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Blogs - Dragoman Overland

Julie has been on the road with us since September 2013, we asked a few probings questions about life on the road with Dragoman...     Why did you become Dragoman crew? I love to travel, and experience new places and cultures.  What’s your favourite destination and why? That's hard because each destination has its own impact on you.   Patagonia definately holds a place in my heart for beautiful landscapes. Argentina also has the best steak in the world, and the red wine is pretty good!    India is full of so much culture, you can see every aspect of life laid…

Welcome to French Guiana! The tiny country at the top of Brazil makes up one of the trio that forms the Guianas, along with Suriname and Guyana. An enclave of France, it is still an overseas department and uses the Euro and of course, the official language is French.   With a cosmopolitan capital and mix of idyllic beaches and undisturbed rainforest, this is a special place for any avid traveller. Top 5 Experiences;   Sail out to Devils Island the site of the infamous penal colony that was brought to the worlds attention by the hugely succesful book 'Papillion'. The…

As one of the trio of small countries located in the North East of Brazil, Guyana is unique in that it is the only English speaking country in South America.   The capital Georgetown houses a number of incredible architectural treasures from St George’s Cathedral, reputedly the tallest wooden building in the world at 143ft to The High Court, which has a rather battered statue of Queen Victoria outside, The Stabroek Market is also an interesting building, first designed to be a railway station, but following the removal of the railway line (it was sold to Nigeria after independence) it was…

We started overlanding back in 1981 with one truck and one route which went from the UK through the Sahara and into Central and West Africa. Since then we have gone from strength to strength. Our trucks may have changed a little but the essence of overlanding is still very much with us. Pushing the boundaries of overland travel to give our passengers an unforgettable experience. The fleet is now 26 strong, travelling through Africa, Asia and the Americas.  This season we are introducing new routes through northern Brazil, Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana. As well as launching our Trans-Africa trip which is us…

Our Destination Manager, Helen, got to experience our new Kilimanjaro trek earlier on this year. Here's her story of her climb to success...   ‘Jambo’ calls one of the porters as he walks past, loaded up with bags and equipment, balanced perfectly on his head.   The mountain creates the major source of employment for people living in the towns surrounding Mt Kilimanjaro and the porters, cooks and guides that work here, make the most of it.  Around camp they joke, banter and dance around as they put up tents and prepare food, there’s a great atmosphere here.     Mt…

What's it really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro? Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The mountain is actually a dormant volcano which consists of three volcanic cones. The peak of Kilimanjaro is called Uhuru Peak and stands at 5,895m or 19,341 feet above sea level. The ascent is not considered to be a technically difficult ascent as no special climbing equipment is required but it can be a challenging ascent due to the rate that people make the climb. The longer that you take to ascend then the higher the probability you have…

Our most exciting new route for many years in Africa.     Dragoman is synonymous with overlanding and Africa is without doubt the classic overland destination. However, we know that visiting the classic sites in Africa is top of many peoples requirements when they are planning a trip. Starting in early 2018 the new Nairobi – Nairobi with Kilimanjaro Rongai trek will be a 3 week mix of classic African wildlife, trekking and overlanding. Encompassing many of the main highlights the trip will include; Big game spotting in the Masai Mara. Visit to a Masai village. Game drives in the…

Part of the excitement of travel is the anticipation of what’s to come but on a Dragoman trip there is the added expectation of meeting new friends in your group. We set up Dragoland as a way for everyone who has booked a trip to connect with fellow overlanders on their, and other trips. Dragoland is a closed community group on Facebook which is administered by us here back at Dragoman HQ in Camp Green. You have to be a past Dragoman passenger or someone who is booked and travelling with us in the future to be able to join…

Our ever-travelling sales consultant Hollie (below pic, right) was lucky enough to head out to this year's Rio Carnival in February and we've quizzed her on the finer points of her experience at the biggest party in the world... Which hotel did you stay in? ​We stayed in the Hotel Argentina (which is the hotel used for the Independent package) located in the chilled out Flamengo district. The rooms are nice and comfy and have AC, fridge and a safe which was handy. The best thing about the place is the incredible buffet breakfast​ they offer. Apparently this breakfast is legendary with Drago crew who…