The choice of women's safari shoes or boots depends on the type of activities you want to do in Africa. If you intend to hunt or do any serious bush walking you will need comfortable and durable boots that are up to the job. If you are going to be mostly sitting in a vehicle, game viewing or staying around a camp or bush lodge, your choice of footwear is not that critical. However, if you are staying in a vehicle, a sensible pair of shoes is to be recommended, rather than flip-flops or sandals, just in case you need to get out to go behind a bush or if the vehicle breaks down.
Sandals or other casual shoes for relaxing in camp or game lodge still need to fairly robust. Often the walkways between your tent or chalet to the dining area, for example, are not paved but are sand or gravel. So strappy white sling-backs with high heels are not ideal.
In the evenings when the mosquitoes are most active, you may want to put on shoes that cover your feet unless you slather your feet in insect repellent while wearing sandals. Remembering, of course, that DEET-based repellents tend to destroy synthetic materials.
It is important to not go around barefoot outside in the African bush during the day or night - thorns, scorpions, jiggers and stinging ants are just a few hazards besides just stubbing your toe. So slip-on sandals or clogs are the most convenient footwear for camp life.
If you are going hunting or walking in the bush your footwear is extremely important and the points below are specifically for these activities. Buy the best quality possible rather than a cheaper option.
Getting the right size and fit of your safari boot or shoe is essential. As with all footwear, size and fit may vary with different boots or shoes plus you will have accommodate any foot irregularities you may have like bunions, hammer-toes etc.
Make sure the boots are well-fitting and well worn-in. Don't arrive with brand new unworn boots. This is particularly important if your boots are made completely or partially of full-grain leather or Nubuck. Boot or shoe uppers made of synthetic material do need wearing-in but not as much.
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These safari shoes or boots are ideal for hunting and walking in the African bush.
These women's lightweight Merrell Moab hikers have a waterproof leather-and-mesh design with traditional lace-up closure. Ventilator mesh lining with antimicrobial odor protection. Compression-molded EVA midsole for all-day cushioning and support. Air-cushioned heel for extra shock absorption and stability. Vibram soled with 5mm-deep lugs for sure traction on slippery trails. Buy Now
These shoes have the classic sneaker styling in premium-quality leather lace-ups. Two-toned design with removable insole. Ridged sole for sure traction. Buy Now
The Allout Blaze Vent by Merrell incorporates a waterproof leather-and-mesh upper to keep your feet dry and comfortable. Constructed with a breathable mesh lining for ventilation, a bellows tongue to keep debris out and an integrated footbed with external heel counter for extra stability on uneven terrain. The durable Vibram sole features hollow lugs to shave weight and keep you on the move. Lightweight, breathable and waterproof. Buy Now
The Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator hiking shoe is made of leather and fabric with a Vibram sole, breathable mesh panels and plush cushioning at tongue and collar and Ortholite footbed. Buy Now
These waterproof leather hiking boots are constructed from a full grain leather upper, a waterproof membrane and lightweight insulation. You will stay comfortable, warm and dry, on all your adventures. An EVA midsole and Vibram outsole ensure sure-footed traction on varied terrain. Buy Now
These 100% waterproof, full-grain leather sneakers from Clarks have the innovative Wavewalk curved rocker sole which conserves energy, absorbs shock and cushions the joints while providing excellent traction. The removable footbed offers added comfort. Lace-up closure. Leather uppers with rubber outsoles. Buy Now
These women's hunting boots are made with nubuck leather uppers and are extremely lightweight, with a flexible, running-shoe feel. Supportive and stable, they feature GoreTex for breathable, waterproof, windproof comfort. Ortholite insoles wick moisture and have antibacterial treatment. Built on a women's last with deep tread rubber outsole for reliable traction. Buy Now
Merrell's women's Azura waterproof hiking shoe delivers athletic responsiveness and control with a lighter outsole, integrated butterfly-shaped arch support and foam footbed - breathable cushioning that molds specifically to your foot. Waterproof nubuck, suede and mesh upper and M-Select Grip provides durable traction when and where you need it. Buy Now
Merrell's Daria womens walking shoes feature Select Dry technology for waterproof protection along with air cushioning to the insole for a comfortable fit. These Merrell walking shoes also come with a durable outsole with deep lugs for great traction on a range of surfaces, finished off with a lace up front and padded ankle collar for a comfortable and secure hold. Buy Now
These light and comfy sandals and shoes are ideal for relaxing in around a hunting camp or lodge. They are not suitable for serious bush walking though.
The Merrell Mimix Daze slip-on shoe has flower punch-out detailing, breathable mesh lining treated with M Select FRESH for all-day freshness. Remember Me Foam footbed cradles the foot for soft all-day comfort, while M Select GRIP gives durable traction that grips when and where you need it. Buy Now
The Merrell Ashland casual shoe has a full grain leather upper, with a breathable mesh and pigskin lining that offers premium comfort and good ventilation. M SelectTM FRESH technology keeps your feet fresh all day. Includes a removable EVA footbed that massages your foot. With its M SelectTM MOVE technology and Merrell air cushioned heel, it gives excellent contoured support, shock resistivity and added stability. Topping it all, it comes with M SelectTM GRIP outsole that makes sure you get through any slippery surface. Buy Now
These comfortable-all-day sandals are made for walking. With oiled leather double-strap uppers that mould perfectly to your feet, these are built upon the renowned Birkenstock footbed and sole pattern. The contoured footbed has pronounced arch support and a deep heel cup for natural spinal alignment, a raised toe bar improves circulation, and a roomy toe box promotes better balance. A cork/latex midsole offers just the right amount of cushioning and a moisture-absorbing suede footbed liner provides nonslip comfort. Lightweight, shock-resistant EVA outsoles are replaceable. Buy Now
This Merrell Whisper sandal is made of leather with buckle closures over an aircushion heel for a shoe you won't want to take off. Buy Now
These shoes are designed for cool comfort and easy walking when travelling. Slip-on shoes are also easy to wear if your feet swell on long flights.
These women's leather sneakers are made with semi-vegetable-tanned leather with a rich patina. No-lace design for ease of slipping on and off. Double-padded insole. Adventure-tread sole for sure traction. Perfect for travel, these will take you anywhere in style and comfort. Buy Now
Lightweight and breathable slip-on shoes keep feet cool with airy mesh uppers. All-day comfort features include removable anatomical footbed, nylon arch support, and moulded foot frame. Compression-molded outsole with nonskid rubber bottom. Buy Now
Featherlight and packable, these sporty fabric shoes have stretchy straps to ensure a custom fit without buckles, laces or adjustable cords. Cushioned insole and reinforced heel tab offer all-day comfort. Insole is resistant to odours and bacteria. High-traction, lug-patterned sole. Buy Now
These packable slip-ons have an edgy look and travel-smart features. They have flexible woven elastic uppers, a roomy toe box and durable rubber outsole treads. The insoles are cushioned with memory foam, and the shoes have built-in odour and bacteria-resistance. Buy Now