Hit the road less travelled
Hit the road less travelled and treat yourself to an overland adventure.
Trade a nine-to-five workday for the wildlife of Patagonia with a brand new small group of friends. Ditch the rental car and GPS for a purpose-built truck and local leader, and with the help of our friends at Dragoman, you’ll be ready for your journey…
For a limited time, we’re offering up to 20% OFF* Dragoman operated trips. All you have to do is book by 7 May 2018, travel before 30 June 2019 and leave the rest to us. The open road is ready for you. Buckle up, adventurers.
*20% discount applies to Intrepid Overland tours operated by Dragoman in Asia, Africa & South America. Discount excludes Dragoman operated Rio Carnival, Bhutan and Family tours, all other Overland tours and Private Groups. Discount applies to new bookings made and deposited between 16 April 2018 & 7 May 2018 for tours departing by 30 June 2019. The discount applies to the tour price only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Discount does not apply to local payments/kitties, permits, additional travel arrangements, and airfares. A deposit of CHF300, GBP200, EUR275 or ZAR4000 per person, per tour is required on booking with full payment due at least 56 days prior to departure. If booking within 56 days of departure, full payment due on booking. All tours are subject to availability. Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation, low season. Prices, itineraries and inclusions are subject to change without notice. Standard booking conditions apply. Intrepid reserves the right to remove trips from sale at any time without notice.
Included South America trips
20 Days From £1,385
60 Days From £4,813
23 Days From £2,039
19 Days From £1,116
19 Days From £1,389
19 Days From £1,405
12 Days From £1,384
17 Days From £1,527
12 Days From £1,384
22 Days From £2,009
112 Days From £8,318
22 Days From £2,001
19 Days From £1,116
21 Days From £1,497
34 Days From £2,574
21 Days From £1,473
112 Days From £8,330
34 Days From £2,582
42 Days From £3,439
17 Days From £1,535
21 Days From £1,433
23 Days From £2,039
Included Africa trips
21 Days From £1,464
21 Days From £1,452
23 Days From £1,967
15 Days From £1,426
21 Days From £2,660
50 Days From £4,241
28 Days From £2,059
21 Days From £1,695
44 Days From £3,262
15 Days From £1,212
Included Asia trips
16 Days From £1,147
14 Days From £1,230
15 Days From £1,332
15 Days From £1,348
24 Days From £1,411
24 Days From £1,669
31 Days From £2,032
30 Days From £2,369
30 Days From £2,393
82 Days From £5,514
80 Days From £6,715
Dragoman Overland vehicles
Dragomans fleet of Overland safari trucks are custom-built for wildlife viewing and off-track adventure. While the seats are comfortable, the ride can be pretty bumpy at times. Most trucks have electrical plugs for charging phones and cameras, but they've made a conscious decision not to have Wi-Fi on-board (who needs the internet when you’ve got the world to gaze at?). And there’s “natural air-conditioning” – meaning you’ll need to open a window for fresh air.
While Dragoman regularly service their trucks, the occasional breakdown may happen (don’t worry, your leader is well trained to deal with these situations). But that’s all part of the adventure.
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About our Overlanding adventures
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll be part of a group of maximum 22 people of all ages and nationalities, from all walks of life. That’s what overland travel is all about: sharing experiences with like-minded adventurers from around the world. Be prepared to make life-long friends, because it happens a lot.
Overland tours involve a lot of time on the road, and many early morning starts. Some days we’ll drive for five, six, even ten hours at a time, although we take regular breaks. These days are often interspersed with a day or two of rest.
Most vehicles have roof seats and opening windows for fresh air and to keep you in touch with the outside world, but as these are expedition vehicles. That means there is no air-conditioning, no curtains and limited heating. The steps to get into the truck are fairly high and the ride can be pretty bumpy at times. But that all comes with the territory. It wouldn’t be a real adventure if it was easy all the time.
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.
While we stick to the planned itineraries where we can, overland travel – especially in remote parts of the world – is unpredictable. Closed borders, strikes, extreme weather or mechanical issues can affect the running of your trip. In those cases, there are plenty of other tried-and-true routes we can take. We also often spontaneously throw in a visit to a local festival or additional time at a beach. An open mind and sense of flexibility are key to enjoying your adventure.
Optional activities are dispersed throughout the itinerary. Please note that these are subject to availability, and that the prices listed are merely an indication. Ask your leader for more information.
To fully participate in an Overland tour, you’ll need to have at least a basic level of fitness. Long travel days, dusty conditions, bumpy roads – overland travel can be challenging. You’ll need to be physically able to help with camp chores and to climb up and down the steps of the truck 8-10 times a day. To choose a trip that suits your fitness level, please look carefully at the physical rating on our website. It’s also a good idea to check with your doctor to see if any pre-existing medical conditions will affect your ability to participate in the trip, as we won’t have access to doctors or medical facilities in some of the more remote parts on some trips.
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