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Rufiji APU Boots

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These boots were made for walking! Designed for, extensively tested by, and used by the Anti Poaching Unit of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa these genuine wildebeest hide 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 boots...are an absolute winner!" They are hardy and reliable and with every pair sold we donate a pair to the APU unit as part of our. YOUbuy, WEgive campaign.

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Product Information

About the Rufiji APU Boots::
Quick Facts: ⊙ Weight: 1.3kg; ⊙ Soft Leather for maximum comfort ⊙ When laced up tightly built-in tongue provides measure of waterproofing to keep feet dry even in stream crossings (up to the top of the boot). ⊙ Sole is designed to enable you to walk quietly in the bush.

Introduction:
These boots were made for walking! Designed for, extensively tested by, and used by the Anti Poaching Unit of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa these genuine wildebeest hide 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 boots...are an absolute winner!" They are hardy and reliable and with every pair sold we donate a pair to the APU unit as part of our. YOUbuy, WEgive campaign. They are so awesome that we decided to make them available to the public. Their range of application is vast. They could be worn each and everyday in the urban environment, but are tough enough for even the most hardcore explorer... and of course for Safaris beyond the seat of a Land Rover.

The APU Boots are made in South Africa from genuine wildebeest hide 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 men needed shoes that are comfortable and durable - and these boots go beyond fulfilling those needs.

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 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 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'.

His feedback inspired us to do more and donate more and we launched the "YOU buy, WE give" initiative to give you, our client, an opportunity to get involved.

Click here for more information on the Anti Poaching Unit.


About our YOUbuy, WEgive Campaign

About the YOUbuy, WEgive initiative::
We decided that our Rufiji APU Boots are so awesome that we should make them available to the public...with a catch! For every pair of Rufiji APU Boots you purchase, we'll donate a pair to the brave men of the Anti Poaching Unit.

Let's work together to keep the APU on their feet, fighting poachers and saving South Africa's wildlife. For more information on YBWG please click here
YOU buy, WE give!




About the Rufiji APU Boots

About the Rufiji APU Boots::
Quick Facts: ⊙ Weight: 1.3kg; ⊙ Soft Leather for maximum comfort ⊙ When laced up tightly built-in tongue provides measure of waterproofing to keep feet dry even in stream crossings (up to the top of the boot). ⊙ Sole is designed to enable you to walk quietly in the bush.

Introduction:
These boots were made for walking! Designed for, extensively tested by, and used by the Anti Poaching Unit of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa these genuine wildebeest hide 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 boots...are an absolute winner!" They are hardy and reliable and with every pair sold we donate a pair to the APU unit as part of our. YOUbuy, WEgive campaign. They are so awesome that we decided to make them available to the public. Their range of application is vast. They could be worn each and everyday in the urban environment, but are tough enough for even the most hardcore explorer... and of course for Safaris beyond the seat of a Land Rover.

The APU Boots are made in South Africa from genuine wildebeest hide 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 men needed shoes that are comfortable and durable - and these boots go beyond fulfilling those needs.

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 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 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'.

His feedback inspired us to do more and donate more and we launched the "YOU buy, WE give" initiative to give you, our client, an opportunity to get involved.

Click here for more information on the Anti Poaching Unit.


Order the Right Size

What size Rufiji APU Boots should I order?:

We recommend ordering a size smaller than your usual UK shoe size.


Product Notes

• 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.


Further Information

• 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.
* Measurement (heel to tip of toe):
Size 7 - 27cm
Size 8 - 28cm
Size 9 - 29cm
Size 10 - 30cm
Size 11 - 31cm
Size 12 - 32cm


Product Review

Rufiji APU Crusader Boots Reviews:: "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" - Zenzele Tembe (Member of the Anti Poaching Unit of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve)
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