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Blogs - Dragoman Overland

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…

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…

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…

We all know that travel broadens our horizons, pushes us out of our comfort zone, gives us the opportunity for so many new experiences and helps us make new friends… but did you know that it can even make us more creative? Studies show that spending time abroad can affect mental change - creativity is related to neuroplasticity, or in simple terms, how the brain is wired up. These wires are affected by our environment, making them sensitive to change. Therefore all the new sights, sounds, smells and sensations we experience when travelling stimulates these wires and can revitalise the mind, sparking creativity. Over…

Ever wondered what it’s like to travel the Silk Road? How demanding is it? What is the weather and the food like? And what exactly is 'Goat Polo'?! Dragoman crew member Sinead has just arrived back at Camp Green after driving the Silk Road from Bishkek to Istanbul, and gives us the low down on this fascinating Central Asian route.   Which was your favourite country? It depends on what we’re talking about. For culture I’d have to say Iran, for landscapes Kyrgyzstan, and for historical sites it has to be Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan has the most amazing architectural sites, so…

We have two Rio Carnival packages for the upcoming carnival season, one which gives you a bit more freedom to do as you wish (Independent package RTI) and the other with more inclusions so you can get the true carnival experience (Standard package RAC). For full details and prices of each package just use the links below.

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…

There many advantages to overlanding that are often overlooked when considering different travel styles. We've listed some of our favourites;   1. You share your own dedicated transport for the whole trip, so when we are ready to leave there is no hanging around. Travelling by local bus can be great fun but the novelty often wears off after waiting in a stifling bus stations for hours. 2. Added to that, we almost exclusively travel during daylight hours. This gives you the opportunity to see some fantastic sights and landscapes. In many parts of the world, inter city buses run over night.…

The existing clinc building is now due for replacement. The Karmi Farm Clinic   The Karmi Farm clinic is one of our responsible tourism projects and is a firm favourite with travellers and us. You can read more about the project at this link. The clinic currently rents a small building but the time has come for the community to invest in a new building. Inside the existing clinic   With a collection of donations worth 5,000GBP raised by previous passengers and visitors work has now begun. It is unlikely this amount will be sufficient to complete the full build…