Safari vans or Safari Minibus as they are sometimes called, offer the Kenya Safari traveler an economical option to go on a wildlife safari as it is a cheaper vehicle to hire than the 4x4 Land Cruiser.
The Safari Minibuses are custom designed to handle a low to moderate level of difficulty in terrain, which is typical of national parks as in most cases the wildlife parks have a well maintained network of roads. Since the majority of Kenyan national parks now have regulations limiting driving to 'On Road' and not 'Off Road', our safari minibus can comfortably carry six to seven passengers with ease to any national park in Kenya.
Some of the customary modifications the safari minibus would have to comfortably navigate the bush terrain include: Spaciously separated seats by the windows, a bench like seat for three at the rear of the vehicle, a pop up roof for easier game viewing and wildlife photography, an exhaust snorkel for the air intake and engine exhaust and also reinforced Coil or Spring shock absorbers to cushion the drive. The safari minibus can hence withstand almost all conditions but may at times experience some difficulty especially during the wet muddy seasons.
While four wheel drive land cruisers are really the all weather safari vehicles preferred for longer safaris, the safari minibus is ideal for shorter trips as they offer a comfortable and cheaper mode of travel for the budget conscious safari traveler. We typically use the minivan for safaris to Tsavo East, Ngutuni, Lualenyi, Amboseli and their surrounding parks.