THE RUFIJI™ APU BOOTS PROJECT
Boots made for walking

These boots are comfortable, hardy, and reliable and, with every pair sold, we donate a pair to anti-poaching units in Africa as part of our YOUbuy, WEgive campaign.

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The Rufiji™ APU (Anti-Poaching Unit) Combat Boots are made in South Africa from genuine leather with sturdy rubber soles. Designed with the needs of the APU in mind, they are built for days of walking through rivers and bush. The brave anti-poaching troops needed shoes that are

comfortable and durable - and these boots go beyond fulfilling those needs. But where did it all begin? 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.

How this project works

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 Boots with our Rufiji™ shoemaker. By combining a new classic boot style with wildebeest hide, we came up with the prototype for the boots and then we 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 savannah 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'.

His feedback inspired us to do more and donate more and we launched the YOUbuy, WEgive initiative to give you, our client, an opportunity to get involved.

Click here to buy yourself a pair of Rufiji™ APU Combat Boots >

Close-up of the Rufiji™ APU Boots
Let's work together to keep the APU on their feet, fighting poachers and saving Africa's wildlife.

How does the project work?

Our YOUbuy, WEgive initiative is geared towards helping game reserves and their surrounding communities. For every pair of Rufiji™ APU Combat Boots you purchase, we'll make a donation to the anti-poaching units of game reserves in South Africa.

The Safari Store has donated boots to the following establishments:

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve
Somkhanda Game Reserve (pictured on the right)
Save Valley Wild Dog Conservation Project (run by the African Wildlife Conservation Fund)
Garamba (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Maputo Special Reserve
Manyoni Private Game Reserve

Together with our partners, we have also supplied boots to uMkhuze, Tembe, Opathe, Ithala, and Ukuwela Game Reserves. Scroll down to the map below to see where our boots have gone.

Let's work together to keep the APU on their feet, fighting poachers and saving Africa's wildlife.

Click here to get your own pair of Rufiji™ APU Combat Boots >

The Somkhanda APU

Keeping feet - and eyes - on the ground for anti-poaching

Another part of our anti-poaching support is to donate binoculars to APUs - helping them to keep a closer watch on wildlife during their patrols. Alongside our growing boots project, we have started a Rental Retirement Project which gives old rental binoculars a new purpose in the hands of anti-poaching units.

With the help of Vortex Optics, we were also able to deliver brand new binoculars to a few reserves. Pictured on the left is Dave Gilroy of Somkhanda Game Reserve accepting six pairs of Vortex Diamondback 10x42 binoculars and boots for their APU.

Read more about the Rental Retirement Project >

Dave Gilory from Somkhanda Game Reserve accepting the boots and binoculars with a smile.

Walking Africa
A map showing some of the reserves where Rufiji™ APU Combat Boots have been delivered. Click on the green markers for more information on each reserve.

The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi APU on patrol

Keeping the wildlife warriors on their feet.
The men and women on wildlife patrol across Africa have tough jobs and we aim to make their days just a little bit easier by giving them boots that are comfortable and durable.

The boots are handmade

Heart and sole.
Lovingly crafted from natural materials, individual attention and the keen focus of a team of African craftsmen go into each pair.

The Rufiji™ APU boots aren't just for the APU but are the perfect shoes for safari and other outdoor activities

Not just for the troops
Like the look of our Rufiji™ APU Combat Boots? Beautifully made and always comfortable, get your own for outdoor adventures and as an everyday fashion item. Click here to view our style guide for women.

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