After serving two consecutive terms as President, Theodore Roosevelt left the White House and headed as far away from Washington as possible. In 1909 he arrived in Africa for a safari and a much need change of pace. After eight years in the political jungle of DC, Roosevelt entered into the wilderness of the sahara. Along the way, as they traveled through central Africa along the Nile, Teddy and his crew visited with African leaders, observed the landscape, and collected wildlife for the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History. Striding through the terrain, hunting for animals, Roosevelt appeared strong and commanding just he did during his days as the leader of the Rough Riders, right down to his military inspired outfits. The party adopted the appropriate wardrobe for their trip, epitomizing the popular safari aesthetic of the early 20th century. Teddy himself was the quintessential Westerner in the Sahara, donning a pith hat, bush shirt, and high rise trousers to go along with his iconic oval glasses. For Roosevelt and his crew, the excursion was a chance to step away from the political sphere to experience something new, and with that came their specific safari style that’s a far cry from the typical Presidential garb.