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Blogs - Dragoman Overland

  Where: Olympia, London   When: 02-05 February 2017   Everyone has a dream adventure that they have not yet been on, what’s yours?  White water rafting at Victoria Falls, standing face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an or perhaps an evening game drive in the Maasai Mara National Park. Just some of the many amazing sights you can experience on an overland trip. Come and visit us and let one of our experts help answer your questions and build your dream adventure.   Dragoman have been organising adventures since the early 1980s and our team of experts will be on…

Being one of the world’s most ancient and historically important trade routes, the Silk Route connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean.  The route is not a single path but rather a network of tributaries spanning over 7,000km.   Once used by traders transporting goods varying from gold to melons, military goods to, of course, silk and the term “Silk Road” was coined in the 19th century by Ferdinand von Richthofen, a German explorer.   The route traverses arguably some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet; covering vast plains and desserts making this a truly venturesome land.  So…

Our crew photo competition has ended and we had many amazing shots. This is a selection of our favourites.  Fantastic shot of a bush camp by Rob Lord. Who wouldn't want to be here and connect with nature?  We don't often get photos of snow covered trucks. This is the true spirit of overlanding and another shot from Rob Lord  Lovely shot of Bettsy, our North American converted school bus, by Louise France. Overlanding the Americas from the tip of Alaska down to South America!  How about waking up to this fabulous setting. Fantastic shot from 'Dutchie' Thanks to all the crew that sent in…

  We will be attending several local and national events throughout the year but the two main events have to be the mega Destinations Travel Show and the Telegraph Travel Show. At both events we will be taking a fully functioning and 'ready-to-go' truck so you can see exactly what it's like inside. Listen to a destination talk, take a truck tour, get privileged access to special offers and plenty more... The Telegraph Travel Show Where: Excel London When: 13th - 15th January 2017 What: Explore destinations, win holidays, speak to impartial industry experts in the Travel Genius Bar, meet your favourite Telegraph travel writers and discover your…

Long drive days are an inevitable part of an overland trip, and are just as much a part of the adventure as the incredible activities and sights that await at the end of the drive. For many years now we have been advised about the dangers of immobility on long haul flights and the need to get up and move around, but what about on long drive days? The World Health Organisation warns that “prolonged immobility, whether by car, bus, train or air, can lead to pooling of the blood in the legs, which in turn may cause swelling, stiffness…

As 2016 draws to a close we take a look back at our new trips launched this year and explore the highlights of each route. Trans Himalaya China Loop - Xi-an to Xi-an via Tibet Lhasa - Potala Palace Now a museum and World Heritage Site, the Potala Palace was built as the centre of Tibetan Government in 1645, and was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959. The palace towers over Llasa and at 3750m above sea level, is said to be the highest ancient palace in the world. It consists of the White Palace and the ‘golden-roofed’…

We've all seen the icon photos of the romantic Taj Mahal, the idyllic tropical beaches of Goa and the temples of Kathmandu... but this epic sub-continent has so much more to offer than the usual tourist route. We take a more in-depth look and explore some of the lesser-known sights and facts that you will encounter on a Dragoman journey round Incredible India and our new Nepal loop... River Dolphins The ‘Mother Ganges’ is well known as a sacred river for Hindus who travel from all over India to bathe in its waters, or consecrate their deceased loved ones on the funeral pyres…

2016 has been a very busy year in our truck workshops in Suffolk in the UK and in Cuzco, Peru. The past few years we have been focusing on updating our fleet and with 22 trucks on the road and a busy departure schedule, this has been some mean feat! Amber II Amber II was completed earlier this year by our team at the Cuzco workshop, headed up by Dragoman Regional Fleet Manager, Darren Nicholls. Amber II recently started a trip in Colombia and is making her way down the East coast Pan-American Highway, through Patagonia to the Southern tip…

Sampling the local cuisine is a great way to immerse yourself in local culture, and you don’t need to head to fancy restaurants to taste the best food a country has to offer. Many of the tastiest, cheapest and safest dishes can often be found on the streets! We explore the weird and wonderful dishes on offer on our Dragoman routes. A – Açai, Brazil This tasty and powerful superfood snack can be found on the beach kiosks and lancherías around Rio de Janeiro. Popular among surfers, athletes and health fanatics, the deep purple iced slush is made from the…