Vehicles & Equipment

Our Vehicles

The Land Rover  Defender is our choice of  off-road vehicle and the world's most versatile 4x4 capable of traversing challenging terrains and surviving environmental extremes. It is the only true iconic expedition vehicle and the number one choice for adventurers and explorers. It is equally at ease tackling the sheet ice and snow of the Arctic as it is penetrating deep into the heart of Africa. It is sure-footed and unstoppable whether climbing high altitude mountain trails, crossing desert sands or deep-wading through rivers.

The Defender is exactly what you want when traveling in remote areas of Africa; it is basic, practical and reliable, yet comfortable and highly capable. Some of the most important features of Defender are its suspension, low ratio 4WD, ground clearance and load space.

The  Defender also comes with a range of accessories that are unique to Land Rover, such as water tanks and extra fuel tanks, expedition roof racks with a selection of lockable attachments, additional ride height which allows for superior game viewing and a number of different storage systems which allow you to live comfortably out of the vehicle for extended periods of time.

So, if you are serious about your African safari and game viewing then a Land Rover is essential. Especially as many of the most scenic areas and finest game reserves are only accessible by gravel roads or 4x4 tracks. Land Rover has achieved legendary status in Africa and Defender is synonymous with the unparalleled exploration and adventure that this magnificent continent boasts. That Defender continues to prove itself in the most extreme and remote of off-road environments only adds to its allure.

Equipment

After many years of camping experience and equipping our own expedition vehicles, we have mastered the art of packing and storage. We neither take too much nor too little and your Land Rover Defender will be equipped with the following while we carry everything else that is required to maximize your enjoyment on safari:

Camping Equipment

  • Comfortable tents sleeping two people with double or single mattress as required and mosquito netting (Vat4 Safaris will not put two roof top tents onto one vehicle as this exceeds the recommended carrying weight and makes the vehicle unstable and susceptible to rolling)
  • Pillows, sleeping bags, sleeping sheets, blankets and towels of a high quality
  • 40l fridge/freezer
  • Drawer storage system (when available)
  • Additional storage boxes
  • Lightweight aluminium roof rack
  • Jerry can holder
  • Gas cylinder holder (when necessary)
  • 40L Water-tank (full)
  • 2 Ratchet tie downs
  • Fold-up table
  • Camp chairs
  • Axe
  • Spade

Safari Equipment

  • Long range fuel tank (120 litre)
  • Dual battery system
  • Tow strap and shackles
  • Jumper cables
  • Rubber sand ladders
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Basic tool kit
  • Highlift jack
  • Bullbar
  • Air compressor and tyre pressure gauge
  • Two way radios
  • 1 Wheel brace
  • Warning triangles

Picnic Bag stocked with all sorts of goodies on a daily basis, plus:

  • Thermos
  • Water container
  • Stainless steel mugs and cups
  • Milk container
  • Coffee, tea, sugar and milk

Books and Documentation

  • Field guide to mammals of Southern Africa
  • Field guide to birds of Southern Africa
  • 'On Safari' Guide: 4x4 and camp equipment information
  • Adventure guides to the areas being visited
  • All documentation required for cross border travel
  • Maps for areas being visited
  • GPS coordinates where relevant for areas being visited

Safari Leader's Vehicle

  • Winch
  • GPS
  • Satellite phone
  • First aid kit
  • Camp shower (on request) and hand basin
  • Mobile toilet seat and toilet enclosure (on request)
  • Mess tent for shade and shelter in case of rain
  • Fold -up shower enclosure
  • Comprehensive tool kit and recovery equipment
  • Lanterns and paraffin
  • Washing-up bucket, dish cloths, tea towels, washing up liquid etc
  • Cast-iron cooking pots and pans
  • All plates and cutlery
  • Stainless steel Braai grid
  • Spare gas
  • Additional reference books, other reading material and a selection of games
All of our equipment is of the highest quality, packs away securely and creates a stylish camp environment. Each vehicle will carry additional storage boxes to help the team leaders store provisions for the trip. They will also require access to your fridges for the same purpose.
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