Overland Trips


Share an epic travel experience with like-minded people on an Overland trip. Travel in a purpose-built expedition vehicle (or a converted school bus in North America) for an off-the-beaten-track adventure along rugged roads, where you can really experience the sights and sounds of the world up close.

You’re more than just a passenger while overlanding – we supply the gear and everyone mucks in to set up camp each day. Which means your adventure becomes more than just a holiday but an immersive experience where you feel part of a team.

We teamed up with Dragoman six years ago, as they shared our philosophy of travel and commitment to responsible travel, and are the experts in providing the unique and special experience that is an overlanding trip.

Below are some of the things unique to an Overland journey.

 

About Overland trips

The accommodation

The accommodation you stay in depends on the style of Overland adventure you choose. Often you’ll be camping out in the wild, but on some adventures you may stay in hotels or lodges. 

When camping, you’ll sometimes stay at official campsites and make use of the facilities, while other times you’ll pitch your tent in the bush, experiencing the beauty of a region up close. Our tents are generous on space, as they are slightly larger than the average two-person tent, and come with built in mosquito screens. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag and a travel pillow; though check the trip notes for more details on what to pack for the adventure ahead. 

Facilities at campsites can differ and on occasion you might even have access to a pool to cool down from the day’s heat. Other times, facilities are basic or non-existent, so you’ll need to be prepared to rough it for a bit. But many of our passengers agree – one of the highlights of overlanding is wild camping in remote areas, which allows us to get far from the tourist crowds and to see some beautiful, secluded spots.

Our Overland trips are designed for multi-share accommodation, whether camping or staying in hotels, and so don’t have a single supplement. For those travelling solo, you’ll share with someone of the same gender. Your trip notes give you details of how much of your trip is spent camping, in hostels or hotels, and upgrades are often possible at campsites and in towns.

 
 

The vehicles you’ll be travelling in

From classic safari vehicles to overland trucks and converted school buses in North America, our purpose-built vehicles have been designed for tough conditions. The vehicles all come with seatbelts and are designed to be self-sufficient. Everything you need for your adventure is included, right down to the folding chairs for your campsite. 

Overland conditions are extremely tough on vehicles. While we fastidiously maintain our vehicles, you should not expect your overland destination to be your traditional touring experience. While it's certainly our aim to avoid them, it's important to realise that the occasional breakdown can happen and are best treated as part of the adventure. Due to wet weather, there may be times when we have to take an alternative route, which will mean longer travel times.

Your crew

All our trips are generally run by two western trip leaders who are passionate about travelling and will ensure your trip is both enjoyable and safe. Your leader will provide practical information about the places you’re travelling through and offer suggestions for things to see and do.

While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a general knowledge of the places you visit. And to ensure you get the best in local knowledge, we also employ local guides at sites of interest along the way. In addition, on many of our Africa and Asia trips, we have a third local crew. It is also good to keep in mind that our crew have to spend time driving and maintaining the overland truck.

Meals

There’s nothing quite like eating around a camp fire, especially under a star-filled sky. Meals while camping are tasty yet simple: from traditional barbecues, pasta, roasted cobs of corn and potato, fresh fish in certain places, stews and various other hearty meals. In most cases, dietary restrictions can be catered for, but please let us know of your requirements at the time of booking so we can organise it in advance.

When camping you’ll be divided into smaller groups of 3 to 4 people and take it in turns to plan a meal, shop for ingredients in local markets or supermarkets and cook for the whole group. Cooking groups are responsible for cleaning communal equipment, but you’re responsible for washing your own utensils. When staying in hotels and hostel, you will be eating locally prepared food.

Group size

You’ll be part of a group of up to 22 people of all ages and nationalities, all who share a passion for travel.

Drive days

Our trucks are designed to take us around the world and into areas that the usual buses or coaches can’t go. The truck will be your travelling home and, in most cases, have roof seats and opening windows to keep you in touch with the countries you’re travelling in. But be aware that because they are expedition vehicles, there is no air-conditioning, no curtains, limited heating, high steps and the ride will be bumpy at times.

The Kitty

The kitty is a group fund and forms part of the total cost of your trip. It is an amount that is paid on the ground when the trip starts and put into a central pool that is monitored by the Dragoman crew. It is used by the trip leader to fund accommodation, meals while camping and activities that the group take part in as a whole (that are listed as included in the itinerary). The kitty price is constantly updated throughout the year due to fluctuations in exchange rates and variation in local costs. It is important you check the most recent estimate on the website shortly before departure to ensure that you take the correct amount.

Itineraries

Our itineraries are based on our intentions, but travel in more remote parts of the world is unpredictable – borders can close, there can be extreme adverse weather, strikes or maybe mechanical issues that affect the running of your trip. But, on the flip side, we can often spontaneously include a local festival, additional time at a beach (a popular group request) or a detour to a local school into the itinerary.

