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Safari is a popular web browser developed by Apple Inc. Known for its sleek design and seamless user experience, Safari has grown to become one of the most widely used browsers across various devices. In this article, we will delve into Safari’s online features and help you discover how you can make the most of your browsing experience.
Enhanced Privacy and Security
When it comes to online browsing, privacy and security are paramount concerns for many users. Safari takes these concerns seriously and offers several features to ensure a safe and secure browsing experience.
Safari also utilizes sandboxing technology, which isolates each website in its own separate process, preventing malicious code from affecting other parts of your system or compromising your personal information.
Additionally, Safari includes built-in protection against fraudulent websites and phishing attempts. It automatically checks URLs against a list of known malicious websites, keeping you safe from potential threats.
Seamless Integration with Apple Ecosystem
If you are an Apple user with multiple devices such as iPhones, iPads, or Macs, Safari offers seamless integration across all these devices. With iCloud syncing enabled, you can easily access tabs open on one device from another device using Safari’s “Shared Tabs” feature.
This means that if you find an interesting webpage on your iPhone but prefer to read it on your iPad or Mac later on, simply open up Safari on the other device and select the “Tabs” button in the toolbar. You will find a list of all open tabs across all synced devices, allowing you to continue where you left off seamlessly.
Furthermore, when it comes to passwords and credit card information, Safari offers its own password manager called iCloud Keychain. It securely stores your passwords and credit card details across all your Apple devices, making it convenient to autofill login forms and make online purchases with ease.
Intelligent Tab Management
With the increasing number of tabs we open while browsing the internet, managing them efficiently becomes crucial for productivity. Safari provides several features to help you organize and navigate through your tabs effortlessly.
One such feature is the ability to group tabs together. You can create tab groups based on specific themes or topics by simply dragging one tab onto another. This helps keep your browsing organized and makes it easier to find related content when you need it.
Safari also offers a powerful tab search feature that allows you to quickly locate a specific tab by typing in keywords or even searching for open tabs from a particular time range. This eliminates the hassle of scrolling through numerous tabs to find what you are looking for.
Moreover, Safari’s “Tab Preview” feature provides a visual overview of all open tabs, making it easier to identify and switch between them with just a glance.
Personalization is key when it comes to enhancing your browsing experience, and Safari understands this well. The browser offers various customization options that allow you to tailor Safari according to your preferences.
Safari’s “Extensions” feature enables you to enhance the functionality of the browser by installing third-party extensions from the App Store. These extensions can add features such as ad-blocking, password management tools, or even productivity-enhancing tools like note-taking apps.
In addition, Safari allows you to modify its appearance by choosing from different themes or customizing toolbar buttons according to your liking. You can also adjust settings related to privacy, security, and content restrictions based on your individual needs.
By taking advantage of these customization options, you can truly make Safari feel like your own personalized browsing tool.
In conclusion, Safari’s online features offer a range of benefits to users. From enhanced privacy and security measures to seamless integration with the Apple ecosystem, intelligent tab management, and customization options, Safari has a lot to offer. So, if you’re looking for a reliable and feature-rich web browser, give Safari a try and explore the vast possibilities it offers for your online browsing needs.
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Select safari shoes which are suited to your specific type of safari.
If you are planning a safari, it is important to pack light. Shoes are often heavy, bulky travel items. When it comes to safari shoes, clever packing can save invaluable luggage space and weight. Have you thought about what lurks on the ground around camp? Will your shoes stand up to the terrain on a walking safari? These are our quick tips to getting the best shoes for safari.
Which are the best shoes for safari?
If you are going on a game drive safari, the best shoes to take along are trail shoes. These are usually designed to be lightweight (great for keeping the weight of your duffle to a minimum), comfortable, and breathable for outdoor activities. They also usually provide grip for trail conditions, which is great if your guide suggests a short bush walk. Depending on preference, you could also wear these shoes on a walking safari or other active safari. Shop men's safari shoes and women's safari shoes shoes.
