Safari gift guide for men

Expedition-tested for toughness, get gear he will use and enjoy on every adventure with our men's gift guide. Find great gifts for the explorer, outdoorsman, and traveller in your life with our range of clothing, luggage, and accessories.

Safari Shoes & Boots Read our Safari Shoes & Boots Packing Advice

  • If you are going on a classic game drive type of safari, then pack comfortable women's safari shoes to wear on game drive but which are able to double as good walking shoes for a walk in the bush - an activity we highly recommend. Note that if you do not have walking shoes with you on game drive then your guide may decide against a quick impromptu walk in the bush
  • Also take a pair of women's safari shoes to wear around the camp. These may be the same pair as your select for the above, but it may also be a pair of cooler sandals, pumps, or similar.
  • For full-on walking safaris make sure you take women's safari shoes which are made for longer hikes - and ensure that you walk them in properly before you go on safari. You may prefer low rise canvas trail shoes or leather higher rise boots - the preference is purely personal.
  • We would still take a a pair of cooler women's shoes or sandals for before and after walks when around the camp.
  • Safari tip: always check your shoes for small snakes, scorpions, spiders and insects before putting them on.

Number of women's safari shoes to pack for your safari:
Up to 4-day safari: x 2 (1+1); Up to 8-day safari: x 2 (1+1); Up to 12-day safari: x 2 (1+1)
*"(1+1)" explained: Walking shoes + shoes to wear around camp.

Rufiji™ Explorer Safari Shoes (thin sole UK size)

Rufiji™ Explorer Safari Shoes (thin sole UK size) in Ruaha Rust

$115.00
Rufiji™ Explorer Safari Shoes (thin sole UK size)

Rufiji™ Explorer Safari Shoes (thin sole UK size) in Kalahari Khaki

$115.00
Rufiji™ APU Combat Safari Boots

Rufiji™ APU Combat Safari Boots in Wildebeest Brown

$195.00

Safari Hats Read our Safari Hats Packing Advice

  • For the best protection from the strength of the midday sun in Africa - for your neck and face - pack a wide-brimmed women's safari hat.
  • With mean high temperatures reaching mid-20 to mid-30 degrees Celsius on most safaris and with safari areas 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. A wide-brimmed women's safari hat is literally your first line of defence against sunburn.
  • Wide-brimmed women's safari hats also provide shelter when it rains. We find that a wide-brimmed safari hat definitely makes it more comfortable when you are caught out on a walk or game drive by a sudden thunderstorm or tropical shower, as at least your face remains dry and fewer drops go into your eyes.
  • Colour is key when choosing a women's safari hat - with neutral shades such as khaki, green, or brown the best. Your safari hat will often be the most conspicuous part of you while viewing wildlife on a walking safari.
  • Pack a women's safari hat which suits your safari style. Fortunately, there are more styles available for women today which range from leather hats to classically-styled indie and panama-shaped hats.
  • Modern wide-brimmed women's safari hats are also conveniently packable and are easy manipulate back into shape. A note though: not all hats are packable and should be carried with your carry-on luggage - and, even when a hat is packable, never crush your safari hat under a hard object - such as shoes or binoculars - when packing.

    Number of wide-brimmed women's safari hats to pack for your safari:
    1 x wide-brimmed safari hat per person.
    *Pack a warm and cosy safari beanie for cold mornings and the African winter too.

New In Rufiji™ Leather Explorer Safari Hat (Unisex. Adjustable)

Rufiji™ Leather Explorer Safari Hat (Unisex. Adjustable) in Driftwood

$57.50
New In Mara&Meru™ Panama Safari Hat (Unisex. Adjustable)

Mara&Meru™ Panama Safari Hat (Unisex. Adjustable) in Tawny

$43.33

Safari Sunglasses Read our Safari Sunglasses Packing Advice

  • Pack high-quality sunglasses for your safari which have very good lenses to avoid any damage to your eyes from the harsh rays of the African sun.
  • The majority of safari activities take place early in the morning and late in the afternoon. This means that you may be staring into a rising or setting sun during your safari, which makes packing good safari sunglasses even more important.
  • At midday, the light may also be quite harsh depending on which areas you visit and the terrain prevalent in that location. As an example, in areas of Botswana, there are large salt pans and the sand is bright white, which reflects the sun's rays and may be uncomfortable for your eyes.

Number of safari sunglasses to pack for your safari:
1 x pair of high quality sunglasses per person.

