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Pillars of Positivity
At the helm of the Overlanding Africa team is Minette Thiart, with over a decade of experience as an overland tour leader. Minette's expertise stretch from Eastern and Southern Africa all the way over to South America: this betty knows her stuff.
As Overlanding Africa's senior travel consultant, Minette and her years of field experience have perfected the art of campfire cake baking and matching the perfect trip to each enquiring traveller. We say that's an art too; modestly she says it's a skill.
From surviving being trampled by an elephant, rammed by rhino and walking in on fresh leopard kill, Minette has grown a pair and uses them to get clients great deals - always delivering on finding a trip within a client's budget.
Her undying love for overland travel brought her to Overlanding Africa's travel consultant desk where she has booked clients from all over the world a seat on the journey of a lifetime, a thousand times over. Her passion, enthusiasm, infectious laugh and extrovert personality are a constant pillar of positivity, making for happy, satisfied clients all the way. Go Minette!
The Team is Tight, Large and In Charge
Headed up by their fearless leader, the team at Overlanding Africa know their products inside out. They are always on a mission to find new products and are well known for the way in which they advise you, the Overland traveller on the product most suitable for your needs.
We are part of something bigger
OverlandingAfrica.com is a member of the Discover Africa Group. Through the strength of the Discover Africa Group, Overlanding Africa.com is able to capitalise on the buying power of the partnership and is thus able to arrange car hire, flights and tours in addition to their core business of Africa Overland tours.
- Fiona28 May 2012
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- Fiona24 May 2012
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- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com11 May 2012
Hello Ed, we are online based do don't have any paper brochures to send you. We have received your direct enquiry too and will send you more information on a fantastic option available for you - it is our 32-day Southern Trek. Happy trails!
- Ed10 May 2012
My wife and I plan to arrive in Johansburg around October 9th 2012. We are interested in a 25 day overlnad safari to include kruger; Botswana; Livingstone; Namibia; ending in Capetown. Then some tours around capetown; 3 days or so. We are looking something similar to 25 day desert tracker by Acacia. camp site lodging is fine. Can you e-mail me some suggestions and brochures.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com24 Apr 2012
Hi Erno; yes sure - we have some options for Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater as well as for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. I have emailed you some more information. Happy trails!
- Erno24 Apr 2012
Hi Minette; 4 of us traveling to Africa in September.We'll landing in Nairobi on the 9th of September.Our plan is to go to Serengeti;ngorongoro Crater and 2 of us would like to climb the Kilimanjaro; the other 2 wanna go to Zanzibar. we want to meet in Dar es Salaam after the Climbing and travel down to the Victoria Falls in Zambia;after the falls we want to Fly down to Cape Town.Can you give me some advice for Kilimanjaro and for the travel to the falls? Thanks Erno
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com04 Apr 2012
Hi Gayn; The Cairo to Nairobi trip is a Trans Expedition which means the maximum age allowed on our Trans Expeditions is 60 years of age. We do have many more trips where travelers over the age of 60 years can participate. I have emailed you more information. Cheers!
- gayn grove03 Apr 2012
do you have an upper age limit on your overlanding trips? My friend and I have done much overlanding around the world over the past few years. Also which overland company due you use? we are interested in Cairo to Nairobi starting in October this year.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com30 Mar 2012
Hi Sara; we only sell scheduled overland truck safaris and the closest place where you can join a trip is in Victoria Falls. I have emailed you some more information. Cheers!
- Sara Thomas30 Mar 2012
I am at Gaborone Botswana. I would like to join a tour group to Cape Town; with whale sighting; and to Okavango delta. Please give probable dates and Costs for a single person. Thanks.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com27 Mar 2012
Hi Kristin; yes - we have two Ethiopian trips which are guaranteed to run daily with a minimum of 2-persons. I have emailed you some more info. Happy trails!
- Kristin Jacobson26 Mar 2012
Are you offering any trips in Ethiopia late April or early May? If so; can you provide more information? Kind regards; Kristin
- Petro Taljard14 Mar 2012
Minette; you go girl you are the most amazing person ever! You bring so much sunshine and postivity into everyones lives. Averlanding Africa can be so proud to have her on their team!!!!!
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com05 Mar 2012
Hello Jack; we only sell scheduled overland truck safaris and do not specialize in tailor made safaris. I recommend you join 4x4 forums and blogs on the internet regarding similar expeditions for more assistance. Happy trails!
