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What is an Africa Overland Trip?

OVERLANDING - "to travel long distances across land"

Africa is a huge continent and so diverse in its scenery, culture, history, climate, wildlife - an overland trip is an affordable way to travel through the different countries, experiencing the highlights a country or region has to offer. Overland trips are aimed at the adventure traveller.

What is an Africa Overland Trip?

Overlanding is not just seeing for yourself the mountain gorilla, lion or elephant. It is not just the case of saying that you have photographed the Masai of Kenya or the Himba Tribe of Namibia. This is not just to say that you have climbed to Uhuru Peak on Mt Kilimanjaro or crossed the oldest desert in the world, the Namib. Overlanding is all of this and more, it is about feeling the rhythm of the people, the places and the wildlife. It is not a guided tour, but an experience.
 
The duration of an Overland trip can from 14 days travelling in two or three countries, up to 6 months - taking in the whole route from North to South.

Who travels on an Overland Trip?

The passengers come from all over the world and from all walks of life - the age range of majority of passengers is from early 20's and 30's. Although most companies to do not operate an age restriction, you need to be in good health, reasonably fit, adventurous and of like-minded spirit and attitude. Overland trips are generally not suitable for children and most companies do not take children on their trips.

It is a perfect way to meet new people and make life long friends.

What Type of vehicles are used?

Most companies have custom built robust vehicles specially designed to be able to travel through more remote areas. The type of vehicle used and lay out varies from company to company and itinerary to itinerary. The larger vehicles are usually not air-conditioned.
 
Most vehicles provide a locker for your backpack, accessible from inside the truck; a communal safe for your valuables; and a medical kit for emergency use. Interior lighting and Exterior lighting.

What type of Accommodation is included?

The majority of the time you will be camping, where established campsites are used most of the time, facilities can range from basic to luxury with good amenities. Sometimes free camping in a bush camp is carried out, when there is no permanent campsite nearby. A bush camp is something special to remember as you are truly out in the bush. Most companies provide 2 or 3 man tents with flysheets and mosquito netting, but you will need to take your own sleeping bag.

What meals are provided

It varies, some companies provide breakfast, lunch and dinner whilst other may provide only breakfast and dinner. Some companies will provide a cook with the passengers taking turns to help out. Whilst others the passengers organised all the cooking, shopping between themselves usually on a rota system. Bulk food stuffs are purchased prior to departure and topped up along the way, fresh foods are purchased from many markets and road stalls along the way.

How many people in a group?

Group sizes vary from company to company and depend of the route taken and type of vehicle used. Numbers can range from 7 to 22 on the larger long haul trips.

What is included in the price?

Generally included in the price is transport in a fully equipped expedition vehicle, road taxes and tolls, ferries, services of the driver-leader, use of camping and cooking equipment, campsite fees, entrance to gameparks as specified, meals as specified.

What's not included in the Price

The prices generally do not include flights, visas, personal insurance, side trips, meals out, items of a personal nature. Some companies are able to advise and provide help with booking your flights.

Kitty Payment

On most of the trips you will see a Kitty (Local) payment in addition to the price. This usually has to be paid upon arrival in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. The payment is usually for fresh foods along the way - you should check with your operator what exactly is included in the price and what the kitty is for.

Is it safe?

Travelling overland on an organised tour is considered to be the safest way of seeing the African continent. Africa is unpredictable and things change daily - the overland companies are regularly updated on political situations and run their trips in accordance with the guidelines suggested by the relevant authorities of the countries visited. In the event of a political upheaval or other event that could compromise safety of passengers - planned routes would be changed.

