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Africa Blogs - Dragoman Overland

Dragoman guide and Wanderlust Guide of the Year 2018 Julie Gabbott is currently on the road for us leading the brand new Western Trans Africa, Sahel to the Cape. This mammoth 134-day overland tour down the coast of West Africa takes in Dakar, Freetown, Accra and Cape Town (and plenty of destinations inbetween). Jules is keeping us updated on the group’s travels. Over to you, Jules! Part Ten   We make our way up to the Chappal Waddi range which separates Nigeria from Cameroon. This is overlanding at its best, following the road less travelled we climb up to 1700mtrs.…

As the Destination Manager for Africa I love any excuse to get out and experience more of the continent that I love. This time round it was the Danakil Depression on my Addis to Gondar Dragoman trip that was the true highlight. This 3 day stint is one of the lowest and hottest places on earth and was packed with one stunning experience after another. We began with a briefing from one of our guides the evening before we set off. She had 12 rather nervous faces looking intently at her trying to absorb every word of her advice. Mainly,…

Dara, our wanderlust-filled sales consultant got the opportunity to go on our Cairo to Khartoum (ZCK) trip earlier in May 2018.

Nathan, our intrepid design and marketing guru ventured into the forests of Uganda in search of the famous mountain gorillas. He takes us through some of the highlights of his awesome trip below! "Hell yes!" was my immediate response when I was asked if I wanted to join one of our tours heading out to Uganda to complete one of the world famous gorilla treks. I'd always heard about this ultimate wildlife experience but I'd never thought I'd get the chance to do it myself, but here I was standing at the visitors centre in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda, with our guide…

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 Serengeti and…

One of our staff members went on our popular Accra to Accra trip that visits Ghana, Benin and Togo. It’s his second visit to the region and he shares some of his insights on this fascinating and often misunderstood area.   Is it safe? For the foreign tourist, West Africa is perhaps one of the safest and most laid back regions in the world. While crime does exist (as everywhere) it’s is generally never targeted towards tourists. In the 8+ months in 10 countries that I have spent there I have never encountered any uncomfortable situations let alone felt in anyway…

Looking for a truly adventurous Overland Journey? Take the road-less-travelled and discover the cultural, historical and natural richness on offer in West Africa.    Discover why this coastal corner of Africa is frequently top of the favourites list of the most well-travelled adventurers. We select a highlight from each one of the countries visited on our full Dakar - Accra route. 1. St Louis, Senegal Founded in 1659 by French traders, Senegal's UNESCO World Heritage listed Island of St. Louis is nestled at the outflow of the Senegal River on the border with Mauritania. As the capital of Senegal and indeed French West Africa it was once one…