Africa Overland Crew
Africa Overland crew, whether having the job of driver, tour leader, guide, camp manager or cook, all have one thing in common: a passion for the African countries they will be taking you through and a desire to instill that passion upon you.
Different companies work with different crew, some use a mixture of African and Western crew, and others use only African or only Western crew. No matter where they are from, your overland crew are all highly motivated, enthusiastic, conscientious. They are passionate about Africa, its array of cultures and its diverse wildlife.
What do Africa Overland Crew do?
Overland crew are not personal servants. They are there to show you the ropes of overlanding, travelling off-the-beaten track and enjoying your time in the wilderness. Crew will ensure that your overland tour turns into an experience never to be forgotten, whilst working very long days, seven days a week.
The Africa Overland Drivers and Crew have the added responsibility of looking after the vehicle. In-between repairing that flat tyre, getting your lunch organized, navigating through a treacherous bog hole and identifying that bird making that particular noise, they are also your companions on your overland tour.
Your crew are partly responsible for your safety too, and this may result in them being forced to make unpopular decisions in the best interest of the groups’ health, safety and security. All crew have an intimate knowledge of Africa, but it is important for you to realize that they work in many different countries for short periods of time and they will not be able to have an answer to every single question. However, they will be able to steer you in the right direction and will do their very best to help you find the name of that colourful flower you saw during your lunch stop.
Which Africa tour and truck should I choose?
Certain companies employ 2 drivers and a cook, others employ a driver and a tour leader/cook and yet others just a driver. Generally speaking the more crew there are on your tour, the less participation will be required from the group. However, all overland tours require a certain level of participation, for example, you will need to put up your own tent if you are camping.
You don’t have to be a second Jamie Oliver to be able to cook for an overland group but if cooking is not your thing, we recommend choosing a trip that includes the cook. Please note though that there is still a level of participation required, for example your cook might ask you to help him/her peel the potatoes.
Your crew are waiting to show you Africa and whatever it takes; they will make sure your Africa adventure trips and tours will become the journey of a lifetime!
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- Mixo13 Aug 2012
Hi Jade; I have emailed you some companies who may be looking for Crew members to join their team. Best of Luck!
- Jade Conlin12 Aug 2012
Hi there; I was wondering if you have any jobs or any leads for jobs for tour guides as I am really interested! any info would be greatly appreciated Thanks so much
- Mixo11 Jun 2012
Hi Ian; I have emailed you some companies who may be looking for Crew members to join their team.Thank you
- Mixo11 Jun 2012
Hi Julie; I have sent you an email with more information on jobs for cooks/tour leaders. Thank you!!
- Julie Anne10 Jun 2012
If you've got any leads on jobs for cooks/tour leaders; I'd be very interested; and have travel and group cooking experience. Thanks for any info!
- Ian Bradley08 Jun 2012
Hi guys; Would you be able to give me any advice on what it takes to become a crew member on an overlanding expedition? I have a wealth of travel experience around southern Africa especially and would like to apply this to working in this area. I would be very grateful for any help or advice you could give! Regards; Ian Bradley
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com07 Feb 2012
Hi Jacques; I have emailed you some companies that you can contact as they may be looking for crew. Good Luck!
- jacques welmans06 Feb 2012
i`m looking for a overlanding driver etc job? i was working for african roots and pro tours for like 2 years. i`ve got code 14 and pdp.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com09 Nov 2011
Hi Charles; I have sent you an email with more information. Cheers!
- charles gitonga08 Nov 2011
I would like to know if you have any recruitment in 2012. i would like to be part of your staff.
- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com04 Nov 2011
Hi Aaron. You can find up to 25 to 30 passengers on an overland trip at any given time. With a Trans trip there are generally 2 crew however standard overland trips can have from 1 up to 3 crew per trip. For Trans trips you generally will have the same crew throughout the duration of the trip; however this could change due to unforeseen circumstances such as any trip you do. You can enquire through our website about any Trans trip you may be interested in and one of our staff members will get back to you with more information. Happy trails!
- Aaron Wichert02 Nov 2011
How many people are generally on the 40 week Ultimate Tour? How many crew members? Would it be the same crew for the whole trip? Thanks
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com03 Jan 2011
Hi Andrew; Nothing available this side. I suggest you Google overland tour operators and just send your CV to the Ops departments for consideration. Good luck!
- Andrew House31 Dec 2010
Hello I have recently finished university and have been trying to further my cultural experiences and have my heart set on working with a great team on a safari park ever since i visited south africa in 2009. I was wondering if you had any driver vacancies or could point e in the right direction of a company who would have vacancies now or will have in the future. Thank you for your help
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com01 Nov 2010
Hi Dawood; We run scheduled overland tours only in Morocco so are not able to help you with a tailor made trip I am sorry. Please contact a local tour operator in Morocco. Cheers.
- dawood kharva29 Oct 2010
tour from 31st dec 4 star accomadation [guided] casablanca 2 night;day visit rabat;3 nights tanger;2 nights mekenes;3 nights fez;1 night quarzazate;3 nights marakesh. 9 adults. 1double room;1 triple room; 1 quad room.transport and english guide. departure from cassablanca on 15th jan.
- Judd - OverlandingAfrica.com30 Sep 2010
Hi there Sarah; Unfortunately we don't have any vacancies but I will be glad to give you a few leads. I have forwarded you a list of companies that might be looking for crew. Cheers
- Sarah Bergs30 Sep 2010
Hi!! I would love to work as a Tour Leader for an overland company. Have spent 12 years in the bush (timbavati) and am passionate about travel and Africa!! Do you have any vacancies or give me any leads? Would love to hear from you. Thanks Sarah
- Dayne - OverlandingAfrica.com15 Sep 2010
Hi Olga; We currently have no vacancies but I have forwarded you a list of companies that might be looking for crew. Cheers
- Olga15 Sep 2010
Dear sirs; Having strong willings to work for your company as a tour leader I would like to ask if Overlanding Africa considers a new employment. Is it possible for me to apply as a holder of Russian passport? Looking forward to your respond! Olga
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com06 Apr 2010
Hi Mark; We would hire anyone of any nationality assuming they had the appropriate skills and knowledge. :) Drop us an email anytime. Have fun!
- Mark02 Apr 2010
This seems like the adventure of a lifetime!! Would you ever hire a couple from the states to work for you?
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