Forty or so years ago nobody was permitted to enter a game park in Africa unless they were in a fully enclosed vehicle. Walking safaris were unheard of. The first of both was pioneered in Zambia by the late Norman Carr. Others were quick to follow. Now the open vehicle concept is commonplace and for many it’s the way to go particularly if time is limited.
An open vehicle offers all round views and an elevated aspect which helps considerably when searching afar for game. It also facilitates moving reasonably quickly from one place to another especially if lion sightings for example are reported over the on-board radio. A vehicle trip is often considered as a supplement to a boat trip and vice versa.
Our vehicles are maintained as new and offer comfort and security and an ability to take you to places where lesser vehicles would founder. They are purpose built and equipped with sun shade roofs and warm ponchos for the late trip back to the lodge in the evening. They are also equipped with hand held spotlights for night viewing which can be most exciting when the nocturnal creatures such as leopards, civets, porcupines, genets and aardvarks, to mention but a few, come out to hunt and forage for food.
Our game viewing trips by vehicle usually involve a halt at an appropriate spot for drinks and snacks. Here you can disembark, stretch your legs and enjoy the ambiance and sounds so often missed while travelling. This is often a good time to chat to your guide and discuss all the searching questions about the bush that have accumulated on the trip. It’s also a good time to let things come to you which often happens as long as you remain fairly quiet, close to the vehicle and unthreatening.
A special night trip to look for leopard is not an unusual request. At Royal we always ensure you are spoilt for choice especially with regards to activities. You only have to ask as flexibility is the backbone of our lodge.