Going on Safari should be on any bucket list, joining in on a organised safari can and should be unforgettable to say the least. So what exactly is a safari vehicle and more importantly what are the advantages or benefits? Open Game Drive Safari Vehicles are generally large 4x4 vehicles that have been modified according to specific regulations ensuring safety of the clients being transferred. These regulations do vary from province to province in South Africa as well as park or game reserve specific regulations.Please note that private reserves or park regulations are different from national regulations. This article will focus on national regulations. So what exactly are these regulations then when it comes to Open Game Drive Safari Vehicles?
All Safari Vehicles travelling on any arterial or national road conveying clients have to have a COF (certificate of fitness certificate). These certificates are renewed annually and are only issued once an inspection has been completed and passed. These vehicles usually have a different colored number plate, eg (KwaZulu Natal Black Number Plates) are issued. The COF issued will indicate all relevant information with regards to the make of the vehicle and it will also indicate the number of passengers that are allowed to be transferred. The South Africa Roads Act (Department of Transport) issues all permits for the conveyance of paying passengers. No operator is legally allowed to transfer any passenger without this certificate. Should any incident or accident occur without a carrier permit then the passenger liability will not be covered. What are the Advantages or Benefits of Open Game Drive Safari Vehicles Firstly and most importantly it's the unobstructed views. Added to that is the fact that each row of benches or seats are staggered in height. Therefore the last row will be the highest and the first row will be the lowest. Seats versus Benches, seats may be more comfortable however restrict movement especially if you are a avid photographer. Benches offer absolute flexibility and the advantage of being able to move ones camera with ease. Communication with ones's ranger or guide is made easier as their is no obstruction between client and ranger. Ranger or Guide, these men or woman are passionate about what it is that they do. Each individual has to complete various courses and all courses vary in difficulty. No matter where one travels on safari it is the ranger or guide that will inevitably make the outing a memorable one.