- Jack Unk05 Mar 2012
Want to drive with my car from Cairo to Adis Ababa. Can you help me with the planning of this trip or organize you already such tours. What about your prices? Thanks in advance with regards jaap unk
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com06 Jan 2012
Hi Amy; yes all your Camping fees and 3 Meals per day while traveling are included in the trip cost. I have emailed you some more information. Happy trails!
- Amy05 Jan 2012
Hi guys; I'm looking at doing one of your long tours from Cape Town to Cairo (think it's 115days?) and was just wondering if food and accommodation is included in the quoted price? Thanks very much for your time; Cheers; Amy
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com15 Dec 2011
HI Koos; yes we can most certainly assist you with a truck charter. Please note that our vehicles do come with their own driver and depending on what you are looking for we can include a cook. If you can send us an itinerary and all your necessary requirements we can find out what we can for you! Please inquire through our website and one of our friendly consultants will get back to you with more information. Happy trails!
- Koos Roux14 Dec 2011
We are an organisation that does an safarie from Cape Town to Kampala (Equator) and back every 5 years. The company has done 5 tours in the past and is planning on another at the end of 2013. This short mail is just to find out if your company does provide Overlanders with or without an driver that can be hired for such a trip. Kind Regards Koos
- John22 Nov 2011
Hi Minette. Can I get that list of overland companies that might need drivers; for an old salt looking to return to Africa and do some more driving out there..
- Eva Zdarkova21 Nov 2011
Good day; We are group of about 10 people â€“ biologists; who would like to visit Okavango Delta River and other National parks. May be trip you offer from Johannesburg to Livingstone will be fine. We do not care about luxury. Can you; please; give me more information what can you offer and what is the price. We plan to go next year â€“ what is the best time to visit? Thank you very much for your answer. Sincerely Eva Zdarkova; Prague; Czech Republic
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com07 Nov 2011
Hi Andre; we currently don't have any vacancies in the office. I have emailed you some information if you are keen to work as crew on the road! Cheers.
- Andre Hulme07 Nov 2011
Interested in joining the company! Ay info i can get please? Thanks :-)
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com26 Oct 2011
Hi Pete; I have sent you an email with more information. Cheers!
- Pete Reed25 Oct 2011
Hello I drove with Dragoman in Morocco and west Africa; do you need any drivers? I am however ancient (44) and know some companies like the cool young and hip vibe. If you employ dinosaurs with clean licences would you give me a call? Thanks Pete
- Glenn28 Sep 2011
Hi there; I am interested in joining your team. I speak English and French; and have a lot of adventure traveling experience. I really want to join a budget travel company in Africa. If you could send me some information it would be great Thanks Glenn
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com26 Sep 2011
Hi Daniel. I have sent you some more info via email. Happy trails!
- daniel smith23 Sep 2011
Interested in joining your team. Went through Africa almost 20 years ago and would like to take others.Appreciate any info.;thanks daniel
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com19 Sep 2011
Hi Nichole; I have emailed you some more information on trips! Cheers.
- Nichole17 Sep 2011
Hi! I was wondering if someone could please email me some information on tours of the Kruger National Park and Vic falls that starts in JHB and also ends back in JHB. My partner and I will be traveling to South Africa during Feb 2012. Im not really too keen on camping but any info on tours to these to places will be much appreciated.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com08 Sep 2011
Hi Darren! Awesome mate; I have emailed you some information. Cheers!
- Darren Crimes08 Sep 2011
I am currently looking at companies to become a member of crew with. Having led groups overseas for years; with HGV1; a background in Mechanics and a real want to stay in Africa for the next couple of years this seems like an ideal opportunity. How do you recruit crew leaders/drivers from the UK? I am currently based in Kampala but there is virtually no work down here so i'm seeking out opportunities to begin in the next 6 months or so I look forward to hearing back from you.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com24 Aug 2011
Hi Audrey; You can certainly partake in this trip. Most of the people that travel on overland trips are solo or independent travellers; however you do get couples and friends travelling together too. I have emailed you some more information; so keep an eye on your inbox!
- Audrey Kern23 Aug 2011
Hi; I was looking for a 7-day tour in South Africa and came across your website. The "Cape Town and Garden Route" tour has particularly drawn my attention. Actually; I will volunteer in a private game reserve near Krugger National Park from October 29th to November 26th and I'm looking for another 5/7 day stay starting on November 27th. As I am travelling alone; is it possible to take part in this tour? Feel free to contact me for any further details. Thank you very much in advance. Kind regards; Audrey Kern 46; rue de Hagenthal 68220 HÃ©genheim France
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com26 Jul 2011
Hi Dee; please refer to the trip webpage and you will notice the cost of the trip on the page. I have sent you an email with more information. Cheers!
