The 20 Best Safari Boots For Bush Walks Reviewed

A good safari boot is the one thing that is a must when it comes to safari wear and bushwalks. Sure you can dress up in khaki, leather, leopard print, and dark green, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter all that much about what you wear on safari if you don’t have the safari shoe.

However, protecting your feet in the bush is important. 

If your safari has plans to do any bush walks in search of the “Big Five” picking up a good pair of boots before your trip is a necessity. A good pair of safari boots is not just comfort they are safe for being in the bush.


The Best Safari Boots


Men’s Safari Boots


1.) Danner Mountain 600 ($180)


Danner Mountain 600 Mens Travel Boots

If it’s looking like you might need something a little heavier than the standard shoe, then take a close look at the Danner Mountain 600 Boot. Danner has been building boots since 1932, and in that time they crafted some of the footwear for the U.S. Marine Corps, so you can bet they know what they’re doing.

The Mountain 600 is a perfect balance between performance and aesthetics. You’ll have a rugged boot that can take anything you throw at it, but appear like you’re wearing stylish leather city kicks. They are completely waterproof and feature a comfortable, shock-absorbing midsole, perfect for a few trail adventures during the day, then heading back into the city for the evening. The more rugged construction also means a longer break-in period, so wear them around at home before you take off.


2.) Blundstone BL585 ($229)


Blundstone BL585 Mens Travel Boots

For a stylish men’s safari boot, these are a solid go-to for travel. The BL585 has great tread, insoles, and strong arch support which makes much more than a stylish boot for men. Not only can these boots feel comfortable in a more formal or stylish event, but they’re equally at home on a ranch or going for a walk in the woods. An EVA footbed with special technology in the heels ensures all-day comfort.

The boots are made of thick, soft leather, durable stitching, and they’re incredibly comfortable. I love the slip-on fit, and the pull tabs make it easy to put on and take off. As a tip, I’d pick up some leather treatment to protect the boot and add a level of water resistance. Altogether they’re a tremendous safari boot for men.


3.) Merrell Men’s Moab 2 ($130)


Best Travel Boots - Merrel Moabs

Merrel is a great boot brand. They specialize in hiking shoes so you know your feet will be comfortable for walking long distances. The boots are a blend of leather, textile, and synthetic. They are waterproof, comfortable, rubber soles, and high ankles.

The soles themselves are specially designed to grip so in muddy or wet conditions they grip. It’s unlikely you’ll ever go for a bushwalk in rainy conditions. I would suggest these boots for someone going gorilla trekking in the jungle or if you’re an avid hiker. We started off this list with your typical “safari boots” that are leather and stylish. However, these are more about practicality and value.


4.) Red Wing Iron Ranger ($329)


Red-Wing-Heritage-Iron-Ranger-Best-Mens-Travel-Boots

Red Wing comes in a close second for boot brands in my opinion and they’re also made in the USA. These boots are both functional and stylish. Designed with quality materials and solid craftsmanship. Red Wing’s Heritage Iron Ranger’s have a high ankle and steel toe for great protection beyond the bush.

If I was considering a serious self-drive safari into the deep bush I’d go for a pair of steel toe boots. What I love about these boots and the Apaches are they are some of the best damn boots in terms of style, quality, comfort, and longevity. You can’t go wrong with a classic. Now all you need is a hat and a good camera for safari.


5.) Vasque Talus Trek Mid UltraDry ($149)


Vasque-Talus-Trek-Best-Hiking-Boot

If you are planning on setting out on exceptionally rocky and wet terrain, look no further than the Vasque Talus Trek Mid UltraDry hiking boots. Designed specifically for long days hiking, these boots hold up through the mud, rain, rocks, and even snow. So, they make for a great safari boot.

They are slightly heavier than the Salomon X Ultra’s, weighing in at 2lbs 8oz, but still, haven’t fully moved into the midweight category. The added weight comes from the comfortable leather exterior, and rugged foot protection, which we think are definitely worth the trade. These boots come in both men’s and women’s sizes, and a variety of colors depending on your style preference. 


