When it comes to innovation in the caravan industry, one of the first names that come to mind is definitely Nayela.
The brand exploded onto the market in 2019 with the launch of their first caravan, the Okapi, at the Caravan Camp & Destination Show. In fact, back then we described the Nayela Okapi as “one of the most talked-about new caravans”, and the article has since been read tens of thousands of times online.
For those who have not had a chance to see the Okapi, we have some good news and some bad news… the bad news, in case you have not heard yet, is that this year’s Caravan Show has been called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The good news is that Nayela has again shown their innovative spirit by creating a virtual tour of their caravan. The 3D Tour allows users to interactively explore the Okapi and have a look at all its amazing features, right from the comfort of your home.
Simply click below to load the tour and take a virtual tour:
GVM: 1 750kg
Tare: 1 150kg
Length: 5 685mm
Width: 1 998mm
Height: 2 094mm
UV stabilized gelcoat exterior finish
170L fridge – 12V option available
Dometic flush toilet system
Wide entrance door
Fixed light bar on side
Flexible rope rail
The Nayela Okapi is built from a fibreglass mono-hull body shell, making it completely waterproof. Not only is the body very durable, but the unique, aerodynamic shape reduces drag coefficient and in turn, reduced petrol consumption when towing.
The Okapi has a double axle AL-KO galvanised chassis, dual rubber suspension, and 205/70/15” mag wheels. Its aerodynamic design is not just aesthetically pleasing, it also allows for a 25° departure angle.
Exterior features include a fixed light bar on the side of the caravan as well as a flexible rope rail, a front storage bin and easily accessible side cabins.
LED lights are the order of the day and great for energy saving and the external kitchen is the perfect place to prepare meals as the sun dips below the horizon.
The Okapi comes with a full cutlery set, a work station, a two-burner stove, and a washbasin with hot and cold water. Inside there is also a workstation, a microwave, and basin. The 170L fridge is positioned right at the door for access from inside and outside
There is a full tent add-on option for those who want to adventure into the outdoors with a little extra style and comfort.
The interior of the Okapi will have you camping in exceptional comfort with a half-circle of seating in the front, and an island bed on an electric side slide-out in the middle.
At the back of the caravan is a bathroom with a separate toilet and shower. The toilet is a full flush system, connected to the caravan’s water system. The cassette is removed from the outside at the back.
Since the launch of the Nayela in 2019, nothing major has been changed – it’s clear that proper research and testing were done before manufacturing. That said, the Nayela team told Caravan & Outdoor Life that they have made a few minor interior changes.
Some of these changes were incorporated after the team recently held their first Nayela Owners Get-Together. The group spent a weekend camping in their Okapi’s at De Voetpadskloof Resort situated in the Loskop valley about 40 km north of Middelburg.
Francois en Hanlie De Winnaar were among the caravanners at the weekend get-together. They say: “We have had the privilege of being part of the Nayela Okapi journey from conceptualisation to the final product, and now proud owners.
“It is our dream off-road caravan that can take you anywhere you want to go… including holidays at places that are unreachable to many other campers.”
Willie Lombard, for who the weekend get-together was only his second camping experience in his new Nayela, has nothing but praise for the Okapi: “A camping weekend with 10 Nayelas is definitely something to look forward to.
“On our way from Nelspruit to Devoetpadkloof, around Wonderfontein, a 30-ton truck swerved in front of us and I hit the brakes hard!
“As I’m braking, I also check the mirrors to check the caravan… and in that moment my respect for the Nayela Okapi grew even more. The brake system kicked in immediately and the caravan kept as straight as you could possibly dream in a situation such as this.
“Thankfully, we towed the rest of the way to Devoetpadkloof without more incidents, and it is a very comfortable ride. It’s amazing how much the double wheels on the caravan improves towing without compromising fuel efficiency.
“This is such an exceptional caravan. The entire layout is comfortable, and the only changes I could ask for are personal taste, small and cosmetic.
“That said, and I know every caravanner has his or her own preferences, here is what I really love about the Nayela Okapi:
Washing line on the caravan that can be removed;
Kitchen curtains that can zip closed (for the baboons, so you don’t have to pack everything when you go somewhere);
A rising basin for the dishes that can be removed and stored when you drive;
The bathroom is a pleasure, it’s really a treat to get out of the shower and climb directly into bed (it’s going to be a treat in winter);
The seats in front are really comfortable;
For us who are over 1.8 meters tall, the roof that lifts so high means hitting your head is something of the past;
The lighting inside and outside of the caravan is excellent and creates a great atmosphere;
What also suits me is the bigger size of the door;
The electrical system makes it easy to connect your solar panels.”