Men's Bollé Clint Sunglasses

Men's Bollé Clint Sunglasses in Matte Black & Blue (Polarized)

$121.00

Safari Binoculars Read our Safari Binoculars Packing Advice

  • A high-quality pair of safari binoculars is, without doubt, the number one safari accessory. You will use your safari binoculars more than any other safari accessory on your safari.
  • Simply put, safari binoculars will add tremendous value to the enjoyment of your safari experience by allowing you to safely and intimately view mammals and birds through the lenses.
  • You see greater detail on the mammal, bird, reptile, insect, or vegetation you are viewing by either looking through your binoculars the normal way or by turning them around to magnify unseen, smaller details.
  • Safari binoculars also allow you to keep good distance from any bird or animal you are viewing, which gives you a better chance of not impacting on their behaviour by being too close. The net effect is that safari binoculars allow you to view the secret lives of Africa's fauna and flora, rather than only viewing how they react to your presence.
  • This then also highlights another important aspect of using safari binoculars: you don't have to get so close to larger mammals and reptiles , which means that you view them from a distance which not only increases your safety on safari, but also the the safety of the animal you are viewing.
  • Pack high-quality safari binoculars which have the following features for the best game-viewing on safari: multi-coated lenses for best light transmission on safari; nitrogen-filled lenses to avoid fogging on cold safari mornings; adjustable eyecups for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses; adjustable dioptre to set the binoculars up for your eyes; centre focus wheel to get the best, crisp image (rather than auto-focus binoculars); and always get the highest quality lenses which you can afford. The better the lens, the greater the quality of the image you see and the longer you will be able to use your binoculars.
  • Optional but useful binocular features for your safari: field of view - the greater the field of view, the greater the area you will see at any one time while looking through the binoculars, making it easier to find your subject; rubber armour to protect your binoculars from bumps and falls; waterproofing - especially important for travel over the rainy season or for water-based safaris. Note that binoculars do not float, so always keep them around your neck, tied to you or the boat, or use a floating neck strap.
  • We recommend 10 x 42 safari binoculars as the safari standard for most safaris. "10x" refers to the magnification of the safari binoculars; "42" refers to the aperture of the lens at the front of the binoculars and is a measure of the diameter of the lens - here it means 42mm.
  • The larger the magnification, the closer the subject you are viewing will appear, but the harder it will be to keep the binoculars steady. The larger the aperture, the more light which is harnessed by the binoculars and the brighter the subject appears in your view finder. Larger apertures are useful for forest birding and low-light game-viewing. Given that most predators start hunting at dusk and stop hunting at dawn, a larger aperture may prove particularly useful.
  • Always blow off any dust from the lenses of your binoculars before cleaning with a clean cloth or lens cleaning tissue. Dust + cloth = sandpaper which will damage your binocular lenses.
  • Two top safari binocular technique tips: 1. Always set up the dioptre for your eyes so that the left and right lenses are set up for your left and right eyes, which will have some variation between the two. There is a video on how to do this on our dedicated safari binocular advice page; 2. When viewing a subject, many people struggle to find the subject through their safari binoculars. Simply look at the subject and then, without looking away from the subject, bring the binoculars up to your eyes.

Number of safari binoculars to pack for your safari:
1 x pair of high-quality safari binoculars per person.

Swarovski™ EL 10x42 SWAROVISION Binoculars (Green)

Swarovski™ EL 10x42 SWAROVISION Binoculars (Green)

$2,495.00 $2,350.00

Safari Belts

Rufiji™ Leather Safari Belt

Rufiji™ Leather Safari Belt in Batoka Brown

$32.00
Rufiji™ Leather Safari Belt

Rufiji™ Leather Safari Belt in Wild Chestnut

$32.00

Safari Large Soft-sided Safari Holdalls & Duffle Bags

New In Traveller Canvas Safari Duffle Bag

Traveller Canvas Safari Duffle Bag in Safari Tan

$225.00
Voyager Canvas & Leather Safari Duffle Bag (The Everything Bag)

Voyager Canvas & Leather Safari Duffle Bag (The Everything Bag) in Safari Tan & Leather

$359.00 $287.20 Save 20%
New In Voyager II Canvas & Leather Safari Duffle Bag (with built-in Suit Bag)

Voyager II Canvas & Leather Safari Duffle Bag (with built-in Suit Bag) in Safari Tan

