“The trip was great and it was a good way to see a little bit of Africa. Some of the days were difficult, mostly because of long driving days and few resting days. It would also have been interesting to learn more about the countries we were driving through...“
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Dragoman offers holidays that are authentic in nature, aiming to get you off the beaten track to really understand the places they travel to. Sometimes it can be spending time with the locals, going places others don’t, and just trying to have an authentic, local ex...
Dragoman offers holidays that are authentic in nature, aiming to get you off the beaten track to really understand the places they travel to. Sometimes it can be spending time with the locals, going places others don’t, and just trying to have an authentic, local experience with an open mind. The company is based in the east of England, in rural Suffolk, and is proud to be independently owned. Dragoman has grown to be a leading specialist in overland travel to Africa, Asia and Latin America. They have come a long way since their first tour back in 1981. While growing in size over time, they are still small enough to ensure each Dragoman traveler has an incredible life changing adventure.Read more
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- PPaulineDavisNamibia & Botswana Wanderer (Cape Town to Victoria Falls - 2017)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on December 10, 2018Fantastic experience overall, great itinerary and variety. It was a trip I always dreamed of and it fully met our expectations. The crew were brilliant led by B…Read moreDragoman commented on this reviewThanks for your great review, good to know that you had such a great trip with Dragoman.
- BMBarrieIndia & Nepal Encompassed4.5 - ExcellentWritten on December 10, 2018Travelling with Dragoman through Nepal and India was a very interesting and worthwhile experience.Dragoman commented on this reviewThanks for recommending Dragoman! We're delighted to hear that you found your tour of Nepal and India so worthwhile!
- JJamesFullmerSerengeti & Zanzibar Wanderer (Zanzibar to Nairobi - 2018)4.0 - GoodWritten on December 7, 2018An evaluation of Ben Sims as trip leader In June and July, 2018, Ben Sims did an impressive and great job as leader of Dragoman’s 42 day trip from Zanzibar…Read moreDragoman commented on this reviewThanks for your detailled review. Its good to know that Dragoman's responsible travel and processes to ensure everyone's good health were so clear.
- HarriZanzibar, Zambezi & the Falls (Zanzibar to Victoria Falls)4.0 - GoodWritten on December 7, 2018Great trip. Would gladly recommendDragoman commented on this reviewThanks for recommending Dragoman! We're delighted to hear that you had a great tour!
- GGregRubockSerengeti, Zambezi & Vic Falls (Cape Town to Nairobi)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on December 5, 2018Dragoman are very lucky to have guides like Ben, he is a great ambassador for the company and reflects on the whole organisation as a professional, safe and wel…Read moreDragoman commented on this reviewThanks for your great review, its good to know that you had such a great trip with Dragoman and that we exceeded all your expectations in every way.
- AnniSerengeti, Zambezi & Vic Falls (Cape Town to Nairobi)4.0 - GoodWritten on December 2, 2018The trip has good and less good sides. We covered a lot of ground and did see a lot of Africa, and we did go to places which are really difficult to get to and…Read more
- LLauraGorringeSerengeti & Zanzibar Wanderer (Zanzibar to Nairobi - 2018)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on December 1, 2018Amazing trip! Very well organised and lots of fun, great group and guide! Thanks Drago.Dragoman commented on this reviewThanks for your great review, good to know that you had such a great group and so much fun with Dragoman.
- AnniSerengeti, Zambezi & Vic Falls (Nairobi to Cape Town)4.5 - ExcellentWritten on November 29, 2018The trip was great and it was a good way to see a little bit of Africa. Some of the days were difficult, mostly because of long driving days and few resting day…Read moreDragoman commented on this reviewThanks for your great review of your Dragoman. Its good to know that you enjoyed the Dragoman experience so much.
- EEMZanzibar, Zambezi & the Falls (Victoria Falls to Zanzibar)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on November 29, 2018Ben was awesome! Engaging, knowledgeable, and organized.Dragoman commented on this reviewThanks for your great review, good to know that you had such a great trip with Dragoman.
- TTahinHussainNamibia & Botswana Wanderer (Cape Town to Victoria Falls - 2017)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on November 29, 2018Ben went over and beyond to not just find us activities to do but also teach us survival techniques and how to survive in the bush. Explaining in depth how to d…Read moreDragoman commented on this reviewThanks for your great review, good to know that you had such a great trip with Dragoman.
