African Hunting Headlamps

Page Updated: Feb 2024

A headlamp is a must on any African hunting safari where power cuts are not uncommon and generators can go on the blink. They are obviously very useful for reading or any task when you need light and need to use both hands.

Functions Of A Good African Hunting Headlamp

  • Most headlamps use LEDs which are energy efficient, long-lasting and tough.
  • Unless it is the type that adapts the light power according to where you look, headlamps can inadvertantly 'blind' another person when you move to look at them.
  • An adjustable beam is preferable with a wide light for close work like reading or moving around a tent at night. A spot beam is useful for long distance lighting and following a trail.
  • Headlamp weight (with batteries) and comfort is most important. Generally the more high-powered lamps and those with external battery packs are heavier and bulkier. The external battery packs, commonly for 4 batteries, are often situated on the back strap and linked by cable. An extra over-head strap may be added to stabilize the unit.
  • Adjustable tilt on the headlamp is useful so you can position the beam where you want it.
  • Details on other features and options such as modes, regulated beams etc can be found in handheld flashlights.

African Hunting Headlamps

Your choice of a headlamp to take hunting in Africa obviously depends on what you intend to use it for - just light for reading and small tasks or being out and about at night in the bush when you will need a good trail light capability.

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Buy Now: Black Diamond Astro 300-R Headlamp
  • Gives 300 lumens on maximum setting.
  • Rechargeable: Powered with integrated 1500 mAh Li-ion battery with micro-USB charge port
  • Has three different coloured night vision modes and peripheral white lighting for close-range activities.
  • Brightness Memory allows turning the headlamp on and off at last used brightness level
  • Sleek, low profile
  • Settings include full strength, dimming and strobe
BLACK DIAMOND Equipment Astro 300-R Headlamp - Graphite

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Buy Now: Petzl Tactikka + RGB Stealth Headlamp
  • 350 Lumens
  • Red, green and blue light modes to preserve night vision
  • Provides up to 90m of beam distance.
  • 3 AAA batteries or Petzl CORE Rechargeable Battery
  • Switch between light modes and colours with one button.
  • Detachable & washable headband
PETZL - TACTIKKA+ RGB Headlamp, 250 Lumens, Red-Green-Blue Lighting, Desert

Buy Now: Petzl Actik Core Headlamp
  • 450 Lumens
  • Two beam patterns (wide and mixed) for high-performance lighting outdoors
  • The red lighting for night vision and prevents blinding other members of a group.
  • Maximum burn time of 160 hours
  • Comes with a CORE rechargeable battery that charges via micro USB port or AAA batteries
Petzl Unisex's Tactikka Core Headlamp, Black, UNI

Buy Now: Petzl e+LITE Headlamp
  • Ultralight (27 g) and very compact
  • Integrated ZIP retractable cord
  • Can be stored with its batteries for 10 years in a vest, an emergency kit, etc
  • White or red, continuous or strobe lighting allows you to be seen and to signal an emergency
Petzl E+LITE Headlamp - Ultra-Compact Emergency 50 Lumen Headlamp, Designed for Hiking, Climbing, Running, and Camping

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Buy Now: BioLite No-Bounce Headlamp
  • 200 Lumens
  • Delivers excellent fit & versatile lighting modes.
  • Four light modes: White + Dim , Red + Dim, White Strobe, Red Strobe
  • Rechargeable battery or recharge with micro USB.
  • Adjustable front panel.
  • 40 hours of battery on low, 3.5 Hours on high
  • Easy-adjust size clips on head band.
BioLite HeadLamp 200 Lumen Ultra-Lightweight USD Headlamp, Ember Red

Buy Now: LedLenser H7R.2 Rechargable Headlamp
  • 20-300 Lumens
  • 160-525 foot range
  • Runs up to 60 hours on a single charge
  • Dimming switch and 4 light modes
  • Rechargeable batteries and charging system
  • Swivelling head
Ledlenser, H7R.2 Rechargeable Headlamp, 300 Lumens, Black

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Buy Now: Coast HL7 Headlamp
  • Adjustable focus and light dimming functions
  • 'Bulls Eye' spot beam pattern gives focused spot with a maximum beam distance of 109 meters (357 feet), while producing an outer ring of flood light which allows added side vision
  • Larger power switch and easier-to-grip focusing bezel
  • Dimming function allows you to adjust your light output to just the right level for your application
  • Expandable Z-Cord provides power to the LED from the battery pack and is built in to the headband to reduce the possibility of snagging
  • Unbreakable LED and is impact and water resistant
COAST HL7 330 Lumen Focusing LED Headlamp with TWIST FOCUS™, Black

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Buy Now: SureFire Minimus Headlamp
  • Powered by one 123A lithium battery that screws right into the housing
  • It offers a wide yet powerful beam that's optimized to match your field of vision
  • Variable light output dial designed for one-handed use
  • From 0 to 100 lumens, and all points in between, with a simple twist
  • Hard-anodized aerospace-grade aluminum
  • Ultra lightweight and comfortable to wear due to custom-made headband and moisture wicking pad
SureFire Minimus Variable Output LED Headlamp with MaxVision Reflector, Black

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