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Safari Vehicles in Uganda- Question

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Safari Vehicles in Uganda- Question

From what I see on the web; the Safari vehicles in Uganda (for budget to mid-range travellers) seem to be relatively older vehicles. Is it safe to assume that they are refurbished vehicles from Europe and Asia? Also, how about the safety of these vehicles?

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1. Re: Safari Vehicles in Uganda- Question

The bigger companies like Wild Frontiers have modern vehicles with comfortable seats, 3 point seat belts, a/c, fridges, fully comprehensive insurance, new tires, etc. They have their own mechanics to fix the vehicles, trained drivers, and a big enough fleet to ensure that in the case of a breakdown they can send a relief vehicle. This is one of the reasons that bigger companies are more expensive.

With the more budget orientated companies you can start removing items from the list; because they have to cut the budget somewhere.

As with most things in life; you get exactly what you pay for.

If you want a good vehicle then ask the company to email you photos and to list what is included. Be prepared to pay for quality.

Edited: 16 May 2013, 09:38
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Just to confirm; companies like Wild Frontiers actually purchase new vehicles from Toyota. Generally the vehicle starts as a new Landcruiser Pick Up (probably what you call a truck in the US). They are then sent to Tanzania to a company that specializes in doing safari conversions (extending the chassis slightly, adding the body and interior which is custom made). The suspension and brake system is also improved.

The more budget orientated companies often buy second hand vehicles and do conversions in a number of body-shops here in Uganda. Some of those conversions look decidedly dodgy to me; too heavy with the weight far out the back (on a lengthened chassis without necessarily improving the suspension or brakes).

Edited: 16 May 2013, 09:45
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And to add - most of the vehicles here are imported from Japan, via the port of Mombasa, then driven across Kenya to the Customs Bond.

New vehicles are available, but not likely for safari use - in general.

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Other Vehicles are purchased from Dubai and are of Japan make, most of them are second hand vehicles.

Like solkampala said, Big companies have brand new Vehicles so if you want such Vehicles you need to book with companies like Wild frontier, Volcanoes, Churchill etc and their charges are pricey.

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Depending on how much you want to spend on your trip. If you want a 4x4 year 2010 and above it can go for $300 per days with a drive but without fuel.. A lot of companies can offer this like gorilla tours,stebar safaris , let's go travel ,active safaris,Africa adventure safaris,classic Africa safaris, Uganda safaris company..

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