Safari Vests

Safari vests are great anytime of the year as they are not too hot in summer and in winter we wear them over long sleeve shirts for added warmth.

Safari Vests - what to look for:

What should you look for when buying one of these items? Well we have found the following criteria to be important...

1. The vest should be cotton so it can 'breathe' and you don't end up perspiring. We suggest you choose a neutral color like beige, olive or khaki.

2. The light-weight vests take up less packing space than the heavier ones.

3. It should have enough pockets for what you need to carry.

As nature photographers, Jenny and I have small lenses, teleconverters, filters, memory cards, flashes and many other items that we don't want to leave on the wall at Halali or Okaukuejo or in the hides at the Pilanesberg, Kgalagadi, Madikwe or the Kruger Park - our vests enable us to carry many things without being conspicuous.

Jenny has a vest that we bought from the shop at Okaukuejo camp. It has nine pockets on the outside - eight in the front and one on the reverse...

Safari vest - etosha

Here is a photo of Jenny wearing her vest in Etosha. She is standing at the top of the lookout tower in Okaukuejo camp.

If you want to have access to all the pockets in your safari vest and you don't want to wear a jacket over it you could wear the vest over a jersey as Jenny has done here...

Safari vest

I have a Domke photo vest with eleven outside pockets (nine on the front and two on the rear) and three pockets on the inside...


This photograph was taken on Etosha Pan.

Some vests have twenty or more pockets but we have found these to be overkill as you end up not knowing what is in which pocket! We have seen people with these mega-pocket items looking for a ringing cell phone, which they cannot locate!

These clothing items are sold in some of the larger Kruger Park shops, the shop at Okaukuejo camp in Etosha, at retailers in South Africa such as Kameraz in Rosebank, Outdoor Warehouse and Cape Union Mart and at Cabela's in the USA and Canada.

Their stocks do obviously vary from year to year.

Another option would be to go to a shop that sells fishing gear as a fishing-vest is very similar to a photography-vest.

Return from Safari Vests to Safari Gear

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Please leave us a comment in the box below.

To make a safari rental booking in South Africa, Botswana or Namibia click here

"It's 764 pages of the most amazing information. It consists of, well, everything really. Photography info...area info...hidden roads..special places....what they have seen almost road by road. Where to stay just outside the information. It takes quite a lot to impress me but I really feel that this book, which was 7 years in the making, is exceptional."            - Janey Coetzee, South Africa

Photographer's Guide to Etosha

"Your time and money are valuable and the information in this Etosha eBook will help you save both."
-Don Stilton, Florida, USA

"As a photographer and someone who has visited and taken photographs in the Pilanesberg National Park, I can safely say that with the knowledge gained from this eBook, your experiences and photographs will be much more memorable."
-Alastair Stewart, BC, Canada

"This eBook will be extremely useful for a wide spectrum of photography enthusiasts, from beginners to even professional photographers."
- Tobie Oosthuizen, Pretoria, South Africa

Manyeleti Big Cat Safari

Photo Safaris on a   Private Vehicle - just You, the guide & the animals!