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.
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.
This long-established jacket style has been largely superseded by fleeces for cold weather wear, the hunter (or his tracker) carrying a day bag for all his immediate requirements in the field.
Safari or travel vests are essentially jackets minus sleeves with a myriad of pockets and loops adapted to various outdoor pursuits.