Women's Safari Pants

Women's safari pants include a range of capris and convertibles. Most are lightweight, wrinkle-resistant and some come with insect repellent and sun screen...all ideal features for an African safari, whether you are hunting or game viewing.

Though worn before for war work, women wearing trousers or pants for adventurous or sporting activities only really became generally acceptable in the 1930s when the pioneer aviatrixes such as Amelia Earhart, Amy Johnson and Beryl Markham were photographed wearing split skirts, jodphur style trousers or overalls. Photographs of Hollywood stars wearing trousers, such as Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich, meant pants were here to stay in an active woman's wardrobe.

Beryl Markham
Beryl Markham Wearing Overalls

Choosing Good Women's Safari Pants

The features of good women's safari pants and shorts are much the same as for men. However, if you are not hunting or walking in the African bush, your choice of colour is not too important.

  • 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 women prefer to hunt or walk in the bush wearing 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.
  • 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

The Right Women's Safari Pants For Your Shape

Cargo and other khaki pants can be a bit fiddly to fit if you have a less than perfect figure.

  • If you have a slim, straight figure you can wear most styles of safari pants with all the cargo and patch pockets.
  • If you have a bit of a tummy, avoid pants with a low rise pants, pleats and belts which will all emphasise a tummy. Go for a medium rise with a wide waistband which will hold your tummy in and give a flatter outline. If you also have a slim bottom and legs, a straight leg cut will lessen the appearance of a thick middle.
  • If you have full hips and thighs avoid pants that are too tapering or too wide in the leg. Also avoid cargo pockets which may make your legs look bulky. Go for flat front pants with a straight leg which are generously cut in the seat. Check that there are no creases across the back of your thighs which means the pants are too tight and will be uncomfortable.
  • If you have full hips and a narrow waist avoid low rise pants which may expose your bottom when bending down. Go for medium or high rise cuts with a nipped in waist or drawstring belt.

Safari Pants For Women

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These linen pants come with a drawstring waist and elastic back, on-seam pockets and double-needle stitched seams. They are easy-fit with a soft relaxed style with a mid-rise. Buy Now

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These adaptable women's stretch travel ankle pants are quick-drying, moisture-wicking and offer UPF50+ sun protection. They come with hidden zip pockets, slim legs for a sleek look and modern fit sits just below the waist. Buy Now

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These traditional chinos are made of soft, midweight cotton, garment dyed for rich colouring. Classic tailoring with the fly front, belt loops, and pockets you'd expect. Straight legs with inner topstitching for a fun look when rolled up. In a modern fit with mid rise to sit just below the waist. Buy Now

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These lightweight plush pants with slim legs have just the right amount of stretch. Zip-front styling with L-shaped front pockets and inset pockets in the back. In a modern fit with mid rise to sit just below the waist. Buy Now

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These 5.11 Tactical women's pants are made of tough cotton canvas with double and triple-stitch construction, 48 bartacks in high stress areas and double thick seat and knees. They have superior fit, sitting on natural waist with self-adjusting comfort waistband. Buy Now

The White Sierra women's convertible pants swiftly convert to shorts when the temperatures change. They are made of lightweight nylon woven fabric which dries quickly, gives sun protection and Teflon waterproofing. Comfort fit with side elastic. Buy Now

These women's pants are made of stretch fabric and quick-dry material. They have a roll tab to convert the pants from 33" inseam to an all-purpose 23". Articulated knee. Buy Now

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These wrinkle-free chino pants have straight legs and are made of stretch cotton twill. Tailored with a traditional classic fit and natural rise to sit right at the natural waist. Refined stitching and zip-front with belt loops and requisite pockets. Buy Now

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These cool, comfortable, convertible lightweight pants provide UPF 30+ sun protection and are treated with an odourless Insect Shield repellent that keeps biting bugs at bay. These pants pack easily, are quick drying and moisture wicking and convert into 10" inseam shorts with a quick zip. The partial-elastic waistband moves with you during activity and easy-access mesh-lined zippered pockets secure your belongings. The odourless repellent is tightly bonded to the fabric fibers and lasts the expected lifetime of the garment (70 washes). High rise with relaxed fit. Buy Now

These classic women's pants have 'Solar Shield' UV Protection, 'Smart Dry' to repel moisture and stains. Buy Now

These women's Nosilife pants are extremely lightweight and fast-drying. They feature Insect Repellent Technology and UPF40+ protection, with 5 Pockets (2 zip) and drying loops. Buy Now

Stretch twill brings the comfort of a modern stretch pant, while classic design ensures you'll be protected in the field. Classic fit, mid rise. Sturdy briar fabric at the back welt pocket openings, metal shank button closure, and strong double stitch construction all over. Buy Now

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These Jack Wolfskin Women's safari roll-Up pants are made of robust nylon canvas fabric which has a cotton-like feel for superb next-to-skin comfort. The fabric is also water resistant and has a light, breathable mesh lining and air vents. If things get really hot, you can simply roll up the trouser legs and secure them in place. Small items that need to be within reach can be stashed in the five pockets. Buy Now

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