Overlanding in Africa is a fun and exciting way to see and experience the beautiful continent of Africa without spending a lot of money. These affordable overland tours are camping trips, designed for people who have an adventurous spirit and who would like to experience diverse cultures, big game and adventure activities. Explore natural wonders, vast wildernesses and big open skies.
“Life is a journey, not a destination” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whether you are the adventurous type, a single traveller, someone who enjoys meeting new people, or simply after an affordable way to travel from one stunning location in Africa to another, an Africa overland trip will cover the best highlights, national parks and adventure travel activities that Africa has to offer.
“I discovered a new way of travel and I loved it. Sleeping in a tent is a great experience that I recommend.” Harmony, Switzerland, aged 23
What exactly is an overland tour?
Overland journeys mean hands-on, dust-in-your-hair travel. You need a taste for adventure and a sense of fun. On most overland trips, you put up your own tent, and help with cooking or buying supplies along the way. When the truck gets stuck in mud, you help push it out. But nothing strengthens bonds better than digging a truck out of sand in the middle of the Namib desert.
Overland tours vary from a 4 day Etosha and Swakopmund Tour, exploring the excitement of Namibia’s adventure capital with the beauty of Namibia’s best game reserves. Or be tempted by a 14 day Gorilla and Game Parks Tour, experiencing the spine-chilling tracking of the mountain gorilla in Uganda, followed by the search for the ‘Big Five’ in the Masai Mara, plus the colourful flamingo of Lake Nakuru in Kenya. Or if time allows, travel 56 days on the Great Africa Trek from Table Mountain in Cape Town, to Kenya’s bustling capital of Nairobi, covering all the highlights of the nine countries in southern and east Africa.
“This has got to be the best way to see Africa in a short period of time …” Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34
How comfy are the trucks?
In overlanding’s early days, trucks were ex-Army Bedfords with wooden benches in the back and some basic equipment tied to the roof. Today, custom-built Mercedes have comfortable, spacious seats, big windows, plenty of storage, an onboard library and a sound system! There will be a trip leader, driver and safari cook and most activities are done as a group. Each truck carries everything needed to be completely self-sufficient. Well-designed trucks are easy to unload and, within half an hour of arriving at a campsite, a comfortable little tent village will be set up with everyone sitting around a fire enjoying that first beer of the evening.
“The overland trip was an awesome end to my time in Kenya. The truck was surprisingly comfortable and the staff brilliant. Be prepared to do your duties, cleaning, cooking etc but it’s all part of the fun.” Michelle, Ireland, aged 30 (after volunteering as a Kenya Teaching and Community Volunteer)
What sort of people go on overland tour?
Africa Overland tours are ideal for travellers who have time constraints, don’t want to spend a great deal of money on luxury safaris, want to see a lot, and want to travel through Africa with a group of like minded people. Overlanding is ideal for young solo travellers, and provides a great introduction to Africa for first-timers, as the driver-guides handle the logistics and things like entry permits and border-crossings, while you enjoy the scenery.
Most travellers are in their twenties and early thirties, with the number of 30-plus increasing as more career-gappers discover overlanding, with the male-female mix being about equal.
But overall, overlanding is more about attitude than actual age. You need all the usual attributes to enjoy travel. You need an open mind, to be tolerant of other people, a sense of humour and you must relish the idea of foreign places and unusual situations.
“The tour was amazing and the staff went out of their way to make our time in Africa as fun and memorable as possible for us.” Mary & Eleanor, UK, aged 50 & 15
I’m already volunteering in Africa, will this be suitable for me?
Overland expeditions can also be a great way to link up different volunteer projects or field guide courses, or to add as an extra experience after working on a volunteer project.
“My daughter is undertaking volunteer work in Africa also with Amanzi Travel and I joined her for this overland trip”. Suzanne, Australia, aged 62 (Southern Sun 21 Day (Northbound)
The beauty of overlanding trips is that all the experiences can be shared with like-minded travellers, many of whom may become life-long friends. Camping under the stars, cooking and washing up together, getting up close to the wildlife, hiking, diving, abseiling, white-water rafting and sharing the odd cold beer all undoubtedly make overlanding an unforgettable experience.