Safari Pants

When choosing your safari pants or trousers for African hunting, go for comfort above all.

Choosing Good Safari Pants

  • More than anything, your safari pants need to be comfortable for hunting Africa. You will lots of time walking and sitting in a bumpy hunting truck so loose-fitting pants are a must, especially in the crotch area.
  • Preferably lightweight cotton or hi-tech synthetic material that is wicks moisture away and is quiet when walking. Safari pants fabric needs to be light for the heat but needs to be tough enough not to rip when leopard crawling or hunting through dense thorn bush.
  • Pants made with insect repellent impregnated synthetic fabric might be useful especially in the evenings when mosquitoes are at their worse. If you want cotton pants that are insect repellent, you will need to spray them yourself with permethrin.
  • Extra cooling features include zip-off legs which create shorts. Zip-off legs sound quite a good idea until you try to zip them on again while still wearing them!
  • Long trousers or shorts? Most hunters prefer to hunt in long trousers which offer better protection against thorns, insects and the sun. Shorts are obviously cooler and quieter to walk in.
  • Pockets - better to have a button closure rather than velcro which can be noisy to use.
  • Try to minimise other optional features like cargo-pants loops or flares as you will just get caught up on branches and thorns.
  • Really wide-legged, baggy pants are not really unsuitable for hunting in Africa - go for more narrow-legs but not too tight.
  • Khaki, green, brown colours rather than white or any bright colour

Recommended Safari Pants For Men

Here is a selection of pants which are ideal for different African safari conditions - some very rugged for thick and thorny conditions, some light weight, insect repellent pants and some convertible pants. Any pants that are made of synthetic material are liable to melt under a hot iron so tell the camp ironing person before leaving them in the dirty laundry pile. Read more on clothes ironing on safari.

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These rugged pants are built to handle whatever you get yourself into. Scuff guards protect the cuffs and pockets, rivets, not bar tacks, strengthen high-stress areas. A roomy fit, in conjunction with the durable, flexible, moisture-wicking cotton/nylon weave, guarantees all-day comfort while allowing for rapid evaporation. Buy Now

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These men's 14-pocket, ripstop pants are made of a cotton/nylon blend with reinforcement threads woven in a crosshatch pattern to make them impervious to tears and rips. The lightweight fabric is then enzyme washed for a vintage finish. 14 pockets let you carry just about everything you need for a day of adventure, eliminating the need to carry an extra gear bag. Button front with zipper. Buy Now

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These multi-pocket men's pants are constructed of soft, breathable cotton with just a touch of Lycra spandex in the weave. The stretch gives them all day comfort and allows you to easily access the two button-flap cargo pockets on the legs, two front pockets with extra floating welt pocket, and two patch pockets in back. Center front zipper closure. Buy Now

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These safari pants are constructed with a sturdy nylon/spandex blend. The 'Free Ryde' waist, gusseted crotch and added fabric panel ensure that you have ultimate freedom of movement. Buy Now

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With an adjustable belt and fly zipper, these short-ready convertible pants are a great choice for long days on a plane or trail. With side pockets and secure back pockets. Convertible style has zip-off legs that convert to shorts with a 10" inseam. Made of lightweight Supplex nylon that breathes for comfort. Buy Now

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These safari pants convert to shorts in seconds. Interior seam covers mean you'll never feel the zippers and elasticized belt loops that hold the zip-off, roll-up legs means it will be hard to lose them. Easy-to-spot red bartacks on the pants and legs simplify reattachment. Made of smooth, rugged, tightly woven bush poplin that's resistant to snags. Nine pockets - two cargo pockets, each with hidden inset zip pocket, two zip back pockets and two handwarmers - one with a hidden pocket inside. Adjustable elastic waist with button tab. 100% cotton. Buy Now

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The quick-drying, lightweight cotton/nylon fabric is soft and suede-finished (not shiny) and the cargo pockets are bellowed to hold valuables. Additional features include built-in UPF50+ sun protection, twill tape on the inside back cuff to prevent wear and tear, and a nylon belt with quick-snap plastic buckle. Two front pockets, two flap cargo pockets and back pockets with hook-and-loop closures. Buy Now

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These 5.11 men's Stryke pants with Flex-Tac are made from two-way mechanical stretch fabric, with a fully gusseted crotch, self-adjusting tunnel waistband and articulated knees. Built to last, these pants feature 12 pockets, including double-deep reinforced cargo pockets and front pockets. Buy Now


The 5.11 Tactical men's Covert Cargo pants combine superior tactical performance with a comfortable, low-profile design. With the look and feel of casual flat front cargo pants, these pants have large storage pockets along the left and right seams, double-deep, reinforced front and rear pockets and a self-adjusting tunnel waistband ensures a stable and secure fit when you are on the move. Made from peached cotton canvas. Buy Now


These pants are a perfect blend of softness, toughness and durability. Standard five-pocket design. Leather-trimmed coin pocket, back pockets. Buy Now

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These durable, quick-wicking pants feature built-in sun protection and plentiful storage making them the perfect choice for active days in warm weather. Buy Now


These safari pants have a durable built-in removable belt and indestructible button system to keep them where you want them. UPF 50+ repels harmful rays. The water repellent-treated nylon fabric dries faster to keep you comfortable and allows for easy washing. The full inseam gusset gives full mobility and multiple security zip pockets keep items safe. The legs zip off to become 10" shorts when you need to adapt to warm weather. Buy Now


These Bugs-Away convertible pants are enzyme-washed for softness and durability. There is a security zip back pocket, a drop-in front pocket and hidden pocket in the front pocket. Insect Shield technology helps prevent against bites from mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies and midges. Buy Now


For casual comfort, these men's sweat pants are made of brushed fabric on the inside for softness and warmth and have an elasticized, drawstring waist, zip fly and side pockets. Ideal for evenings round the campfire. More info icon


These men's convertible pants are cool, comfortable, lightweight and provide sun protection with a UPF 30+ rating, dry quickly, and keep bugs at bay. The odorless Insect Shield technology repels biting insects, including ticks and mosquitoes. The partial elastic waistband makes movement easy, while wicking properties keep you cool and dry. They convert into a 10" inseam shorts with a quick zip. Security zip pockets store and protect belongings. Buy Now

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The perfect balance of all-day comfort and hard-wearing durability. Ruggedly built, these pants are constructed from pure combed cotton blended with a hint of spandex for maximum flexibility. The anatomical design follows the contours of your body for a great fit, while their gusseted crotch and articulated knees help optimize range and motion. Other features include reinforced pockets and cuff bottoms, double-needle bar tacks at stress points, and a handy storage pocket on the wearer's right thigh. The Full Fit design has a full seat and thigh for a relaxed fit. Buy Now

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These Carhartt's pants are made of 100% cotton ripstop fabric. There's rugged, double-front construction plus the added durability of cordura-lined front-ledge and back pockets. Carry what you need in two large cargo pockets with flaps and snap closures, as well as multiple utility pockets. Buy Now


These Tag cotton convertible pants with zip-off legs for men can change from regular pants to shorts at a moment's notice. Two side pockets and four flap cargo pockets front and back provide plenty of room for outdoor gear. The covered utility pocket on the side is perfect for a sporting knife or Leatherman. Elastic waist accents expand to eliminate binding. Large belt loops accommodate heavier weight leather belts. Buy Now


The 5.11 Tactical men's pants are constructed with an ultra lightweight Rip Stop fabric for breathability in hot weather. They have a self-adjusting waistband and gusseted crotch provides enhanced mobility. With full-size cargo pockets with internal dividers and external EMS specific pockets. Utility pockets at the calf. Buy Now


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