6.) Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II ($79)


Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Safari Boot

Not all boots are about the style. These Columbia boots are about practicality and comfort. The Newton Ridge Plus is a blend of leather and synthetic materials good for breathability and waterproofing.

Synthetic safari boots may not have the classic look, but they weigh less and have more flexibility than the more expensive leather boots. In fact, most safari guides these days opt for the new style of boots due to their practicality and comfort. With a low price point, these boots are a clear winner.


7.) Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX ($230)


Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

These are some workhorse safari boots built for rugged terrain and long distances. These boots are the whole package, with an extremely rugged outsole that can help you glide through any environment, a flexible platform for improved comfort, and top of the line performance fit.

Salomon Quest 4d boots can take you from your day-hike to your next big backwoods adventure with ease, making them great for every style and experience level. Above all these are just great boots for hiking and have a shelf life long beyond a safari.


8.) Lowa Renegade GTX ($240)


Lowa Renegade GTX Boot

Similar to the Vasque Breeze, the Lowa Renegade hiking boots are extremely comfortable straight out of the box, with no break-in period needed. The Lowa also has one of the highest ankle collars of any of the boots on this list, giving you exceptional ankle support for uneven terrain.

They have a solid construction that can stand up against the best brands, and a full leather upper that only adds to their overall durability. Lowa Renegade hiking boots have more stability, durability, and waterproofing than many lightweight brands, but fall slightly behind the endurance of many midweight boots. 


9.) Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX ($165)


Best Hiking Boot Salomon GTX III

Salomon has been at the top of the hiking boot game for a long time. With exceptional quality, outstanding durability, and solid overall construction, it’s easy to see why. Now they have entered their contender in the lightweight hiking boots fight, and we couldn’t be happier. These are an excellent pair of boots, but more about hiking than safari.

It’s a good boot for anyone looking to have a lightweight boot without sacrificing performance. If you’re seeking a boot to move fast and run downhill with some ankle protection this is a great hiking boot. These boots can easily tackle the challenges of the hardest safari, but might not be the most fashion-forward and a little overkill. That being said they’re a great value for the quality.


Women’s Safari Boots

Khwai-Botswana

1.) Danner Mountain 600 ($180)


Danner Mountain 600 Mens Travel Boots

If it’s looking like you might need something a little heavier than the standard shoe, then take a close look at the Danner Mountain 600 Boot. Danner has been building boots since 1932, and in that time they crafted some of the footwear for the U.S. Marine Corps, so you can bet they know what they’re doing.

The Mountain 600 is a perfect balance between performance and aesthetics. You’ll have a rugged boot that can take anything you throw at it, but appear like you’re wearing stylish leather city kicks. They are completely waterproof and feature a comfortable, shock-absorbing midsole, perfect for a few trail adventures during the day, then heading back into the city for the evening. The more rugged construction also means a longer break-in period, so wear them around at home before you take off.


2.) Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger ($329)


Red-Wing-Heritage-Iron-Ranger-Best-Mens-Travel-Boots

Red Wing comes in a close second for boot brands in my opinion and they’re also made in the USA. These boots are both functional and stylish. Designed with quality materials and solid craftsmanship. Red Wing’s Heritage Iron Ranger’s have a high ankle and steel toe for great protection beyond the bush.

They’re rugged, chic, and look great on both sexes. To me, it all comes down the superb leather they use to construct their boots. When you buy a classic pair of boots like these you’re making an investment in your feet

If I was considering a serious self-drive safari into the deep bush I’d go for a pair of steel toe boots. I love these boots because they are some of the best damn boots in terms of style, quality, comfort, and longevity. You can’t go wrong with a classic. Now all you need is a hat and a good camera for safari.


