Wearing a good hat is essential on an African safari, whether travelling in the bush or sight-seeing in town. Protection from the sun is important for your health and facial skin. If you are out walking in the bush, hunting or game-viewing, wearing a hat also reduces the chance of an animal spotting you and running away.
In addition, a safari hat will prevent your hair from becoming a dusty, tangled mess when walking in the bush or driving in an open vehicle. A hat will also cover up said tangled mess after going out without a hat.
For hunting in Africa you really don't want to be aware you are wearing a hat at all. Picking it up every few minutes if it falls off is a plain nuisance. It should stay put through most hunting action barring getting seriously caught up in a thorn tree or speeding along in the open hunting truck.
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**NEW** This safari hat looks like it's woven from straw but it is really a packable knit that crushes or rolls to fit in your bag then springs right back into shape. 3" brim provides plenty of shade while the 4 1/2" crown lets cool air circulate. Buy Now
This naturally water-resistant, pure wool felt hat has a braided leather band embellished with feathers and a wooden toggle. It's stain resistant and easy to pack. 2 1/2" brim. Buy Now
This Wallaroo Naples safari hat is practical and stylish. It is made of 100% paper braid with a leather band and offers UPF 50+ su protection with a 3" brim. There is an internal drawstring to adjust the fit. It is not recommended to squash or fold this hat - pack gently by filling the crown with clothing items. Buy Now
This sunhat is perfectly packable - just roll it up, stash it in your bag, and give it a shake when you pull it out. It offers 50+ UPF and has a rounded 4"-high dome with wide brim and adjustable faux-leather lariat. It is made of tightly woven, lightweight yet durable paper braid. Includes adjustable chin strap. Buy Now
Constructed of all-natural hemp, the women's hat from Tilley Endurables is both elegant and hard-working, with 50+ UPF sun protection. The hat features a down-sloping brim for a fashionable and protective silhouette. Easy to dress up or down, the hat offers a linen-like feel that belies its 'tough as nails' durability. The 100 percent hemp hat is breathable and naturally resistant to UV light, mould, mildew and salt water. Buy Now
This Barmah canvas drover hat is made of durable, lightweight Australian polycotton. It has a wide brim with chin cord and mesh sides to let air flow through. Buy Now
The Tilley Endurables Hemp Sun Protection Hat is extremely durable but in soft material that is resistant to mould, mildew and salt water. This hat has a UPF 50+ rating for the highest level of sun protection and has a sloped brim for extra sun and rain protection. It is water resistant and machine washable and is guaranteed by Tilley to never shrink. There are ties on the inside to keep the hat secure in windy conditions and a high crown with cooling ventilation. Buy Now
This smart, wide-brimmed UPF 50+ hat offers superior protection from the sun. It has an adjustable chin cord with wooden toggle, interior sweatband and suede hatband. Buy Now
This women's Barmah canvas drover hat is made of durable Australian poly-cotton canvas with mesh sides for air-flow, printed scarf and chin cord. Buy Now
The Barmah foldaway suede leather hat is made of US pig suede leather and has 3M scotch guard waterproofing. A storage bag is provided. Buy Now
This hat comes with a snap up brim, to hold the shape. It is designed with screened side vents for a comfortable and breathable fit, also has an adjustable drawstring. Buy Now
This hat is made of suede leather with a chin cord, mesh sides and 50+ UV protection. Printed scarf is included. Buy Now
This khaki brushed twill mesh safari hat is made of 100% cotton and offers protection for any type of weather or activity. It has a wide brim with a crown with stiff mesh sides. For durability this hat also sports leather binding and trim around the brim and base of the crown with an adjustable leather chin cord, ideal for allowing you to choose the size and fit that works best for you. Buy Now
This soft, packable Tilley hat is made of raffia straw with a comfortable interior band. It is water resistant and has UPF 50+ sun protection rating. The brim can be worn up or down. Buy Now
This packable wool felt hat protects you from both sun and rain. It is water-repellent and stain-resistant with an adjustable fit and leather band. Buy Now