Top tip: Check your shoes for snakes, scorpions, and insects - another reason to wear closed shoes.
What shoes should I pack for a walking safari? Do I need to take hiking boots?
Again, this depends on preference. Your travel conditions will also make a difference to the shoes you take on a walking safari. In many cases, your trail shoes will suffice. If you are looking for ankle protection or if you are worried about insects and reptiles, a boot with a higher rise or a pair of hiking boots is a good idea. If you are walking in muddy forest conditions, sandy terrain, or face river crossings, a medium- to high-rise, waterproof boot with a built-in tongue will keep water and sand out and keep you comfortable.
These boots were made for walking safaris: Our Rufiji™ APU Combat Boots were originally designed for Africa’s anti-poaching units. These boots are proven to be comfortable over many hours of walking across varied terrain, muddy conditions, and river crossings.
Easy-on, easy-off ankle boots: With closed shoes the wise choice for safari-goers, Chelsea boots are a safari camp favourite for slip-on convenience and comfort - and they look great too! The Buffalo Boots are made from genuine leather with a grippy rubber sole - combining grit and good looks for luxury safaris to self drive safaris (and everything in between). From short walks to around-the-safari-lodge style, the Buffalo Boot is an easy choice for every element of camp life.
What shoes should I wear around the lodge?
Slipping your feet into a pair of safari sandals is a very satisfying sensation as the day heats up on safari. A hybrid sandal is a popular choice amongst travellers. Our Rufiji™ Leather Safari Sandals are African-made for African adventures - a shoe women will love on safari and at home. (Top tip: Ladies, not keen on wearing sandals? Tough slip-on pumps are great for travel and around camp.)
Are there any safari footwear accessories I should consider?
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Getting your safari boots right is essential as you're going to spend a lot of time on your feet.
Though probably not as much time on your feet as W D M Bell who wore out 24 pairs of boots a year while walking an average of 75 miles for each elephant he killed.
Early African hunters often wore leather officers boots known as 'Veldtshoen', the descriptive name originating from the Boer War. The upper part of the boot is turned outwards, rather than inwards, then stitched to the sole, just like the desert boots of today. In fact the original veldtshoen was the forerunner to desert boots, which are still called 'vellies' in South Africa.
Early safari boots were often topped with puttees - strips of cloth wound in a spiral from ankle to knee, originating in the 19th century in British India. Puttees became part of the regular British army uniform in the 20th century when they changed from wearing high boots to ankle boots. The forerunner of the gaiters, we know today, the military puttees were found to be extremely practical when hunting in the African bush.
John T McCutcheon, who accompanied Theodore Roosevelt on the 1909 safari, took 3 pairs of Abercrombie 'lightest shoes'(one pair with rubber soles), 3 cloth puttees, one pair of mosquito boots from Lawn and Alder, London and a pair of leather top boots for evening wear in camp.
Safari Boots Guidelines
Safari boots size and fit.
Getting the right size and fit of your safari boot or shoe is obviously essential. As with all footwear, size and fit may vary with different brand boots or shoes, plus you will have accommodate any foot irregularities you may have like bunions, hammer-toes etc. This can be hard to do if buying new boots or shoes online.
Make sure you consider the thickness of socks you intend to wear with the boots. Most good outdoor specialist footwear brands will take into account the potential thickness of socks in the sizing of their shoes for the specific activity, like hiking.
Consider also if you are going to be carrying a moderately heavy backpack and rifle, the weight of which may cause your feet to swell.
When selecting the type of footwear from the specialist outdoor ranges available, hunting is generally not listed in the activities, for obvious reasons. Where hunting boots are categorised, they are mostly for the domestic hunting scene and may not be suitable for Africa. Browsing the 'hiking' or 'trail' lists should turn up boots or shoes that work for hunting in Africa.
- 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.
Right Safari Boots For The Terrain
Check the terrain that 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.
- 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.
Safari Boots Durability & Water Resistance
- 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.
