What is a safari vehicle and why is it such a big deal?
The safari vehicle is the epitome of the safari experience. It is by far one of the biggest differences between a self-drive adventure and a guided one, and when guests sign up for a Kruger Park safari, it is generally with the picture of a genuine safari vehicle in mind.
The Kruger National Park has in recent years become packed with safari vehicles, as more and more safari companies take excited guests into this most beautiful of game reserves. The Kruger has become an immensely popular place to tour, given the fact that it has a long history, a huge and diverse wildlife population, and it is also not too rural. Unlike many of Africa’s other safari destinations, the Kruger is located relatively close to modern towns, with the nearest metropolitan city being just 3 hours away.
For those who are visiting from outside of the country, opting for a guided safari, complete with a safari vehicle makes sense. Instead of trying to drive on roads that they are not familiar with, in a car that might not be competent enough to tackle the rough spots, guests can enjoy a safer and far more pleasant experience when they transfer to the Lowveld and are then driven around by a tour company.
The Advantages of Open Game Safari Vehicles
An Open Game Safari Vehicle is the longer name given to the safari vehicle and it is actually a very clear explanation of what to expect. Safari vehicles are completely open, which means aside from the body of the vehicle, the roof, and the wind screen, the vehicle is open.
The fact that there are no windows is rather appealing when you are in the Kruger Park although at first you might be a little worried, seeing that you are driving around a place full of wild animals. The lack of windows gives you a chance to enjoy the rustic side of the wild, and it also allows you to breath in that clean air.
The open vehicle can also provide you with the very best views. There is nothing to obstruct your sight, especially as each seat is designed to be slightly higher than the one in front of it. The last row of seats is the highest, while the front seats are the lowest.
The seats are both comfortable and they allow you to easily move around which is perfect if you are a photographer looking for the best shot. The seats of a safari vehicle are usually designed to be benches, so you can expect to share your seat with those on tour with you.
And then there is the communication factor. When you are on a guided tour, your tour guide will be in constant radio contact with the other tour guides from the company you are touring with. Being in contact is fantastic because guides will share where they have seen interesting wildlife, and this gives other nearby guides the opportunity to reach the scene. This communication will ultimately give you the best chance to see all of the animals you have come to see.
At Kurt Safari, our Kruger Park tours are designed to give our guests the very best experience. We tour in open safari vehicles, and each vehicle is headed up by an experienced guide.