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As one of the most travel-friendly destinations in the Middle East, Jordan budget travel offers the chance to explore a country rich in culture, tradition, history and natural splendour, with a warm Mediterranean climate, vast desert, steep mountains and many fascinating attractions to enjoy.
Situated in the Middle East, Jordan is almost entirely landlocked aside from a small outlet on the Red Sea in Aqaba and a frontage to the Dead Sea. Jordan borders Israel and the West Bank to the west, Syria to the north, Iraq to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, and is widely considered one of the most liberal and modern nations in the world.
From the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea to the vast and beautiful desert valley of Wadi Rum, Jordan overland tours offer a wide range of things to see and do, ensuring a memorable travel experience in one of the friendliest and most welcoming destinations in the world.
Key highlights include the following:
Wadi Rum Desert
Situated in the heart of Jordan, Wadi Rum is a spectacular desert valley that dates back thousands of years. It was here that Lawrence of Arabia was based, and where many ancient treks were also made – the rocky outcrops and vast expanses of desert make this one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the country, offering plenty of photographic opportunities.
Mount Nebo backpacking tours offer the chance to visit one of the most ancient landmarks in the world – where Moses was said to have been buried. From the top of this elevated ridge, one can look out over Jordan to take in panoramic views of the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley, spanning as far as the eye can see. No Jordan budget travel adventure is complete without a trip to Mount Nebo – just be sure to bring along binoculars and a camera to take in these incredible views.
Famous all over the world for its strange and wonderful mineral-rich waters that bring many visitors to this region every year, the Dead Sea is a sea like no other. The high mineral content of these waters makes it possible for you to float on the surface rather than sink, which results in an experience that is quite out of this world. Due to the restorative and rejuvenating properties of these waters, many locals and foreigners come to the Dead Sea to enjoy a spa break, making this hot-spot a must-visit on any Jordan overland tours.
The thriving capital city of Jordan, Amman is a cosmopolitan blend of cultures, influences and landmarks. In a country that is widely known for its modern and liberal approach, Amman is a not surprisingly one of the most diverse cities of the Middle East – here you will find representatives from all walks of life, including native Jordanians, Turks, Bosnians, Egyptians and many other cultures speaking a host of languages from Arabic to French, English, Spanish and even Armenian to some degree. Markets, coffee houses, bath houses and many other attractions can all be enjoyed on these Jordan budget travel adventures in the capital city.
Last but certainly not least, the ancient city of Petra is another attraction that cannot be missed on your Jordan backpacking tour. This UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises of an ancient walled city containing a number of fascinating well-preserved ruins. The city can be easily explored by foot, horse, donkey or camel, and is widely considered one of the top highlights on any Jordan overland tours.
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For travellers seeking to explore an enticing land of ancient history, outstanding scenery and exotic culture, Turkey budget travel offers the chance to go back in time to the early powerhouses that shaped the world as we know it today.
Situated in the Anatolian peninsula in western Asia on one side, and Thrace in the Balkan region of south-eastern Europe on the other side, Turkey is one of the world’s few truly Eurasian destinations.
The country borders the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the Aegean Sea to the west and the Black Sea to the north, giving it 3 different climatic zones across the country that further adds to its rich diversity.
With spectacular beaches, many ancient ruins and key historical sites plus vast forests, steep mountainous areas and a rich and fascinating cultural blend of Arabic and Mediterranean influences, Turkey overland tours are beyond anything you could imagine.
Some of the main highlights to enjoy in Turkey include the following:
The huge and thriving city of Istanbul is one of the largest cities in Europe, dating back many thousands of years. Some of the old parts of the city can still be found alongside the modern architecture. Beautifully intricate mosques and temples, world-class shopping centres, traditional Turkish coffee houses and baths, and the ever-present side-walk cafes result in a vibrant blend of new and old, and a diverse, thriving population of local Turks and other nationalities.
As one of the most famous highlights on any Turkey budget travel adventure, Olympos is right up there in the top things to see in Turkey. This is where one of the most interesting natural phenomena can be found – the flame-spewing rocks that are found amidst the ancient ruins, pristine beach and lush pine forests that have slowly reclaimed this former resplendent city. The locals believe that the mythical Chimaera caused the rocks to breath fire, resulting in many legends that surrounds Olympos.