Safari Boot Height
Use whatever boot height is comfortable for you and the type of hunting you expect to be doing. It is often useful to be able to tuck your trousers in, so tsetse flies, ticks and grass-seeds etc cannot gain access. However, generally...
- Low cut shoes are fine for most daily hunt outings for plains game in flat bush veldt terrain.
- Mid cut shoes are better if you are carrying a backpack & headed out for long days on buffalo tracks. They will offer better ankle support and protection from dirt and debris.
- High cut boots are the best choice for maximum balance and ankle support. They may be the boot height of choice for very rough or mountainous terrain, and provided they are waterproof, in wet conditions too. They will also keep your trousers well tucked in, preventing access for insects etc.
Leather Or Synthetic Shoe/Boot Upper?
Leather is generally best for durability, protection, strength and comfort but there are lots of types of leather...
- Full Grain Leather is thick, smooth & shiny which has great durability.
- Reverse Full Grain Leather is the strongest, thickest leather which works well against abrasions.
- Nubuck Leather is a type of full grain leather that has been sanded on the grain side, or outside, to give a slight nap like suede.
- Split Leather is the result of the hide divided into several layers. The fibres are slightly looser than full grain leather to provide a softer feel. This leather can be oiled and waxed to improve water resistance.
- Pigskin Leather is a dense leather which is very pliable, comfortable and water resistant.
- Synthetic uppers can be manufactured to look and function like real leather with similar durability, water resistance and performance.
Upper ventilation is a good choice for the general warm climate and dry conditions of Africa. However, if you are likely to be hunting wet, marshy areas, skip the ventilation features. You may need water resistant footwear when hunting in the heavy early morning dew, changing to ventilated boots later in the day.
A measure of water resistance or waterproofing in your hunting boots is a good idea, depending on your hunting area and season - chilly dewy mornings, river or marshy terrain, frequent downpours, etc.
- The shoe is lined with a waterproof, breathable membrane, such as Gore-Tex, built within the whole shoe, like a sock.
- Alternatively the seams of the show can be sealed with pieces of waterproof membrane.
- Always take a spare pair of equally comfortable boots in case your main pair get broken or wet. There is nothing worse than walking in soaking boots.
- Don't forget to take spare laces .
- Make sure your boots are well worn-in . Don't arrive in Africa 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.
Hunting Boot/Shoe Tech Explained
It can be quite hard to unravel the technological features when selecting appropriate footwear to hunt in Africa. Manufacturers often brand these features with a name specific to their company but the technology is often available in many makes of footwear, just under another name.
- Merrell 'Air Cushion' - a sealed unit located in the heel section of certain Merrell Footwear. It can absorb up to four times your weight and helps to correctly align the foot within the shoe for a more comfortable and stable walk or hike.
- Merrell 'Kinetic Fit' - insoles provide flexible, intuitive support for connected and protected movement.
- EVA midsole - part of the sole that provides cushioning and protection of your feet when striking the ground when walking or running.
- Dual-density EVA foam pods - extra cushioning in the rear and forefoot areas.
- Vibram Outsoles - deliver grip on different types of surfaces and are resistant to abrasion at the same time.
- Vibram Megagrip - high performance rubber compound even better grip on wet and dry surfaces.
- Gore-Tex - is the trade name for a membrane or fabric which has many applications. In footwear, a layer of Gore-Tex is built in to put a barrier between your feet and the elements - rain, wind, heat, etc. In addition to waterproofing, it allows sweat to evaporate, ensuring that your feet don’t become clammy and uncomfortable.
- BOA Fit System - reduces pressure points and accommodates swelling with micro-adjustments for comfort in all environments.
- Merrell 'FlexPlate' - is the integration of a lightweight, full foot stability plate with outsole lugs to provide stability, underfoot protection, durability and integrated grip.
- Ballistic mesh - nylon fabric designed for maximum durability and abrasion resistance.
- Merrell 'M-Select Dry' - is a waterproof technology using taped seams.
