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!
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!!
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.
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.