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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***NEW*** The Zambezi pants are made of 10 oz cotton twill just like the Zambezi safari jacket. They are soft-washed for superior comfort and durability. They come with washable leather inlays on the quarter-top pockets, 2 back pockets, one that buttons securely. Buy Now

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These stretch chinos are tough as nails, refuse to rip, and yet are comfortable to wear. The modified ripstop fabric has enough stretch in the cotton weave so they move easily with you. The pants have easy-entry rounded quarter-top pockets with double-needle stitching down the pocket opening for extra durability. The back patch pockets are double-needle stitched throughout and protected by button-through flaps. A double-layered kickplate staves off wear and tear. Buy Now

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These comfortable cotton twill jeans have five-pocket styling, leather-trimmed coin pocket and back pockets. Buy Now

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These 5-pocket stretch moleskin pants are ideal for cold weather hunting in Africa? They are made from the highest quality English moleskin that's been washed for a soft and pliable feel. Add in a bit of stretch, 5-pocket construction and uncompromising durability, and you have a very comfortable pair of pants. Buy Now

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***NEW*** These 5-pocket jean style pants have quarter-front pockets, coin pocket and rear patch pockets. They are made of cotton twill with lycra to stretch to make all your movements free and easy. Buy Now

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***NEW*** Quick-dry pants deliver cool, lightweight, moisture-wicking comfort. They come with bartacked slash pockets on the front, a pair of zippered security pockets and easy-fitting side elastic at the waist. Buy Now

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***NEW*** These comfortable, durable pants stretch with your every move. They have a gusseted crotch for full range of motion, embroidered eyelet for breathability and a hidden zippered security pocket behind the right patch pocket. Buy Now

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These stretch wrinkle-free EZ-Cool pants are perfect for safari travel. They are made of soft cotton and lycra and are lightweight and breathable. Buy Now

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Wrangler RIGGS Men's Ranger pants are made of 100% cotton ripstop fabric. They have button closure, reinforced knees, roomy side cargo pockets with flaps and a zip fly with button. Buy Now

Wrangler RIGGS Men's jeans are a great alternative if you don't want cargo style pants. They are 100% cotton with leather on top of the front right and back pockets. They come in a relaxed fit with gusset crotch and are available in Ripstop or Durashield denim. Buy Now 100% Cotton

These rugged cotton canvas pants are treated for water and oil resistance with stretch built in. Articulated knees allow for swifter movement, a kickplate adds durability and the pockets are designed to keep the things you carry safely in place. 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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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 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 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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