- Merrell 'M-Select X-Dry' - is added moisture-wicking properties to keep the wearer completely dry.
- Molded nylon arch shank - adds a measure of firmness for sure-footedness with increased padding underfoot to protect from rough terrain and vigorous foot strike (the way in which your foot strikes the ground).
- EXO Heel System - a snug, supported area surrounding the base of the ankle that, once a foot is slipped in, locks the heel down, preventing rubbing and blisters.
- TPU Stability Shank - a type of plastic shank that provides more stability for your feet.
- TPU Midfoot Shank - a type of TPU shank that provides more midfoot support and stability.
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It's always great to get back to camp after a long day in the bush, shower and put on some comfy shoes for the evening. Also if you need to get up in the night it's advisable to always slip some shoes on first, in case you tread on something unpleasant like biting ants or a scorpion. Flip-flops are quite popular but they leave your feet exposed to mosquito bites and thorns. Slip-on shoes with a protective upper are ideal. They are also perfect for flying if your feet swell and ordinary shoes become tight and uncomfortable.
Merrell's Jungle Moc is one of the most comfortable shoes you'll ever wear. The anatomical footbed provides stability and comfort with an air-cushioned midsole. The suede leather upper has an elastic stretch gore at the opening for comfort and fit. Compression-molded EVA foot frame provides extra cushioning. Buy Now
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The best shoes for your african safari.
When we talk about African safaris, we often forget that we’re generalising about a huge range of activities which stretch across a massive swath of this continent!
From walking through the wild jungle to sitting in a luxury 4wd – and everything in between – there’s a ton of different safaris and a ton of different best footwear to choose as a result.
And that’s why I’m bringing you this full guide, to help you pick the best safari shoes for your specific trip, to clear up any confusion or questions you may have, and also to suggest some pairs I think best fit the job too!
Yup from practical features you need to consider to top pairs for women, I’ve got you fully covered, so let’s get cracking…
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The best shoes for your specific safari.
How Long Is Your Trip?
When it comes to picking the best safari shoes, we need to remember what’s right for one person and their trip isn’t right for everyone.
That’s why I want to kick off this article, by getting you to think about your specific trip and what shoes might best suit your needs.
To start with, you need to think about where, when and how long you’re planning to safari for.
If you’re simply visiting one country in Africa on a short 1 week trip, then you may be able to take a couple of pairs of different shoes because you won’t be limited by weight in the same way as if you’re undertaking a long overland trip through many countries in Africa, likely living out of a backpack you have to carry.
On a short trip therefore, where you’re likely to have a suitcase you can wheel around, taking a few pairs of shoes might not be such a problem.
If you’ve got a heavy backpack to carry, you might limit yourself to just one!
Where and When Are You Going on Safari?
Next, we need to consider where and when you’re going to safari i.e. in which country and at what time of year.
This will drastically affect what the best shoes for your safari are, because you may need something waterproof if travelling in the rainy season, something well insulated if it’s likely to be cold, or something breathable if you’re travelling in the height of summer.
For example, the jungles of East Africa (if you’re heading to see the gorillas ) have very damp, humid conditions then certainly require boots that are waterproof and have good grip.
Compare this is to travelling to Etosha National Park in Namibia in the height of summer, where the dry, desert-like conditions here and searing heat, mean keeping your feet cool will be of greatest importance.
What Type of Safari Are You Taking?
The third thing to think about when considering what the best shoes for your African safari might be is the type of safari you’ll be enjoying.
Full driving safaris, which are common in parks such as the Serengeti in Tanzania or the Masai Mara in Kenya , where dangerous predators mean you can’t exit a vehicle, will necessitate very different footwear to if you’re enjoying a walking safari with rhinos in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) or Zimbabwe, where physical trekking on uneven ground will mean good, study boots are very important.
Ditto, a luxury safari where vehicles are a bit more comfortable means you may want to take shoes that are lighter than a rough, budget 4wd safari vehicle, where sturdy shoes that prevent your feet from knocks and bumps might be a better idea.