The world’s most photographed beach is by far one of the most popular attractions to enjoy on Turkey overland tours, and after visiting Oludeniz and its breathtaking blue lagoon, one can truly believe that paradise exists. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, Oludeniz is famous for its peaceful lagoon, lush pine forests, sleepy resort atmosphere and ancient ruins and historical sites that can be found nearby. A thriving nightlife and lively ambience add to the appeal of Oludeniz, making it a much-loved holiday destination for locals and tourists alike.
The famous city of Troy is most known for being the site of one of the most iconic battles in history – the Trojan War. The original city of Troy is located in northwest Anatolia in what is now Turkey, and played a major role in the great poet Homer’s works – especially the Iliad and the Odyssey. Today, the Troia archaeological site holds the remains of this city, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and a renowned Turkey budget travel highlight.
Another must-see on any Turkey backpacking tour, Ephesus was once the second largest powerhouse after Rome. The remains of this city are situated in the Aegean region of Turkey, which was originally a Greek city until it was overtaken by the Romans, going on to become one of the most important cities of the ancient world. Key sites here include the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, alongside gladiator graveyards, bath complexes and many other interesting relics that make Ephesus a must-visit on any Turkey overland tours.
For all Turkey budget travel and Turkey overland tour information and trips, contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com or post your comments below.
Overlanders often ask us about renting a car before/after their trip, to do some siteseeing. The guys from Drive South Africa offer some handy tips to make an intelligent car hire decision when booking online:
1) Book in advance to get the best car hire deal
2) Know your vehicle requirements
3) Check if the car hire agency has call centre consultants you can speak to
4) Compare quotes from all major car hire companies – Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Alamo etc.
5) Check prices at car hire comparison websites
6) Check insurance details before making a reservation
7) Check if the rental company offer road-side assistance?
Refuel the rental car before you return it
9) Check cancellation penalties
10) Return the vehicle on time to avoid extra charges
So whether you are dealing with car hire in Cape Town or car hire Sicily, these are the tips that are going to ensure a fuss free car hire experience!
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Most overland trips cover long distances through many countries and also many different climates therefore there is no ‘best time to travel’. Any time is a good time!
Africa has diverse landscapes and the weather changes drastically from country to country, region to region – even sometimes within the same city.
Southern Africa consists of a many diverse countries and each has their own weather patterns. Southern Africa has two clear rainy seasons – summer and winter. Rains in the winter mainly occur in the south western part of South Africa. Most other countries receive rain during the summer months (October to March).
From beaches to mountains to vast plains, the region has a huge range of terrains and climates. The climate of East Africa is typically equatorial with mid to high temperatures year round and little seasonal variation, especially close to the equator. Large variations in temperature are caused by altitude; it is cooler the higher you get. There are two short rainy seasons in East Africa; one around April, and the other in October/November.
North Africa is mostly taken up by desert and semi arid climates. The Mediterranean also forms part of North Africa and the coastal regions receive hot, dry summers. Rainfall is minimal and usually comes in the form of short thunderstorms. Temperatures vary depending on the proximity to the coast.
West Africa sees a pretty varied climate across the year with 2 distinct wet seasons, high humidity and high temperatures. The humidity is of particular discomfort on the coast and when combined with high temperatures this can be very uncomfortable in some areas. The driest periods of the year fall between December and February, and then from July until September. Wetter periods are generally May/June and October.
Large parts of the Middle Eastern countries experience drought as water is a scare commodity. Most countries consist of mainly arid, desert areas although pockets of green, fertile valleys can be found along major rivers such as the Nile. Temperatures range from very hot in summer, to 15-25 degrees C in winter.
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For a taste of rich, exotic culture dating back thousands of years to a time of Pharaohs, pyramids and early civilisations, Egypt budget travel offers the travel experience of a lifetime.
Situated in North East Africa, bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip to the north-east, Jordan to the east, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west, Egypt is flanked by the Mediterranean Sea as well as the Red Sea, and is dominated by the Nile River and its fertile valley as well as the Eastern and Western deserts. Geographically, this makes Egypt one of the most fascinating and varied destinations, with a host of contrasting landscapes to be enjoyed alongside its many attractions and famous landmarks.