Recommended Overland Trips

Cape Town to Kenya Overland
Cape Town to Kenya Overland
Wild deserts, mountains & beautiful coast of Namibia. Big game encounters in Etosha, Chobe Serengeti NP & Ngorongoro Crater. Island camping in Okavango Delta and Africas greatest spectacle, Victoria Falls.
41 Days - GBP £2,765
Desert Tracker - Cape Town to Johannesburg
Desert Tracker - Cape Town to Johannesburg
Township visit in beautiful Cape Town, stunning Namib Desert, game drives in Etosha, Matobo & Kruger NP. Meeting Bushmen in the Kalahari and mokoro trails on the watery paradise of the Okavango Delta.
25 Days - GBP £1,965
Kenya to Cape Town Overland
Kenya to Cape Town Overland
Big Five safaris in Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Chobe & Etosha NP. The warm waters & coral reefs of Zanzibar, Lake Malawi & one of Africas greatest spectacles - Victoria Falls & more.
43 Days - GBP £2,865
Ultimate African Adventure - Nairobi to Vic Falls
Ultimate African Adventure - Nairobi to Vic Falls
Safari in the Masai Mara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater. Cultural encounters with Masai & Kalahari bushmen. Trek in search of the rare Mountain Gorilla, kicking back on Zanzibar & Victoria Falls.
39 Days - GBP £2,660
Beach and Bush Ramble - South Africa to Kenya
Beach and Bush Ramble - South Africa to Kenya
This overland adventure and beach safari tour offers the renowned Big 5 game parks, the friendly laid back beaches of Mozambique and Lake Malawi, the tropical paradise of Zanzibar and the world famous Victoria Falls all in one trip.
36 Days - GBP £2,915
Zanzibar to Cape Town Overland Safari
Zanzibar to Cape Town Overland Safari
Discover the fascinating people and places of Africa, the beauty of Lake Malawi, the wildness of Botswana, the lush beaches of Zanzibar and the rush of adrenaline at the Victoria Falls/Livingstone. Quote promo code ‘AFG/ACA_5%_OFF’ when booking and receive an additional 5% discount.
34 Days - GBP £2,315
East African Explorer - Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland
East African Explorer - Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland
Wildlife encounters in Kruger, Matobo, South Luangwa and the famed Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater National Parks. Soak up the sun on Lake Malawi and enjoy culture experiences on Africa's exotic 'Spice Island' Zanzibar.
29 Days - GBP £2,205
25 days - South West Safari
25 days - South West Safari
Game drives in Kruger, Etosha, mokoro trails through the watery Okavango Delta, huge elephant herds along the Chobe River, Fish River Canyon and giant dunes in Namibia.
25 Days - GBP £1,965
Chad ultimate tour the untamed Tibesti Mountains
Chad ultimate tour the untamed Tibesti Mountains
The ultimate trip through an untamed land, travelling to what can rightly be called the holy grail of Saharan travel – Chad’s mighty Tibesti Mountains. Visit Tubu villages and venture to the Sahara’s highest mountain, Emi Koussi.
21 Days - GBP £3,999
West Africa Overland trip from Marrakech to Guinea Bissau
West Africa Overland trip from Marrakech to Guinea Bissau
An epic journey from Marrakech, through the sands of the Western Sahara and along the West African coast. Meet nomadic tribes, travel on little frequented desert tracks, and experience the incredible diversity of a stunning corner of Africa
21 Days - GBP £5,899
Southern African Magic
Southern African Magic
Dramatic views of Blyde River Canyon, Zambezi River Cruise, game drives in Kruger NP, bush camping in the beautiful Okavango Delta & adrenaline activities in Victoria Falls.
14 Days - GBP £1,430
Mozambique & Zimbabwe Explorer (Northbound)
Mozambique & Zimbabwe Explorer (Northbound)
Big 5 Game viewing experiences in Zimbabwe's and South Africa's premier National Parks 'Hwange' and 'Kruger'. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Mozambique.
14 Days - GBP £1,485
West Africa Explorer - Senegal and Guinea-Bissau Tour
West Africa Explorer - Senegal and Guinea-Bissau Tour
Travel through an incredible corner of Africa from the Sahel to the tropics on a remarkable journey, visiting traditional chiefs, camping in the desert, meeting Fulani nomads and looking for manatees and other wildlife in Guinea-Bissau.
14 Days - GBP £3,175
Cape Desert Safari - Southbound
Cape Desert Safari - Southbound
Cape Town, township tour, spectacular views at Fish River Canyon, giant sand dunes of the Namib desert & game drives in Etosha National Park.
11 Days - GBP £795
African Insight - Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
African Insight - Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
Starting in Johannesburg and ending in Victoria Falls (Zambia). Wildlife encounters in Kruger and Matobo National Parks and relaxation at Victoria Falls - Africa's most spectacular site.
7 Days - GBP £740
 

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