If you’re staying in a lodge, a more relaxed sandal will be more appropriate than if you’re wild camping and need some protection for those toilet trips in the night!
When it comes to the best safari shoes for you therefore, a little time to think about what type of trip you are likely to undertake, where, when and how long for, will certainly help you prepare the best footwear.
And if you’re looking for ideas about the best safari experience, why not check out this great range of options that cover some of the top wildlife attractions and national parks across the continent.
4 Safari-Specific Shoe Suggestions
And to get you thinking a little more, here’s 4 suggestions to help you narrow down your research…
#1 For gorilla trekking in Uganda, these waterproof and sturdy Salomon Quest Gore-Tex boots have excellent grip, tread and high ankle support to cope with the rough jungle conditions underfoot, as well as keep your feet well protected from any nasty creatures!
#2 For safaris in desert countries like Namibia, where it’s very hot and dry and you’re largely staying instead a vehicle due to the risk of predators, then a good supported and sturdy sandal, will probably be best for keeping your feet cool yet comfortable, making these Arizona Birkenstocks ideal for the job.
#3 For walking safaris in hot Southern African countries like Swaziland or Zimbabwe, something inbetween a big clumpy boot and a sandal will be best. I highly suggest a walking shoe if this is something that’s likely to feature on your itinerary, because not only do they have good grip and support with a thick sole, but they also keep your foot well-ventilated and are flexible, low-rise and light for any quick movements you may have to make. These North Face Hedgehog Fastpack GTX are a good option because they are waterproof too – handy if there’s a heavy dew in the morning!
#4 And finally, for safaris in humid countries such as Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa, something light, comfy and airy, but that will protect your feet from knocks and bumps in a 4wd vehicle, will be best. In this case, a trail runner shoe, like these New Balance Fresh Foams would be perfect.
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Practical Points to Think About For Your Safari Shoes
Safari shoe colour.
One thing I know a lot of people think about when it comes to the best shoes for their African safari is colour… because I get a lot of questions about this!
And while colour doesn’t matter a huge amount, I always suggest a natural shade like black, grey, brown, navy or dark green are best.
There are a few reasons for this, although none have very much to do with the wildlife, given most safari animals only see in black and white.
Instead, natural colours make for the best safari shoes in my opinion, simply because a) they match with most other clothing colours well, which makes packing a lot easier and b) they show up the dirt less, which makes cleaning them (or not) a lot easier!
I also personally think natural colours look a lot more stylish than say, a bright pink pair, but this is a cosmetic point, rather than anything practical and certainly down to personal choice.
We’ve touched on this already, but if you’re travelling anywhere in Africa during the rainy season, waterproof safari shoes are a must.
Even outside of rainy season, humid conditions in East Africa make waterproof boots necessary in my opinion.
Equally, heavy morning dews, which are not uncommon in Southern Africa, make a safari shoe made from Gore-Tex a good option here too.
Safari shoes that keep your feet cool through good ventilation, will definitely make your safari a more enjoyable experience, especially if you’re travelling in the summer season in Southern Africa, for example, where the temperatures can be scorching between the months of December and February.
However, travelling here in the winter months (June to August) can be very cold and in this case, a warm, well-insulated boot would be best.
As travellers, we always need to consider weight when packing and selecting something lightweight as your safari shoe of choice is a great option.
Not only will this keep luggage weight down, but having a big, clumpy boot on your foot when you’re clambering in and out of safari vehicles, trying to set up camp or going trekking is never fun.
Of course, you have to balance this against protection, but do remember that as light as possible is a good motto to stick to in my book.
And so we get to protection.
A good sole is very important on any safari shoe in order to help support the arch of your foot and protect it from knocks and bumps.
Ankle support can range from a low-rise trainer, runner or walking shoe, to a full height hiking boot, so whatever you choose, just make sure they fit snuggly around the ankle to offer it support.
When it comes to protection, a mid-length hiking boot can be a good option here, balancing the best of both worlds in terms of protection and weight.
