What to expect from your safari vehicle

What to expect from your safari vehicle : There are a thousand questions you can and should ask yourself before organizing an African journey. However, the topic of discussion today is one that many safari visitors ignore. Ask about your safari vehicle before selecting your Africa safari camp or lodge, regardless of how many safaris you have taken before. Your safari vehicle has the power to make or ruin your experience. You will spend numerous hours a day in this vehicle every day. It will transport you to the animals and be your means of navigating the dense and untamed bush.

The fact that every Africa safari camp and lodge uses a different set of cars may surprise you. Sometimes the changes are just about cost-cutting, and other times it’s because they want to provide their customers with a unique experience. Selecting a firm that use subpar safari vehicles can make you feel incredibly let down and envious of all the other safari vehicles you come across. However, how can someone who has never gone on safari know what makes a good and bad safari vehicle.

Features you want in your safari vehicle;

Don’t just take our word for it we at Focus East Africa Tours believe the experience is well worth it, and we have top-notch safari vehicles.

Let’s discuss the experiences you hope to have on your African safari and the kind of vehicle you will need to make it happen.

Safari vehicle; each Focus East Africa Tour is specifically designed to navigate the rugged terrain of Kenya. Though open to the outdoors, the stadium-style seating in the back are shielded from the sun and rain by a canopy. Among the features are a storage cooler, USB charging connections, fold-down windscreens, specialized tyres and wheels, a snorkel that lets us navigate through deep water, and more.

  1. Toyota Land Cruiser.

Amazing vehicles, Toyota Land Cruisers can drive through the muddiest situations without becoming stuck. It’s a strong, sturdy car with outstanding performance, dependability, and durability. Even in the worst of circumstances, it provides a comfortable ride, and the safari vehicle can run for days on a single diesel tank.

But then again, a factory-fresh Toyota Land Cruiser off the shelf isn’t exactly what you’re looking for either. It needs to be altered specifically for the safari environment. These adjustments consist of:

Have a look at how unmodified this safari vehicle is. Since there is no snorkel, deep water will be a problem. The cab, the wheels and tyres, and other parts likewise appear to have undergone minimal or no alterations. In essence, it’s a pickup truck with seats in the back.

  1. Fully open vehicle.

If you’ve done any research on safari, you’ve undoubtedly seen a tonne of pictures of various car models. The majority of safari camps and lodges in Kenya and Tanzania use fully enclosed safari cars, where you must stand up to get a good view of the wildlife without windows. Safari vehicles with a more open-air style are more common in Southern Africa, including Botswana, but the degree of openness can significantly alter your African experience.

Open seating in your safari vehicle; let’s start by discussing your seating area. The safari vans are fully open, with no windows, doors, or frames to obstruct your view. Then, some cars make the dual claims that they will “protect you from the elements” and alter your perception of the Bush.

You decide how much access you want to have to the animals, but we believe that the more, the better. We believe that the charm of your African Adventures is diminished when there is something between you and the wildlife. It changes the experience from being “in your face” majestic to more zoo-like.

You’ll have less dust to cope with if the seating area is closed, but we believe that’s all part of the safari experience. Instead of breathing in some dust and possibly getting wet, we would rather be there, ready and waiting to see an elephant trumpeting at us or to watch a lion stroll past our automobile.

But regardless of how open the vehicle is, the seating is as important. Middle seats are not something you want to be in a vehicle with. Find out how many passengers each car is allowed by your safari operator. We only allow six people at a time so that everyone can sit by the window and not be forced to endure a bad view.

Safari vehicle modified; this safari vehicle features a closed-off seating compartment that provides both a heated rear feel and a blocked view of the wildlife. There’s probably no air conditioning in the back, and there’s not much prospect of a wind because the front cab is walled off. That’s difficult. Furthermore, the vehicle will not be useful for birdwatching.

Open cab safari vehicle; let’s talk about the driver’s cab second. There may be instances where the cab is closed, even in safari vehicles where the whole seating area is exposed to the outdoors. You most definitely DO NOT want this.

Your connection to your safari guide is cut off when the cab is closed. Although it will be ten times tougher to interact with them, he or she may still be able to chat to you by leaning out of the window. This will significantly diminish the quality of your experience.

Safari vehicle closed cab; Due to the closed cab of this safari vehicle, visitors have a far less intimate experience when speaking with their guide. There is a small, enclosed seating area as well. There’s hardly much to see for the guests in the rear row. Observe the middle seat as well there are a lot of passengers in one vehicle.

  1. Canopy Cover.

Now, a vehicle that is completely open is great until it doesn’t have a canopy! Even though Botswana is a desert, rain is possible, and you want a canopy to protect you from the rain when it does. However, a canopy is still rather necessary even in the absence of rain.

With 3,300 hours of sunshine annually, Botswana has intense heat, so you want to spend as much time as possible in the shade. If your truck is completely open and doesn’t have a canopy, you won’t be able to escape the weather.

What to expect from your safari vehicle
What to expect from your safari vehicle
  1. Safari car power charging.

Access to power is critical even in the middle of the Bush. Given that many of our visitors bring cameras, phones, and other electronics, we are aware that having a place to charge your gadgets is crucial to a good time. Additionally, depending solely on battery power during 12- to 13-hour game travels can be unsettling.

For this reason, every Focus East Africa Tours vehicle has USB charging ports for each seat, allowing you to simultaneously charge two devices while out on your regular game drives. You won’t ever have to be concerned about losing electricity.

  1. Refrigerator System.

It’s far too hot to be without access to ice-cold water, juice, soda when the temperature reaches 35 degrees Celsius (95F). Thus, find out from the operator whether the safari car has a refrigerator system before selecting your African adventure tour.


  1. Storage Options.

To get the most out of long-lasting gaming drives, you need to have ample storage space to accommodate the amount of material you bring along. You need space in your daypack for your phone, camera, extra jacket, and other personal belongings. Aside from these necessities, there should be space for meals, snacks, tables, seats, and any other stuff you could need for your long travel.

There is plenty space for you to leave your stuff because Focus East Africa Tours only seats a maximum of six people. The middle seat in the back two rows is where you can store your belongings. You can stack your belongings on top of the refrigerator on the front row. Additionally, you have lots of space to store your bag at your feet as needed.

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