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What do you do when you hear a call to adventure, but none of your friends are available to answer it with you? More and more travellers are embracing the freedom, flexibility, and pure indulgence of travelling at their own speed. As the 19th Century philosopher Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready”. If striking out completely on your own is a daunting prospect, then you might consider joining a group overland tour. On a typical Dragoman trip, around 50% of passengers…

Dragoman guide and Wanderlust Guide of the Year 2018 Julie Gabbott is 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 One After leaving Dakar, our first stop is St. Louis, with the UNESCO registered historic center.   Here’s the group at Toubacouta camp, Senegal, where the owner Youssou has painted a Dragoman sign on…

The Co-founders and part owners of Dragoman Darrel Wade, far left and Geoff Manchester, second from right, Charlie Hopkinson Dragoman Business Development and Sales Director second from left and Pete Rawley, ETC right Dragoman Overland has opened a new office in Melbourne, Australia, to drive sales of their unique brand of overland adventures covering 55 countries across the Americas, Asia and Africa in their 27 purpose-built iconic orange trucks. Supported by Dragoman headquarters based in Suffolk, UK, the Australia office will enable clients to book nearly 400 overland adventures directly through a new reservations team for the southern hemisphere.  Dragoman…

Depending on where you’re going and when, the clothes and equipment you need to pack will vary. You probably don’t want a down-jacket on African safari, and if you’re hiking in Alaska you might leave your flip-flops at home. But there are certain things that are must-haves no matter where you’re travelling to. Take a look at the following travel essentials for any overlanding tour. Water-to-Go bottle Although we supply drinking water on the Dragoman trucks, there may be times on your trip when you don’t have access to this and have to refill your bottle from another source. Water-to-Go’s…

From the sandy deserts near the historic ruins of Old Dongola to the geological wonder of China’s ‘Rainbow Mountains’, here are our top five picks for the strangest places to pitch your tent.   The banks of the Zambezi River, Zambia The Zambezi is the fourth longest river in Africa, flowing through six countries and across 2,700km. A large stretch of it is covered by the Lower Zambezi National Park, one of the country’s top wildlife-spotting destinations. The best place to see wildlife is on the flood plain and along the river itself – look out for puku, impala, zebra,…

Astro-tourism – travel in pursuit of astronomical phenomena – is the latest travel trend and it’s out of this world! Whether it’s to see the Northern Lights, lunar or solar eclipses, or simply to stargaze, more and more people are booking trips to see celestial events. Unless you’ve been completely in the dark, you’re probably aware that the next solar eclipse will take place on 2nd July, 2019. But if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of this rare event, you’ll need to planet in advance, as the total solar eclipse will only be visible in some parts of Chile…

Many of our South America overland trips end in Ushuaia on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost point of the continent and the so-called “End of the World” – but it doesn’t have to be the end of your trip. Our sister company Imaginative Traveller has just added a range of new polar expeditions in Antarctica, departing from Ushuaia in 2019 and beyond. Although Antarctica is remote, it is rich with human history. Travellers can visit the grave of famous British explorer Ernest Shackleton at a small whalers’ cemetery in Grytvikin, South Georgia. Shackleton sadly died of a heart…

Lonely Planet has revealed its top countries, cities and regions to visit in 2019, no doubt inspiring countless intrepid travellers worldwide for extra entries on their bucket lists. To help you plan your 2019 adventures, we’ve selected some of our favourite Dragoman Overland tours including destinations from the list.   Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan is known for its ragged and unspoilt scenery. Ranking as the #5 country to visit in 2019, this Central Asian country sits on the Silk Road connecting China and the Mediterranean. On this 16-day trip, you’ll stay in traditional yurts at the sublime Song Köl…

Julie has been on the road with us since 2013 and is our Gold Medal winning Wanderlust Guide of the year for 2018!  We asked her a few probing questions about life on the road with Dragoman... Why did you become a guide? Growing up in our family bed and breakfast, we had a large map of the world on the wall; so our guests could place a pin from their country and town of origin. When I turned 19, I set off to explore some of these pins myself. After years of travel experience, I realised that this knowledge could be…