Again, it’s about a trade-off when it comes to protection vs flexibility in a safari shoe, but generally, I would lean towards something lighter and more flexible than something heavy and stiffer.
This is the problem with very sturdy leather hiking boots in my opinion, they are just too heavy and too stiff.
A light, mid-length hiking boot, made from breathable Gore-Tex, or a sturdy trail running shoe with good support and a thick sole, would make much better options if you ask me.
But one feature where you shouldn’t compromise, is grip.
This is key in any safari shoe you choose and whether it’s a good sandal, a light runner or a sturdy hiking boot, good grip is a must.
5 Top Safari Shoes Based on Practical Features
#1 For a lovely natural coloured shoe that goes with most things and won’t show up the dirt easily, these Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX walking shoes are perfect.
#2 For waterproofing points, I really do think these Keen Terradora waterproof hiking boots are hard to beat. They are mid-length too, which means good ankle support, but less weight.
#3 When it comes to temperature, if you need something that will keep your feet warm, but that is also breathable, these Saucony Peregrine trail runners are superb and also offer excellent grip and good protection.
#4 If a lightweight safari shoe is crucial to you, then maybe stick to a simple runner or trainer as your footwear of choice. These New Balance 880v9 GTX are waterproof and weigh less than 300 grams! Good protection and durability too.
#5 And in terms of flexibility, it’s hard to look past the Asics Metarun , which have a Gel technology that not only makes them super responsive, but also 55% lighter than your standard pair of runners.
DON’T HEAD OUT ON SAFARI WITHOUT THESE OTHER 5 ESSENTIALS
#1 Binoculars – They don’t’ need to be expensive, but my cheap Eurohike pair were a great investment.
#2 Toilet Paper – Bush toilets don’t generally provide it!
#3 Natural Sunscreen & Sun Hat – Things get hot on safari so do be prepared.
#4 Good Camera & Lens – An absolute must if you’re looking to capture the incredible landscape and wildlife. I love my mirrorless Sony A6000 , which is light, compact and robust – ideal for Africa travel.
#5 Sarong – Whether it’s covering your shoulders from the sun, using as a pillow on long bus journeys or protecting yourself from dust on safari, a sarong is a great multi-purpose travel item for Africa.
Best Women’s Shoes for an African Safari
I’m putting in this section about the best women’s shoes for an African safari quite simply because many women email me with this question, so ladies I’m dedicating this part to you!
We’ve touched on the colour issue above, but to reiterate, I highly suggest keeping it stylish and coordinated with natural colour footwear that is grey or black.
I’d also see if you can extend your shoe allowance to 2 pairs – both a good mid-length hiking boot / decent walking shoe and a pair of excellent, support sandals will come in very handy.
This should allow you to cover most bases in terms of walking / vehicle safaris and chilling at a lodge / camping, as well as across both South and East Africa if you’re on a long trip.
Remember your feet will swell in the heat and you might be using your hiking boot with a thick sock, so factor these elements in too when trying on your safari shoe.
Speaking from my own experience as a female traveller, I wore my Birkenstock sandals during almost all my safaris in Southern Africa because it was so hot.
However, in East Africa, I wore nothing but by brown Doc Martens due to the wet and muddy conditions.
Note these weren’t ideal, but I was on a huge overland trip from Cairo to Cape Town at the time, so these were the type of boots that covered all bases – fashion and practical – for such a diverse adventure.
3 Best Safari Shoes for Women
#1 I know I keep banging on about them, but it’s just so hard to beat a good pair of Arizona Birkenstocks if you’re looking for the perfect safari sandal ladies.
#2 For a good walking shoe, I just think North Face Litewave are a lovely light and stylish option for women.
#3 And for boots, Merell Siren are light, mid-length, waterproof and about as pretty as a hiking boot can get!
3 Best Overall Pairs of Safari Shoes
With this information in mind therefore, you can see that it’s actually impossible to nail down just 1 pair of shoes that are the best shoes for an African safari.
