BUSHMAN Insect repellent

Shop for - or stock - Bushman Insect Repellent today. Developed and made in Australia - home to a multitude of biting insects - Bushman is the highly-effective insect repellent which will make sure that you only get bitten by the travel bug and nothing else on safari and in the great outdoors. We are proud to be the UK importers of Bushman Insect Repellent and to share the Bushman success story - and highly effective insect repellents - with you.

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- BUSHMAN REPELLENT: "The Wonder from Down Under" -

Itchy, burning bites can quickly ruin your safari, holiday, weekend away, outdoor sports, hobbies, and activities. Especially in malaria areas, a good insect repellent should form part of your prophylactic approach to bites and disease. For most people, however, there is no way to test the true efficacy of your repellent at home. That’s why, when it comes to our Australian-made insect repellents, we make ourselves the test subjects to ensure their efficacy in one of the toughest environments we know: Africa. Bushman is no exception. Tested in the rainy season in Zambia, on a prolonged camping trip over 5 months on the Kwando River in Namibia, and in the insect-rich tsetse fly haven of the Kafue - Bushman will protect you from biting insects every time you step outside. Without a doubt, Bushman is the best insect repellent available in the UK.

Selling more than 1.3 million bottles in Australia each year, Bushman Insect Repellent has a loyal following in some of the harshest conditions in the world. It was also the trusted brand of insect repellent for the Australian Olympic team during the Zika outbreak in 2016. With a DEET-based formula developed in the tropics for the tropics, Bushman is the safe, easy-wearing, effective insect repellent spray you can trust to work when you need it to on safari and for outdoor sports, hobbies, and activities. Bushman Insect Repellent sells between 1 and 1.5 million bottles of insect repellent in Australia each year. Bushman is trusted by Australians - and The Safari Store Team - to be the best.


So what exactly does Bushman Insect Repellent repel? As Bushman is so effective, the answer is pretty simple: most flying and biting insects. The high-quality active ingredients in Bushman mean that it will repel: mosquitoes, sand flies, ticks, fleas, flies, leeches, midges, and other insects. For those who prefer their information in an image, please see the handy icons below.

Bushman insect repellent repels mosquitoes

Bushman Insect Repellent repels mosquitoes, which are not only an itchy-bite-maker and whining nuisance but may also carry potentially dangerous diseases.

Bushman insect repellent repels flies, midges, no-see-ums

Bushman Insect Repellent repels annoying and biting insects such as flies, midges, and no-see-ums.

Bushman insect repellent repels ticks

Bushman Insect Repellent repels ticks and so is great for wearing on your socks, legs, and trousers when walking.

Bushman insect repellent repels sand flies

Bushman Insect Repellent repels sand flies making it great for time spent on the beach or exploring a local marsh or lagoon.

Bushman insect repellent repels fleas

As mammals who interact with other (adorable) mammals, we do sometimes get fleas. It happens - but, when it does, remember that Bushman Insect Repellent repels fleas.

Bushman insect repellent repels leeches

Avoid horror-movie leech-on-body scenes when in watery areas by using Bushman Insect Repellent, as it repels leeches.

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Why is Bushman Insect Repellent so popular in Australia - and why is it the best repellent for your next foray outdoors? By reading about the Bushman Benefits below, you will find out the many reasons why Bushman is Australia's most effective insect repellent. The core reason, however, is that Bushman actually works and has been proven to work over the decades in Australia. The combination of an effective active blended with performance-enhancing, premium ingredients in formulations created with decades of experience make all Bushman products the best choice to protect you and your family.

Bushman Benefit: Bushman Insect Repellent is Safe to Use

Bushman combines an effective active, DEET, and blends it with performance-enhancing, premium ingredients in formulations which are the result of decades of experience in the world of making effective insect repellents. Bushman also uses DEET in the correct percentages to ensure that it is safe to apply to your skin. Many other insect brands incorrectly believe that "the more DEET the better" - but that is not correct. In percentages higher than 50%, increasing the percentage of DEET only increases the amount of time the repellent remains on your skin. Clever repellents rely on blending in ingredients to increase the time on your skin without increasing the percentage of DEET. While we have tried insect repellents without DEET in them, we have found them to be very ineffective. Since it was discovered as an deterrent to biting insects, DEET has been proven, over 60 years of use, to not only be a safe repellent to use - but also the most effective repellent to use against mosquitoes and other biting insects. Bushman products are the best choice to protect you and your family. We recommend that Bushman is used on ages 3 years and over.

