Page Updated: Sept 2021
Women's safari pants include a range of capris and convertibles. Most are lightweight, wrinkle-resistant and some come with insect repellent and sun screen...all ideal features for an African safari, whether you are hunting or game viewing.
Though worn before for war work, women wearing trousers or pants for adventurous or sporting activities only really became generally acceptable in the 1930s when the pioneer aviatrixes such as Amelia Earhart, Amy Johnson and Beryl Markham were photographed wearing split skirts, jodphur style trousers or overalls. Photographs of Hollywood stars wearing trousers, such as Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich, meant pants were here to stay in an active woman's wardrobe.
The features of good women's safari pants and shorts are much the same as for men. However, if you are not hunting or walking in the African bush, your choice of colour is not too important.
Cargo and other khaki pants can be a bit fiddly to fit if you have a less than perfect figure.
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These women's ultralight pants will dry almost instantly due to a durable water-repellent treatment on the fabric. They also offer UPF 50 sun protection. There are knee darts 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. Adjustable leg opening gusset allows you to customize your fit over different types of footwear. Scuff guard at back leg opening for extra durability. Buy Now
These soft, supple pants are made of linen which is naturally cool and breathable. The fabric also fights odours with OutSmart Fresh, which is useful on the hottest days. The pants are prewashed and garment-dyed for softness and come with a drawstring elastic-back waist for comfort and are finished with deep pockets on front. Buy Now
These joggers are made with a four-way stretch fabric with a water reppellent finish. They have an elastic-back waist and the versatile legs can be cinched for jogger style or worn straight. There are plenty of pockets - two zip pockets on back, two hand pockets and a small hidden zip pocket. Buy Now
These pants have a shell made from tough cotton with stretch for mobility. The front is reinforced with rugged cotton canvas for thorn protection. They have a classic fit, mid rise, reinforced back welt pocket openings, metal shank button closure and strong double-stitch construction all over. Buy Now
These lightweight stretch hiker pants are made of a nylon fabric which wicks moisture, pulling it to the surface where it evaporates to keep you cooler and drier. They come with articulated knees and a bit of spandex for stretch to allow for a full range of motion. There is a drawstring elastic waist and patch pockets on the front and back. Buy Now
These stretch twill chinos offer are garment washed for softness and comfort. They have just a hint of spandex for 'give' and shape retention. The waist stretches for all-day comfort but has no bulky elastic. The fit has a mid rise that sits just below the waist, a bit of ease at the hips and thighs and a slim ankle-length leg that may be rolled up or worn down. L-pockets will lie flat and are finished with roomy back pockets. Buy Now
These women's pants have just a bit of spandex for stretch and an elastic-back drawstring waist. The naturally breathable blend of Tencel and cotton feels soft and comfortable. They are finished with patch pockets on front and back. Buy Now
These ankle pants are made of tough stretch fabric which resists tears and abrasions. Backed with cotton, the knit feels soft against your skin. There is a discreet zip pocket in the stretch waist and the leg is finished with seaming details and a small slit at the ankle for both a better fit and freedom of movement. They are finished with a side zip closure. Buy Now
These women's lightweight safari pants are made of textured fabric to promote wicking, venting and temperature control. The tight weave resists most brush and sheds light moisture. The durable stretch and articulated design lets you move and reach. The pockets are made of ventilating mesh - front right pocket is reinforced to resist wear when carrying kit. A hidden drawstring in the cuff keeps out branches and seeds. There are two back pockets - the right is zippered. Buy Now
***NEW*** These classic cord pants have 5-pocket styling with built-in stretch and hidden elastic in the waist for comfort. They have a slim leg with a mid rise. Buy Now
These traditional chinos are made of soft, midweight cotton, garment dyed for rich colouring. Classic tailoring with the fly front, belt loops, and pockets you'd expect. Straight legs with inner topstitching for a fun look when rolled up. In a modern fit with mid rise to sit just below the waist. Buy Now
These versatile, sun-and-stain-repelling convertible pants are built to keep you comfortable in a wide variety of conditions and activities. The easy straight-leg cut combines with 2-way stretch for comfort, UPF 50 shields you from harmful UV rays and zip-off legs convert the pant to a 10" inseam short. Buy Now
These ExOfficio Women's Explorista pants offer UPF 50 sun protection, are lightweight and quick-drying. There is a zip pocket on the right thigh and buttoned roll-up leg tabs. Buy Now