$425.00

Safari Jewellery

New In Mara&Meru™ Black Rhino Silver Cuff-links

Mara&Meru™ Black Rhino Silver Cuff-links

$95.00

Safari Toiletry Bags for Travel

Mara&Meru™ Leather Selous Travel Toiletry Bag, with wooden soap box

Mara&Meru™ Leather Selous Travel Toiletry Bag, with wooden soap box in Brown

$195.00

Safari Backpacks, Satchels & Small Safari Bags Read our Safari Backpacks, Satchels & Small Safari Bags Packing Advice

  • You will need a smaller safari bag to take with you on all safari activities - whether a few hours or a few days - including game drive safaris, walking safaris, horse riding safaris, mountain biking safaris, boating safaris, fishing safaris, canoeing safaris, and mekoro (dugout) safaris.
  • Into this smaller safari bag will go any number of safari essentials such as sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, binoculars, waterproof jacket (assuming you are wearing your warm-layer safari jacket or fleece), a safari beanie, any books you want to take on safari with you, water bottle, perhaps your passport if you prefer to keep it with you - and any other personal effects you want to take with you on safari.
  • The nature of your safari will determine which bag - or bags - you decide to take with you on your safari. For example, if you are only planning on going on game drives, then you will be fine to take any safari satchel, safari backpack, safari tote, or over-the-shoulder safari bag as you will just be walking with it from your room to the safari 4x4 and then placing it on the seat next to you. If you also want to do walks from the lodge (recommended), then you would need a safari satchel or safari backpack and, if you are on a proper walking safari, then you would need a safari satchel or safari backpack which you are happy to have over the shoulder or on your back for many kilometres or miles of walking.
  • Your choice of smaller safari bag (or bags) could and should also double as your safari carry-on bag for flights to and from Africa. If you prefer a larger carry-on to carry some clothes, then take this bag in addition to your carry-on. Some brands of holdall/duffel luggage - such as the Mara&Meru™ Voyager range - also allow you to zip and lock the ideal safari satchel-backpack combination bag as an end pocket on to your main safari bag, which means that you simply unzip it when you get to your safari to use it as your smaller safari bag. That way you are able to check it into the aircraft hold for your international flight to Africa.

Number of smaller safari bags to pack for your safari:
1 x smaller safari bag per person.

Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel)

Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel) in Maasai

$39.00
Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel)

Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel) in Pheasant

$39.00
Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel)

Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel) in Lions

$39.00
Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel)

Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel) in Bicycle

$39.00
Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel)

Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel) in Wolves&Bison

$39.00
Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel)

Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel) in Nguni Cow&Calf

$39.00
Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel)

Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel) in Moose

$39.00
Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel)

Mara&Meru™ Style-Your-Bag Flaps (for the Selous Satchel) in Camouflage

$39.00
Mara&Meru™ Selous Satchel with interchangeable front flap

Mara&Meru™ Selous Satchel with interchangeable front flap in Safari Tan

$115.00
New In Limited Edition: Mara&Meru™ Full Leather 3-in-1 Safari Pannier Bag

Limited Edition: Mara&Meru™ Full Leather 3-in-1 Safari Pannier Bag in Brown

$525.00

Safari Pet Feeders

New In Woof-Meow Dog Bowl Bag (Large)

Woof-Meow Dog Bowl Bag (Large) in Safari Tan

$115.00
New In Woof-Meow Portable Dog Bowl Bag (Small)

