Women's Safari Shoes

Page Updated: Jan 2024

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.

Essential Women's Safari Shoes Guidelines

Women's Safari Shoes Size And Fit

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.

  • Check that you can easily move all your toes.
  • Check your foot does not slide around in the boot.
  • Check that no part of your foot is being squashed within the boot.
  • Check the whole of your whole foot is comfortably contained in the boot.
  • 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.

Women's Safari Shoes Terrain And Tread

  • Check the terrain you'll be hunting before the purchase of new boots. This will help with the decision on boot height and tread pattern.
  • If the terrain is primarily hilly, uneven and rocky, you may prefer a medium-high boot which will protect your ankle if you go over on it. You can also tuck your trousers in a higher boot, if you need to, which will also help to keep out tsetse flies and other debris.
  • A low-cut hunting shoe will be fine in a mostly flat level terrain. If necessary add gaiters to keep out grass seeds and debris.
  • For African hunting opt for the softest sole you can get away with on the terrain you are hunting. Hard soles, though more durable, make more noise when walking.
  • Your choice of tread pattern also depends on the terrain you will be hunting. A deep, thick tread will improve traction in the wet or on sloping surfaces.

Other Useful Women's Safari Shoes Features

  • Check whether the upper boot or shoe is stitched or glued to the sole. Stitched soles tend to be more durable than most adhesives in hot conditions.
  • Some water-resistance may be useful especially when hunting in the early morning when there is a heavy dew. Fully water-proof boots are probably unnecessary for most African hunts and they may make your feet very hot and sweaty.
  • Have a spare pair of equally comfortable shoes in case your main pair get wet. There is nothing worse than walking in soaking boots.
  • Use whatever boot height is comfortable for you. It is often useful to be able to tuck your trousers in, so tsetse flies and grass-seeds etc cannot gain access.
  • Don't forget to take spare laces.

Recommended Safari Shoes For Women

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These safari shoes or boots are ideal for hunting and walking in the African bush.

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This Merrell women's hiking boot features an impermeable membrane to seal out water and let moisture escape. It has a waterproof suede and mesh upper with a metal D-ring lacing system and a bellows tongue to keep out debris. The removable contoured insole gives flexible support and the air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability. Buy Now

Merrell womens J034250 Hiking Boot, Grey, 8.5 US

These hiking boots are designed specifically to fit a woman's foot. These breathable and waterproof leather boots offer greater stability and traction on tough terrain. There is an impermeable membrane to seal out rain yet lets moisture escape and the bellows tongue prevents small rocks or sticks from getting into your shoe. A removable and contoured cushioned insole combines with a moulded nylon shank to support the arches, while a foam midsole with air cushion in the heels absorbs shock and helps keep your foot in proper alignment. The rubber lug soles offer safe footing on both wet and dry ground. Buy Now

Merrell Women's Walking Shoe, Brindle Boulder, 9

These Danner hiking boots for women are made of durable nubuck leather and breathable nylon uppers, with a cushioned insole, shock-absorbing and supportive midsole and a lugged rubber all-terrain sole. Buy Now

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These Teva hiking boots will keep your feet dry, supported and stable in wet or dry terrain. The waterproof leather and quick-dry mesh uppers combine with a Goretex interior layer to seal out water. They have a wider toe box, an adjustable heel lock system that keeps your foot in place, cushioned footbed, foam midsole and Vibram grip sole. Buy Now

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The Merrell Women's Moab 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

Merrell Women's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe, Brindle, 8

***NEW*** These low hiker shoes offer the ideal combination of traction, comfort and durability with a rubberized EVA sole that adapts to varying terrain, providing a high level of energy efficiency and a softer heel strike. Buy Now


These Teva shoes are waterproof with breathable mesh uppers to prevent overheating, cushioned EVA foam footbed and rubber soles for good traction on both wet and dry terrain. Buy Now

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Safari Camp Shoes For Women

These light and comfy sandals and shoes are ideal for relaxing in around a hunting camp or easily slipping on if you need to get up in the night. They are not suitable for serious bush walking.

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These slip-on camp shoes are made with recycled polyester microfiber lining. They have foam cushioning and durable indoor/outdoor rubber soles. The heel folds in for wearing as a slide. Buy Now

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***NEW*** These super-light, comfortable Merrell Hut Mocs have a lightweight EVA outsole and a quilted upper. Buy Now

Merrell HUT MOC Moccasin, Olive, 8 M US

These Birkenstock clogs have supple suede uppers which feel soft against bare feet. The footbed has an extra layer of foam cushioning for broken-in comfort with a raised toe bar, heel cup support and non-slip soles. Buy Now

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Safari Travel Shoes For Women

These sneakers have waterproof mesh and waterproof vulcanized toe cap. A cushioned midsole absorbs shock, and a vulcanized rubber sole with herringbone tread grips slippery terrain. Buy Now


These women's hiking shoes have cushioning insoles, provide excellent traction on wet, dry, hard or loose surfaces and the synthetic uppers have a soft, breathable lining for comfort. Buy Now

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These Encore Breeze mocs are breathable and offer excellent walking comfort. They have a removable footbed for comfort, decorative stitched canvas uppers and cushioned soles. Buy Now

Merrell Women's Encore Breeze MOC Moccasin, Aluminum, 7

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