Safari Vehicles - everything that any African Safari Self Drive Enthusiast should know

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Which Safari Vehicles are the best to use on an African Safari? Jeep, Land Rover or a Land Cruiser? What about all the other brands on the market? Wherever there is a campfire in Southern Africa and the guys are gathered around the talk invariably turns to this hot topic.

Which 4X4 is the best? The Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover fanatics are particularly voluble on this subject and their bickering and banter can sometimes lead to some really heated arguments!

For a completely unbiased review on all of the four wheel drive cars, trucks and SUV's, available you should take a look at Andrew St. Pierre White's Complete Guide to Four Wheel Drive.

This excellent book not only discusses the pros and cons of each vehicle but covers a wide range of other topics and information of interest to anyone who wants to travel the back roads of Africa in 4X4 safari vehicles.

All you will ever need to know about Four Wheel drive Safari Vehicles

Toyota Land Cruiser A well kitted Toyota Land Cruiser...
Camping at Bakgatla
Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa

The Complete Guide to Four Wheel Drive extensively describes 4wd vehicles in a friendly manner which is easy to understand. The information is presented in such a way that it will be of value to both the novice and the experienced off road enthusiast. Topics covered include:

  • 4X4 versus 4X2
  • Negative Perceptions
  • Engines
  • Four Wheel Drive Transmission Systems
  • Ground clearance
  • Suspension Systems
  • Other Features to Consider such as Diesel turbo failures, loading capacity, disk versus drum brakes, vehicle range and payload to name a few.

Are you preparing for an Africa Overland Safari?

This book gives priceless advice for all going on an African Safari. This section in the book covers in detail the topics listed below, all of which is essential to the self drive safari enthusiast.

Wilderness Travel :

Self Drive Safaris through the wilderness in Africa is a great adventure for the well prepared traveller. Over and above having a vehicle suitable for the job one must be prepared to cope with any eventuality far from civilisation. With this in mind The Complete Guide to Four Wheel Drive provides factual information to prepare you to travel through the wilderness of Africa.

  • Take care not to take Too Many Things...
  • The best way to pack Safari Vehicles
  • Portable fridges
  • Solar recharging
  • Camp lighting
  • Bush Camping
  • Water and Survival
  • Packing Lists
  • Conversion Tables

Auxiliary Equipment for Safari Vehicles :

Stock Standard 4wd vehicles are tough vehicles in their own right and can go a long way without having to make any improvements to them. However, having to be self sufficient in the wilderness and having to cope with difficult terrain in heavily loaded vehicles can require some additional equipment and modifications.

  • Body mounted accessories such as Bull Bars, Bumpers and Towing Equipment
  • Suspensions modifications
  • Auxiliary Tanks
  • Gauges
  • Electrics
  • Roof Racks
  • Snorkels
  • Miscellaneous items such as body and chassis protection, mud flaps and radiator grille grass nets

Wheels and Tyres :

This is another hot topic around the campfire that the Complete Guide to Four Wheel Drive covers in detail and will leave you in no doupt as to what wheels and tyres are best to use in certain conditions and terrain.

  • Tyre selection
  • Radials
  • Cross-ply's
  • Tubed and tubeless tyres
  • Spare wheel location
  • Wheel rims
  • How to repair a puncture
  • Tyre index tables

Recovery :

Going off road in Africa means you probably will get stuck somewhere and you will have to rely on yourself and your fellow travellers to get yourself on the road again. This is especially true in the wet summers when a normally easy gravel track can become a muddy swamp. Steep, rocky mountain tracks and deep loose sand are some of the other challenges that can be encountered.

Here you will find out what equipment is necessary and also, how to use it. Tap into Andrew St. Pierre White's vast experience to bring you up to speed on this essential topic.

  • Winches
  • Recovery Accessories
  • Kinetic / Snatch Straps
  • Jacks
  • Sand ladders
  • Anchors
  • Recovery Techniques

Navigation and Communication :

Going overland in Africa will require that you understand maps, GPS devices as well as portable radios and satellite phones...

  • Navigation
  • Communication

Trailers and Towing :

Personally, I like towing an off road trailer when camping somewhere off the beaten track in Southern Africa. Today's trailers are so well kitted that you can set up a really comfortable camp in the middle of nowhere. However, the decision to tow or not is something everyone has to decide for themselves and The Complete Guide to Four-Wheel Drive provides the facts to help you make an informed decision.

  • Trailers versus Roof racks
  • Towing Equipment
  • Trailer design
  • Towing on- road
  • Towing off-road

4X4 Driving Techniques

If you have a 4wd vehicle you do need to know how to use the car's capabilities to the best effect. That way you ensure that you can get the most enjoyment from your vehicle in a safe and responsible way.

Andrew St. Pierre White has travelled off road for many years and shares his vast experience extensively covering topics such as:

  • How to use 4wd transmissions
  • Tyre pressures
  • Off-road driving

Maintenance and Bush Repairs on Safari Vehicles

Knowing how to maintain a vehicle and how handle breakdowns far from civilisation is good knowledge to have. This section in the book provides you with common sense factual information needed to keep your wheels rolling in the bush.

  • Maintenance
  • Breakdowns
  • Welding on a vehicle
  • Filters
  • Handling fuel

Nature Conservation

We African Safari enthusiasts have a big role to play in nature conservation so that future travellers can enjoy the wilderness as much as we do today...

  • Responsible behaviour
  • On the Beach
  • Camping

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