Safari Jackets

If you are shopping for a new safari jacket we can help you choose the right one to fit for function, style and budget.

A Spot Of Safari Jacket History

Safari jackets or bush jackets were garments originally designed only for the purpose of going on safari in the African bush. Nowadays the style has been adapted for many other activities such as photography and fishing.

Popularized by turn-of-the-20th-century Anglo African adventurers, safari-style jackets were engineered for comfort and function.

A traditional bush jacket is commonly a lightweight cotton drill or poplin jacket, usually khaki in colour, with a self-belt, often with epaulettes and four or more expandable bellows pockets. Safari jackets have been worn as mainstream casual clothing since the 1950s. They are particularly popular with photographers, as their many pockets allow a convenient way to carry film, lenses, flashes, and other photographic equipment.

The traditional safari jacket was often worn with nothing on underneath, rather like a shirt, with a dapper neckerchief to mop up the sweat.

This long-established jacket style has been largely superseded by fleeces for cold weather wear, the hunter (or his tracker) carrying a day bag, rather than using pockets for all his immediate requirements in the field. Nowadays safari jackets or fleeces are just worn on chilly mornings on the back of the truck or on chilly evenings around the campfire. Most hunters take them off and leave them in the truck before going off on foot, despite the cold, because they are only an extra thing to carry when it gets hot later.

Essential Safari Jackets Guidelines

  • Comfortable, lightweight and unrestrictive construction for possibly many hours of wear.
  • Made of natural or hi-tech fabric that will be sweat absorbent and quiet if wearing it while stalking.
  • Cooling features possibly vents and mesh but warm enough on cold mornings.
  • Optional zip-off long sleeves to convert to a vest.
  • Pockets - better to have buttons rather than velcro which can be noisy. Too many pockets can be a disadvantage for hunting if you can't remember where you put something and have to rummage through all 21 pockets to find it.
  • Other optional features - cartridge loops, shoulder padding for shooting.
  • Khaki, green, brown colours rather than white or any bright colour.

Recommended Safari Jackets For Men

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This comfortable cotton, heat-defying jacket comes with an adjustable waist and two-piece sleeves for greater range of motion. The four patch-and-flap pockets feature no-snag, covered snaps. Buy Now

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This jacket has cotton/polyamide blend shell which protects from light rain and wind. It is lined in an orange colour and comes with a metal, two-way zip on the front, handwarmer pockets, covered placket, snap closures and brass-finished hardware. Buy Now

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The Zambezi safari jacket is back. It comes with a two-button closure, one chest and two lower pockets, leather trim details, partial lining with power mesh for airflow and two interior zip pockets. Buy Now

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***NEW*** This men's jacket is made of cotton and has adjustable cuffs and hem. There is 1 inner pocket, 1 zip chest pocket and 2 slant pockets. Buy Now

This lightweight jacket is loaded with pockets inside and out. The durable ripstop cotton fabric won't weigh you down. It is half mesh-lined for breathability with underarm grommets for cooling airflow. Buy Now

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This jacket has a zip-out, removable liner to handle changes in the temperature, while the water-resistant shell handles changes in the forecast. You can customize it as you like with the removable genuine leather collar, adjustable cuffs, and interior drawcord at the waist. It comes with leather buttonholes and plenty of pockets to carry your gear. Buy Now

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This French terry sweatshirt jacket is soft, warm and will gently fade over time. Comes with woven fabric trims at the zip, pockets, inside collar and elbow patches. Zipped lower pockets and pleated upper pocket with button-through flap. Buy Now

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***NEW*** This lightweight vintage-style safari jacket is made of soft, washed 100% cotton fabric. It features 4 Pockets with button flap closures, front zipper & button up storm flap, concealed hood and drawstring waist and hem to adjust the fit. Buy Now

***NEW*** This classic jacket style comes with a high collar with concealed internal hood, zipper front with storm flap secured with press studs and buttons at the collar and the bottom. There are 4 buttoned down front pockets and an internal sleeve pocket with hook-and-loop. It also features internal waist adjusters, button adjustable cuffs, pleated back and back slit with press studs, under arm vents and shoulder epaulettes. Buy Now

The BugsAway Ventana jacket is the perfect lightweight jacket for evenings or outings when bugs are prevalent. Insect Shield technology keeps bugs away and prevents potential insect-borne disease from ticks and mosquitoes. Ventilated fabric allows complete air circulation. Adjustable peripheral vision hood with drawcord, elastic binding at the cuffs and forward rolled shoulder seams for abrasion resistance. Zippered security pockets. Buy Now

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This Shooter's Fleece Jacket is quick-drying with tough waterproof fabric at the shoulders which stretches for mobility. It also adds a light layer of recoil protection. It comes with a chest pocket and handwarmer pockets. Buy Now

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Khaki convertible safari jacket and vest is made of stonewashed cotton and comes with a mesh lining, 19 Pockets a vented back, adjustable waist belt and zip front with snap closure. Buy Now

This convertible jacket is constructed from water repellent and quick drying fabric. Zip off the sleeves to quickly convert this jacket to a vest. It comes with cooling mesh lining, full zip with snap storm flap, double entry cargo pocket with hook & loop secure flaps, hook & loop drop in back pocket, zipped chest pocket and adjustable cuffs. Buy Now

This jacket has a microfleece-lined collar, zip-off sleeves to convert from jacket to vest, 10 pockets, security zip chest pockets and hand pockets and ddjustable cuffs and elastic cinch cord at hem. Buy Now

This Tag safari jacket for men is lightweight and designed for layering when on an African safari. It provides ample storage with two buttoned chest pockets above two larger dual buttoned cargo pockets at the waist. Roll-up tabs secure sleeves and the belted waist allows for expansion and maximum flexibility. Functional shoulder epaulettes secure strapped devices such as a camera or binoculars. Buy Now

This Beretta safari jacket is made of light, comfortable cotton fabric and is equipped with four pockets - two chest pockets and two front pockets, with flap and button closure. It hs a knitted bomber collar, a Beretta belt buckle and useful rolled up sleeves. Buy Now

This Mac-In-A-Sac is a packable waterproof jacket that is lightweight and folds away into a small convenient bag. Ideal for for taking in your daypack while hunting or bush walking. Buy Now

This packable waterproof rain jacket is indispensable lightweight outerwear. The waterproof, breathable nylon shell protects from wind and water, while adjustable cuffs and a drawcord waist seal out the elements. Other details include a fully adjustable hood, waterproof zippers and a single chest pocket. Buy Now

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