- Dee Horvitz25 Jul 2011
Interested in going to Ethiopia for 3 weeks - saw your tours but can't locate cost. We are 2 well travelled senior from the U.S.
- Jonathan Bainbridge25 Jul 2011
Im realy interested in travalling and i think Africa would be a fantastic experience.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com25 Jul 2011
Hi Astrid; we have a range of trips that will be of interest to you. I have sent you some information via email. Cheers!
- Astrid Pacheco25 Jul 2011
I need to plan a 21 days trip; luxurios; for may husband and me; starting december 23; 2011. He lived in south africa for almost 2 years in the end of the 70's. he would like to see: capetown; kimberly; kohannesburg; krugerpark; victoria falls are his top sights but not the only ones
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com18 Jul 2011
Hi Susan; we don't have any singles specific trips; however most people that book an overland trip are solo or independent travelers. I have emailed you some more information. Cheers!!
- susan piergeorge16 Jul 2011
Hi i am interested in a singles trip to So Africa combining some safari and sightseeing. Which is your best tour?
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com20 Jun 2011
Hi Mr Halai; We will be able to assist you. I have emailed you some information. Cheers!
- Mr halai19 Jun 2011
can you organise an escorted tour for 4 couples in 12 seater with budgeted accomodation rather than pitching tents every day for 3 weeks in crugar national park;victoria falls;okowango deltascalaton coast;sosusveili;and captown.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com01 Mar 2011
Hi Whitney! The difference between the two is that the Kruger Lodge Safari is an accommodated trip; whereas the Kruger Safari is camping - other than that they are pretty much the same. Most people on any trip are solo/independent travelers; however you do get couples or friends traveling together. Cheers!
- whitney01 Mar 2011
Hi; What's the difference between the Kruger Lodge Safari and the Kruger Safari? Also; do most people travel with companions or do you often accommodate single travelers? Thanks.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com28 Feb 2011
Hey there Chris! Thanks mate; we all love what we do and that is to share our love and passion of Overlanding!! Hope to see you on one of our trips. Cheers!
- Chris Wessels28 Feb 2011
Overlanding Africa.com is great!
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com03 Feb 2011
Hi Justin; It really depends on the trip but these days the age range is really mixed. On average you could say most people are late 20's; early 30's however some trips favor older people and some younger. Most people on any trip are solo/independent travelers but you will find a few couples or mates traveling together. The minimum age is 18 on any regular overland trip and you could find people range from 18 to 80. Have fun!
- Justin02 Feb 2011
What is the average age for travellers on longer trips to africa? (6 weeks or more) Im a fairly young guy (just turned 20) and I am curious the range of ages. Do you get many people travelling alone? whats the youngest age for a lone traveller on a long expedition?
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com01 Feb 2011
Hey Trevor; Any activity that falls into a destination anywhere between Cape Town and Nairobi has provision made for it in the trip itinerary as a standard feature. Therefore time is allowed and you won't have to catch up with your truck or get the next one. Most activities in either Nairobi or Cape Town cities will be done before or after your trip only. Hope that makes sense. :)
- Trevor Bowan31 Jan 2011
I was looking at the Cape Town to Nairobi with Gorilla Trek;could you explane how extras work as some are away from the tour for several days.Does the tour wait or you catch next one?
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com20 Jan 2011
Hi Jan; Children are allowed on selected trips (depending on their age) and I have emailed you some options. Happy travels!
- Jan Hill20 Jan 2011
Hi We were interested in going from Johannesburg to Cape Town overland but the problem is we have a 12 year old girl accompanying us and I could not find any suitable tours(family tours). We are a very well travelled family(we have travelled extensively in Asia and South America) and we camp;tramp(hike) and travel a lot(we camped and travelled in the States and Canaada for 3 months when our children were 12 and 7) We feel our daughter could easily cope with the 23 day Vic Falls to Capetown tour but are children allowed?
- Dayne - OverlandingAfrica.com12 Jan 2011
Hi Edith; I would be happy to assist you with your inquiry. I have emailed you about the options you are interested in. If there are any other questions I would be happy to answer them for you. Cheers
- Edith Gluck11 Jan 2011
I would like to go to an accomodated tour; for about 4-6 weeks; and to visit S.Africa from Cape Town; Johannesbourg; till Nairobi; including Namibia(if it is possible)Mali; Maui; watching animals; nature and pple from the regions.I would like to arrive in February '11. Finishing in Kenia; I would like to complete the tours by others; which are not included. I would like to leave Africa by 15.4.2011; to fly to Miami. I would like to consult one of your consultants about. Thanks. Edith Gluck
- michael17 Nov 2010
HI. Me and some of friends really wish to visit mozambique in the upcoming december holidays.we would like to stay somewhere near or on the beach an just relax,however we have a very limited budget. Do you have any advice on what would be the best accomodation at rather low prices?? thanks
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com29 Sep 2010
Not at the moment; sorry.
