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The Silk Road was an ancient network of intercontinental trade routes connecting China and the Far East with the Middle East and Europe. As well as exchanging luxury products like Chinese silk, spices, salt, sugar, jade, and fur, the disparate civilisations connected by the Silk Road also forged deep social, cultural and religious links – a meeting of minds that played an essential role in the development of the region. It was on the Silk Road that overland travel was born, and to this day it remains one of the quintessential overlanding journeys. But with a network of routes spanning…

Here at Dragoman, we design our overland journeys to take travellers off the well-worn tourist trails and into the heart of the countries and cultures we’re visiting. And as part of our commitment to taking the road less travelled, we’re always looking for new trails to blaze and new experiences to offer our passengers. When one of our tours contains a brand new itinerary, we call this an Exploratory Trip – and if you join us on one of these trips, you’ll be helping to pioneer a new route for Dragoman. Look out for this Exploratory Trip logo at the…

Rio Carnival or 'Carnaval' is only 7 weeks away! The streets in Rio are buzzing with anticipation, and street parties or 'carnaval blocos' are starting to pop up all over the city. During Carnival, there are literally hundreds of blocos, day and night; bands playing Samba music, crowds of people dancing, and streets vendors selling snacks and the national drink, Caipirinhas.  Blocos are free to all and found in almost all the neighbourhoods of Rio. Most blocos have a theme and their own music - did you know there's a bloco dedicated to The Beatles?! We have a number of…

Travelling through the world’s most spectacular landscapes, we know we have a responsibility to help ensure they stay that way. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund in South America, a non-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for Torres del Paine and its surrounding communities. Launched in 2014 in response to challenges posed by rapidly increasing visitation to this iconic yet fragile landscape, the Legacy Fund works with businesses, municipalities, park authorities, residents, and visitors to: Restore and protect ecosystems Improve tourism infrastructure and mitigate visitor impacts Promote community development Diversify recreation & cultural opportunities for…

What do you do when you hear a call to adventure, but none of your friends are available to answer it with you? More and more travellers are embracing the freedom, flexibility, and pure indulgence of travelling at their own speed. As the 19th Century philosopher Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready”. If striking out completely on your own is a daunting prospect, then you might consider joining a group overland tour. On a typical Dragoman trip, around 50% of passengers…

Dragoman guide and Wanderlust Guide of the Year 2018 Julie Gabbott is on the road for us leading the brand new Western Trans Africa, Sahel to the Cape. This mammoth 134-day overland tour down the coast of West Africa takes in Dakar, Freetown, Accra and Cape Town (and plenty of destinations inbetween). Jules is keeping us updated on the group’s travels. Over to you, Jules! Part One After leaving Dakar, our first stop is St. Louis, with the UNESCO registered historic center.   Here’s the group at Toubacouta camp, Senegal, where the owner Youssou has painted a Dragoman sign on…

The Co-founders and part owners of Dragoman Darrel Wade, far left and Geoff Manchester, second from right, Charlie Hopkinson Dragoman Business Development and Sales Director second from left and Pete Rawley, ETC right Dragoman Overland has opened a new office in Melbourne, Australia, to drive sales of their unique brand of overland adventures covering 55 countries across the Americas, Asia and Africa in their 27 purpose-built iconic orange trucks. Supported by Dragoman headquarters based in Suffolk, UK, the Australia office will enable clients to book nearly 400 overland adventures directly through a new reservations team for the southern hemisphere.  Dragoman…

Depending on where you’re going and when, the clothes and equipment you need to pack will vary. You probably don’t want a down-jacket on African safari, and if you’re hiking in Alaska you might leave your flip-flops at home. But there are certain things that are must-haves no matter where you’re travelling to. Take a look at the following travel essentials for any overlanding tour. Water-to-Go bottle Although we supply drinking water on the Dragoman trucks, there may be times on your trip when you don’t have access to this and have to refill your bottle from another source. Water-to-Go’s…

From the sandy deserts near the historic ruins of Old Dongola to the geological wonder of China’s ‘Rainbow Mountains’, here are our top five picks for the strangest places to pitch your tent.   The banks of the Zambezi River, Zambia The Zambezi is the fourth longest river in Africa, flowing through six countries and across 2,700km. A large stretch of it is covered by the Lower Zambezi National Park, one of the country’s top wildlife-spotting destinations. The best place to see wildlife is on the flood plain and along the river itself – look out for puku, impala, zebra,…