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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…

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…

Dragoman guide and Wanderlust Guide of the Year 2018 Julie Gabbott is 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! Part One After leaving Dakar, our first stop is St. Louis, with the UNESCO registered historic center.   Here’s the group at Toubacouta camp, Senegal, where the owner Youssou has painted a Dragoman sign on…

The Co-founders and part owners of Dragoman Darrel Wade, far left and Geoff Manchester, second from right, Charlie Hopkinson Dragoman Business Development and Sales Director second from left and Pete Rawley, ETC right Dragoman Overland has opened a new office in Melbourne, Australia, to drive sales of their unique brand of overland adventures covering 55 countries across the Americas, Asia and Africa in their 27 purpose-built iconic orange trucks. Supported by Dragoman headquarters based in Suffolk, UK, the Australia office will enable clients to book nearly 400 overland adventures directly through a new reservations team for the southern hemisphere.  Dragoman…

Depending on where you’re going and when, the clothes and equipment you need to pack will vary. You probably don’t want a down-jacket on African safari, and if you’re hiking in Alaska you might leave your flip-flops at home. But there are certain things that are must-haves no matter where you’re travelling to. Take a look at the following travel essentials for any overlanding tour. Water-to-Go bottle Although we supply drinking water on the Dragoman trucks, there may be times on your trip when you don’t have access to this and have to refill your bottle from another source. Water-to-Go’s…