We genuinely believe our fleet of Toyota Land Cruiser’s are the best vehicles available for the conditions in Africa. This is because we invest heavily in the vehicle from the start, they are not a standard vehicle filled with kit. Instead they are fully customised so every bit of our extensive kit list has a specific place in the vehicle, designed not to shake around or come loose whilst travelling. Also, we don’t own a vehicle older than 4 years of age, so you know you will be using a vehicle of a very high quality and standard within it’s 5 year warranty. Our staff on the ground in Africa are employed by us, have a passion for vehicles as well as our clients’ trips and their input and care is exactly why we able to offer a 5 star service in this area.

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An expert’s take on Safari Drive – by 4xOverland


Over the years we have researched and refined the list of vehicle equipment that we provide. The equipment is identical in every vehicle but we always ensure you have the essentials for each country and its respective driving conditions.

All Safari Drive guests are briefed at our bases where we will run through the equipment with you. This gives you a chance to choose more or less equipment at no additional cost. All trips include satellite telephones at no extra charge with free calls to Safari Drive (or our bases).

We always ensure you have all the essential kit (and some nice extras) for your trip, so camping, eating out (and drinking) are a joy. We also provide you with a small starter kit of a few basic essentials (salt, pepper etc) to which you can then add your own supplies along the way, particularly fresh fruit, vegetables and meat.

  • vehicle equipment

    Satellite phone
    long range fuel tanks
    wheel brace
    vehicle documents
    vehicle handbook
    Garmin Satnav with Tracks4Africa for journeys in southern & eastern Africa
    two batteries /split charge system
    fire extinguisher
    Engel fridge
    water Tanks
    roller draws
    spade & axe
    tyre pressure gauge
    tow rope or strap
    tyre pump
    pair of warning triangles
    bottle jack
    vehicle awning
    fitted camping light

  • camping kit

    Tents & bedding
    Double roof tent & mattress *
    Sheets, duvets & duvet covers

    Ground tent & beds
    Pillows & pillowcases

    Under blankets
    Towels & extra blankets

    Cutlery & crockery
    Soup bowls
    Dinner plates & side plates

    Coffee mugs

    Table knives & forks
    Dessert spoons & teaspoons

    Kitchen equipment
    Table cloth & tea towels

    Chopping board
    Fish slice

    Serving spoons & long fork
    Wooden spoons

    Kitchen knives
    Wine glasses

    Thermos Flask

    Potato peeler
    Garlic crusher

    Tin opener & bottle opener
    Kitchen scissors

    Tuppaware (various sizes)
    Egg box

    Bread knife & chopping board

    Saucepans & frying pan

    Washing up bowls
    Washing up liquid

    Loo rolls & kitchen roll
    Mosquito coil / spray

    Kitchen foil
    Fire lighters & matches

    Dishcloths & pan scrubbers
    Fire wood

    General equipment
    Fridge & (or) cool boxes
    Gas bottle

    Table & chairs
    Braai grill

    Bungie cords

    Rechargeable light
    Fuel cans

    Fire gloves
    Washing up cloths

    Candles & holders
    Clothes line & pegs

    First aid kit
    Satellite phone

  • basic food supply

    The basic starter pack is to help you on your way. Contents may vary from region to region but the following is a good indication of the kinds of things we supply.

    A pack of sweet biscuits
    A pack of savoury biscuits
    Travel sweets
    A bottle of wine
    6 litres of water
    Salt Grinder
    Pepper Grinder
    Kilner Jar of Coffee
    Kilner Jar of Sugar
    Kilner Jar of Tea Bags
    Long life Milk (500ml)
    Tin Foil
    Zip Lock Bags
    Kitchen Roll
    Fire Lighters
    Black Rubbish Bags
    Dish Washing Liquid
    Washing Up cloth
    Pot Scrubber Pad – nylon & metal
    Tea Towells

  • the roof tent

    When our clients are asked about their Safari Drive experience they often comment that the roof tent was one of their most memorable parts of the trip. The roof tent provides a unique experience, allowing confident, comfortable and secure sleeping in areas of real wilderness. Providing great star gazing opportunities as well as a great place to lie and admire the view, the tents couldn’t be easier to use and can withstand the most extreme weather and rains that even Africa can throw at them.

An expert’s take on Safari Drive – by 4xOverland

Hazards & Safety

The key to a safe and enjoyable holiday is good preparation and confidence in learned safety skills. Every country has its own particular hazards and before you go you need to be aware of what potential hazards there are on this type of trip.

  • Hazards

    Loss of control of the vehicle
    Side winds leading to de-stabalisation of the vehicle and loss of control
    Inappropriate speed for the road conditions
    Corrugations causing vehicle to slide on gravel
    Unexpected hazards
    Other road users
    Driver inexperience
    Dangerous road conditions

    Avoiding the risks

    We do recommend driving courses based on your experience, the country you are visiting and the conditions that you are likely to encounter. You need to be aware that a 4x4 driving course will teach you about the capabilities of you vehicle but do nothing to keep you safe on the gravel roads.

  • Safety

    Learn advanced driving skills
    Drive defensively
    Do a skid pan training course
    Drive much slower than you would in Europe
    Expect unexpected hazards
    Don’t expect other road users to automatically avoid you

    Please feel free to discuss with us all aspects of risk and safety at any time before you encounter the African roads, call a member of our team. We can offer some driving tips to improve your driving and help you to get the most out of your trip. It is vital that every traveller to Africa check out the relevant FCO Travel Warnings.

An expert’s take on Safari Drive – by 4xOverland


insurance policies

Our vehicles are fully covered for any eventuality. They are insured by a fully comprehensive insurance fleet policy and for third party for the countries you are travelling through.

carnet de passage

For the UK-based vehicles to travel freely through Africa they have to have a document called a Carnet de Passage, an important document allowing the vehicle to cross borders without having to pay vehicle customs importation charges. On arrival or departure from a country the carnet has to be stamped.

drivers authority letter

If you are crossing borders as well as the Carnet you will need to show a Drivers Authority Letter. This is a standard letter which we will provide you with, stating that you, as the driver, have our full permission to be driving the vehicle you are in.

temporary import permits

This is a customs-generated document which covers you for the temporary import of the vehicle. This will be given to you at Customs & Immigration. Each vehicle will carry a TIP, which will be asked for at the border. This document has to stay in the vehicle at all times including when the vehicle is delivered to our base at the end of a trip.


Our expert team are on hand to answer any questions you may have. Simply fill in the form below and one of our team will be in contact.