3.) Merrell Women’s Moab 2 ($130)


Best Travel Boots - Merrel Moabs

Merrel is a great boot brand. They specialize in hiking shoes so you know your feet will be comfortable for walking long distances. The boots are a blend of leather, textile, and synthetic. They are waterproof, comfortable, rubber soles, and high ankles.

The soles themselves are specially designed to grip so in muddy or wet conditions they grip. It’s unlikely you’ll ever go for a bush walk in rainy conditions. I would suggest these boots for someone going gorilla trekking in the jungle or if you’re an avid hiker. We started off this list your typical “safari boots” that are leather and stylish. However, these are more about practicality and value.

The boots are a blend of leather, textile, and synthetic. They are waterproof, comfortable, rubber soles, and high ankles. On the outsole is tough Vibram soles that provide good cushion and traction on slick surfaces.


4.) Blundstone BL550 Boot ($229)

Blundstone Leather Boot Safari Clothes

For a stylish women’s boot, these are a solid go-to for safari. It has great tread, insoles, and strong arch support which makes much more than a stylish boot for women. Not only can these boots feel comfortable in a more formal or stylish event, but they’re equally at home on a ranch or going for a walk in the woods. An EVA footbed with special technology in the heels ensures all-day comfort.

The boots are made of thick soft leather, strong stitching, and they’re extremely comfortable. I love the slip-on fit and the pull tabs make it easy to put on and take off. As a tip, I’d pick up some leather treatment to protect the boot and add a level of water resistance. Altogether they’re a tremendous safari boot for men.


5.) Dr. Marten’s Pascal Combat Boot ($135)


Dr. Marten's Pascal Combat Boot Safari Boot

The Pascal Combat Boot has been a fashion staple for decades now. Combined with both a classic combat boot look, solid design, and comfort these boots are great for a bushwalk. A large selection of styles and colors ensure you can choose whatever suits your mood.

After all, women’s safari clothes do not need to be all khaki and leather. The long history and great build quality mean the boots should also hold up against the elements. I wouldn’t recommend them for a hard adventurer, but they’re more than enough for the average safari.


6.) The North Face Ballard Lace II ($119)


The North Face Ballard Lace II

I love the look of the North Face Ballard. These aren’t good just for safari, but they are also very stylish and go well during any season. The Ballards are made out of durable coated canvas and leather uppers.

They are great for walking for long periods with their OrthoLite footbed and blown rubber sidewalls. These boots are durable enough to last for years and have rust-proof hardware.


7.) Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II ($79)


Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Safari Boot

Not all boots are about the style. These Columbia boots are about practicality and comfort. The Newton Ridge Plus is a blend of leather and synthetic materials good for breathability and waterproofing.

Synthetic safari boots may not have the classic look, but they weigh less and have more flexibility than the more expensive leather boots. In fact, most safari guides these days opt for the new style of boots due to their practicality and comfort. With a low price point, these boots are a clear winner.


8.) Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX ($230)


Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

These are some workhorse safari boots built for rugged terrain and long distances. These boots are the whole package, with an extremely rugged outsole that can help you glide through any environment, a flexible platform for improved comfort, and top of the line performance fit.

Salomon Quest 4d boots can take you from your day-hike to your next big backwoods adventure with ease, making them great for every style and experience level. Above all these are just great boots for hiking and have a shelf life long beyond a safari.


9.) Lowa Renegade GTX ($240)


Lowa Renegade GTX Boot

Similar to the Vasque Breeze, the Lowa Renegade hiking boots are extremely comfortable straight out of the box, with no break-in period needed. The Lowa also has one of the highest ankle collars of any of the boots on this list, giving you exceptional ankle support for uneven terrain.

They have a solid construction that can stand up against the best brands, and a full leather upper that only adds to their overall durability. Lowa Renegade hiking boots have more stability, durability, and waterproofing than many lightweight brands, but fall slightly behind the endurance of many midweight boots. 


