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Vehicles Recommended for African SAFARIS for Game Drives

Before you embark on your next African safari, it’s good to know what kind of vehicle you’ll be exploring in. Depending on your safari location, your vehicle’s style will differ. Different parks have different rules, and some lodges add features to their vehicles that make your many hours spent on game drives more comfortable. Here’s a look of the safari vehicles you may be riding in.

DEPENDING ON YOUR LOCATION, YOUR SAFARI VEHICLE MAY DIFFER. HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF A CLOSED SAFARI VEHICLE.

 

UGANDA SAFARI VEHICLES

If your safari is in East Africa, you can expect to venture in a 4×4 open safari vehicle. This jeep style all-wheeler normally contains three rows and holds up to six guests. This guarantees everyone a window seat for prime photography and viewing experiences. This open concept allows greater visibility to get up close and personal with wildlife in their natural habitat. Some vehicles are roofless, which are great for birdwatching. Others have a canvas sunshade roofs to protect you from the hot African sun. These open style vehicles may also have a jump seat for your safari tracker, who watches the road to keep everyone safe.

When it comes to rules and regulations, about where safari vehicles can drive and what types are allowed, things are often stricter in National Parks than private game reserves.

In East African countries like Kenya and Tanzania, you may also ride in a closed 4×4 safari vehicle.

 

EAST AFRICA: CLOSED SAFARI VEHICLES

 

In East Africa, you’ll be exploring in a closed safari vehicle with a pop-top hatch roof that raises for game viewing and photography.

If your safari is in East Africa, you’ll be touring in a closed safari vehicle. These too have three rows of seating and six window seats. The unique part of closed vehicles is the pop-top hatch roof that raises for game viewing and photography opportunities. Not only do they have this cool feature, but most also have air conditioning and a refrigerator to keep you cool and hydrated during your African adventure. Since distances can be great in places like the Serengeti and Maasai Mara, having this extra bit of luxury can make a 4 hour drive much more comfortable.

In East Africa, open vehicles are not permitted in national parks (including Ngorongoro Crater) and are closed for guest safety. In private game reserves, vehicles may be open or closed depending on rules of the reserve. Additionally, the region has road networks and require closed vehicles for long distance trips.

 

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Justo Nov 18, 2019

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I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019

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Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018

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I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019

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My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019

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Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .