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Blogs - Dragoman Overland

Ben Sims, who leads tours for overland travel specialists Dragoman, has won TourRadar’s top award as Adventure Guide of the Year 2018! Ben, who guides for Dragoman in their iconic orange overland trucks which go all over the Americas, Africa and Asia; taking the road less travelled and getting away from the tourist trail, shares their mantra of "it's the journey, not just the destination". Charlie Hopkinson of Dragoman describes Ben as a perfectionist. "He ensures that every detail of our overland tours that he leads in Africa are amazing. His passion and dedication shines through in every way and we…

Venture out into “The Last Frontier” on an overland journey offered in partnership with our friends at Infinite Adventures. Travel on a converted school bus, exploring the many highlights of Alaska, from the hustle and bustle of Anchorage to the pure and pristine wilderness of the Denali and Wrangell-St Elias National Parks. Although part of the USA, Alaska feels like another world, and the sheer scale of the state is hard to comprehend; but travellers looking to answer the call of the wild need look no further. Read on for our round-up of Alaska’s must-see sights and cities.   Anchorage…

The Silk Road was an ancient network of intercontinental trade routes connecting China and the Far East with the Middle East and Europe. As well as exchanging luxury products like Chinese silk, spices, salt, sugar, jade, and fur, the disparate civilisations connected by the Silk Road also forged deep social, cultural and religious links – a meeting of minds that played an essential role in the development of the region. It was on the Silk Road that overland travel was born, and to this day it remains one of the quintessential overlanding journeys. But with a network of routes spanning…

Here at Dragoman, we design our overland journeys to take travellers off the well-worn tourist trails and into the heart of the countries and cultures we’re visiting. And as part of our commitment to taking the road less travelled, we’re always looking for new trails to blaze and new experiences to offer our passengers. When one of our tours contains a brand new itinerary, we call this an Exploratory Trip – and if you join us on one of these trips, you’ll be helping to pioneer a new route for Dragoman. Look out for this Exploratory Trip logo at the…

Rio Carnival or 'Carnaval' is only 7 weeks away! The streets in Rio are buzzing with anticipation, and street parties or 'carnaval blocos' are starting to pop up all over the city. During Carnival, there are literally hundreds of blocos, day and night; bands playing Samba music, crowds of people dancing, and streets vendors selling snacks and the national drink, Caipirinhas.  Blocos are free to all and found in almost all the neighbourhoods of Rio. Most blocos have a theme and their own music - did you know there's a bloco dedicated to The Beatles?! We have a number of…

Travelling through the world’s most spectacular landscapes, we know we have a responsibility to help ensure they stay that way. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund in South America, a non-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for Torres del Paine and its surrounding communities. Launched in 2014 in response to challenges posed by rapidly increasing visitation to this iconic yet fragile landscape, the Legacy Fund works with businesses, municipalities, park authorities, residents, and visitors to: Restore and protect ecosystems Improve tourism infrastructure and mitigate visitor impacts Promote community development Diversify recreation & cultural opportunities for…

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…

The Dragoman team will be at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show at Olympia, London from 31st Jan – 3rd Feb 2019. Come and see us to discuss your next overlanding adventure! We’ll have Tallulah the Dragoman truck with us, so you’ll be able to climb aboard and see what one of our trucks looks like on the inside. Destinations, in association with The Times and The Sunday Times, is the UK’s biggest event for travel advice and inspiration. As well as tour operators and travel agents, Destinations brings together the best authors, TV presenters and photographers from the travel…

Dragoman guide and Wanderlust Guide of the Year 2018 Julie Gabbott is currently 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!   The latest... Part Fifteen   The Slave Museum south of Luanda is a sobering experience for us all. It’s from here that slaves were baptised and given Portuguese names before being sent off…