10.) Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX ($165)


Best Hiking Boot Salomon GTX III

Salomon has been at the top of the hiking boot game for a long time. With exceptional quality, outstanding durability, and solid overall construction, it’s easy to see why. Now they have entered their contender in the lightweight hiking boots fight, and we couldn’t be happier. These are an excellent pair of boots, but more about hiking than safari.

It’s a good boot for anyone looking to have a lightweight boot without sacrificing performance. If you’re seeking a boot to move fast and run downhill with some ankle protection this is a great hiking boot. These boots can easily tackle the challenges of the hardest safari, but might not be the most fashion-forward and a little overkill. That being said they’re a great value for the quality.


Safari Boot Tips


Best Safari Vests

Keep Your Boots Dry

This is the age-old boot tip, but keep your boots dry and change your socks often. Most people won’t face these challenges on safari. However, keeping dry feet while gorilla or chimp trekking in Uganda, the DRC, and Rwanda will certainly prove to be a challenge.

A great pair of socks is always your first line of defense in protecting your feet. Check these out for a good pair.


Leather Care

If you’re going with some of the more expensive boots on this list like the Red Wings or Chippewas I suggest taking care of the leather. With boots like these, they can literally last a lifetime if maintained. The soles can be replaced when they eventually wear.

However, the leather must be protected against the elements this is why I use a leather sealant and conditioner. Like Obenaufs, which you can buy it here.


Get the Right Size

It’s a good idea to know the proper sizing of your foot. Measure the length, width, and arch length at home or head into a local store to make sure you have the right sized boot.

Once you get your boots you can double-check the size of your insole by removing it from the shoe and comparing to your foot — you should have a thumb’s width between your longest toes and the end of the insole.


Book A Safari in Africa


African Safari

Traditionally if you wanted to book a safari you’d have to go to a travel agent and have them book your safari for you. They made suggestions for camps and lodges then presented you with a large bill. Most of the industry still operates in this fashion.

However, Timbuktu is a new platform that allows you to select the lodges you’d like and see the pricing per day that way you can select the best itinerary for yourself. They will then contact the lodges and help you through booking your safari. With experts on staff, they can also provide suggestions and arrange the little details much like a travel agent.


Our Favorite Lodges in Africa


Bwindi Lodge

We’ve spent over a year on safari and tried out dozens of lodges and have visited nearly every park in Africa. While it’s impossible to say we’ve visited every lodge we’ve seen a fair amount. Check out our list of favorite lodges in Africa. Have you visited any yourself?


Check Out Some Lodges in Africa


Kigelia Camp - Nomad Tanzania

Kigelia Ruaha Camp

Kigelia Camp is located along a dry river bed beneath Kigelia Africana trees. Each of the six tents is the perfect size for two people to enjoy comfortable beds and an outdoor seating area.

It’s worth noting that there is also a family tent for children above 12 to enjoy with their parents. Each tent has a flush toilet and a classic outdoor bucket shower. All in an effort to preserve water a precious resource in the park.

Staying in these tents allows guests to connect with the wild. Falling asleep to the sounds of hyenas and lions in the night is a memory never to be forgotten


Wolwedans

Wolwedans Dune Lodge

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge features ten chalets mostly constructed out of wood instead of canvas tents. Each room opens up to the east, offering incredible views of the sunrise every morning. We slept with the canvas tents rolled up and could gaze at the stars all night. We felt at one with nature while still having an extremely comfortable sleep.

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge has a massive pool attached to the pharmacy (or the “bar”) and continues to spill into one grand lobby area. This is where Cameron and I spent most of our day – basking in the intense Namibian sun surrounded by cool water and a good book.


Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi consists of 10 large spacious safari tents. Each room is stylishly decorated and has a large bedroom area. The en-suite bathroom has an amazing shower that opens up to the Zambezi via a tent flap allowing you to choose indoors or outdoors, we choose outdoors.

A unique experience at Ruckomechi is a bath on the banks of the Zambezi River, where guests can soak in a bubble bath. We, of course, had to take full advantage of this enjoyed a romantic bubble bath together while listening to the sounds of the wild.


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