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Overlanding isn’t just for grown-ups! Dragoman's Family Overland trips are more popular now than ever, and this year we're running our first family trip in South America – scroll down for our Marketing Manager Alex’s updates from the road. Our family trips are a great way to introduce your kids to adventure travel. Overlanding isn’t just about seeing the highlights of a country (although there’ll be plenty of time for that) – it’s also about the joy of the journey, and immersing yourself in the landscapes and cultures you travel through.  Our family overlanding itineraries have been carefully designed using…

Mongolia is one of the last remaining frontiers of overland travel - a true wilderness of nomadic people and stunning scenery. Louise has recently completed Dragoman’s comprehensive crew training programme, and is now out on the road with us on our Mongolia loop. Follow Louise’s blog below to find out what life is like as a trainee crew member, what day-to-day life is like on an overland trip with Dragoman, and why you should travel to this fascinating wild and nomadic country.   The latest... Part Three Day 14 - Khovskol Lake Sitting on the side of Khovskol Lake, a place that…

After several years away, Dragoman is returning to Pakistan in 2020 with a brand new itinerary, the Pakistan Discovery. During the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, thousands of intrepid overlanders travelled through Pakistan as they followed the Hippie Trail between Istanbul and New Delhi. Unfortunately, the late 1970s saw the beginning of several decades of political and sectarian instability and negative coverage of Pakistan and its neighbours in the media, which saw the country scratched off all but the most weathered adventurers’ bucket lists. But look past the myths and the media coverage and you’ll discover an extraordinary and enchanting country,…

Teeming with wildlife, wonderful natural scenery and remarkable cultures, East & Southern Africa is the most popular part of Africa for overlanders. Our overland trips to Africa get you off the beaten track, and while you’ll get to see all the highlights, you’ll also take the time to travel slowly through the real country, lingering among beautiful scenery and spending time with the locals. There’s no better way to see East & Southern Africa than by travelling overland. Take a look at our list of life-changing experiences you shouldn’t miss when you visit.   Track black and white rhino in…

Three weeks on the road in Yana II with our intrepid sales assistant, Phoebe, travelling from the snow-capped peaks of the Andes along the Pacific coastline of Northern Peru, through the cloud forests of Ecuador and on to the jungle of the Amazon Basin, on the 'Ecuador & North Peruvian Wanderer' (ZQL).   Lima (Day 1) Our trip begins in Lima, Peru’s sprawling capital. I roll in a day early after a long layover in Mexico City and quietly thank myself for having the forethought to book an airport transfer as I dodge the taxi queue to meet my driver.…

Dragoman guide Prim is now on the road with us in Central Asia, exploring the Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan between Tashkent and Bishkek. This is a region famed for its hospitality, and the semi-nomadic people who live here will host the group as they journey through the rugged, mountainous landscape. Take it away, Prim!   The Latest... Part Four   From Jeti-Oguz we drive into Karakol and take Russian military vehicles up the bumpy valley road to spend a night in Altyn Arashan, a collection of hot springs in an alpine valley. Known as the 'golden spa', the exterior of…

Dragoman crew Julie and Alex have just set off on our massive 109-day North & Central American Overland tour from Panama City to Anchorage. Travelling in Betsy the Overland School Bus, they'll take in some of the best sights in Central & North America, including national parks such as Yellowstone and Banff, glitzy Las Vegas, the cloud forests of Monteverde Forest Reserve, and the "Big Apple" of the north, Anchorage. Julie and Alex are keeping us updated from the road - scroll down for the latest updates!    Part One ​ ​ We started our epic journey from Panama by paying…

You’ll have to endure some tough conditions and will push your body to the limit, but trekking at altitude is usually a hugely rewarding experience. For treks at high altitude some extra precautions should be taken to prepare you for the risk of altitude sickness. It doesn’t matter how fit you are, or if you’ve ascended before without symptoms, altitude sickness can affect anyone. What is Altitude Sickness Altitude sickness can develop in travellers trekking at altitude who ascend too quickly and fail to acclimatise properly. At altitude, the oxygen pressure in the air drops significantly, making it harder to…

From discovering historical treasures and natural splendour to exploring flea markets and experiencing colourful festivals, these are the very best activities for immersing yourself in India’s diverse culture. Explore historical treasures and contemporary marvels India is a melting pot of religions and cultures, and the result is a land of diverse temples, tombs, forts, palaces, mosques and other monuments. At the time of writing there are 37 UNESCO World Heritage sites across the country. It goes without saying that you’ll want to visit the Taj Mahal, India’s most famous attraction and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.…