As with your choice of African hunting boot tread and safari clothes colour, check with your outfitter or PH about the terrain and vegetation you are likely to encounter at the time of year of your trip. This will help you determine if gaiters are really necessary and if so, which type of gaiter to choose. At certain times of year, particularly in grassland country like the eastern Cape of South Africa, the grass seeds can be a nightmare, pricking your skin through your socks, boot lace holes or any mesh panels of hiking shoes or boots, sometimes causing a skin infection.
Most hunters choose to wear gaiters all the time in Africa, whether with short or long pants, at any time of year. They are no big deal to pull on and don't get in the way.
A precursor to todays light ankle gaiters for African hunting, were the puttees wore by most of the African hunters of old. Originally puttees (from the Hindu, word patti) were a strip of cloth or leather wound tightly round the lower leg to provide support and protection. They were adopted as part of the service uniform of foot and mounted soldiers serving in British India during the second half of the nineteenth century. They then remained part of the British army uniform until 1938. Consequently as many early hunters served in the forces, puttees found their way into the African and Indian big game hunting fields.
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