Egypt overland tours showcase the country’s fascinating history and ancient cultures, giving the chance to explore one of the oldest civilisations in history dating back as early as 3200 BC. Some of the key highlights to enjoy on an Egypt backpacking tour include the following:
The thriving capital city of Egypt is a blend of modern living and classic Egyptian culture, with a host of things to see and do in and around the city from mesmerising markets (souqs) to delicious local cuisine, world-class shopping centres, beautiful Islamic architecture, one of the oldest and largest music and film industries in the Arab world and plenty more besides. As one of the largest cities in Africa and the Middle East, a visit to Cairo is not to be missed.
Famous all over the world and for very good reason, the pyramids of Giza are arguably one of the most popular aspects of any Egypt budget travel adventure, bringing thousands of travellers to this ancient landmark each year to explore these ancient tombs by camel or by foot. The Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure are one of the last remnants of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and are simply out of this world!
Another not-to-be-missed landmark is the iconic Sphinx. Standing under the shadow of the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx guards the entrance to the pyramids as it has done for thousands of years. Despite a bit of wear and tear (and the loss of part of its nose), this Pharaoh’s head on top of a giant lion’s body remains one of the most instantly recognisable icons of Egypt, immortalised on postcards and posters everywhere. No Egypt overland tours are complete without a visit to the Sphinx.
The beautiful Red Sea is one of the most coveted scuba diving destinations, bringing huge droves of dive enthusiasts to the warm waters of this region to explore the rich marine life and coral reefs that lie below. Many dive schools can be found in this region, offering resort courses as well as full diving courses. Marine life to be found includes over 1000 species of fish as well as stingray, eels and dolphins, not to mention an abundance of coral reefs. This Egypt budget travel adventure is ideal for adventure-seekers who want to explore the area’s underwater delights.
Valley of the Kings & Queens
Yet another must-see on your Egypt backpacking tour is the Valley of the Kings & Queens. Situated on the west bank of the Nile River opposite Luxor, this is where tombs and temples of the ancient kings and queens of the 20th Dynasty or approximate era can be found – Tutankhamun’s un-robbed tomb is just one of the more recent discoveries that have been found here, along with many other undiscovered wonders. For a glimpse into the fascinating past of exotic Egyptian kingdoms, this is an absolute must-see on any Egypt overland tours!
For all Egypt budget travel options and Egypt overland tours, contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com or post your comments below.
Because we are all about making your life easy, we have compiled a list of the MUST reads for any Africa overland tour. We read dozens of them – here are the top 10 in no particular order!
Dark Star Safari – Paul Theroux
Dark Star Safari is an insightful book covering the author’s journey from Cairo to Cape Town by train, dugout canoe, “chicken bus,” and cattle truck.
Africa on a Shoe String – Lonely Planet
If you have to have a guide book this one is as good as any. Ignore the prices and times for everything local, but the boxed texts and history sections are very interesting. WARNING: In the interests of your health do not quote “but the lonely planet says….” to your overland tour leader if you want to live a long happy life.
Mandela, Mobutu, and Me: A Newswoman’s African Journey – by Lynne Duke
Duke’s perceptive book covers some of the bloodier southern Africa post-colonial wars as well as the growth of the new South African post apartheid government. Her interviews with Mandela and Mobutu rest alongside even more eye-opening conversations with ‘normal people’. “A consummate journalist, Duke gives readers concise but thorough background briefings on a country’s relevant history before cutting to the chase: who’s taken control now, why, and what that means for the balance of power”. (Amazon.com)
Africa Overland – Lizzy Williams
A definitive book about overland truck journeys in Africa written by a Overland Tour Leader (who now writes travel guide books for some of the best publishers in the world). A good look at Africa from an overland tour itinerary perspective which covers almost all the locations, activities and highlights still available on the road today. Throw in some ‘campfire stories’ and you have an excellent look at what to expect on your overland travels.
Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight – Alexandra Fuller
A look at Africa through the eyes of a child – this fantastic book details the childhood of a white African kid surviving in Rhodesia during the civil war (1971-1979). Loading, cleaning and shooting a gun was standard, living with land mines, ambushes, war and wild animals was just a normal day. Land redistribution, racism, segregation, and hardship are subjects not ‘swept under the mat’ in this book and it is one of the best books I have ever read. Basically it captures the thoughts of a small person in her small world witnessing a huge historic event.