Woof-Meow Portable Dog Bowl Bag (Small) in Safari Tan

$110.00

Safari Gift ideas for him

Vortex™ Diamondback 10x42 Binoculars

Vortex™ Diamondback 10x42 Binoculars

$209.00

Safari Multi-tools

SOG PowerAssist Safari Knife in black oxide with nylon sheath

SOG PowerAssist Safari Knife in black oxide with nylon sheath

$145.00

Safari Books & Maps

'When the Lion Feeds' by Wilbur Smith

'When the Lion Feeds' by Wilbur Smith

$14.50

Safari Torches Read our Safari Torches Packing Advice

  • Packing a good safari torch is an important essential for all safaris as it increases your safety while in the safari camp and may also add to the enjoyment of your safari.
  • Your safari torch should be used in the evenings as you walk around the safari camp to shine on the ground in front of you to avoid standing on any snakes (and other reptiles), spiders, scorpions, or insects which may bite or sting you. This is especially important when wearing open sandals or shoes around the camp area.
  • Use your safari torch to shine in the bush around you as you walk around the camp at night to spot and avoid wildlife which may have wandered into the camp in the evenings. Please note that this is important as many camps are unfenced - and, even for those with fences, some mammals are able to jump over fences. For unfenced camps, should you spot any of the predators (lion, leopard, hyena, and cheetah) or any of the bigger herbivores (elephant, rhino, buffalo), take care to avoid them as as they are all potentially dangerous. Very important tip: do not shine into the eyes of any of the bigger herbivores listed above, with particular attention paid to not shining into the eyes of elephant.
  • The safety aspect of safari flashlights aside, safari torches are very useful for trying to view nocturnal wildlife from the safety and comfort of your room or from the safari lodge. It is also a great way to show others the constellations in the night sky and to shine in your tent or room should the camp you are staying in have limited power for lights late into the night or on more basic walking and adventure safaris.
  • For safaris which are not lodge or camp based - or where amenities are limited and you have to use a torch to light your room, look for your clothes, and check for scorpions in your shoes - then packing a small battery-powered safari lamp which offers more diffuse and less direct lighting is a great idea. These types of lamps or lanterns are also great for reading a book at night where a torch would be too bright on a white page.
  • Number of safari torches to pack:
    1 x powerful, compact safari torch per person; 1 x small battery-powered lantern or lamp per person for safaris where strong lighting is not provided in the room or tent.


    *Pack extra batteries and a charger if the torch, lantern, or lamp is rechargeable. If there is no power source in the camp, then pack a small solar charger and recharge your torch, lamp, or lantern during the day. We often recommend that clients pack extra batteries for rechargeable torches and lanterns which are pre-charged at home as it is easier to replace a battery when it runs out - often when you really don't want it to - than to wait for a battery to recharge.

    X21.2 Ledlenser Safari Torch

    X21.2 Ledlenser Safari Torch

    $439.94
    New In P7R Rechargeable Ledlenser Safari Torch

    P7R Rechargeable Ledlenser Safari Torch

    $146.60

    Safari Socks Read our Safari Socks Packing Advice

    • Walking in the bush while on safari is the quintessential experience. We recommend it to all who go to Africa.
    • Whether you go for a short nature walk with your guide or a multi-day walking safari, please ensure that you pack safari-coloured safari socks which offer a double layer for blister protection. Bad blisters ruin good walks.

    Number of blister-proof socks to pack for your safari:
    Up to 4-day safari: x 2; Up to 8-day safari: x 3; Up to 12-day safari: x 4.

    1000 Mile Blister-Free Safari Socks

    1000 Mile Blister-Free Safari Socks in Green

    $15.50

    Safari Watches

    New In Suunto™ Ambit3 Peak Safari & Explorer Watch in Sapphire (Heart Rate Monitor)

    Suunto™ Ambit3 Peak Safari & Explorer Watch in Sapphire (Heart Rate Monitor)

    $559.95

    Safari Hydration Backpack Read our Safari Hydration Backpack Packing Advice

    • Whether you are going on a full-blown walking safari or just a shorter game drive orientated safari, staying hydrated is important in Africa due to the hotter midday climate and dry air of many safari areas, which are high above sea level.
    • The benefits of staying well-hydrated in your day-to-day life are, of course, well-documented - and your safari holiday is no different.
    • Hydration packs which double as a small backpack are great for walking safaris as they allow you to drink on the go - and keep your hands free to use your binoculars or apply more sunscreen. However, they are limited in terms of space and so you are also able to carry them in addition to another backpack by slinging it over one shoulder or attaching it to your other backpack or satchel. The safari hydration pack we stock has plenty of points which can be used to attach it to another bag.
    • For active safaris such as walking safaris, gorilla safaris, canoe safaris, mekoro safaris, mountain bike and running safaris, always drink lots of water before you head out on your daily activities and then keep hydrated using your safari hydration pack.
    • Where your safari lodge has safe drinking water from which you can decant, simply fill up your safari hydration backpack before you head out into the bush. This is also good for the local environment, where dumping plastic bottles is always difficult. The last thing you want is the thought of your water bottle being dumped in the bush. The point being: it is always best to travel with your own water bottle or hydration pack into which you can pour safe drinking water.
    • Select a good hydration pack which packs very flat for when you are travelling to Africa, but which holds a good amount of water once you are there. Two- to three-litre water capacity is the ideal.
    • The pipe on a safari hydration pack also allows relatively hands-free drinking and limits wastage of water through spillage when you drink.

    Number of safari hydration packs to pack for your safari:
    1 x safari hydration pack per person.

    The Active Safari Hydration Pack (3 litres)

    The Active Safari Hydration Pack (3 litres) in Coyote

    $114.48
    The Active Safari Hydration Pack (3 litres)

    The Active Safari Hydration Pack (3 litres) in Olive

    $114.48
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