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Dragoman Story & History
Dragoman ran their first overland tour in 1981, which gives them over experience of more than 30 years as one of the longest running adventure companies out there. At the core of what Dragoman has done since they started, is offer award winning, adventurous, and captivating experiences. Since the beginning, they have constantly perfected their itineraries, ensuring they are both unique and comprehensive.
Since they first started back in 1981 with their first tour, they have continued to grow and now show more than 2500 travelers each year incredible parts of the world. These days they visit 55 different countries throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Questions & Answers
Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.
What things do I need to bring with me?
The clothes and equipment to bring should be appropriate for the conditions you’ll be travelling in, which will vary depending on which part of the world you're heading to, and when.
It is recommended to bring the following:
Sleeping bag, mattress or compressed foam, 2 sets of comfortable travelling clothes (light, easily washable cotton clothes are best), 1 set of casual but smart clothes for evenings out.
Women should bring a skirt that covers their knees and a scarf for visiting places of worship, 2 pairs of shorts, sun hat or warm hat if trekking, 1 pair of sunglasses, warm sweater/fleeces, 1 waterproof jacket with hood, 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes/boots (or ankle height canvas jungle boots), 1 pair of sandals or flip-flops, underwear and socks (thermals are also a good idea if you are travelling to altitude or to the desert as it can get very cold at night), swimwear, 2 small towels, washing kit, including a small mirror, clothes washing detergent, small scrubbing brush & washing line (just a length of cord), head torch/flashlight with spare batteries & bulbs (only the 3 standard sizes of round 1.5v batteries are widely available en route), passport photos (average of 2 per country for which visas will be applied for en route), good water bottle at least 1 litre, a pouch or money belt worn inside your clothing, or unobtrusive pocket sewn into the inside of a pair of loose fitting trousers, is a must, alarm clock, pocket calculator (useful when exchanging money), writing materials & notebook/diary, multi purpose knife, cotton sheet sleeping bag (or sheet folded and sewn up on 2 sides).
It will help keep your sleeping bag clean, and can be used on its own on warm nights, mosquito net, "Wet Ones" (moistened tissues), hand gel, toilet paper, assorted sized plastic bags - protects clothing and equipment from dust and dampness.
Is it possible for travellers below 18 years old to travel alone?
For you to travel on your own you have to be 18 years old on the day you start to travel.
How much money should I bring?
Spending money varies on each traveller. However the recommended per day is around 10 – 15 USD. ATM’s are available in most countries en-route. Travellers Cheques are one way to get money but not all banks exchange them and when they do it is often not at a particularly good exchange rate.
Do I have to share the accomodations on the tour?
Yes, Dragoman trips are run on a shared accommodation basis, from the first night at your joining hotel, to the nights under canvas camping you will be sharing with another traveller. If you are a solo traveller you will be paired with a person of the same sex.
What are the available charging facilities on tour?
There will normally be charging facilities at most official campsites and hotels. Dragoman trucks vary and some will have charging facilities for the group to use, worse case scenario there is a 12v cigarette lighter on the truck which will usually be available to you. A “solar monkey” type charger is also recommended.
How about travellers with special dietary requirements?
Upon booking, you will need to inform us of your dietary requirements and any allergies so we can pass this information onto Dragoman. If you have a specific allergy or intolerance and are concerned that suitable foodstuffs may not be available en-route please bring these along with you. There will generally always be a vegetarian option available.
What is the recommended luggage for the tour?
Dragoman recommends the use of a backpack or soft bag rather than a heavy suitcase. During your trip the main luggage will be kept in the back locker so a small daypack is needed. This can be used to carry cameras, water bottle and other personal effects for daily use. Dragoman also recommends that your bag be no larger than 66cm deep, 30cm wide, and 30cm high. The weight limit for luggage on all trucks is maximum 20kg. Backpacks should not have an external frame unless it can be easily removed and stored separately to avoid damaging other people's luggage. Clothes and equipment should be appropriate for the conditions you are travelling in.
Is there a "free time" while on tour?
Yes, Dragoman trips allows free time to travellers. Trips can at times be intense and action packed but there is a balance to give you time to wander the streets of a city, enjoy stunning remote beaches or simply take in the natural surrounds and beautiful scenery.
Is travel insurance needed on the tour?
It is a condition of booking that you have comprehensive travel insurance. Without evidence of valid travel insurance you will not be allowed to start the trip. Please contact us for more information or visit this page www.tourradar.com/travel-insurance for a free quote with our insurance partners, World Nomads.
What visas are needed for a Dragoman tour?
The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. Please contact us, we are happy to assist you in booking your Dragoman tour and provide you with visa information.