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
**NEW** These waterproof Merrell All Out Blaze 2 hiking boots with leather and mesh uppers are engineered to keep you comfortably on your feet. The EVA contoured footbed with odour control, molded nylon arch shank support and high-rebound foam padding all combine to cushion and support your every step while Vibram rubber soles grip the terrain for sure-footed traction. The toe cap protects feet while the bellows tongue keeps debris out. Buy Now
**NEW** The fatigue-fighting 'Siren Edge' hiking shoes by Merrell help keep you comfortably on your feet from sunrise to sunset. With breathable mesh uppers, these shoes have a supportive and contoured EVA footbed with organic odour control and air cushions in the heels. The molded nylon arch shank helps stabilize your foot while Vibram outsoles hug tough terrain to keep you safely on your feet. 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 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
**NEW** These comfy Merrell women's sandals are waterproof with a three-point strap with hook-and-loop closure, an ankle strap lined with neoprene and a heel cup and toe "bumper" to protect your feet. A dual-density foam midsole absorbs shock and lends stability and a Vibram outsole gives superior traction. Buy Now
This Merrell Whisper sandal is made of leather with a breathable mesh lining, integrated footbed, molded nylon arch shank and air cushion in the heel to absorb shock and add stability. 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
**NEW** These Merrell Jungle Mocs have smooth suede uppers and breathable mesh linings. Comfort features include air cushions for heel-to-toe shock absorption and support, a stabilizing midsole and a contoured footbed with organic odour control. Lug soles grip wet and dry terrain. Buy Now