Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is a measure of the amount of the sun's ultraviolet rays that reach your skin. Our MaraTech™ & BUGTech™ fabric both have an UPF of 50+, which is the highest UPF rating available today for clothing. Back that level of protection up by wearing a wide-brimmed hat & accessories such as sunscreens - but only use those which are proven to really work. Staying safe in the sun means many more hours of fun in the sun. Bad sun burns are no fun at all.
As part of your sun protection strategy, we definitely recommend that you pack a wide-brim safari hat for your next safari - or for any time spent outside in the sun. With average high temperatures reaching mid-20 to mid-30 degrees Celsius on most safaris and with many safari areas - such as in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, and Zambia - high above sea level, the effects of the sun will be pronounced and the risk of being burnt by the sun will be high. The same is true during summer time when you venture outside at home. The following advice may be used to decide on which men's safari hats, women's safari hats, and children's safari hats to shop for and pack. To make finding the best safari hat really simple for you, we have also included our safari hat range below this advice section. Shop knowing that you are buying a hat designed and tested for the sun of Africa - which makes them perfect for anywhere where the harsh ray's of the sun becomes a factor.
We provide answers to questions we are frequently asked about safari hats
1 x wide-brimmed safari hat per person.
Note: *Don't forget to pack and use a safari beanie for the winter time too.
The same rule which applies to clothing, applies even more so to safari hats - and so the answer is "no, please do not wear a white hat on safari". From a game viewing perspective white and black are the two most conspicuous colours on safari and so are best avoided - and of course your hat is by far the most visible part of your body in the bush. As a worst case scenario, your guide may not allow you to go on a walk if you are wearing a white hat. From a practical perspective white gets dirty quickly and can be ruined by the dust & mud on a safari.
While the romantic in us all may wish to wear a traditional pith helmet on safari, these are impractical as they are difficult to travel with and are much heavier than modern hats. Ironically, they are now one of the worst hats to wear on safari. White hats should be avoided too (see the question above this one), as are baseball caps which offer very little protection from the sun.
Any safari hat which combines these two features will provide high-level sun protection: Made from fabric which offers an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating of 50+; a wide-brim which affords good shade. It really is as simple as that. Of course the other features listed above all add to the equation of what makes a great safari hat. For example a hat is no good if it does not stay on your head and so an adjustable hat with a neck strap is better than a safari hat which is not adjustable and has no neck strap.
Classically designed safari hats always look great. Made in safari colours - and with designs which feed back into the bygone era of travel for inspiratin - safari hats are always in fashion and have a timelessness. They are also suitable headwear for more than just safari of course.
Absolutely, and here is why: with Africa as our testing ground - and expeditions our preferred testing method - our safari hats have passed the ultimate testing regime with flying colours. All the technical features listed above ensure that our hats are the best you can buy for general outdoor & adventure wear too. If they are good enough for Africa, they are superb for everywhere else too.
Our main reason for existing - and the very reason why Steve founded The Safari Store - is to improve the enjoyment for all our clients of the safari & outdoor experience. To achieve this we are constantly testing and trying new designs, ideas - and make it our primary focus to study new technologies and apply them through clever garment engineering in the products we make for your next adventure. Our process can be summarized as: research, design, sample, discuss & expedition test, refine sampling, wearer test for comfort, and then make and stock ready for your next adventure.
We also have a unique understanding of safari. We have experienced Africa & Safari not only from birth - as we were all born & raised in Africa - but also on every level. Steve spends two to three months of each year camped in a tent under a tree with his partner Claire - with no back-up or facilities - in the wildest places he can find in Africa just to live in our clothing and gear. This provides another layer of lifestyle & comfort testing for our products and it is an invaluable part of our process. We have also done it all: from grassroots sweating it out on expeditions to staying at the finest lodges. We have broken down, got lost, been stuck in mud/sand, had tyres puncture, walked our way out of car trouble, paddled, walked, ridden bicycles and horses, climbed sand dunes and mountains - just to understand Africa and the outdoors better. We have needed cotton wool to stop bleeding from cuts and scrapes on expedition, and experienced what it is like to be treated like cotton wool by luxury lodges. This grass roots to gold taps understanding of safari is what sets us apart. We apply all this knowledge into creating quite simply the best products and providing unbiased, well thought out advice. We sweat, so that you don't have to.