A PROUD OVERLANDING HERITAGE
Dragoman has a proud history, standing at the forefront of the overlanding industry for nearly 40 years.
Dragoman's current fleet now extends to nearly 30 purpose built overland trucks. We are still small enough to ensure that each Dragoman traveller has a unique and life-changing experience and are proud to be independently owned by the original founders, who are just as passionate today about delivering an incredible overlanding experience to all of our customers as they were back in 1981!
In 2019, 4,200 travellers joined Dragoman on a life changing overland adventure visiting 55 different countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Up to 40% of our customers have travelled with Dragoman before, which is a great endorsement of their passion for overland adventures.
A PIONEERING HISTORY
Dragoman's first overlanding expedition to Nairobi and back set off in the summer of 1982, with our first Asia trips following in 1984. In 1989, Dragoman launched operations in South America, and in 1994 (now with 13 trucks) expanded into Central America. In 2001 in 2011 Dragoman also became the owners of Imaginative Traveller offering more luxurious small group and tailor made adventures. In the same year, Dragoman's first truck arrived in South East Asia. Finally, in 2013 we entered North America, and were the first ever overlanding company to visit Burma.
Although overlanding has changed and adapted through the years, Dragoman has fiercely stuck to our principles that have seen us flourish through nearly 40 years of pioneering overland adventures. We aim to get off the beaten track and really under the skin of the places we visit, taking the road less travelled, mixing with the locals, learning about their culture, and most importantly having an open mind. We know that it isn't just about the destination and ensure that every part of the journey counts towards an amazing adventure.
We focus on giving the best training and support to our crew, specially craft our itineraries to allow us to travel at a relaxed pace and allow the freedom and flexibility to explore the region and be as active as you want. We always keep our commitment to responsible travel at the heart of everything we do.
At Dragoman, we have long recognised that we must operate our tours responsibly and sustainably, and at a time when a climate emergency is being declared, we feel overland travel is really coming of age. We aim to minimise the negative social, economic and environmental impacts of tourism, while supporting local environmental projects and initiatives and ensuring that the money we spend goes directly to the communities we travel though. Find out more about travelling responsibly with Dragoman Overland.
OVERLAND TRUCK ADVENTURES
Many of our trips are a convenient 14-21 days, offering a great snapshot of a country or region - in just a short break from your everyday life we can get you off the tourist trail and take you on a perspective-changing journey.
These short trips can also be combined to create epic journeys lasting up to 211 days. Our iconic Istanbul to Beijing overland follows in the footsteps of the ancient Silk Route caravans, or you can join us on a trans-Africa expedition from Cape Town to Cairo, or travel the entire length of the Americas from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Or journey from Mongolia down through China, Burma and the rest of South East Asia – and in India you can circle the continent. These are incredible journeys that will change your life!
Group sizes are limited to 22, creating a more personal experience. Our most popular tours have frequent departures so you can find a date to suit you. We guarantee more trip departures than comparable operators and strive to offer value with more inclusions, so you don't have to pay extra on the road. Check out what overlanding's all about for more insights into overlanding.
Our family adventures are truck-based overland tours, designed to appeal to the entire family with children aged from 7-17. Travelling with usually 3-5 other families, you will head across the African plains from Kenya to Tanzania on our East African Family Overland or between Victoria Falls and Windhoek on our Namibia and Botswana Family Overland. Incomparable and utterly unforgettable, these active holidays are seriously good fun!
Tailor-made group charters
Group charters are the perfect solution for a really unique holiday with a private group. If you fancy travelling on your own private adventure with your partner, group of friends or family, our Imaginative Traveller tailor made team can create an itinerary just for you. Ideal for travellers looking for that special experience, several families or large groups needing a private truck charter.
Rio Carnival Packages
Experience the greatest party on earth! Combine your overland trip with 6 fun-filled days of Rio Carnival and enjoy serious savings. Or choose from 3 stand alone packages - Basic, Standard or Superior, including accommodation, a ticket to the Samba Parade and much more depending on the package chosen. Read the Ins and Outs of the Rio Carnival in our blog.
Wherever you travel with Dragoman, whether for one week or 8 months, we guarantee our tours offer an unforgettable travel experience – this is not your everyday journey.