Always wear comfortable, closed shoes when you go on outdoor adventures, or your next safari or trip overseas. We recommend packing one pair to use for more active outdoor activities, on game drives and for short walks, as well as a pair of cooler shoes to wear while relaxing and around your lodge on safari. For long walks, always use a pair of trail or hiking shoes which you have walked in properly, together with a pair of cooler shoes for around camp to give your feet time to recuperate after miles of walking.
If you are going on a classic game drive type of safari, then pack comfortable men's safari shoes to wear on game drive but which are able to double as good walking shoes for a walk in the bush - an activity we highly recommend. Note that if you do not have walking shoes with you on game drive then your guide may decide against a quick impromptu walk in the bush
Also take a pair of men's safari shoes to wear around the camp. These may be the same pair as your select for the above, but it may also be a pair of cooler sandals or open shoes.
For full-on walking safaris make sure you take men's safari shoes which are made for longer hikes - and ensure that you walk them in properly before you go on safari. You may prefer low rise canvas trail shoes or leather higher rise boots - the preference is purely personal.
If you are going on a walking safari in sandy areas (check with the walking safari company you have booked with) then we suggest that you pack higher rise boots with a built in tongue - such as our Rufiji™ APU Safari Combat Boots - as this will minimise the amount of sand which goes into the shoe which will cause discomfort.
We would still take a a pair of cooler men's shoes or sandals for before and after walks when around the camp.
Safari tip: always check your shoes for small snakes, scorpions, spiders and insects before putting them on.
Number of men's safari shoes to pack for your safari:
Up to 4-day safari: x 2 (1+1); Up to 8-day safari: x 2 (1+1); Up to 12-day safari: x 2 (1+1)
*"(1+1)" explained: Walking shoes + shoes to wear around camp.