It’s a bit like saying, what are the best shoes for your Europe?
Well, it depends on where you’re going, when and what you’ll be doing there.
Same applies to safari shoes, but based on my experiences in Southern, East, Northern and the Horn of Africa, I’ve come up with 3 great pairs that between them cover all eventualities.
Read on to discover what my overall 3 best shoes for an Africa safari are…. and why!
And, don’t forget, if you’re struggling to decide where to safari (it’s confusing I know!) then check out these top safari tour picks for some seriously super inspiration!
#1 Teva Women’s Tirra Sandal
What I like most about these sandals compared to other women’s activewear sandals is their graceful appearance, with thin straps, which are perfect for long, thin feet like mine!
As one of the original activewear sandal brands Teva are experts in their field and these Tirra models are waterproof with a strong, secure strapping configuration that offers multiple adjustments to ensure a perfect fit.
In addition to this, the shoc pad technology offers superb comfort, with a durable footbed giving super support and spider rubbles soles providing some great grip.
Ideal for Southern Africa in particular, the great ventilation of these shoes is just what you want for the dry, hot conditions in this part of the continent in peak safari season.
Light, quick and easy to slip on and off, these sandals will take up little room in your luggage.
Available in a huge range of colours, the comfortable and supporting Teva’s Women Tirra Sandals would be an excellent choice as one of the best shoes for African safari experiences.
#2 Saucony Women’s Grid Excursion TR9 Trail Running Shoe
Good for walking or cycling safaris like Hells Gate National Park in Kenya or Matapos National Park in Zimbabwe , a pair of trail running shoes are the 2 nd pair on my list of the best for shoes for an African safari.
With tons of great brand to choose, I really love this pair of Saucony Women’s Grid Excursion TR9 Trail Running Shoes , which are great for all sorts of outdoor adventure, including safaris!
Light and durable, these top safari shoes won’t take up much room or weight in your bag.
They can also double as city footwear, perfect for the more urban areas of Africa or travel days, especially given their breathable mesh panels and excellent ventilation.
In addition to keeping your foot cool when on safari, the mesh panel’s of the Saucony Women’s Grid Excursion TR9 Trail Running Shoe are also great for keeping dust and dirt out – an excellent feature in the Africa environment!
The smart cushioning system and rubber outsole also ensure excellent grip and traction.
Perfect for safaris across Africa, these Saucony Women’s Grid Excursion TR9 Trail Running Shoes would work during dawn and night safaris, when the cold weather means you’ll need something that completely covers your foot, but isn’t overly bulky or cumbersome.
#3 KEEN Women’s Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot
When it comes to safari hiking boots, the Keen’s Women’s Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot offers unparalleled comfort and durability with excellent value for money.
Breathable, with a protective toe cap and excellent traction, these are definitely one of the best for shoes for African safari trips, such as gorilla trekking in East Africa where the ground is muddy, wet and unstable.
With an outstanding waterproof rating, the KEEN Women’s Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot would actually be the perfect pair of shoes for safaris across East Africa, where it can rain at any time of year and where conditions can quickly become slippery.
In the dense jungle areas of Africa, fire-ants are an additional threat, so having a hiking boot, rather than a lower supporting shoe here, is going to help you combat these pesky insects too.
As hiking boots go, I love the look of the KEEN Women’s Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot , which is pretty stylish as well as practical.
The brown, ‘shitake’ colour scheme they offer are almost fashionable!
You can even wear these on travel days without feeling like the total tourist hiker too!
As well as in East Africa, these are also one of the best shoes for African safari adventures if you are travelling in Southern Africa in the winter (when its freezing and you’ll likely need a boot!) as well as further north in the Horn of Africa.
For example, I wore hiking boots a lot in Ethiopia, in particular when trekking in Simien Mountains National Park and in the Danakil Depression.
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So there you have it, my top 3 pairs when it comes to the best shoes for African safari trips.
Have you been on safari in this amazing continent?
What shoes did you take?
