Who can Go Overlanding

If you’ve got a sense of adventure, are not afraid of roughing it, are keen to meet people from around the world, and would love to experience Africa from the ground up, then you are the ideal candidate for an overland adventure in Africa.

How old do I have to be?

While it’s true that the majority of overland travellers are in their 20s - 40s, Overland tours in fact attract anyone from soon-to-be-university-students on “gap” years to travellers in their retirement years. But above all Overlanding is not about age but attitude; everyone on tour wants to see as much as possible, make new friends, and most of all have fun.

That said, most Overland operators set a minimum age of 18 but teenagers accompanied by their parents may be allowed on certain itineraries - contact us for advice in this regard.

What sort of character traits help?

You must be a flexible, easy going, independent person with team spirit. It’s the kind of adventure where you get your hands dirty, muck in, help out and participate. You don’t need to be super-fit but you do need to be able to climb in and out of the vehicle, pitch your own tent and carry equipment, bags of food and your own baggage but be warned: any overland passengers with serious muscles capable of lifting a heavy sack of wood or charcoal will be appointed fire maker immediately!

What will my fellow travellers be like?

Part of the fun of Overlanding in Africa is mixing with like-minded, young-at-heart adventurers - just like you! It’s all about meeting new people, pitching in with life on the road and sharing your travelling experiences. Together you can discover the best places, the abundance of animals and have the biggest laughs. You’ll also discover more about yourself and your own capabilities - who knows what hidden talents will come to light over the course of a few weeks in Africa!

Where will my fellow Overlanders come from?

People of all nationalities participate in Overland tours but it’s worth remembering that the crew often only speaks English. Some people join trips together with a friend or partner, but many overlanders travel on their own. Group sizes normally range from between 6 and 27, depending on which tour is chosen and what vehicle is used.