What are the different Types of Vehicle on an African Safari?
Depending on your African destination and the type of safari you ultimately book, you could be in any number of safari vehicle types. Below is an overview of the most common.
Open 4x4 Safari Vehicles
Designed to carry 6 to 8 guests, open safari vehicles do not have a roof and offer face to face encounters with nature. Taken out at dusk and dawn, a tracker sits on the bonnet reading animal tracks whist the guide drives and ensure your safety. These are the common vehicle type an private lodges and camps throughout Southern and East Africa, and will be used when clients fly to the camp they are staying at.
Hatch Top Safari Vehicles
Designed for comfort, hatch top safari vehicles are modified Landcruiser 4x4's with pop-up roofs that can be closed when travellling long distance. Primarily used in locations such as Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda these safari vehicles are known for handling tough terrain. Its cozy cabin also provides protection from unexpected rains, winds and mud splashes. Hatch tops vehicles also feature a host of creature comforts such as a built-in fridge, high backed seats and wide range radio system to ensure you never get lost in the wild. In addition, drivers are professionally trained according to a strict contingency plan.
Minivan Safari Vehicles
A favorite in Kenya, minivan safari vehicles are great for travelling long distances and are used on the scheduled departure safaris, to areas where a 4x4 is not necessary.