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Safari Shoes, African Travel Foot Wear, Hiking Boots & Sandals
Footwear is very important when planning a trip to the African wilderness. Safaris in Africa are all about nature, the wild, and the jungle, the very things that make the continent such a beautiful place to visit. It is full of mystery and interesting sights and sounds. Most African safari countries like Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Rwanda and Uganda various wild animals to see, bird watching opportunities, chimpanzee and gorilla trekking white water rafting, and so many other activities that could add to the adventure of your trip. But to fully enjoy all that, you need the perfect pair of shoes. They do make a world of difference especially on hiking and gorilla trekking expeditions. After selecting and packing the right clothes, you need to make a careful and informed selection of footwear.
There should be more of rules about what not to bring on an African safari than the guidelines on what to pack especially about the foot wear that is comfortable for the Jungle experience. The most important point here is to travel lightly.
Foot wear also needs change with altitude especially with the Rwenzoris and Mt Kilimanjaro and also when wet and rough forest conditions are anticipated. In countries like Uganda, Rwanda and Gabon, the light but robust and waterproof boots are a must. However for the walking trails as well as the treks in dry season in Udzungwas and Mahale, it’s recommended that regular trail shoes can be used with an ankle support.
Safari Foot wear
With visiting the national parks and the game reserves, always two types of safari foot wear- boots and sandals are recommended.
Many people have said that you might not need boots when going to the parks, but we beg that if you are to go on walking safaris, a good pair of hiking boots is a must, and in case you are intending to stay with in the camps, a comfortable pair of boots is always advisable. These boots can protect you from wild insects, snakes, as well as thorns on the ground. Again, the soles of your safari foot wear (for the boots and sandals) should have thick and non-slip soles that are comfortable.
There are two types of sandals that are comfortable for any African Safari, a thick bush soled sandal for using outside and a thin soled sandal for inside using inside. The thin soled sandal will also prevent the thorns from damaging the foot.
If you are planning to go on hikes, mountain climbing or tracking chimpanzees and gorillas, then you need good sturdy boots to be able to make your way along the trails on rugged the terrain with little difficulty. You might need boots if you are going to do some bird watching as well.
Safari boots that are very comfortable with thick and light soles as well as supple uppers are so good for a safari. When looking for good hiking boots, try to look for the following combination of six key features.
Water resistance:, the tongue:, scree collar:, safari foot wear- trail buster boots:, how to care for your safari foot wear.
- You need to apply polish once in some months or after every safari in order to try and preserve the leather layer.
- In case you go for bush walks, you will most probably cross streams as well as the insides of your boots will get wet, don’t use a hair dryer or putting them near the fire in order to dry them out. This will rather dry out and stiffen the leather.
- Always let your safari foot wear dry naturally, it’s also advisable to crumple up newspaper and also put paper balls into each of the boots and later leave the boots in the sun to dry.
- Also keep the newspaper for few hours and keep changing them with dry papers, this paper also acts as a sponge which draws the moisture out of the boots.
- In case the outside part of the boots are muddy, just use water and a soft brush to get rid of the mud.
Walking Safari Shoes & Walking Sandals
If you intend to mostly focus on game drives and wildlife viewing, then you need to invest in a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Since you will mostly be seated in a vehicle or walking short distances to catch sight of a few wild animals. You might need walking shoes for nature walks as well, especially along tracks that are quite even. It can get tiring to wear boots all the time, so walking shoes offer a pretty comfortable and practical respite.
The right shoes also depend on the kind of safari you take. Tour operators can give you good advice on what shoes to pack depending on what safari you have booked.
Some parents like to travel with their children, so children on safari are not a rare occurrence. If you are traveling with your children, make sure they are properly outfitted so they can be comfortable and have a good time too. Comfortable and well fitting walking shoes are good for children, boots are usually not necessary since children are usually not allowed on hikes. Children usually spend their time playing around the lodge and going on a few nature walks it is good to keep them comfortable with the right clothes and footwear.
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