned chest pockets above two larger dual buttoned cargo pockets at the waist. Roll-up tabs secure sleeves and the belted waist allows for expansion and maximum flexibility. Functional shoulder epaulettes secure strapped devices such as a camera or binoculars. Buy Now

This Tag safari field jacket has a three layer construction to keep you warm on cold African nights. Eight outside pockets are arranged into two chest pockets with Velcro fastened flaps flanked by zippered security pockets above, and two large cargo pockets with Velcro fasteners at the waist flanked by hand warmers at the side. Two inside zippered pockets provide secure storage for valuable items. The full length durable zipper, combined with a Velcro storm flap closure and functional roll up collar, make for a barrier that will effectively protect you from the elements. Buy Now

Made of superfine mini mesh for optimal air circulation, the versatile jacket weighs just 7 ounces and packs into its own pocket. Insect Shield technology repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges. This quick-drying, moisture-wicking layer has an adjustable peripheral vision hood, reinforced shoulders, front slash pockets, a chin guard and elastic at the hem and cuffs for a secure fit. Buy Now

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This safari jacket is made of sturdy cotton, pre-washed to produce an already broken-in look and feel. Classic styling includes a gathered waist, quilted shooting patch, epaulets and roll-up sleeves. A shooting glasses pocket on the left sleeve, cartridge slips above the left breast pocket and large cargo pockets ensure you have a place for your essentials. Buy Now

This safari shirt jacket can be worn alone or over a T-shirt. It is lightweight with four snap-flap pockets (two at the chest and two at the waist, with additional handwarmers behind). It comes with adjustable side tabs at the waist. Buy Now


This Mac-In-A-Sac is a packable waterproof jacket that is lightweight and folds away into a small convenient bag. Ideal for for taking in your daypack while hunting or bush walking. Buy Now

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