The safari hat was popular during the 1870’s and was used by military forces in the tropical colonies. It was made of cork and was designed to shade the head from the sun. The potential dangers from the sun were a serious issue in Africa and India because it was very hot, and sunstroke would often occur. Therefore, every safari is made similarly to the hats of the past. The benefits of a safari hat are the all-around wide brim that keeps the sun away from your neck, as well as the secure and tight fit. Our Australian hats hats are made of straw and are light-weight. You can wear these safari hats in the spring and summer season and the cool material will keep you from overheating. Not only can you use these hats for a real safari excursion in African safari hat, but you can use this as a prop for a play or performance to mimic a famous character or actor. Sun protection is no joke, protect your head and face from the sun.