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What To Expect From Your Safari Vehicle

A useful guide to safari vehicles. Whats the difference, and where are they used?



Africa Specialist
Published on

04 May 2018

Updated on

17 Nov 2020

Kearsley Safari Vehicle

Safari vehicles vary from camp to camp, and country to country. In this guide we want to show you an example so you know what to expect. On the whole there are 2 main types of vehicle. 'Closed' vehicles, which are mainly used in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda). 'Open' vehicles tend to be used in Southern Africa (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia).

'Closed' Vehicles

Most Safari vehicles are Land Rover Defenders and Toyota Land Cruisers, seating up to seven guests plus your driver. They are designed to maximise wildlife viewing in the National Parks as well as comfort on the roads in-between the parks. The below seven seat vehicles have special features including window seats for all passengers, as well as a pop-up roof so that you can stand up and get an amazing unobstructed view of the animals.

Kearsleys Tanzania Safari
Migration viewing
Kearsley Vehicle
Fleet of safari vehicles
Kearsley Vehicle
Elephant viewing
Vehicle Plan
Example internal seating plan

'Open' Vehicles

Where long journeys by road aren't required for your safari, most of southern Africa, open sided vehicles tend to be used. These 4x4's are normally Land Cruisers, or Land Rovers. Open sided vehicles have their advantages. It's much easier to capture photos and the experience seems much closer. If shade is needed most vehicles will have sunshades.

Inyati Safari Open Vechicle
Lion viewing on a Inyati Safari Vechicle
Open Safari Vechicle
Example of an open safari vechicle
Open Vehicle Safari with Lion
Lion on Safari

Whatever sort of vehicle you're in you'll have an amazing safari, for more inspiration, check out our 26 best safari ideas or call our team on 01768 603 715 and they'd be happy to help.

If you're planning you're researching your first safari, you might also want to take a look at our guide on 'where to go on my first safari' or big five safaris.

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