If you are shopping for a new safari jacket we can help you choose the right one to fit for function, style and budget.
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This long-established jacket style has been largely superseded by fleeces for cold weather wear, the hunter (or his tracker) carrying a day bag, rather than using pockets for all his immediate requirements in the field.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.
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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 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
On cool, early mornings, this hunting pullover will give you the extra layer you may need. When the day warms up, it packs down small enough to fit in your vest or pack. The fabric finish sheds moisture and the highly breathable double-weave fabric resists punctures and keeps you cool during activity. It has ample stretch in both body and side panels, this pullover moves easily through the shot. The low-profile, welded-stretch chest pocket holds small valuables safely. Stretchy contour cuffs have a comfortable close fit, and provide extra protection from the elements and brush. Buy Now
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
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 lightweight, four-pocket wax jacket has a stowaway hood and toggle and cord at the waist and hem. It comes with shoulder epaulets and needlecord to inner collar. 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
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