There should also be many rules about what not to carry on an African safari than the guidelines on what to carry especially about the foot wear which is more comfortable for the jungle adventure. The most important point is to travel lightly. Foot wear can be a baggage problem due to its extra bulk and weight. It’s also known that the light trail shoes and the hybrid shoes or the so called sandals are more passable for the regular travel and the normal safari. Some of these shoes include; Merrel, Teva, Keen, HiTec, Garmont, and Salmon. Also the walking trails and the flying camping tours along the rough terrain don’t allow the hiking boots when the conditions are dry.
The foot wear also needs change with the altitude most especially in Rwenzoris and Mt Kilimanjaro and when its wet and rough forest conditions are known. In countries like Rwanda, Uganda, and Gabon, the light robust and the waterproof boots are also a must. The regular trail shoes can be used for the walking trails and the treks, these shoe have an ankle support.
The safari foot wear can be used while visiting the national parks and the game reserves, and here two types of safari foot wear boots and the sandals are normally recommended. If you are to go for a walking safari, you will need boots, but if you are intending to stay at the camp, carry a comfortable pair of boots. The boots can protect you from the wild insects, snakes and the thorns on the ground. More so, the soles of the safari foot wear should have the thick and non-slip soles that are more comfortable.
About the safari sandals, there are two types of sandals that are more comfortable for any African safari, the thick bush soled sandal for using outside and the thin soled sandal for using inside. This thin soled sandal will also prevent the thorns from damaging the foot.
The safari boots that are so comfortable with the thick and light soles and the supple uppers are also good for the safari. When you are looking for the good hiking boots, just try to look for the following combination of these key features; the boot weight, this also means the lighter the boots, the easier your walking will be and the boots must also maintain the arch support, lateral and the longitudinal inflexibility. Water resistance, since moisture can be much most especially in the wet season, the tongue, about the flap in the boots where you put your feet should be gusseted, there is also the scree collar that will protect the ankles and the Achilles tendon from rubbing and these should have splashing that keeps sand out of the boots, the sole that should have an aggressive tread that will help in ensuring good grip and have sort of stiff shank as well as the laces.
You also need to apply polish once in some months to be preserve the leather layer. For the bush walks, you will cross streams and the inside of the boots will get wet, so you will need clean them after. Always let your safari boots dry out naturally, also keep the newspaper for some time and change them inside the boots with the dry ones. In case the outside part of the boots are muddy, just use water and a soft brush to be able to get rid of the mud.