Why book with African Overland Tours .com
- We will find you the Best Trip at the Best Price so you don't need to do it.
- Better rates than booking direct!
- SATSA Bonded giving protection to every client booked with us.
- Independent tour advisors who help find you the best trip
- We are ex guides and extremely passionate in what we do and know the routes very well.
- Completely unbiased opinions based on our knowledge and profiling your needs.
Would you prefer not to go in a big group? How about going on an African Budget Safari Tour and travel in a smaller group.
Overland Africa Accommodated Trips
Not too keen on camping on your trip. That is fine we have a selection of great accommodated budget trips in Africa.
- Choose on of our accommodated Africa Overland Tours that meets your wishes and expectations
- Normally between 2 -18 people on them and 3 crew members.
- Travelling to remote areas and yet have a have a good place to spend the night
Africa Overland Camping Tours
So you would like to explore the real Africa but don't want to break the bank. How about we help you find the perfect budget trip throughout South and East Africa.
Some trips allow you to upgrade for an accommodated version.
- Normally 4 -30 people on them (depending on the operator)
- Visit the Highlights of Africa
- Trips go from 4 Days to 1 year (most popular is 3 weeks to 3 months)!
- Cost effective travel through Africa
A lot of people ask us what it is like to do an overland in Africa and, our simple answer is that it is awesome! Obviously we are seriously biased because we love it.
On a serious note, it is a great way to travel if you are adventurous, on a budget and would like to see a lot of highlights in Africa.
The trips go to a many areas normally inaccessible due to lack of public transport or too expensive for independent travellers to access. Often public transport is not reliable or may not offer the connections needed getting you between destinations.
Overlanding is not for everyone, because you are travelling through 3rd world countries. It cannot be compared to a European or North American tour.
You are going to get dusty, travelling large distances (long driving days) and help out at meal times as most trips require the group to lend a hand at meal times, cleaning your truck and putting up your tents. If you like getting involved getting dirty, the adventure of camping is a great experience!
What we can guarantee is, an Africa Adventure.
What are the risks of going on an Africa overland tour?
The group itself; will make or break it especially on the longer overland tours. It is so important to have a sense of fun, adventure, relax, smile and have fun. All tours are designed to allow a few days where you can break-away from the everyday tour-life to enjoy a bit of time alone and away from the group.
What type of people will I be travelling with?
Anyone! Generally speaking you are travelling with Australian’s, American’s, Canadians, Brits, Germans, Dutch and Brazilian of all ages (18 – 65 years).
The demographics really do depend on the operator, as each cater for a different type of traveller. Some trips are priced-aimed at younger travellers (GAP year, backpackers, career break travellers) and others a target travellers looking for a more mature travel experience.
We pride ourselves on getting to know your travel needs, in order to suggest the most suitable trip based on what you have in mind!
It is it “ok” to travel by myself?
Yes – totally! In fact the majority of travellers are generally single adventure seekers. You will simply share with some one of the same sex.
With regards to the accommodated trips you will get your own room (on the majority of tours).
I have heard I will be travelling in a truck?
Yes and they’re comfortable! Due to the tough African road conditions, the vehicles are custom built to withstand the rough roads, and ensure your safety and comfort. The trucks house a kitchen, storage space, lockers / luggage racks, large viewing windows, mp3 systems, fridges, extended fuel tanks, water tanks, comfortable seats, ample leg room, etc to make your experience more comfortable. The trucks do vary depending on the tour and road conditions; i.e. East African vehicles are more rugged to withstand the tougher road conditions.
Will I be able to charge my camera, phone, laptop?
Yes –most campsites en-route offering charging facilities, with the exception of limited days bush camping (route depending).
We have got clients who bring their laptops, but don’t recommend it as roads are dusty and bumpy and may damage your laptop. There are internet café’s en-route offering inexpensive internet allowing you to upload photos, blogs etc.
What is a typical day like on the road?
Generally speaking, early mornings as it can get pretty warm in a tent. For those of you staying in accommodation, you will get up at generally 7am. Breakfast will be served shortly after that and then you will hit the road by 8am.
Driving distances vary on the routes but it can be anything from 100km to 750 km (on the biggest day). Africa is big and some serious distance to cover (itinerary depending). The average day is approximately 200km’s. During the day there will be loo breaks, lunch stops and scenic stops for you to enjoy the surrounds. Each itinerary does include 2 or more days at one stop to rest and just enjoy the scenery and activities on offer.
The most common relaxation days are in Swakopmund, Vic Falls, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, Inhambane on the coast of Mozambique.
What happens if I don’t want to camp?
First up, there are a number of operators that run accommodated African budget safaris for you to travel up through Africa. However, if you have decided to do a camping trip and just need a couple nights in a comfy bed to break up the camping then you can upgrade along the route (naturally depending on availability). Most of the campsites have little rooms that you can stay in.
I would like to travel with my kids?
It depends on their age and which tour you have in mind. We have Southern Africa camping and accommodated tours which are child-friendly (10 – 17). East Africa is a more difficult, rustic tour with longer driving times unfavourable for young children (14 and younger).
We will also check with travellers already booked, if there would be any objection to travelling with children as the minimum age on tour is 18 – some tours allowing the exception.
I’m over 50 will I be allowed to go on a Overland Africa tour?
Certainly! Many operators have designed small group, limited participation, accommodated tours. These offer a more comfortable tour with less participation – so you have more time to sit back and enjoy!
How do I know I’m going with the best operator?
We only work with reputable, professional, sound operators we know personally. We have an incredible working relationship with each of our operators, meeting on regular basis to touch base regarding new tours, growth, traveller and tour dynamics and ensuring our travellers are happy!
Our operators are all insurance by SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association), underwritten by Lloyds of London ensuring financial peace of mind.
I’m still not sold an overland tour and prefer do it myself, but not sure how?
That’s great too. We can offer travel advice based on the route you have in mind and will offer details of local bus, trains and domestic flights available to you. We steer clear of public transport, whom do not include public liability insurance and would not be covered by your travel insurance. Once again, overland tours aren't for everyone.
What about Travel Insurance?
It is mandatory!
Most credit card companies offer travel insurance if using your credit card to purchase flight tickets, which is fine. However, this is often a very basic policy, which you can top-up. It is vital that you are comprehensively covered for anything that can happen including; tour, flight, accommodation cancellation, operator default, missed flights, medical air evacuation, hospitalization, death and repatriation and adventure activities.