About the Rufiji™ APU (anti-poaching unit) Combat Safari Boots:
Quick Facts: ⊙ Handmade from genuine leather with rubber soles; ⊙ Weight: 1.6kg
Activities: ⊙ Safari✓ ⊙ Travel✓ ⊙ Multi-day adventures✓ ⊙ Everyday use✓ ⊙ Hiking✓ ⊙ Patrolling✓ ⊙ Expeditions✓ ⊙ Outdoor activities✓ ⊙ Walking safaris✓
Features: ⊙ Made from genuine leather; ⊙ Rubber soles; ⊙ Lace-up with tightly built-in tongue for a degree of waterproofing; ⊙ Packaged in a re-usable canvas drawstring bag as part of our 'say no to plastic' environmental philosophy
These boots were made for walking! Designed for – and extensively tested by – the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Anti-Poaching Unit (APU), they are both tough and comfortable even in extreme conditions. For every pair bought, we’ll donate a pair to African APUs.
Where it all Began:
It started with passion - passion for wildlife and the strong desire to protect it. We wanted to help, but couldn't exactly run into the wilderness with guns, so Steve approached the men who could.
After meeting with the anti-poaching unit at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and their officer-in-chief, Jabulani Ngubani, we set about designing the Rufiji™ APU Combat Safari Boots with our Rufiji™ shoemaker. By combining a new classic boot style with leather, we came up with the prototype for the boots and then sent the boots to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi to see if they would actually work in the field.
Since then, the boots have undergone thorough testing by APU member Zenzele Tembe. He walked a total of 480km on patrols in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi before reporting back to us with positive results. According to Zenzele, the boots are “very suitable to the dry savanna land and are light on the feet”. Tactically, he says the boots are “ideal as the footprints can be easily concealed”. He says the shoes are “soft but protect the feet from the rough terrain”. He also noted that they “dry fast which is ideal for rainy days and walking through rivers”.
These genuine leather boots were designed for days of trekking through the African bush. Such is the comfort they provide that they are now the boots of choice for anti-poaching teams across Africa. According to Peter Chadwick, conservationist and APU training officer: "I have been searching all over the country for decent patrol boots without any luck. The Rufiji™ APU Combat Safari Boots...are an absolute winner!"
Off the back of the APU’s reviews, we decided to make them available to the public. Their styling makes them a versatile pair of boots that can be worn every day in the urban environment. Their suitability to variegated terrain – built for days of trekking through river and bush in Africa – means that they are tough, durable, and comfortable enough for Land Rover safaris and beyond and even for the hardcore explorer and expeditionist. Get the combat boots which are actually used on the frontline of conservation; rather than boots made purely for fashion.
In an age of mechanisation, products created in the hands of talented artisans speak to an appreciation of quality and attention - tailoring not only fine shoes, but also a story behind what you choose to wear. The materials of our Rufiji™ APU Combat Safari Boots are handled with the attention and expertise of skilled craftsmen to create special, strong footwear in natural materials that will be right at home on outdoor adventures, as well as a stylish focal point in urban environments.
*Please note that the images show members of the Anti-Poaching Unit wearing camouflage clothing. We advise civilians not to wear camouflage when visiting Africa. It is considered illegal in some African countries and may be considered offensive and potentially dangerous.
Make a purchase with a purpose through YOUbuy, WEgive:
The feedback from APUs have inspired us to do more and so we launched the "YOUbuy, WEgive" initiative to give you, our client, an opportunity to get involved.
Hardy and reliable, for every three pairs of Rufiji™ APU Combat Safari Boots bought, we will donate a pair of boots to the hard-working patrol men and women working in anti-poaching units. This includes travel or delivery costs to get the boots to the recipients. This contribution makes an on-the-ground difference to conservation efforts - helping to protect precious wildlife in Africa.
By purchasing Rufiji™ APU Combat Safari Boots, you are also supporting African shoemakers in providing them with livelihoods. Your purchase also assists with the education and supply of stationery, sports equipment, clothes, and transport to 15 children from a nearby community.
Say no to plastic packaging
Your Rufiji™ boots are packaged in a re-usable canvas drawstring bag. At The Safari Store, we are working hard to eliminate plastic from all of our packaging. This forms part of our commitment to a green future and the preservation of the environment, so future generations can enjoy pristine natural spaces.
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|Length||23.2 cm||23.6 cm||24.45 cm||25.29 cm||26.14 cm||26.98 cm||27.83 cm||28.68 cm||29.52 cm|
|Width||8.1 cm||8.4 cm||8.61 cm||8.82 cm||9.04 cm||9.25 cm||9.46 cm||9.67 cm||9.88 cm|
Three easy steps to ordering the right size: With so many different brands from all over the world available on the high street and online, the only way to get your size right the first time round is to use our unique sizing guide for shoes. Please note that this is a guide meant to assist you as much as possible, but we do acknowledge that peoples feet really do vary tremendously and so please treat it as a guide, not as hard and fast for all feet across the world.
STEP 1: Remove the inner sole of a similar pair of shoes that fit you comfortably. Be sure not to damage the shoe in doing so.
STEP 2: Measure the inner sole from the heel to the tip of where the big toe will be. This will be the length of the inner sole. Measure the widest part of the sole. This will be the width of the inner sole.
Tip: If you do not have a measuring tape, use your credit card. The long side of a credit card measures 8.5cm and the short side is 5.4cm. Simply use the centimetre measurements on our chart and divide by 8.5cm to get an idea of how many credit card lengths equals the measurement you are recording.
STEP 3: Compare your measurements to our size chart and choose your size accordingly.
NOTE: For sandals simply do the same measurements on the sole of the sandal.
Zenzele Tembe - APU Member
The boots are very suitable to the dry savanna land and are light on the feet. They are ideal as the footprints can be easily concealed. The shoes are soft but protect the feet from the rough terrain and they dry fast which is ideal for rainy days and walking through rivers.
i strongly recommend these shoes ! they are simply excellent ! light weight and confortable but very stable. i've used them in muddy terrain as well as in dry conditions and i've even tried them in the mountains. i normaly wear 43.5 size and therefor size 9 fitted perfectly ! from my point of view the greatest advandage of this shoe is that you can really walk silently !!! this makes it also an excellent choice for ornithologists and any people observing wildlife on different terrains. the fact that for each purchase the safari store donates a pair to the anti poaching unit is a fantastic idea and from my point of view a very good way to help and support the saving of south africas wildlife ! chapeau !!!