Vehicles, Boats and Guides
Your guide and your safari vehicle or boat make up an important part of your safari experience. We have spent years gaining experience and designing and fitting our safari craft for safe, and maximised enjoyment. In fact, we never really stop making improvements and modifications to our vehicles, using modern technology to make things more convenient and comfortable!
Research below about our guiding ethos and the safari vehicles and boats that we have personally designed and built for you to enjoy your safari to the fullest.
All guiding at WLS is by company founder and owner James Haskins. He has 16 years of guiding experience in Botswana and you can design your safari directly with him in the planning stages.
If James is not available, we use exceptional guides from a pool of highly experienced colleagues that have similar experience levels. Our ethos is that the guided experience should be the focus of the safari. James is a photographer and is obsessed with viewing animals behaving naturally, and being in the right place to observe it. Game drive times are entirely flexible and no day is ever the same. Expect early starts though! The guided experience at WLS is meant to be fresh and exciting with an effort made to include all types of game viewing whenever possible – walking, boating, canoeing and drives of course.
First off, most of our vehicles are custom built by James, in the WLS workshop. Care has been taken to make each vehicle’s functionality and practicality suitable for mobile safaris. Some of our cars are built by a local engineering firm that specialise in safari vehicle conversions: http://www.kavangoengineering.com/
We believe in OPEN safari vehicles. The design of our cars makes it possible for passengers to have unobstructed views of the landscape and the animals. You get to witness animal behaviour right in front of you, with the sounds and smells that go with it. There is no peering through small windows of enclosed safari vehicles! Don’t worry though, our vehicles close down pretty well with canvas side flaps if it is raining!
Our vehicles have the following features:
- Fold-down windscreens to increase the unobstructed field of view
- Fold-up windscreens for open road driving with a canvas front flap to protect passengers on the open road
- Fold-down canvas sides for rain protection
- Removable roof for stand up game viewing
- Fridge for cold drinks – really cold even when very hot!
- 12v, USB and 230v charging points
- 2 spare wheels
- Full recovery equipment and tools
- Satellite phone (and GPS) for helicopter rescue
- VHF radio
- Raised suspension for comfort and safety
- High grade tubeless tyres
- Bucket seats
- Camera rests and/or bean bags
- Rugged design and features for off-road driving and water crossings
We currently operate with two safari vehicles: A Landrover Defender TD5 and a Toyota Landcruiser 4.2 diesel. Both have slightly different designs but are equipped with the same features listed above. Please browse the photos of our vehicles below:
Our custom built (in Maun) safari boat is purpose built for the Okavango Delta. It has a flat alluminium hull and a powerful and reliable outboard motor that allows agility and maneuverability in the winding and complex channels of the river. We have installed the same comforts as the safari vehicle:
- Fridge for cold drinks
- Canvas bench seats
- USB charging points
- 230v charge points
- 12v cigarette lighter charge points
- Canvas awning for shade cover – can be opened completely for unobstructed views
Please browse through some of the pictures of our safari boat below: