Features of a 4WD safari vehicle
Well maintained vehicles
Our late model Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles have been modified specifically for the purpose of touring Africa as safely and comfortably as possible.
For our camping safaris each vehicle is equipped with a full set of camping and cooking equipment, interior and exterior lighting large side windows and an open top while game viewing will allow you to enjoy the sweeping panoramas.
On all vehicles we have a small reference library of relevant books, guides and maps for those shaded, hammock-slung data uploads. All seats are forward facing and fitted with lap seat belts.
East Africa versus Southern Africa
In Eastern Africa closed safari vehicles are more common than open four wheel drive safari vehicles.
Game drive and Night Drives
The word ‘gamedrive’ can be split into 2 different words: Game and Drive
‘Game’ is generally referred to as ‘animals that are not domesticated and are roaming the plains of Africa. In general we speak about ‘big game’ if we refer to animals like elephants, Cape buffaloes and other larger mammals.
‘Drive’ is referred to as a ‘drive with a vehicle’.
The combination of the words could therefore be described as a ‘drive with a vehicle in/over the plains of Africa in order to view these animals. Over time however, the word became mostly known as a ‘drive with a vehicle in Africa, in order to find (large) game for photographic reasons’.
A gamedrive you make from your lodge or camp and you will mostly have two gamedrives a day; one early morning and one late in the afternoon. A gamedrive can vary in length and distance, depending on preferences of the people in the vehicle and on the animals they encounter on the way.
Gamedrives leave (very) early in the morning. Never forget that you are on a holiday and that it is no shame to sleep in if you feel like doing so. Not every gamedrive has the same level of excitement, but you will see, the first time you do sleep in, that leopard will show itself in all its glory (get the point?).
Your afternoon gamedrive is sometimes extended into an evening gamedrive. During the dark hours of your drive you may see - with the help of a spotlight - nocturnal animals that you would normally not see during the day.
If you go on a gamedrive, make sure you carry your camera, binoculars, some reference books (if they are not in the vehicle), your sunglasses and a hat of some kind. In case you come back after dark, don’t forget to take something warm to wear.
During a gamedrive you will have to possibility to stretch your legs and (maybe) have a drink. Always stay close to the vehicle and tell your guide when you go to the bush room! And do not go by your self
In a lot of National Parks and Game Reserves it is not permitted to go off-road during your gamedrive. This is to prevent vehicle-damage to the environment. Please don’t force your guide to do so.