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Will Dreyer

Will, from Mpumalanga in South Africa, has been on the road for us in South America since September 2016.

- What did you do for a living before becoming crew?

Before becoming Dragoman crew I was overlanding in Asia, Africa and South America since 1997, travelled extensively with a backpack on my back to explore the hidden corners, working as a dive master and underwater videographer, or just bumming around meeting beautiful people in exquisite places.

- Why did you become Dragoman crew?

After working in overlanding for many years I got to know Dragoman crew, and was always a little envious that their itinerary took them off the beaten track to little-known places. Being a self-confessed travel addict and having an unsatisfied hunger for adventure, it was a natural progression to explore more of this rock we live on and to share and learn from every moment with every person I meet. 

- What's your favourite destination?

Bariloche in Argentina is one of my favourite places - there is nothing like gorging on home-made chocolate fondue after a magnificent Argentinian steak, accompanied by a delicious Malbec while looking out on vast wind-swept lakes.

- What has been your favourite or most memorable occasion on the road?

One of my most memorable moments in overlanding is when we got stuck in the mud for 19 hours in the middle of nowhere in Namibia, with our only neighbours being the indigenous Himba tribe. It was the first time in nearly 14 years that that it had rained in the area, and the Himbas was so surprised by it that before the rain stopped there were about 20 indigenous people covered in animal fat and ochre in the back of the truck with 18 generous hosts from around the world trying to comfort them with every lightning strike. I was outside trying to collect what I could from what was floating away in a river that was forming around the truck and standing out in the rain I noticed that in front of my eyes the truck was sinking ever so slowly into the mud and there was not a chance that I was going to get the extra weight out of the back as the Himbas stared wide-eyed at me through the windows. Let's just say that after a lot of digging and eventually driving on pots and pans to get some grip (seeing that the desert had no rocks to talk of), it was one of our biggest achievements as a group and a cultural experience that will stay with us forever.

- What's the most essential item in your backpack?

The most essential item in my backpack is my trusty old Leatherman - the amount of times that the two of us found a hundred and one uses for whatever could be found around us when problem-solving is extraordinary - I will not feel complete without it by my side.

- What is your one piece of advice to future overlanders/passengers?

Around every corner in every part of the world there is something waiting that will feed that unsatisfied hunger for the new and unknown - never stop feeding it.