Truck Fever – Manchan Magan
An interesting and laugh-out-loud-funny look at a man’s travels from London to Nairobi. Stuck with all sorts of annoying and strange people (including posh private schoolgirls, an Army torturer, and a guy who says he was abducted by aliens), Truck Fever is an insider look at group dynamics both good and bad. An interesting read for anyone looking to try group travel.
Long Way Down – Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
From the north of Scotland to the bottom of Africa, 2 bikes, 15,000 miles, 5 shock absorbers, a whole lot of sand and not much tar, in the toughest terrain in the world. A journey across West, North, East and Southern Africa by 2 actors/bike enthusiasts on a personal mission to travel Africa as well as assist at UNICEF projects along the way. They may have had a full support crew in tow but these guys rode every hard mile themselves. An honest look at the challenges they faced – both personal and environmental.
Looking for Lovedu – By Ann Jones
A beat up old Landrover carries the author and her colleague, photographer Kevin Muggleton, across Africa in search of the legendary Lovedu tribe – ruled by a great rainmaking Queen dedicated to the ideals of compromise, tolerance and peace. This perceptive, sometime hilarious trek sees them stuck in everything from mud to deep sand, dealing with corrupt officials and they even get offered a baby to keep!
Swahili For The Broken-Hearted – By Peter Moore
After splitting with the girlfriend, Peter takes to the African roads to ‘find himself’. His journey from Cape Town to Cairo by any means possible is a humorous and adventurous trek and the characters he met along the way will have you laughing out loud.
The State of Africa – By Martin Meredith
An interesting read about the African characters and local history of the last 50 years or so, rolled up into an interesting and objective narrative. Amazom.com says “Martin Meredith has produced the definitive history of how European ideas of how to organise 10,000 different ethnic groups has led to what Tony Blair described as the ’scar on the conscience of the world’.” History buffs will love it.
For info see the team at OverlandingAfrica.com or post your comments below.
Overlanding takes all kinds of people to make it good – and all kinds of people come with all kinds of music!
Good, bad, cheesy… rock, pop, country (well maybe not country) – what ever your tastes, there are just some songs you HAVE to have on your IPod on those long, drive days!
With that said, here is our Top Ten All Time Best Overlanding Songs. Get in, sit down, buckle up, and TURN IT UP… and try not to shout (much)!
1. Summer of ‘69 – Bryan Adams
It’s fun, easy to sing along with, and everyone knows the words!
2. Highway to Hell – AC/DC
Who doesn’t love this AC/DC classic? A playlist must. No reflection of the African road conditions….
3. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
This song is one that makes everyone happy when they are feeling homesick.
4. Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
Songs about roads always seem more fun while actually on a road trip.
5. Born To Be Wild – Steppen Wolf
This song probably doesn’t even need an explanation. It is almost mandatory for any overland trip.
6. Hotel California – Eagles
A song to remind you about soft beds and room service – something you WON’T see on a average overland trip!
7. Beautiful Day – U2
You might even run into Bono while on the road since he spends so much time here in Africa on his humanitarian work. Usually sung at full volume while driving into Cape Town on the last day of the trip.
8. No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
We don’t like Uncle Bob (Mugabe), but we do love the Marley’s.
9. Holiday – Green Day
Guaranteed to make you jump around in your seat and get the locals to look at you like you are from another planet.
10. Africa – Toto
This song IS Africa – compulsory on any Africa Overland trip.
You got the music – get the trip at OverlandingAfrica.com!
Once upon a time, a couple of Aussies had a chat over a couple of beers (shock!) and decided that they would address a serious ‘men’s health issue’ in a very unusual way!
Long story short… they decided it was time that Prostate Cancer (and awareness of) was brought out from behind closed doors. Grow a ‘tash, change your appearance and the face of mens health at the same time, and raise some money for Prostate Cancer Research while you are at it!
They then rounded up some sponsors and challenged their mates to a bit of a contest – you know, the whole ‘mine is bigger than yours thing’ – and the global Movember Foundation was born.
This foundation exists to raise funds to support local prostate cancer foundations in YOUR country, as well as promote awareness worldwide. It works well with over GBP26 million raised in the 2009 campaign alone.
Girls, you can support the guys by registering and donating on their website.
It’s painless, it’s fun, it’s easy to do, and it’s for a worthy cause. Check it our HERE!