Health

You have to be reasonably fit to fully participate in one of our trips, as they do require some level of active participation. To make sure you choose a trip that meets your fitness level, please look carefully at the physical rating on our website. Also check with your doctor to see if any pre-existing medical conditions or medication you are taking will affect your ability to fully participate in the trip.

The different styles of overlanding

Basix

On a Basix Overland trip you can expect to really get in among it. From pitching a tent every night to joining in with cooking duties and cleaning up, this style of overlanding is made for those who love to muck in and be a part of it all. Travelling in a group of up to 22 people in purpose-built overland trucks, you’ll get to experience the very best the outdoors has to offer.

Original

Many of our Original Overland journeys have a more comfortable style of camping and sometimes even stay in hotels. When camping, you’re free to explore, unwind and chat after a day’s sightseeing while the crew sets up the camp and cooks the meals. At night, sleep on stretcher beds in tents. And by day, visit towns and villages, and enjoy incredible scenery – all in the comfort of a purpose-built vehicle. Travelling with no more than 22 other passengers, you’ll get closer to the people and places that make this world so special.

Comfort

If you want to travel off the beaten track but would prefer a hot shower and a comfortable bed at the end of the day, jump on one of our Comfort Overland adventures. With no more than 16 people on board, take in the best of the world's cultures and scenery without compromising on comfort. Stay in lodges, hotels or permanent tented camps, travel in our comfortable, private vehicles and many of your meals are provided. That leaves you with plenty of time to relax and relive the excitement of the day’s sights and adventures with your fellow travellers.

Overland Trips in Africa

Kenya to Vic Falls, 24 days

Travel through East Africa to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Visit Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar, the Serengeti, Lake Malawi and Victoria Falls.

Kruger, Coast & Cape, 21 days

Embark on an African odyssey! Visit South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Lesotho. This tour captures the rugged natural beauty of southern Africa.

Serengeti & Kilimanjaro, 14 days

Travel to Africa and visit the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. From Nairobi in Kenya to the Serengeti National Park and Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Amazing Southern Africa, 22 days

Visit Southern Africa and travel from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. Tour Orange River, Fish River Canyon, the Etosha and Chobe National Parks and the Okavango Delta.

Overland trips in The Americas

Canadian Rockies, 15 days

Get set for pure adventure on this tour of the Canadian Rockies. Travelling from Vancouver, visit Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park and much more.

La Paz to Cuzco, 12 days

Discover Incan heartlands on this Overland Bolivia and Peru tour. Travel from La Paz to Cuzco and take in Lake Titicaca, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu. 

Buenos Aires to Rio, 19 days

Soak up the sizzling South American sunshine on an escapade through Brazil and Argentina's attractions.

Ultimate Central America, 58 days

This captivating adventure through Central America travels through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama on an ultimate tour of the region.

Overland trips in Asia

China, Burma & Thailand, 28 days

Experience contrasts, chaotic metropolises, serene landscapes and enchanting locals on this Asian adventure.

Kathmandu to Mumbai, 31 days

Travel Overland from Kathmandu to Mumbai and see why India and Nepal are two of the world's most popular off-road destinations for travellers.

Beijing to Xi'an, 17 days

The real China waits to be discovered on this epic holiday adventure. Travel from Beijing city along the Great Wall to Mongolia and finish in Xi'an.

Ashgabat to Bishkek, 30 days

Follow the silk road through Central Asia and travel to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. See Kyrgyz Mountains and travel to Turkmenistan’s vibrant capital, Ashgabat.

Overland trips in Oceania

Nullabor Unleashed, 9 days

Traverse the map of Australia from Perth to Adelaide on a wildlife adventure trip across the Nullarbor Plain, passing the Darling Ranges and Eyre Peninsula.

Wild Kimberley, 9 days

Overloaded with natural wonders and steeped in history, the wild Kimberley region of Australia is the ideal place for an off-road adventure tour.

Perth to Broome, 10 days

Soak up the laidback lifestyle on Australia's West Coast from Perth to Broome. From isolated beaches to vibrant reefs, this tour shows just how generous Mother Nature can be.

Adelaide to Alice Springs Explorer, 7 days

Explore the city of Adelaide and the landscape of South Australia before crossing into the Northern Territory. See the sun set over Uluru and Kata Tjuta before reaching Alice Springs.

Blog articles on Overlanding

Best things about Overlanding in Africa

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On an Outback road to somewhere

When a Perth-based friend recently decided to move back to Australia’s East Coast, the opportunity for an adventure was too good for Sophie Suelzle to pass up. Sophie and her boyfriend packed their bags, borrowed a tent and booked a one-way ticket to partake in what would be the most epic road trip of their young(ish) lives…

North America's legendary road trips

Ahhh…the Road Trip. It’s as American as apple pie, as Canadian as maple syrup and as Alaskan as…bears catching salmon? But if you’re wondering why North America will always be the Road Trip’s spiritual home, it all goes back to a guy named Henry Ford. Read more