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Looking for a truly adventurous Overland Journey? Take the road-less-travelled and discover the cultural, historical and natural richness on offer in West Africa.    Discover why this coastal corner of Africa is frequently top of the favourites list of the most well-travelled adventurers. We select a highlight from each one of the countries visited on our full Dakar - Accra route. 1. St Louis, Senegal Founded in 1659 by French traders, Senegal's UNESCO World Heritage listed Island of St. Louis is nestled at the outflow of the Senegal River on the border with Mauritania. As the capital of Senegal and indeed French West Africa it was once one…

There many advantages to overlanding that are often overlooked when considering different travel styles. We've listed some of our favourites;   1. You share your own dedicated transport for the whole trip, so when we are ready to leave there is no hanging around. Travelling by local bus can be great fun but the novelty often wears off after waiting in a stifling bus stations for hours. 2. Added to that, we almost exclusively travel during daylight hours. This gives you the opportunity to see some fantastic sights and landscapes. In many parts of the world, inter city buses run over night.…

We get a lot of feedback and letters but this one warmed our heart and we think is the essence of travel. Thanks Eric for sending it in!     How Phase 2 of Our Life Began 20 years ago.... My wife and I have always been keen travellers, but time short with our own business and raising 5 children. Eventually we felt free to start leaving our comfort zone in Sydney and began travelling independently thru Western Europe, India, Middle East, South East Asia and the Pacific. In 1996 our son and his wife were volunteer teachers in Eritrea…

For centuries the artisans and craftsman on the Silk Road transported their intricate goods across the world. Empires grew and riches were traded as materials of cloth, textiles, spices and ceramics created new economies in distant locations. The upper classes of Europe and Asia grew a deep appreciation for products that talented hands could produce afar. Today the caravanserais and trade routes of the Silk Road stand only as historical sites, but the arts and crafts live on. The modern countries of Central Asia are still as important as ever for creating and exporting silk, cotton, felt and ceramics. Whether…

For thousands of years Central Asia has been the stomping ground of true travellers.When the traders of the Silk Road began to traverse between continents, passing rich commodities between Arabian aristocrats and Asian merchants, they became the world’s first overlanders. Weaving through the ages in the same manner it winded across the desert sands, the Silk Road shaped the course of history forever. Today the caravans of camel and cloth are gone, but the intrigue for modern wanderers lives on. From Kyrgyzstan to Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan to Afghanistan, the curious collection of nations that make up Central Asia are quickly gaining…

Overlanding is by far one of the best ways to explore India, a country that gets under your skin like no other on earth! Here's 30 of our all time favourite photos from our epic 82 day India adventure around the whole of India.

Back on the Camel Trail. In the last two weeks we have crossed the border into Uzbekistan, watched the silk carpet making process, camped out with camels in the desert, visited imposing silk road cities, tasted Uzbek wine (hmm), learned to cook Plov (yum) and pondered over spending a small fortune on a handmade silk carpet (eek).  This trip couldn't be more of a contrast from our previous leg in Kyrgyztsan and everyone is in agreement that the two have complimented each other really well and that we are very pleased the energetic hiking & camping section was first and…

Starry skies, Golden Eagles and Heavenly Horses. We're all wrapped up in our warmest clothes, watching a night sky literally full up with stars, on the edge of Song Köl Lake, 3070m above sea level. It's chilly, but worth it. Our yurts are full of warm blankets and with 8 people to a yurt, we'll be easily warm enough - so for now, it's hats, gloves and a rum and coke to enjoy the evening! I've never seen so many stars - 360 degrees and all the way to the horizon, the sky is totally lit up. This finishes off a few…

Following the Old Silk Road - Xian to Kashgar We left Xian nearly three weeks ago following the old trading route to Kashgar, all the way along the last stretches of Great Wall and finally skirting the edges of the Taklamakan desert, one of the most inhospitable places on earth. What we've just travelled in 14 days, I cannot imagine travelling on foot or by camel at a rate of only 10-20km a day, as the old Caravans would have. This area was a gold mine for the archaeologists of the 19th century who would make their name discovering and transporting…