Women's Safari Socks

As with most of your safari wardrobe, the choice of what type of socks to take on safari depends on what activities you intend to do.

The sock advice below really only pertains to women who intend to hunt or go on long walks in the African bush. If you are game-viewing from a vehicle most of the time, your socks may not have to be so hi-tech. However you will probably need to wear socks in the evenings to prevent mosquito bites and the insect repellent socks will help.

Choosing Good Women's Safari Socks

  • If you are buying new hunting boots or shoes to hunt in Africa, take into account the type of socks you will be wearing.
  • Light to middle-weight hiking-style socks should offer the right thickness (not too warm in the heat) and good support for most types of African hunting.
  • Comfortable for many hours of wear - get the right foot size and calf size - remembering your feet and/or ankles might swell in the heat or during your long-haul flight.
  • A good toe and heel fit is essential. Too long it will slip down your ankle and bunch-up on the top of your foot and round your toes. Too short, the sock will slip down into your shoe under your heel.
  • Provide your feet with stability with good boot/shoe contact.
  • Keep your feet dry by wicking moisture away.
  • Constructed with strategically placed support panels which prevent blisters and injuries by absorbing friction and reducing strain.
  • Lightweight and cushioning.
  • Merino wool is a good choice of fabric because it keeps your feet from becoming over-heated and it absorbs a lot of moisture.
  • Built-in synthetic support panels may give a good, comfortable fit but may make your feet too hot.
  • Pure cotton socks are not recommended as they absorb a lot of sweat and remain wet, so increasing the risk of blisters.
  • Consider wearing thin liner socks under your main socks. This will further wick moisture away into the over sock where it will evaporate.
  • Colour and the height of sock don't really matter, though if you are wearing high boots, the sock should extend past the boot top.

It is advisable to bring a selection of socks of different thickness. It is not unknown for feet to swell in the heat, making your footwear tighter than normal and a thick sock will compound the problem, which can lead to blisters. You may want to try wearing 2 pairs of thin socks over each other to reduce friction.

A worn-out sock with thin areas and holes are very likely to produce blisters.

Do not wear untested or brand new, unwashed socks.

When walking long distances, it is always a good idea to carry a spare pair. Change them regularly if your feet become sweaty or wet. A good tip is to dust your feet with talcum powder before you put on a clean, dry pair.

Recommended Women's Safari Socks

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The 1000 Mile Fusion mid-height walking socks feature a fully padded Achilles tendon protection working towards preventing injuries for the wearer and giving the sock a real cushioned feel. Support is also given from the arched bracing on the sock. Tactel inner layer wicks away perspiration as it aims to keep the foot dry and cool. Meanwhile a double layered construction eliminates friction between the sock and the shoe, therefore reducing the overall wear of the inner shoe and sock, preventing blisters. Buy Now

**NEW** ExOfficio Canyon Crew socks have a built-in insect repellent that deters biting insects. The socks are made with built-in arch support, a seamless non-abrasive toe and they're exceptionally comfortable on the trail. Wool blended with nylon and spandex for durability and shape retention breathes and wicks away moisture to keep feet dry. Buy Now

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**NEW** These merino wool-blend Forfeit Micro socks by Smartwool keep feet cool, wick moisture away and are naturally antimicrobial which helps prevent foot odour. These micro-length socks have ultralight cushioning for comfort in close-fitting shoes, a virtually seamless toe to reduce friction and built-in arch support for comfort. Buy Now

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These ExOfficio Women's BugsAway hiking socks have odourless Insect Shield technology to keep ticks and other bugs away. Arch support and spandex provide a secure, snug fit while wool regulates temperature and wicks away moisture. Odour resistant and quick drying, these comfortable socks also offer UPF 30+ sun protection. Buy Now

**NEW** These Darn Tough Vermont women's socks have a lifetime guarantee. They are made of merino wool, high density knit with a performance fit - no slipping, no bunching and no blisters. Buy Now

**NEW** These Darn Tough socks do not slip, bunch or cause blisters. They are made of Coolmax polyester, wick moisture and are fast drying. Unconditionally guaranteed for life. Buy Now

Cool Fusion technology for a multisport sock that is light, breathable and close fitting. Light mesh permits air circulation and cushioning under the heel, ball and toes provides protection. Buy Now

The Bridgedale cool fusion trail blaze socks for women feature natural and technical fibers knitted together to deliver a highly ventilated sock ensuring it is light and comfortable in the warmest conditions. With hybrid construction providing excellent protection and ventilation where you need it, the trail blaze socks are engineered with T2 anti compression cushioning at the Achilles, the heel and the metatarsal head for your comfort on the road or trail. Buy Now

The Thorlo women's moderate-cushion light hiking crew sock is specifically designed for day hikes in moderate to hot climates on flat to varied terrain. The Coolmax fibers help to move moisture away from your skin to keep you cool and dry, while the exclusive THOR-LON fabric ensures long-lasting durability. Buy Now

These Darn Tough merino wool crew socks are composed of ultra-soft fine gauge merino wool, with True Seamless construction for a perfect fit. Buy Now

These Darn Tough women's socks come with a lifetime guarantee. They are made of high density knitted merino wool with a performance fit. Buy Now

These women's socks have cushioning along the bottom of the foot to provide support while a smooth, performance fit assures there's no slipping, no bunching or blisters. Fine gauge knitting makes this merino wool sock supremely comfortable, breathable and fast drying. Buy Now

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