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.
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.
Cargo and other khaki pants can be a bit fiddly to fit if you have a less than perfect figure.
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These women's safari pants are made of durable stretch twill for comfort and come with patch pockets, articulated knees for ease of movement, zip-and-elastic ankle cuffs, stitch detailing and seaming reinforcements. They are midrise - sitting just below the waist. Buy Now
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
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
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
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
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 women's stretch cotton bush poplin adventure pants are dyed and enzyme washed for comfort and casual style. Articulated knees ensure no binding, whether you are rock scrambling or leaping into the Jeep. 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
These safari pants convert to shorts in seconds. Elasticized belt loops hold the zip-off, roll-up legs so you can't misplace them. They are made of smooth, rugged, tightly woven bush poplin that's resistant to snags. Five pockets - one cargo pocket, one back pocket, two handwarmers and one additional hidden handwarmer. Adjustable elastic waist with button tab. Buy Now
The lightweight, water-resistant, quick-drying fabric has comfortable stretch to move with you. These khakis pack almost completely flat and emerge from your bag without a wrinkle. They have two pockets in front (one conceals a zip security pocket) and one zip pocket on the leg. Elastic-back waist stretches up to 3" for all-day comfort. Legs roll up and secure with button tabs. Buy Now
These sporty pull-on track pants have all the comfort and durability of a stretch twill with the softness of a knit. Easy pull-on-and-go styling with a rib-knit waist are perfect for chilly African evenings. Utilitarian snap front pockets with rivets at stress points. Back zip patch pocket. Buy Now
With a flattering fit, adjustable belt and zip fly, these lightweight, roomy, flat-front pants are a great choice for long days. The convertible pants transform into shorts via zip-off legs. Made of breathable nylon, these pants have a pair of zip security pockets and a belt with a push-button buckle. Buy Now
These quick-dry cropped pants have two slip pockets in front (one with a coin pocket) and two in the back. Elastic at the back waist, zip fly and durable water-repellent finish sheds light moisture. Buy Now
These pull-on pants are incredibly comfortable. Made from 100% Tencel which creates a fluid, non-clingy fit. They are remarkably soft, breathable and lightweight. A wide leg provides a flattering silhouette, while the elastic and drawstring waist lets you adjust the size. Two front pockets. Buy Now
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