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Bushman Insect Repellent is safe for your family to use

Bushman Benefit: Bushman Insect Repellent is Water, Sweat, & Rub Resistant

It makes perfect sense that an insect repellent needs to stay on your skin to protect you from bites. Nothing stays on your skin quite as well as Bushman Insect Repellent. Bushman is - unlike most rivals - water resistant, sweat resistant, and rub resistant. This is an overlooked benefit in real-world scenarios where life happens and you sweat, bump into things, and generally just live your outdoor life. Bushman is the repellent which won't be sweated off, washed off, or rubbed off. This allows Bushman to stay on your skin for longer and, as a result, protect you for longer too. Please note that you should, to be safe, re-apply Bushman after exercising, sweating, towelling yourself off or after about 5 hours outdoors. Use common sense to work out when and if you should re-apply Bushman to top-up your protection levels.

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Bushman Insect Repellent is Sweat, Water, Rub Resistant

Bushman Benefit: Bushman Insect Repellent is Easy-On & Pleasant to Wear

Top of the Bushman priority list is wearer comfort - and Bushman has got this right. 1.3 million Australians would not buy and rely on Bushman if it was not comfortable and didn't have a light skin feel. Bushman is made to smell great too and has a pleasant, neutral scent. The otherwise strong smell of the active is completely masked throughout the range. Rival repellents with high active levels are generally not as effective at 'masking' the odour, instead having to 'overpower' the smell with a strong fragrance. While Bushman insect repellents are long-lasting, they are neither oily nor greasy in texture. Add to this the easy-to-use spray nozzle and packable size and you start to realise just how effortlessly Bushman fits in with your day-to-day outdoor life, while offering you the best protection available in the UK today.

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Bushman Insect repellent smells great & is light on the skin

Bushman Benefit: Bushman Insect Repellent Time Release Technology

If Bushman repellent could talk, then it would state that Time Release Technology is its secret weapon. Time Release Technology ensures that the active ingredient is slowly released and this is achieved using the top-secret Bushman formulation, which is a secret as closely guarded as the formula for 'that' famous red and white soft drink. No matter how often we have asked Bushman to tell us more about their Time Release Technology, they refuse to divulge their secret recipe. What does this mean for the end wearer, you make ask? The slow release of the Bushman active results in improved, long-lasting performance. Bushman lasts longer than rivals with the same active levels - and a lot longer than rival repellents with lower active levels. As with baking, the quality of the ingredients makes a difference - as does how you mix them together. Therein lies the key to the success and efficacy of Bushman Insect Repellents. Queue the spy film music.

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Bushman Insect repellent has time release technology


We have selected the following Bushman products for the UK market for local and international use. In selecting the range to import into the UK, our primary concern was to import the most effective of the Bushman insect repellents. For this reason, we now import the Bushman Ultra Insect Repellent Spray with 40% DEET in a 90ml bottle and will soon we importing Bushman Naturals insect repellent, which is the most effective - and the only - natural insect repellent we will use, recommend, and import for you to wear.


• After field and expedition testing Bushman repellents in another harsh environment - tropical Africa - we chose to first import Bushman Ultra Effective Insect Repellent as it features all the key Bushman Benefits in an easy-to-carry spray bottle. It performed very well against flying insects on an expedition down the Kafue, Zambezi, and Luangwa rivers, in rainy season testing in Zambia, and over 5 months while our founder, Steve, lived in a tent on the Kwando River in Namibia.

