Before you embark on your next African safari, it is good to know what kind of vehicle you will be exploring. Depending on your safari location and game lodge, 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.
Safari vehicles must serve several purposes: they must allow you to sit in comfort for game drives, offer excellent viewing opportunities, and be tough enough to withstand the demands of the Tanzanian wilderness.
We ensure that our travelers always have access to a clean, well-maintained vehicle, appropriately sized and equipped for their group and activities. Bobby Tours’ guests travel in up-to-date and immaculately kept vehicles appropriate for the territory and itinerary.
The safari vehicles are fully equipped with radios, bottled water, field guides, binoculars, and other amenities for comfort and safety.
With the exception of transfers within Nairobi and Arusha, when minibusses are used, we use four-wheel-drive vehicles (4×4) – custom-built safari Land Cruisers and Land Rovers – exclusively on all our safari programs.
Our safari vehicles are converted into custom-built safari cars, with pop-up roofs to enable visitors to view wildlife better. Vehicles are fitted with thickly-cushioned individual seats.
We ensure that our travelers always have access to a clean, well-maintained vehicle, appropriately sized and equipped for their group and activities. Bobby Tours’ guests travel in up-to-date and immaculately kept vehicles appropriate for the territory and itinerary. The safari vehicles are fully equipped with radios, bottled water, field guides, binoculars, and other amenities for comfort and safety.
We only use four-wheel-drive vehicles (4×4) – custom-built safari Land Cruisers 4×4 – exclusively on all our Tanzania safari programs.
The benefits of traveling with Amani Hostel safari vehicles are:
- You’re safe: Four-wheel-drive provides maximum traction and stability.
- You’re comfortable.
- High-backed seats with thickly cushioned fabric seats, armrests, and map pockets.
- You have plenty of room in spacious vehicles with an aisle down the middle.
- Storage space for luggage so it travels with you.
- You have unobstructed views of wildlife and the landscape.
- All passengers have their own opening window with single seats at each window.
- A roof hatch provides open views and easy photography.
- You have access to a video camera power socket.
- Pop-up roof hatches for game viewing and photography.
- Onboard HF radio communications, and guaranteed window seating.
- More interior space.
- Luggage storage space.
- Food and Camping Equipment storage space.
Our fleet of 40 vehicles consists of:
Safari Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4 – AMANI HOSTEL maintains a fleet of Land Rovers and Land Cruisers, which we customize to suit the client’s needs.
For example, we replace the standard seats configuration with safari style seats for greater comfort.
At the same time, we modify the floor and lower the seats to give you an unobstructed view, and fit large hatches in the roof for more open space and a better game view.
Guaranteed window seats
All our safari vehicles carry cool boxes for drinks, one pair of binoculars and wildlife reference books.
4×4 vehicles used for game drives have variable seating plans of 5 – 7 persons. All vehicles have opening roof hatches making them ideal for game viewing and photography.
In places like Serengeti National Park, you will witness wildlife spectacles like the Great Migration where nearly 2 million wildebeest and 20,000 plains game migrate from the Serengeti (in Tanzania) to the Maasai Mara National Reserve (in Kenya) to search for grazing grounds and water. In these parks, your safari vehicle must follow the roads and cannot take any “shortcuts.” Some game parks limit the number of vehicles around a sighting and private game parks always limit with a maximum of 2-3 vehicles around a sighting.
In East Africa, you will be exploring in a closed safari vehicle with a pop-up roof that raises for game viewing and photography. This type of vehicle has three rows of seating and six window seats. 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 your game drive much more comfortable.
In East Africa, open vehicles are not permitted in national parks (including Ngorongoro Crater) and are closed (can be open on sides with a roof) for guest safety. In luxury, private game reserves, vehicles are open.