Safari Shorts

Page Updated: July 2020

Some hunters, both professionals and clients, love to hunt in shorts and ignore the scraped knees and thorn scratches. Whether you wear shorts in the field or not, they are great for around the hunting camp or for sight-seeing. When choosing your safari shorts for African hunting, as with safari pants, go for a comfortable fit above all.

Choosing Good Safari Shorts

  • Go for light, loose-fitting and comfortable shorts. Tight, nippy, very short shorts are only worn by veteran Zimbabwean professional hunters!
  • Shorts made of natural cotton or hi-tech synthetic material will wick moisture away and be quiet when walking.
  • If you want insect repellent shorts go for ones with fabric which is impregnated with permethrin, known as 'Insect Shield'. If you want all-cotton shorts to be insect repellent, you will need to spray them yourself with permethrin.
  • Convertible zip-on legs sound quite a good idea until you try to zip them while still wearing them!
  • Long trousers or shorts? Most hunters prefer to hunt in long trousers which offer some of protection against thorns, insects and the sun. Shorts are obviously cooler and quieter to walk in.
  • Pockets - these are better with button closure rather than velcro which can be noisy.
  • Try to minimise other optional features like cargo-pants loops as you will just get caught up on branches and thorns.
  • Khaki, green, brown colours rather than white or any bright colour

Safari Shorts For Men

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These lightweight nylon shorts will dry almost instantly, thanks to the durable water-repellent treatment on the fabric. They have UPF 50 sun protection, gusseted crotch and elasticized waist for comfort and mobility. Two zippered back pockets and two front pockets all lined with mesh for even faster drying and lighter weight. Buy Now

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These quick-dry, moisture-wicking shorts are made with nylon stretch fabric with a UPF 50 rating. They have a gusseted crotch and elasticized waist for exceptional comfort and mobility. Two zippered mesh-lined back pockets and one lower leg pocket for quick access. Buy Now

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These Wrangler shorts are made of 100% cotton and come with an elastic waist at the back. They are a relaxed fit with 2 cargo pockets and 2 side pockets. Buy Now


These easy-stretching, breathable cotton Panama shorts provide all-day comfort in the heat. They come with a hidden zipped back security pocket and 2 slash pockets in the front. Buy Now

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These chinos Pima cotton shorts are double washed for added softness and tailored them in a classic fit. They come with pick-stitch detailing, shirt-stripe pocketing and a handy interior locker loop. Side-seam pockets, two button-through rear pockets. Buy Now

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***NEW*** These shorts are cut from a rugged, but soft, stretch cotton blend. The gusseted crotch allows for greater comfort and mobility. Pocket styles include two rear, top-entry pockets and a low-profile side utility pocket with concealed zipper, all lined with hydrophilic mesh. Buy Now

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These Tag 100% pre-washed cotton hunting shorts are durable and lightweight with a short 5 1/2" inseam. There are two button flap cargo pockets in front, two in back and two side pockets on the hip, offer generous storage for essential outdoor gear. The bellows design in front plus side elastic on the waistband allow for freedom of movement without restriction. Buy Now


***NEW*** These cargo shorts are made from fabric that is durable, wicking and has four-way stretch. They come with a water repellent finish with a stretch and articulated design to follow the natural movement of the body. The waistband is lined with soft micro-chamois for comfort. Mesh zipper pockets. UPF 50. Buy Now

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These 100% cotton poplin shorts keeping you cooler and more comfortable than any other lightweight shorts of their kind. 14 pockets keep just about all you need for a day on the trail. These men's lightweight cargo shorts feature elastic sides and adjustable straps for an extremely comfortable fit. Pleat front. Buy Now

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