If you are not an experienced 4×4 driver, we recommend taking a course in 4×4 and off road driving. These are available at selected suppliers. It is advisable to complete a 4WD course in the vehicle you plan to use on safari.
Our 4×4 campers are Overland game viewing vehicles and are larger than standard 4×4 vehicles due to the motorhome body, and are best suited for 4×4 game viewing roads. They are not suitable and are not permitted to be used on sand dunes, heavy articulated 4×4 driving or 4×4 specific courses.
Tyre pressure and the correct inflation for the type of driving that you are doing are of the utmost importance to correct before tackling any situation that you will need four wheel drive for. For example driving in thick sand requires a tyre pressure below 1.2 Bar.
When loading your 4×4 vehicle remember to try and pack as much weight as possible into the lower of your vehicle and not high and on the roof. One of the leading causes of accidents and vehicles overturning is overweighting and poor weight distribution. Top-heavy vehicles are far more likely to roll, and are not easy to control if you need to suddenly swerve you vehicle. Your heaviest baggage and equipment should sit low in the vehicle, with as little weight as possible on your roof.
Weight is your enemy, travel light, live light, you will have a much more enjoyable 4×4 experience!!
Speed compounds problems any eventuality you encounter on the road becomes easier to deal with the slower you are travelling. You have more time to react and your momentum is easier to manage.
Dirt and gravel roads in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa can have sloping shoulders, swerving onto these uneven planes increase the possibility of overturning your vehicle. In the event of wildlife blocking your path it is often safer to maintain your course than to swerve onto a slopping shoulder. Again, low speeds can prevent this becoming a decision you have to make.
Be aware of your vehicles fuel requirement, LOW SULPHUR DIESEL and capacity, fuel consumption and the distance between fuel stops. Terrain, speed, tire pressure and load all influence your consumption. Carry spare fuel to be safe.
When using four-wheel drive vehicles, it is advisable to engage the 4×4 on all gravel roads including off road sand or mud roads. Never engage 4×4 when driving on asphalt tar roads.
Caution: Never forget to disengage 4×4 when returning to tar / asphalt road surfaces.
Warning: serious damage to vehicle may result which will be for your account.
Yes, the minimum rental period is 4 days.