African Overland Tours - What does it mean?
Group tours in Africa are often referred to as Overland tours. That literally means that you will be travelling on the roads throughout Africa... over the land... overlanding... overland tours! In most cases we travel around in customized "overland trucks". Below you will find examples of overland trucks, 4x4 safari vehicles, safari tents and hotels/ lodges.
Overland truck – examples
- An overland truck is designed to take on whatever Africa can throw at them. The overland trucks are built high off the ground with big windows that can slide open all the way. This makes them perfect for the best views on a Safari.
- Group sizes: Some overland trucks can carry up to 24 clients even though many of our tours are actually limited to a maximum of 17 clients. On selected departure dates the maximum number of clients is only 12… which gives you even more space to move around.
- The overland trucks carry all the tents, sleeping mats, pots and pans and all the luggage and lots of fresh water.
- Luggage: Please keep in mind that your tour will be of an adventurous nature and you will be travelling in an overland truck and luggage should NOT include any hard cover “Samsonite” style suitcases. Most of the overland trucks have lockers for the luggage. Locker sizes: 70cm deep x 40cm wide x 38cm high. Only a soft bag will fit in these lockers.
- Please note: If you bring a suitcase it might be left behind or you may be charged a fee to carry it if it does not fit into your locker.
Camping tours - examples of Safari Tents
- No need to bring your own tent - we provide two man dome tents and camping mattresses on our Camping tours. All you need to bring is your own sleeping bag. The tents are big enough for 3 clients, but only 2 clients of the same gender will share a tent. Most clients share a tent, but if you prefer to have you own tent, there is a single supplement option on most tours.
- These Safari Tents have built in mosquito nets and will keep out all the bugs. The safari tents are water repellent and they are super easy to pitch (put up) and break down. Your guides will show you how its done on day 1. It takes only 5 minutes to pitch a tent… even if you have never done it before. Super easy.
- Tent size: The average tent is 2.4 m long x 2.4 m wide x 1.9 m high (7.8 ft x 7.8 ft x 6.2 ft).
Accommodated tours - examples of Hotels and Lodges
- Our accommodated tours should be seen as an upgrade from the camping tours. The style of accommodation varies from budget hotels, lodges, chalets, bungalows, traditional huts and sometimes permanent safari tents.
- Around Southern Africa all the hotels and lodges will have bedding and towels provided. All hotels and lodges are for 2 clients sharing and most of them offer en-suite facilities. Clients travelling alone have to pay the extra single supplement, but this will assure a private room throughout the tour.
- In East Africa the accommodation options can be less reliable and are generally a little more basic than in Southern Africa.
- Please note: Most of our tours are run as a combination of the Camping and the Hotel and Lodge tour. This means that there will be camping clients and accommodated clients on the same tour, with the only big difference being that the campers camp at night and those who booked the hotel and lodge tour will have a bed inside the lodge/ hotel etc. for the night.
- Everyone stays in the same general area, with the rooms only a short walk from the campsite.
Examples of 4×4 Safari vehicles
- During some of our tours we use 4×4 safari vehicles. Land Cruisers are very popular in Tanzania and in Kenya they prefer 4×4 mini busses. The roads in the national parks in East Africa are not always that great and that is why we use a 4×4 to get around.
- A great feature of these 4x4 vehicles is that the roof can be opened up, making it possible to stand up and take clear photos of the animals…