What Is Overlanding
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.
For travellers on a budget, our Intrepid trips keep inclusions to a minimum. They’re about great value and Flexability to choose the options and extras that you want to do.
The Adventure style trips have some of the more important activities and options they also stay at more hotels than Intrepid tours. The perfect choice of Intrepid and Comfort.
Designed for those who want more, Comfort, more inclusions, more Hotels and more included activities and smaller group sizes to give you more of the personal touch.
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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.
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.
The 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.
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 crew. It is used by the tour 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.