We’ve been on over 100 African safaris now and have finally nailed down what makes the perfect safari shirt. When you go on a safari you want to make sure the shirt has a decent look and it’s comfortable, but there is much more that goes into a good bush shirt than those two factors.
What makes a great African safari shirt?
- Comfort: With limited space on bush flights you’ll be wearing your clothes multiple times and for long days. So you will want your safari clothes to be comfortable.
- Material: A good safari shirt needs to be tailored to handle harsh environments. Bonus for materials that are lightweight, quick dry, sun resistant, and bug resistant.
- Compartments: Decide if you are going to want pockets, buttons, and collars on your safari shirt. I love extra bells and whistles that store my chapstick, kleenex, and lotion.
- Durability: The African bush can be hard on clothes. You’ll want to make sure you are picking high quality and durable clothes. Usually, these come with a higher price tag, but it’s well worth it knowing you have a safari shirt that isn’t going to rip.
- Versatility: You may not have a lot of room in your bag, and you most certainly won’t be able to change your wardrobe a bunch on safari. Clothes that are suitable for both game drives and mealtime are great to have. It’s often you don’t have time to retire for a full wardrobe change before dinner, especially if you get lucky with great wildlife sightings.
Five Awesome Safari Shirts for Women
LE3NO Lightweight Sleeveless Military Safari Vest
Although this is technically a vest I think they look fabulous for women wanting to look fashionable while on safari. The vest goes great with a safari hat and pants. I love this safari shirt design – it’s functional, lightweight, and even has a hood. There won’t be many women with a vest on safari, so this is great for standing out from the crowd!
Columbia Women’s Bahama Long-Sleeve Safari Shirt
Columbia makes great products – and the Bahama African safari shirt is no different. This shirt is 100% nylon meaning it is quick drying. A quick dry technology such as this is great for safari since there really are no washers or dryers and you’ll be drying your clothes the old-fashioned bush way. What I love about this shirt is the Omni-Shade sun protection technology that protects you from the sun. You’ll need sun protection while on safari and this safari shirt acts as a sunscreen without the lotion!
ExOfficio Women’s Bugsaway Breez’R Shirt
This shirt is an insect and sun repellant so there really isn’t anything not to love. ExOfficio is a well-known retail company that strives in crafting amazing garments. This women’s safari shirt has Flow Thru Ventilation on the front and back to keep cool. There is UPF 30+ Sun Guard in the ripstop nylon and invisible permethrin (insect shield) to repel the insects. The insect repellant is great for countries in Africa where malaria is prevalent.
Royal Robbins Women’s Cool Mesh Safari Shirt
This cotton safari shirt is unlike many of the others on this list. It has a tie waist and roll up sleeves. The chest pockets are secured with a button, making the whole feel of this African safari shirt much more stylish. The shirt is known for being lightweight and breathable, but the black makes it hard to show any sweat you may have (and believe me you will sweat on safari).
What Happens on Safari Stays On Safari T Shirt
I love this safari t-shirt because it is fun and is guaranteed to get a few laughs while on your African safari. There is nothing particularly special about the materials. Just a cotton safari shirt that is lightweight. However, they make it in men’s, women, and children’s sizes and make great gifts!
Safari Shirts for Men
Men’s African Bush Shirt
Tag Safari makes excellent shirts for a safari. All their products are made in Zimbabwe by locals so you know their African bush shirts are about as authentic as they come. With two chest pockets, two chest security pockets, a button down collar, and safari tabs there are a lot of bells and whistles on this classic safari shirt. The whole shirt is double stitched so you know that you are getting a rugged piece of clothing. Tag Safari is known for their great products. I love their mission to help “Africa through trade, not aid.” Check out more of their products on Amazon!
Columbia Men’s Silver Ridge Khaki Safari Shirt
This Columbia long sleeve shirt looks great and is well constructed. Made entirely from a nice blend of synthetic materials it allows for quick drying and ventilation in the hot sun. A long sleeve shirt like this allows for greater comfort moving from chilly mornings into hot days. I like the khaki safari shirt color, but there are plenty to choose from if khaki isn’t your thing.
Dickies Men’s Long Sleeve Work Shirt
Dickie’s are known for being the working man’s shirt. These shirts are meant to withstand wear and tear, yet look presentable, but not exactly stylish. However, style isn’t always the name of the game on safari. This Dickies shirt is hard to stain and comes in many colors. With flap pockets and synthetic materials, this shirt is a winner. We also talk about the men’s short sleeve work shirt in this safari clothing post.
TACVASEN Men’s Long Sleeve Safari Shirt
This shirt by TACVASEN can be either a short sleeve or long sleeve shirt. Whichever the style the shirt is made out of tough ripstop nylon. Meaning that this safari shirt is lightweight, breathable, fade resistant, shrink resistant, and wrinkle resistant. It’s made for optimal comfort and durable.
Propper Tactical Short Sleeve Dress Shirt
This short sleeve shirt is made out of Propper’s “Battle Rip” nylon, meaning it is very heavy duty. The fabric is also fade resistant, shrink resistant, and wrinkle resistant as well. The Propper has two chest pockets with button flaps and comes in a variety of colors including olive green, brown, navy, khaki, grey, and black as well!
Where to Buy Safari Clothes?
We have found the best place to buy safari clothes are online. Amazon has great deals and prices and if you are Prime member then two day shipping is free. REI is another great outdoor company to find a variety of safari clothes as well. A few of the best safari clothing brands today are TAG safari, Royal Robbins, Ex-Officio, and Columbia.
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