Open Safari Vehicles
In Southern African countries like South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, open safari vehicles take center stage. These vehicles, characterized by their lack of roofs or side windows, provide an unobstructed view of the surroundings.
This configuration offers an immersive wildlife experience, allowing you to feel the cool breeze and become enveloped in the natural sounds of the wilderness. Perfect for photography enthusiasts, open-sided 4×4 Land Cruisers and Land Rovers, often with tiered seating, are the vehicles of choice.
Despite their openness, many of these safari vehicles are equipped with permanent sunshades (roofs), ensuring passengers stay shaded from the intense African sun.
Closed Safari Vehicles:
In East Africa, particularly in destinations like Kenya and Tanzania, closed safari vehicles become the preferred mode of exploration. This choice is influenced by restrictions on open vehicles in certain areas, such as roads between national parks and specific park regions like Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.
Safety is paramount, especially on regular roads where open-sided game viewing vehicles are impractical. Additionally, in parks with thriving cheetah populations, closed vehicles offer a secure vantage point for observing these agile hunters.
Most safari destinations in East Africa boast extensive road networks, making closed vehicles the norm for long-distance transfers between airstrips, camps, and lodges. A typical closed game drive vehicle features three rows of seating and a pop-top roof hatch that can be raised for optimal game viewing and photography.
In private wilderness areas, where off-road exploration is the norm, more open configurations are prevalent. These vehicles often feature a canvas roof and adjustable flaps covering the windows, providing a harmonious balance between openness and protection in the untamed wilderness.