Women's Safari Socks

Page Updated: May 2023

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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These Merrell compression and hiking crew socks for women are cushioned to give your feet extra comfort no matter how tough the terrain. They also provide arch support to prevent fatigue in your feet and have reinforced heel and toe for durability. Buy Now

The 1000 Mile mid-height all-terrain 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

These Darn Tough Coolmax socks provide mid-level cushion density under your foot and have seamless technology for an ultra-smooth feel. The fast action wicking pulls moisture away from your skin, and the soft, breathable merino wool is fast drying. Buy Now

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

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

***NEW*** These ExOfficio women's socks have insect-repellent impregnated fabric to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, etc which lasts up to 70 washes. The socks have turn-welt tops to keep them in place, built-in arch support and seamless toe closure to reduces friction. 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

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