Safari Shirts

Page Updated: July 2020

The choice of the right safari shirts for an African hunt is quite important as they, along with your safari pants, are what you will wear every day of your hunt. You will need to think about durability, comfort and the other features you might find useful like pockets, cartridge loops and shooting shoulder pads.

Choosing A Good Safari Shirt

  • Get the size and fit right so the shirt is comfortable for many hours of wear.
  • Choose a shirt made of natural or hi-tech fabric that will wick moisture away and will be quiet when wearing it while stalking.
  • You might want additional cooling features like vents and mesh.
  • Long sleeves with button loops for rolling them up are preferable - rolled down for warmth, protection against sunburn and insect bites, rolled up when hot.
  • Pockets - better to have button closure rather than velcro which can be noisy.
  • Other optional features - cartridge loops, shoulder padding for shooting.
  • Khaki, green, brown colours rather than white or any bright colour.
  • Insect repellent Permethrin-impregnated fabric will generally repel ticks and other insects but does not work on tsetse flies.

Recommended Safari Shirts For Men

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This safari shirt is made of cotton twill that's been thoroughly washed down so maintains its structure while being soft and supple. From the first wearing, it feels comfortably broken in. The fabric also offers wrinkle recovery and shows less dirt. Back side-pleats provide plenty of room to move. It has a spread collar, two patch pockets with button-through flaps and two-button adjustable cuffs. Buy Now

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Great for cool mornings, this hunting pullover will give you the extra layer you need. When the day warms up, it packs down small enough to fit in a vest pocket or pack. It sheds moisture and the tightly woven, yet highly breathable double-weave fabric resists punctures. There is ample stretch in both the body and side panels. A low-profile, welded-stretch chest pocket holds small valuables safely and stretchy contour cuffs provide extra protection from the elements and brush. Buy Now

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***NEW*** This soft suede overshirt can also be worn as a safari jacket. It has side slits for easy wear and double stitching for long-lasting wear. It comes with a button-front, spread collar, one chest pocket and two-button adjustable cuffs. Buy Now

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This Columbia shirt buttons up and includes flip closed chest pockets, vented back panels, UPF 40 sun protection and roll-up sleeves with tab holders. Buy Now

This shirt is constructed from lightweight, quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant fabric with abrasion-resistant properties. UPF 30 fabric blocks harmful ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays. The spread collar is designed to flip up for increased sun protection. Full-button front closure, long sleeves with snap tab roll up and flap chest pocket with a loop to secure sunglasses when not in use. Buy Now

This long sleeve safari shirt is cut from a hemp, recycled polyester blend and features double chest pockets with button flaps and a slim fit. Buy Now

This V-neck long-sleeve T-shirt is constructed of a comfortable, soft, slub cotton jersey. Buy Now

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This rugged long-sleeved shirt has a thin polymer-based coating on the fabric which wears away gradually through washing and wear, especially at the seams. It has a spread collar, two patch pockets with button-through flaps, two-button adjustable cuffs and a back center pleat with locker loop. Buy Now

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This hunting shirt is made for performance on warm days when you cover a lot of ground. Designed for optimum mobility, the technical stretch fabric combines an active fit with articulation at the elbow for an extended range of shooting motion. Though lightweight, the fabric is very durable. It also wicks moisture and dries fast for comfort in the hottest temperatures. Extended contour cuffs provide extra sun and thorn protection. All the details are low profile, including front snaps, flat pockets. There is also a hidden, chamois sunglasses cleaner built into the hem. Buy Now

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This Wrangler shirt is made of 100% cotton and comes with button closure and cuffs, 2 button chest pockets and chambray back neck lining. Buy Now

This Tag safari shirt is made in Africa from pre-washed cotton. It comes with two chest pockets with button down flaps, tabs to keep sleeves neatly rolled up, double stitching for durability and back shoulder tucks for freedom of movement. Buy Now

This light, airy cotton shooting shirt is soft and breathable yet constructed to stand up to seasons of use. The fit allows mobility and mesh inserts help ventilate. Quilted shoulder shooting patch with low-profile, secure zip chest pocket. Back pleat allows unrestricted swing. Roll-up sleeve tabs. Buy Now

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This Craghoppers Men's Kiwi long sleeve shirt is easy care, sun-protective and practical. Buy Now

This Columbia Silver Ridge shirt features a soft, quiet fabric with long convertible sleeves with tab keepers and double flap chest pockets. It has Omni-Wick Advanced Evaporation, Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection and a sun protection collar. Buy Now

This shirt has button closure, 2 flap pockets with button on chest, shoulder straps with button and camo lining on cuffs and spread collar. Buy Now

This safari shirt is 100% cotton with chest pockets, shoulder epaulettes, roll-up sleeve tabs and zip pockets behind button pockets. Buy Now

Built from tightly woven pure cotton, this midweight Bush Poplin shirt breathes well and wicks dust and moisture to keep you dry and cool on your adventures. Made to take on outdoor use, poplin has been standard issue in expedition and safari clothing for nearly a century. Two big button-through pleated pockets, working epaulets for binocular or camera straps, and roll-up sleeve tabs. Storage pocket on left sleeve, spread collar, two-button adjustable cuffs. Buy Now

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Made for angling, this shirt works as a safari shirt too. The shirt is constructed of soft, 100% cotton poplin with mesh-lined cape vents on the back shoulders to keep air flowing. The sleeves can be rolled up and secured with button tabs and the collar tips have hook and loops that allow you to stand it up to keep the sun off your neck. Buy Now

This long-sleeved shooting shirt is made of 100% cotton with contrast details for style and safety. The quilted shooter patch effectively cushions gun recoil. A single chest pocket with button down flap carries essential hunting gear. Includes tabs to keep sleeves neatly rolled up, button down collar, double stitching throughout for durability, generous sizing and long tails that stay tucked in. Buy Now

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