Page Updated: Feb 2024
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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These gaiters are made of durable stretch nylon which provides ample articulation. They will keep debris out of low and mid-height boots. The arch strap is coated for longer life. Buy Now
These heavy-duty gaiters have an adjustable calf strap, snap reinforced Velcro closure and the stirrup has a black metal buckle adjustment. Buy Now
These durable lightweight gaiters are made of Oxford cloth and are beathable, tear resistant and will protect your legs against snake bites, animal bites and thorns. They have a coated footband and a stainless steel wire strap. Buy Now
These gaiters are made of tough, lightweight material which is treated with Permethrin to repel insects. They are adjustable for a custom fit with stirrups, zippers and a liner that prevents them slippping down. Buy Now
These lightweight gaiters are made of pack cloth construction with a no bulk, low top design which will prevent debris getting into your footwear. As well as being breathable and abrasion-resistant, these gaiters offer Insect Shield bug protection Buy Now
These Tag gaiters are made from medium weight cotton canvas. The elastic tops keep grass burs from sticking to your shoe laces and making your skin itch. Velcro in the back makes them easy to put on and take off. Buy Now
These fitted front opening gaiters come with a full-length hook and loop enclosure, secure snaps, adjustable top web strap with secure cam lock buckle and reinforced boot section. They are waterproof with a breathable membrane keeps water out of your boots. Buy Now
These gaiters are treated with microencapsulated long-lasting permethrin insect repellent which is released through friction of use. The repellency effectiveness remains for 50 washess. They provide effective protection from ticks - the 3D mesh prevents them moving very fast so exposes the tick to repellent for longer. Buy Now