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Original overland adventures since 1981

Our Heritage

Dragoman has a proud history, standing at the forefront of the overlanding industry since the company's formation in 1981. Our first overlanding expedition to Nairobi and back set off in the summer of 1982, with our first trips to Asia following in 1984. In 1989, Dragoman launched operations in South America, and in 1994 (now with 13 trucks) we expanded out to Central America.

In 2001 Dragoman took over the assets of Encounter Overland, and we have been proud overlanding partners with Intrepid since 2008. Dragoman became the owners of Imaginative Traveller in 2011, the same year that our first truck arrived in South East Asia. Finally, in 2013 we entered North America, and were the first ever overlanding company to visit Burma.

Over the years we’ve grown steadily in size to our current fleet of 26 overland trucks and 1 converted overland bus, but are still small enough to ensure that each Dragoman traveller has a unique, and life-changing experience. We are proud to be independently owned by the original founders, who are just as passionate today about delivering an incredible overlanding experience to all of our customers as they were back in 1981! Last year, 2500 travellers joined us on a Dragoman overlanding adventure, visiting 55 different countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Our Core Values

  • Treat all people with respect
  • Act with integrity
  • Be passionate about what we do
  • Encourage personal growth 
  • Behave ethically and responsibly in all aspects of our business

Our Principles

Although overlanding has changed and adapted through the years, we fiercely stick by the principles that have seen us flourish through over 30 years of pioneering overland success. We aim to get off the beaten track and really under the skin of the places we visit, taking the road less travelled, mixing with the locals, learning about their culture, and most importantly having an open mind.

We focus on giving the best training and support to our crew, specially craft our itineraries to allow us to travel at a relaxed pace and allow the freedom and flexibility to explore the region and be as active as you want. We always keep our commitment to responsible travel at the heart of everything we do. 

Our Trips

Overland truck holidays

Many of our trips are a convenient 14-21 days, offering a great snapshot of a country or region - in just a short break from your everyday life we can get you off the tourist trail and take you on a perspective-changing journey. 

These short trips can also be combined to create epic journeys lasting up to 235 days. Our iconic Istanbul to Beijing overland follows in the footsteps of the ancient Silk Route caravans, or you can join us on a trans-Africa expedition from Cape Town to Cairo, or travel the entire length of the Americas from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Or journey from Mongolia down through China, Burma and the rest of South East Asia  – and in India you can circle the continent. These are incredible journeys that will change your life!

Group sizes are limited to 22, creating a more personal experience. Our most popular tours have frequent departures so you can find a date to suit you. We guarantee more trip departures than comparable operators and strive to offer value with more inclusions, so you don't have to pay extra on the road. Check out what's all about for more insights in to overlanding.

Family Holidays

Our family adventures are truck-based overland tours, designed to appeal to the entire family with children aged from 7-17. Travelling with usually 3-5 other families, you will head across the African plains from Kenya to Tanzania on our East African Family Overland or between Victoria Falls and Windhoek on our Namibia and Botswana Family Overland. Incomparable and utterly unforgettable, these active holidays are seriously good fun!

Tailor-made group charters

Group charters are the perfect solution for a really unique holiday with a private group. If you fancy travelling on your own private adventure with your partner, group of friends or family, our Imaginative Adventures team can create an itinerary just for you. Ideal for travellers looking for that special experience, honeymooners or large groups needing a private truck charter.

Rio Carnival Packages

Experience the greatest party on earth! Combine your overland trip with 6 fun-filled days of Rio Carnival and enjoy serious savings. Or choose from 3 stand alone packages - Basic, Standard or Superior, including accommodation, a ticket to the Samba Parade and much more depending on the package chosen. Read the Ins and Outs of the Rio Carnival in our blog.

Wherever you travel with Dragoman, whether for one week or 8 months, we guarantee our tours offer an unforgettable travel experience – this is not your everyday journey.