Good news for both travellers and the environment as Lewa Wilderness has first electric safari vehicle in KenyaPublished: 13th March 2019

Exciting news from East Africa this week with the introduction of the electric vehicles for safaris. Lewa Wilderness lodge in Kenya's Laikipia region has brought East Africa’s first electric-powered safari car to the savannah. This is excellent news for travellers as well as the environment as the extremely quiet engine means you can get much closer to the animals.

Created in Kenya by the Swedish start-up Opibus, the car was converted from a standard Toyota Land Cruiser replacing the diesel engine and fuel tanks with an electric motor and battery packs.

Lewa Wilderness owner Will Craig said: “Usually when viewing game you switch the engine off to watch the wildlife in silence, but when you start the engine again its startles the animals. “With the electric safari car it’s not an issue – you can approach them quietly and leave them in peace.”

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