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 $400 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 R24,291

Travel Overland from Lima, Peru, to Quito, Ecuador. Hit the beach in Punta Sal, get...

60 Days From R95,594

Go Overland from Lima to Rio with Intrepid Travel. Uncover hidden treasures from Peru...

23 Days From R40,598

Adventure through the wilds of Patagonia on a journey that begins in Ushuaia in the...

19 Days From R23,680

Take an exciting overland trip through Colombia. Travel from Quito to Cartagena,...

19 Days From R24,089

Soak up the sizzling South American sunshine on an escapade through Brazil and...

19 Days From R27,912

This tour captures the zesty culture of two amazing countries in South America. Between...

12 Days From R23,791

Discover Incan heartlands on this Overland Bolivia and Peru tour. Travel from La Paz to...

17 Days From R25,721

Fall in love with Peru on this adventure tour. Travel from Lima to Cuzco via the...

12 Days From R23,791

Take a scenic Overland tour from Peru to Bolivia. Be wooed by the vibrant heart of Inca...

22 Days From R33,402

Travel from Lima to La Paz and fall in love with Incan South America. Complete the Inca...

112 Days From R144,430

Visit South America and travel through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and...

22 Days From R39,249

Travel from La Paz to Lima and discover the vibrant heart of Inca culture. Trek an Inca...

19 Days From R22,208

Take an exciting overland trip through Colombia. Travel from Cartagena to Quito...

21 Days From R26,070

Visit South America and travel through Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Tour Santiago,...

34 Days From R44,951

Discover penguins, glaciers and eye-popping cities on an epic South American adventure....

21 Days From R24,499

Visit South America and travel through Bolivia, Argentina and Chile from La Paz to...

112 Days From R144,658

Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and...

34 Days From R45,083

Visit South America and travel through Argentina and Chile, from Santiago to Buenos...

42 Days From R67,025

Visit South America and travel through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina from Lima to Buenos...

17 Days From R25,521

Visit South America and travel through Peru from Cuzco to Lima. Follow the Inca Trail,...

21 Days From R29,742

Travel from La Paz to Buenos Aires and discover the heart of South America. This...

23 Days From R35,546

Tour Patagonia and discover one of the world's most amazing regions. Travel from...

Included Africa trips

21 Days From R24,336

Discover the delights of Ethiopia from the natural beauty of the Simien Mountains to...

21 Days From R24,136

Travel to Africa and tour Ethiopia on a trip from Addis Ababa to Gondar. Discover...

23 Days From R41,901

Discover the best of West Africa on this journey through Senegal, Guinea and Sierra...

15 Days From R23,709

Travel to Africa and be immersed in traditional cultures on journey through changing...

21 Days From R44,221

Visit Africa and travel to Kenya for an overland tour to spot gorillas and rhinos in...

50 Days From R90,116

Travel from Dakar to Ghana on a road trip across this unspoilt and fascinating region...

28 Days From R43,742

Journey from Sierra Leone’s remarkable capital to the coast of Ghana. Relax on...

21 Days From R28,182

Explore an unspoilt region of West Africa on a tour departing from Ghana that travels...

44 Days From R54,220

Tour Kenya and Ethiopia on a trip from Nairobi to Gonder. Visit the Samburu Reserve,...

15 Days From R20,154

Go off the beaten track on this immersive Ethiopian adventure, visiting remote tribes...

Included Asia trips

16 Days From R19,079

Travel from Kolkata to Kathmandu on this captivating journey through India and Nepal....

14 Days From R20,454

Tour India and travel from Chennai to Kolkata on an Overland adventure across western...

24 Days From R23,451

For adventure travel in India, discover Pappadams and Palm Trees as you visit India's...

15 Days From R28,148

Travel Central Asia’s famous silk route and visit Turkmenistan’s desert landscapes,...

15 Days From R28,411

Travel Central Asia’s famous silk route and visit Turkmenistan’s desert landscapes,...

24 Days From R34,290

Join Intrepid on the ultimate adventure travel experience in Nepal and India. From...

31 Days From R41,873

Travel Overland from Kathmandu to Mumbai and see why India and Nepal are two of the...

30 Days From R50,221

Follow the Silk Road through Central Asia and travel to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. See...

30 Days From R50,616

Travel Central Asia’s famous silk route and visit Turkmenistan’s desert landscapes,...

82 Days From R91,651

Join Intrepid on the ultimate adventure travel experience in Nepal and India. From...

80 Days From R140,980

Travel to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkey. See the the Terracotta Warriors and...

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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