• 90ml Pump-spray bottle

• Repels mosquitoes for 8 hours

• Contains DEET, which is highly effective at repelling mosquitoes, sand flies, ticks, leeches, sand fleas, midges, no-see-ums, march flies, horse flies, bird lice, and other insects. Bushman Ultra contains DEET at 40%. If you are unsure about products with DEET, it is worth noting that not all DEET is made equal and that not all DEET is included in a formula in the same way. Some manufacturers in the UK put way too much DEET into their repellents without using a well-thought-out formula - and then it becomes a really hard to use repellent which plasticises everything you touch. We had that experience with DEET 100% from a well-known UK supplier, which we dropped as a product before switching to lower-DEET, higher-efficacy Australian-made insect repellents. As with baking, it is both about the quality of the ingredients you use and the formula you use to mix them together. Bushman's formula has been tested time and again each season by Australians for decades - and it works and it is safe to use.

• Water, sweat, and rub resistant

• Suitable for children aged three and over

• Neutral odour

• Slow-release actives for long-lasting protection

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Bushman insect repellent offers excellent protection out in the field


What is Bushman’s DEET content and is this safe?

The World Health Organisation recommends DEET levels of no higher than 50% and, with its 40% DEET formula, Bushman falls well within these parameters. With over 200 million annual applications of DEET-based products around the world, DEET is trusted by consumers and international health regulators to be safe and effective. Find out more about why Bushman Insect Repellent is safe to use.

How long does Bushman’s protection last?

The slow-release actives in this specially-developed formula mean Bushman offers protection from mosquitoes for up to eight hours. Find out more about Bushman Insect Repellent Time Release Technology.

What makes Bushman the best repellent in the UK?

The answer to that lies in the trusted Bushman formula, which has stood the test of time and been proven to work. The elements that make up Bushman and which make it so good are call the Bushman Benefits - find out more.

What do you recommend I do for insect protection on safari and in the outdoors for the best protection?

For all-round insect protection, use Bushman in conjunction with our BUGTech™ range of clothing.

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Bushman Ultra Effective Insect Repellent Spray in 90ml bottle, DEET 40 percent.

DEET is trusted by consumers and international health regulators to be safe and effective


The short answer to that question is of course: anyone who steps outside when there are bugs about. We recommend Bushman is used for all outdoor excursions where biting - or simply irritating - insects may affect your enjoyment of your time outside. Bushman Insect Repellent is relied upon by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide for the following outdoor activities.

- Bushman is the best insect repellent for: -

Outdoor Adventures

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Expeditions
  • Micro-adventures
  • Fell-walking
  • Backcountry walks
  • Countryside walks
  • Orienteering
  • Paddling
  • Mountaineering


  • Adventure travel
  • Gap year travel
  • Safari travel
  • Pensioner travel
  • Tropical destination travel (Equatorial and rain forest areas)
  • Travel to temperate climates with summer midges & mosquitoes (Scotland, Scandinavia, Canada come to mind)
  • Beach holidays
  • Wildlife holidays
  • Cruises
  • Active holidays

Outdoor Pursuits

  • Fishing
  • Horse Riding
  • Hunting & Shooting
  • Golf
  • Canoeing
  • Mountain biking
  • Running

Outdoor Lifestyle

  • Gardening
  • Caravanning
  • Van & Motorhome Living
  • Farming
  • Conservation
  • Working outdoors

Bushman insect repellent comes in a handy pump spray bottle for easy application

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Bushman Insect Repellent is ideal for hiking.

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The perfect fit for the side pocket of a standard backpack, Bushman Insect Repellent is your lightweight hiking, running, climbing, fishing, exploring companion.

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Bushman Insect Repellent is popular for its long-lasting efficacy, but how long does it last on the skin? It really depends on who is doing the testing. The EU and Australia have different testing methods for the length of time insect repellent works. Australia stops the clock when the first bite happens (which, in the case of Bushman, was after 8 hours). The EU stops the clock when the first insect lands on the skin (5 hours). Therefore, one can expect between 5-8 hours' protection from insect bites from the point of application.

We recommend that you re-apply Bushman more regularly than every 5 hours as factors such as sweat, heat, and fabric contact can alter the required frequency of application. Pack at least one bottle of Bushman per week per person as part of your insect protection strategy for the outdoors, safari, travel - basically anytime you leave the house.

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