- Sarel28 Sep 2010
Do you guys have any job openings?
- Judd - OverlandingAfrica.com28 Sep 2010
Hi there Pearl The climate of Mozambique is typically tropical; with a wet season during summer; between October and March; and a dry season from April to September. There is little variation of temperatures between the seasons; differences being dependent on altitude. The wet season brings the heaviest rain along the coast; and cyclones are also experienced during this period.Temperatures along the coast averaging 80Â°F (27Â°C) with average coastal temperatures of 88Â°F (31Â°C). Cheers
- pearl Hadebe28 Sep 2010
I would like to find out if Mozambique's wether is more like Durban in South Africa ? If Its is cold how bad does it normally get ? especially around the 20 nties in April ?
- Dayne - OverlandingAfrica.com30 Aug 2010
Hi Brenda; We specialize in overland tours and I suggest you contact World Vision for accommodation suppliers in the area as often they will get you lower rates. Cheers
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com30 Aug 2010
Hi Greg; Where are you looking to travel to? The Mozambique coast is pretty long and conditions change depending on where you are. I suggest you look at local surf or weather websites for more accurate info - we specialize in overland trips and fishing is not something we get to do a lot! ;)
- greg veale30 Aug 2010
How's the wind and fishing in september?
- Brenda29 Aug 2010
I want to visit my sponsored child who lives in Marara ADP; Tete Province and wondered where I could stay while I'm their. I have contacted World Vision to express my wishes and they are waiting for me to make my decision and organise my flight/hotel details.
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com02 Jun 2010
Hi Patrick; We do the longer overland trips through Victoria Falls and do not have anything as short as you require. However all you need to do is book a return flight from Johannesburg; jump in a taxi at Vic Falls airport and book a nights accommodation. Any activities in Vic Falls are either within walking distance of the Falls or can be organised with a local Vic Falls booking agent. Book and pay directly on the day. Have fun!
- patrick downing01 Jun 2010
want a 2 day trip return from j'burg to vic falls around 2oth aug 210 for myself and my wife-how much
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com19 Apr 2010
Hi Vickum; The trucks can change depending on the departure date but it will be almost identical to the green truck pictured above. All Mercedes trucks. Drive days can range from 4 to 9 hours depending on road conditions etc but I would say an average would be approx 7 plus stops. Happy travels!
- Vickum17 Apr 2010
Hi - What type of truck is use in the Nairobi to Cape Town epic. Whats the average time you spend travelling in the truck per day?
- Dayne - Overlanding Africa.com13 Apr 2010
HI Felicity; I have great options on Cape Town to Vic Falls tours leaving every Sunday and Wednesday.I also have the cheapest way to transit back to Johannesburg after your tour. I have emailed you detailed information on this offer. Cheers Dayne
- Felicity King13 Apr 2010
I am interested in doing a tour from Cape Town up to Vic Falls; over i will need transport back to J-burg to catch our flights home to NZ? It is myself and my partner travelling. We would like to do a camping tour? we want to do the tour in October this year. How would be get from vic Falls back to J-burg? Felicity King.
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com15 Jan 2010
Hi Johan; Sounds like a great plan! And you are right - rather wait until after the World Cup (or go before) when prices and availability are back to normal. One of our consultants will be getting hold of you today to get some more info so we can sort you out a itinerary and price. Have a blast!
- johan kotze15 Jan 2010
I am organising a 2-week overland trip in SA for a bunch of friends. The idea is to spend one week in and around CT (incl. the garden route) and then one week Safari in Kruger; without spending too much time in between. I am hoping to get a group of 20-30 people together and guess it makes sense to do it a few weeks after the world cup for the prices to go down; some time in August or September. Would it be possible to organise a tour just for us and how much would it cost; more or less? Regards johan
- lucy10 Oct 2009
We'll have 5 kids; ages 16 through 11; and 3 adults in their late 40's in August 2010 in South Africa. (Most likely Aug. 12 through 22). We're looking for a wonderful; affordable family vacation that will start and end (or allow us to get back to Jo-burg)but will take us through Botswana and Vic Falls. We'll have already stayed with South African friends and have done all that we want in the country of South Africa. Thanks for your advise.
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