Types of Safari Vehicle

No matter where you travel in Africa, your transportation will be of key importance. Depending on where you will be going on safari, the vehicles will range from 2WD minivans, to open-sided 4WD's to close-sided 4WD's with photographic hatches and small aircraft. 

Flying from one wildlife area to another is a fantastic way to travel. Not only do you avoid long drives but you get sight-seeing opportunities over areas, such as the Okavango Delta or down the Great Rift Valley. Flights are typically done in small planes, from 4-30 seats.  Flying in Africa between camps is very easy. Airstrips are close to the camps, with easy access. When you fly from camp to camp, you will have a new specialist guide who will host you during your stay. The advantage of this is you will have a guide that knows the wildlife movement intimately in his designated area.


Open-sided 4WD's are almost exclusively used at most camps and lodges in the Okavango Delta, Savuti, Chobe and Kalahari areas.

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Some lodges and camps offer motor boat and mokoro excursions.


Closed 4WD's used for road-based tours and open 4WD's for fly-in safaris.

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Small trucks vehicles used for small group adventure tours in Botswana and Namibia

Fly-in lodge and tented camp safaris use small planes, and either open-sided 4WD's or closed 4WD's depending on the area as not all areas permit open sided vehicles.


Many Kenya safaris' that visit national parks and reserves (as opposed to private wildlife conservancies) use safari mini-vans that have a photographic hatch. These vehicles are also used for transfers and where 4WD's are not necessary. They are a more economical option when going on safari. On request, 2WD minivans can be upgraded to 4WD closed vehciles, thus providing guests with a more authentic African experience.

Open-sided 4WD's are used on our customised fly-in lodge and tented camp safaris.  Most open-sided 4WD's will have a sun canopy on the top. They offer great visibility and provide unobstructed photography opportunities in all directions.

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Most safari vehicles are closed 4WD's. 4WD is required for safaris in remote areas and during rainy seasons, and in areas that have poor roads or black cotton soil, which gets very slippery when wet. 4WD is also required to descend into the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, due to the steep and poor descent and ascent roads.  For our fly-in safaris you will be flown directly to the lodge and will use their game drive vehicles. Rugged and tough, these vehicles will get you to some of the more remote game viewing areas.

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Fly-in safaris in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania use small planes ranging in size from Cessna 206's to Cessna Grand Caravans.

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Our small group tours in Southern Africa use trucks that carry between 12 and 16 people, depending on the itinerary.

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