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Hello, We are going to be in Namibia from June 11-22. We will be going to the Kalahari, Soussusvlei, Swapkomund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha, and Erindi. We will be staying at lodges and mostly getting around by vehicle, but we do plan to do a Bushman walk and do some viewing near waterholes, where the lodges have waterholes on site or very close by. I'm wondering about bringing boots. I have these boots: https://www.journeys.com/product/231484 but I am thinking of getting these: http://www.shoebuy.com/timberland-mt-maddsen-mid-waterproof-boot/757009/1588595?cm_mmc=ls-default-_-none-_-none-_-none (Yes, I can fit boy's sizes.) I don't mind getting the Timberlands, as I'd get use out of them at home, too, but would want to get them soon to start breaking them in. The Docs have a rubber sole--not super thick, but more like the sole on a sneaker/trainer--maybe about 1/2" thick. They are really like a pair of leather, high-tops. The Timberlands have a thicker sole and the uppers are harder and sturdier, too. Which would be more suitable for Namibia? Or would either one be overkill? I've been researching, and some people say that comfortable shoes or sneakers and sandals are enough. I'm not sure I'd like wearing sandals in a non-urban environment, although I don't mind having a pair along, as we will be spending a few days in Germany on the way there and Toronto on the way back. I'd probably also bring a pair of lighter shoes, such as these ones, which I have: https://www.ca.skechers.com/en-ca/style/14165/skechers-gowalk-4-achiever/gry I know that Namibia at that time of year can be quite warm midday but around freezing in the early morning and at night. That sounds very much like Calgary, where I live, in late September to mid October, so I understand the need for layering and bringing some light and some warm things. We will have a private guide and vehicle, so space isn't a big issue on the ground. However, we always prefer to travel with carry-on luggage only on flights (have done three 3-week trips to Europe this way), if possible, so I don't want to bring stuff I won't need. Are thorns likely to be an issue at lodges? (Some of the lodges consist of cabins or tented chalets that are quite spread out.) If so, I'm worried the Docs and my Skechers might not protect against those. What about scorpions in winter? Would the Timberland boots be way too hot, though? What about at Soussusvlei? Would my shoes or boots be a pain in the behind for walking on sand? Is there something else I should consider (e.g. flip flops for inside the cabin and going to the pools, if I do so?). I'm confused. Thank you.
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