Travelling in Africa is unpredictable. Expect the unexpected. Our overland safaris are not luxury tours and trips of this kind do not always proceed as planned. If you approach your trip with a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude, you and your fellow passengers will get the most out of the journey.

Find out more About Overland Safaris. Know what to expect when travelling overland in africa.

Our vehicles are all serviced and maintained at our different workshop points throughout Africa, but bearing this in mind, the continent and roads we are travelling on are, at times, very rugged and hard on both our vehicles and passengers.

Is Overlanding For Me

If you'd enjoy spending a night roughing it in a rain forest rather than luxuriating in a boutique hotel, meeting fellow like minded travellers, getting involved in your trip, are up for flexibility and change when it comes to the daily "plan", and enjoy adventure, then YES, this is the holiday type for you! Our overland safaris get you off the beaten track so sometimes things don't go as planned; this need not discourage you as this is usually when our travellers have created their most cherished memories. So if you have an open mind and an adventurous spirit - jump on board a trip of a lifetime!
is overlanding for me

is overlanding for me

is overlanding for me

is overlanding for me

Trip Length

Not everyone has the luxury of more than 3 weeks of holiday in one go, so we've designed our itineraries to interlink so you can enjoy as much, or as little as you'd like. If 8 weeks of camping is a bit to arduous for you, why not break the tour up into smaller sections so you can come back to finish the experience another time? Alternatively, enjoy rouging it while camping in east Africa and upgrade to an accommodated safari for the southern portion - the choice is yours. Whether you are a young professional looking for a 10 day break, a student looking to combine a safari with and exchange or volunteer program, a family wanting to experience an African adventure together or a diehard expedition traveller - look no further, we have something for all!!
trip length

trip length

trip length

trip length

Crew

Our camping trips have 3 crew members - a Driver, Trip Leader and overland Cook and the accommodated trips have 2 - a Driver and Trip Leader. Your driver & cook are generally Kenyan, Zimbabwean, Namibian or South African. They have a wealth of experience and are more than happy to share it with you. Your Trip Leader is generally African, European or Australasian. They have travelled through Africa, either independently or as a passenger. Most of our crew have been on the road for a number of years and have vast experience in running successful trips throughout the route we travel. NB: Your Trip Leader is not a "Tour Guide" in the normal sense. They are not experts in all aspects of the culture, history and wildlife of each area. They are employed to ensure the smooth running of your trip. That said, all of our crew have a passion for Africa and have acquired much knowledge of each area, which they'll happily share. For more in-depth information there are usually books on board the truck for your use, but if you have a specific interest like bird watching for example, consider buying one of the specialist guides.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, like impassable roads or group safety, it may be necessary to make alterations to the planned itinerary. If this is necessary, the Trip Leader will discuss the problem with the group and alter the itinerary accordingly. The Trip Leader will obviously consider the wishes of the group, but there may be occasions where they have to make an unpopular decision. In ALL matters relating to the trip's running, the Trip Leader's decision will be final.
atc crew driver cook trip leader

atc crew driver cook trip leader

atc crew driver cook trip leader

atc crew driver cook trip leader

Food

On our camping trips, most meals are provided for and prepared by the passengers and the safari cook. Passengers are divided into groups and assist in the general camp duties on a rota system. One of these duties is assisting with the meal preparation.
Meals and menu's vary as food is purchased en-route, and is subject to produce that is available seasonally in the areas we travel through. As we support the local communities along the way, fresh produce is mostly purchased direct from the producer or local grower and therefore has an organic appearance. Our safari cooks are able to offer a wide variety of menu's with the ingredients available, even if the produce on offer is not of the same selection as what you may be used to back home.
The breakfast spread consists of bread (toast when time allows), spreads and cereals with a hot breakfast every few days. Lunches are mostly prepared en-route with a supply of 'build your own' sandwich ingredients available. Dinners are cooked in the evenings on arrival at the campsite. A wide array of dinner menus are on offer during your safari, consisting of curries, stews, pastas, BBQ's and even roasts!
As the meals are prepared fresh each day, we are able to cater to travellers who are vegetarian, vegan or who suffer from certain food allergies. We do however ask these travellers to keep an open mind in this regard, as specialist foods may be limited or prohibitively expensive. For this reason, we ask that these travellers bring along a vitamin supplement, and liaise with their cook during their trip to ensure they receive sufficient and satisfying meals.
On our accommodated safaris, breakfast is provided daily by the accommodation establishments. Where lunch is provided, this is done en-route and consists of 'build your own' sandwiches. Where dinners are provided, these are cooked on the campfire and offer a traditional taste of the African menu.
Where food are not provided, travellers have the option to select a meal from a restaurant/s available in the area.
atc trip food

