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Blogs - Dragoman Overland

As one of the trio of small countries located in the North East of Brazil, Guyana is unique in that it is the only English speaking country in South America. The capital Georgetown houses a number of incredible architectural treasures from St George’s Cathedral, reputedly the tallest wooden building in the world at 143ft to The High Court, which has a rather battered statue of Queen Victoria outside, The Stabroek Market is also an interesting building, first designed to be a railway station, but following the removal of the railway line (it was sold to Nigeria after independence) it was decided…

We started overlanding back in 1981 with one truck and one route which went from the UK through the Sahara and into Central and West Africa. Since then we have gone from strength to strength. Our trucks may have changed a little but the essence of overlanding is still very much with us. Pushing the boundaries of overland travel to give our passengers an unforgettable experience. The fleet is now 26 strong, travelling through Africa, Asia and the Americas.  This season we are introducing new routes through northern Brazil, Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana. As well as launching our Trans-Africa trip which is us…

Our Destination Manager, Helen, got to experience our new Kilimanjaro trek earlier on this year. Here's her story of her climb to success...   ‘Jambo’ calls one of the porters as he walks past, loaded up with bags and equipment, balanced perfectly on his head.   The mountain creates the major source of employment for people living in the towns surrounding Mt Kilimanjaro and the porters, cooks and guides that work here, make the most of it.  Around camp they joke, banter and dance around as they put up tents and prepare food, there’s a great atmosphere here.   Mt Kilimanjaro…

What's it really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro? Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The mountain is actually a dormant volcano which consists of three volcanic cones. The peak of Kilimanjaro is called Uhuru Peak and stands at 5,895m or 19,341 feet above sea level. The ascent is not considered to be a technically difficult ascent as no special climbing equipment is required but it can be a challenging ascent due to the rate that people make the climb. The longer that you take to ascend then the higher the probability you have…

Our ever-travelling sales consultant Hollie (below pic, right) was lucky enough to head out to this year's Rio Carnival in February and we've quizzed her on the finer points of her experience at the biggest party in the world... Which hotel did you stay in? ​We stayed in the Hotel Argentina (which is the hotel used for the Independent package) located in the chilled out Flamengo district. The rooms are nice and comfy and have AC, fridge and a safe which was handy. The best thing about the place is the incredible buffet breakfast​ they offer. Apparently this breakfast is legendary with Drago crew who…

Jaime has been on the road with us since 2013, we asked a few probings questions about life on the road with Dragoman...     Why did you become Dragoman crew? I wanted to find my true passion and vocation; could not believe something like this existed... a dream come true! What’s your favourite destination and why? I still need to know many parts of the world, but for the moment Mexico is my favorite country! It's full of the most amazing characters, ancient cultures, personality and history, as well as great nature attractions!     What’s the best thing…

There is a time and a place for a selfie, but when you're surrounded by amazing landscapes and nature at its very best then sometimes a picture of your own mug can take a backseat for a bit. One of our passengers has sent us some of his amazing shots that he's taken whilst on the road with us. Here are just a snippet of them, if you like stunning animal close-ups and seemingly endless scenery shots then this gallery is for you. Check out our favourites...               To see more of Thomas' work…

Mike has been on the road with us since mid-2016, we caught up with him to ask a few probings questions about life on the road with Dragoman...     Why did you become Dragoman crew? Because I love overlanding and life's too short for all work and no play!  What’s your favourite destination and why? Torres del Paine Chille for the worlds most amazing scenery and treks, anywhere in India as the culture is crazy different, east and South Africa the birth place of overlanding for the wildlife and worlds best skies!     What’s the best thing about working as…

Katie has been on the road with us since 2012, we caught up with her to ask a few probings questions about life on the road with Dragoman...     Why did you become Dragoman crew? It was to travel. I realised I was never going to get to all of the places that I wanted to travel to unless I got involved in the tourism industry as I simply didn't get enough time off.  What’s your favourite destination and why? Difficult question! Argentina. It has everything except an accent I can understand. Good food, good wine, stunning mountains and…