Where do Africa Overland Trips Go?
Africa is the most exciting continent on earth for backpacking travel. By backpacking Africa overland you can experience its wide plains, extensive wildlife, and ancient tribes from up close.
To experience this continent to the fullest, you have to be in the middle of it. Not only should you make game drives in the National Parks, but you should return from those to a campsite in the bush. And best of all, you should make your trip backpacking Africa, overland.
Backpacking Africa: Travel in Africa
The idea of backpacking travel in Africa is to experience everything this continent has to offer, not only the National Parks, but also the villages, bad roads, and everything else.
When we say overlanding we obviously mean travelling over land. So it doesn’t mean flying from highlight to highlight, but it also doesn’t mean using public transport.
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- Elizabeth05 Sep 2012
Hi. I am considering doing one of the 8 to 11 week long trips this summer and am 20 years old. I was wondering what the average age is on the trips and if it is common for people to go by themselves?
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com10 Apr 2012
Hello Thomas; you can go to Swaziland on your own or you can go in a group - which is what we specialize in. With regards to your visas and entrance requirements - you can check out www.projectvisa.com for more information or alternatively you can contact the nearest Swaziland embassy for more assistance. Happy trails!
- Thomas Solomon Obinna06 Apr 2012
Please if u dnt hav anybody there in swaziland?can u come there in your own?pls tell me i want to travel to swazi.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com04 Jan 2012
Hi Carin; there is never really a bad time to come to Africa as it is still beautiful throughout the year. The busy season how ever where most folk travel are around the months between April/May through to October. I have emailed you some more info. Cheers!
- Carin02 Jan 2012
We are cosidering the eastern discoverer tour and are wondering when the best time is to visit the serengeti?
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com24 May 2011
Hi Susan. Yes; accommodation is included in our trips; however the type of accommodation is different from trip to trip. I have sent you an email regarding the trip. Cheers!
- Susan23 May 2011
Hi there; I'm just wondering whether accommodation is included in your tours? I'm looking at the Morocco Encompassed tour; and I can't figure it out.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com26 Apr 2011
Hi Elina! That is great. There is never really a bad time to come to Africa as it is still beautiful throughout the year. I have sent you some information via email! Cheers!
- Elina22 Apr 2011
I would like to participate in your tour from Nairobi to Cape town but have no idea when it is better to go (regarding temperature and nature views)? Also how long time I should count for all visas and vaccinations (I am national of Latvia); and what of all that I do need? thanks in advance for answering my questions!
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com18 Oct 2010
Hi David; Our 'Ultimate Trans Africa Expedition' covers most of those countries every year. You can check out the route and itinerary on our web page. Traveling this route by yourself is do-able however the logistics and organization is HUGE and a good year of planning is required. I recommend travelling in a crowd as safety can be a concern when there is just 1 or 2 of you. Contact me directly if you need more info. :)
- David Saxton17 Oct 2010
Hi. Is there a travel route that has all the below destinations? If not; how safe/difficult is it to organise yourself? Egypt; Sudan; Ethiopia; Uganda; Kenya; Rwanda; Tanzania; malawi; Zambia; Madagascar; Zimbabwe; Botswana; South Africa; namibia; Angola; Rep Congo; Gabon; Cameroon; Nigeria; Benin; Togo; Ivory Coast; Liberia; Guinea; Sierra Leone; Mali; Senegal; Mauritania; Morrocco.
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com17 Aug 2010
Hi Amy; Yep - Long Way Round certainly does get you excited about traveling through Africa! However if you are not an experienced bike rider and are not traveling with vehicle back up and support (especially as a female) then yes; it is a mad idea. I don't mean to burst your bubble but I strongly recommend you get a couple of years off road bike experience under your belt; grab a mate with a fully kitted land rover or 2 or 3 other bike riders; put in the 10 -12 months worth of planning and logistics it requires - and then come out to Africa on a bike. Cheers.
- Amy Ennis14 Aug 2010
I was just watching Long Way Round and it made me want to travel overland on a motorbike! I already have a round the world trip planned so I thought I could incorporate the two and travel from J'Berg to Nairobi. I drive a car but have never ridden a motorbike. Is this a mad idea. I am not leaving for another 6 months! Thanks
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com19 Apr 2010
Hi Elizabeth. Yippee!! :) Swaziland is great! 'Safe' is relative but as long as you follow all the normal rules of travel you should be fine. If you have concerns about a specific 'nearby' country let me know and I can tell you how it is 'on the ground' down here in Africa. Have fun! :)
- Elizabeth Clarke16 Apr 2010
Good info there on Swaziland I'll be visiting my sister in July so it's gonna be fun!!!!!!!!!!! Is it safe to visit other nearby countries? Apart from S/A? Thanks
- Dayne - Overlanding Africa.com09 Apr 2010
Hi Tom, Overlanding is perfect for the outdoors type of person.:-) Have emailed you some info.Cheers Dayne
- Tom Huntington08 Apr 2010
I would like to Travel from June 2010 until February 2011. What recommendations do you have for an outdoors type of a person.
- Dayne - Overlanding Africa.com23 Mar 2010
Hi Natalia; I have sent you an email with more details regarding tours from Cape Town. Cheers Dayne
- Natalia Kulakowski20 Mar 2010
Hi I am interested in doing an overland trip from cape town to nairobi or uganda. Please can you advise me what trips you have. I am travelling on my own Thanks
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com05 Nov 2009
Hey Daniela; Click on the TOURS button (green one) at the top of the page and then click on Trans Africa. That will show you all the awesome options you have to cover the exact trip you want. Check out the Eastern Trans and the Nile Trans.... Have fun!
- Daniela Moniz05 Nov 2009
Good morning I am interested in doing an Overland tour from Cape Town to Egypt/Morocco. Please advise what options you have. I will be travelling on my own and would like to join a group.
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com25 Aug 2009
Hi Heike; It is fine to drive to Mbabane from Johannesburg and most rental companies can provide you with a map if you request one. Unleaded petrol is approx R7.85 per liter at the moment. Chauffeur driven cars can be requested from car rental companies. Contact any of them for advice and prices.
- Heike25 Aug 2009
Is it reasonably wise and safe to drive alone from Johannesburg airport directly to Mbabane in a rental car in daylight hours? May I assume that the car rental company will provide a useful map to get me there and back? I understand that car rental is much more expensive in Swaziland.... Oh; and how much can I expect to pay for a litre of fuel/gas/petrol? Is it possible to hire a driver for this trip? Thank you!
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