Uganda is generally a driving destination for most visitors, even those on a high-end safari. Yes, fly-ins are possible (and common for those just gorilla trekking) but even a full-flying Uganda circuit will likely involve some time in a safari vehicle.
Which means that well-maintained, comfortable and reliable vehicles are a critical part of any Uganda safari! And Classic Africa Safaris (CAS) has the very well-deserved reputation for having the best safari vehicles in Uganda.
CAS maintains its own vehicle fabrication and coach-building workshop in Entebbe led by CAS owner/partner Mel Gormley and his team. Each safari vehicle is custom designed and built to provide the maximum in client comfort and reliability. And following each and every safari, all vehicles are checked-out and serviced, minimizing the risk of future breakdowns.
All CAS vehicles have comfortable bucket seats (all window seats), large windows and pop tops for game viewing, and come equipped with a cooler box full of water, a charging station for camera batteries and phones, umbrellas, bean bags and blankets.
To illustrate the point, on a FAM trip in November 2014, the critical nature of reliable vehicles was made clear on the long drive between Murchison Falls and Kibale. In those days, the road wasn’t tarmac and was extremely rough. About half way through the drive, we encountered a safari vehicle stopped on the side of the road with its hood up and the guide and two guests standing next to it looking very concerned. After conversation between the guides, it was agreed that we would take-in the two wayward travelers and give them a lift to Kibale (this isn’t something we would normally do with clients but we had room and the situation with their vehicle sounded dire so we readily agreed to rescue them). They immediately remarked about how much more comfortable and smooth our vehicle was! And indeed, even on the roughest roads, our CAS Land Cruiser provided a relatively gentle ride.