atc trip food

atc trip food

atc trip food

Life On The Road

Each overland truck carries everything needed to be completely self-sufficient. It has a fully equipped kitchen, including food, cutlery, pots and pans and a gas stove. All the day to day chores such as cleaning, washing-up, checking security and helping the Safari Cook shop and prepare meals are shared amongst all the passengers. But, there's still plenty of time for relaxation and sightseeing and itineraries build in chill out time, wildlife spotting and the various activities on offer. Along the way there are also opportunities to upgrade to a room for the night or eat out in a local restaurant as a treat.
Where once overland groups would camp in the bush each night, today there are a wide range of great campsites catering for overlanders and the vehicles, with activities, bars, restaurants and excellent facilities. Our camping trips spend the night in a secure campsite every night. There are a handful of campsites that may not have a shower or a beer available, though most have running water - whether it is hot or cold, respectively, is another matter! Sometimes conditions can be challenging - it may be dusty or rainy, it can get exceedingly hot or very cold - come prepared for the respective season you're travelling in and you'll have little to worry about.

Africa is a vast continent and distances between the highlights we visit can be far apart. Some of the drives will be long and there are a few patches where the roads range from lightly bumpy to almost impassable. Long driving distances usually require an early start, so expect to marvel at an array of breathtaking African sunrises during your journey.

There may be a few hiccups in the itinerary when a bridge is washed away or there's a mechanical emergency. But, none of these will spoil your trip if you approach them with the flexible attitude and a good sense of humour.

life on the road

life on the road

life on the road

life on the road

Accommodation

Accommodation in Africa can vary from bush campsites in the middle of the African wilderness to fully luxurious hotels and lodges. Our overland safaris of an adventurous nature, so whether you choose a camping safari or the accommodated option, the accommodation and facilities used during your trip will reflect this.

Camping Trips

On all of our camping trips we use two man dome tents with mosquito nets over the door and window areas, a sewn in ground sheet and a separate flysheet, which you share with a fellow traveller. If you're a camping novice, rest assured, the tents are very easy to put up and your trip leader will give you a demonstration. You will have to provide your own sleeping bag and remember a small pillow is always great for extra comfort! There is also the option to camp under the stars instead of in your tent on some occasions, just check with your Trip Leader to see when it is possible to do so. There are a few opportunities to upgrade to a dorm bed or single/double room along the way. Your Trip Leader will let you know where these opportunities are available and can advise you of the costs involved as you will have to pay the difference between the camping price and the price of the dorm/room.
Tents have a rain cover that is designed to aid the flow of rain water from the tent sides to the ground. These are really effective, but please keep in mind that when camping in the rain one can still expect some dampness and the occasional leak. Our tents are maintained regularly to avoid leaks and each vehicle is equipped with a couple of spares to swap out any tents that may be damaged.
We camp in set campsites along our routes that specifically cater for overland passengers. Bear in mind many of the campsites in Africa can be very basic and have a great rustic 'under African skies' feel. Campsites in Southern Africa generally have better facilities than their East African counterparts and almost all campsites have a facility to wash some laundry (hand washing). Some have flush toilets, some don't. Some have a vibey bar, some don't. Most have electricity points to charge your camera's batteries. Some nights we may bush camp - this means you are camping without ablution facilities and not at a built up campsite, but being out under the African skies surrounded by her sounds makes this all worthwhile.
camping trips

camping trips

camping trips

camping trips

Transport

Our overland vehicles are custom built converted Mercedes Benz or MAN trucks that have seating space for our passengers and a storage areas for luggage and all trip equipment. The trucks seat between 27-30 passengers on our camping trips. Most seats are forward facing, though some models have a combination of forward, backward and some inward facing seats with tables. Vehicles have sliding glass windows, and the seating area is raised providing a great advantage for game viewing and photography. Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items like cameras, snacks and day packs in the seating area.
The storage sections are separate to the seating area and are located underneath the main passenger compartment. There is a specific kitchen area with slide out tables for food preparation, all the cutlery, crockery, cooled storage and supplies; and a separate area for storing chairs, tents and other equipment. The main luggage storage is located toward the back of the vehicle and as space is limited, we do request travellers to bring soft-pack luggage between 15-20kg to ease the packing process.
All the vehicles are equipped with water tanks, long range fuel tanks and are mechanically maintained at our 3 workshops at Cape Town, Victoria Falls and Nairobi. Additionally, our drivers are trained to attend to any minor mechanical problems that may be experienced along the way and as such it is rare for a trip to be delayed due to mechanical breakdown.
atc truck transport

atc truck transport

atc truck transport

atc truck transport