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Ben Sims Guide at Dragoman

England

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From a young age I knew travel and exploration would be a large part of my life. Growing up in South East England, the forests, riversides and fields were my playground. I have worked in the travel industry my whole career starting at the age of 18 as a young sales apprentice with Thomas Cook to doing what I do now, with a variety of different roles in between. I have always greatly enjoyed my work. I took some time out of this to complete a Degree in Geography focusing on eco tourism and human impacts on the environment. In 2012 I joined Dragoman Overland to run truck expeditions, combining all of my passions together: people, culture, wildlife, bush craft, wild camping, tracking, cooking, geography, off road driving and adventure. I chose Dragoman for their great reputation, their strong responsible travel ethos and also their extensive training program. At Dragoman the leaders are dual role, meaning we do the mechanics on the expedition vehicles as well as drive and lead tours at the same time. I have led successful trips throughout India, Nepal, Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and from Cairo to Cape Town through The African Continent. Africa is the great outdoors and this is where I am currently based. If we ever get time and for anyone interested I do a short talk and demo in basic survival, an intro to tracking basics, some basic self defence and sometimes fishing depending on our location. Overlanding is all about the team experience and you get out of it what you put in. It’s a great way to travel. Travelling is my passion. It’s my life. but what I love even more is showing other people what this amazing world has to offer.

Languages I guide in

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Unforgettable Tour Memory

There have been many but my group and I were lucky enough to experience a traditional bull jumping ceremony by the Harmer tribe in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia. A truly off the beaten track part of the world. It is a young mans traditional right of passage to manhood and a very rare sight for outsiders. We drove in the truck as far as we could before having to trek for an hour into the bush. The young man has to jump over a series of bulls being held together by other tribe warriors. The jumper must be naked, and clear the bulls a number of times by running over their backs without falling before they pass. The whole village and other surrounding villages come to witness this event. It sounds strange but it is a very important ritual for these young men and if they fail they do not get to marry and so can't pass on their fathers bloodline. It was fantastic to witness this very personal and potentially life changing event.

Best Travel Tip

Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone. Push yourself out of yours, even just a little and you may be amazed at how good it feels and the confidence it will create. Oh and of course, having an open mind, always being prepared and expecting the unexpected!

Ben's Reviews from travellers

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Fantastic experience overall, great itinerary and variety. It was a trip I always dreamed of and it fully met our expectation...
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An evaluation of Ben Sims as trip leader In June and July, 2018, Ben Sims did an impressive and great job as leader of Dr...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your detailled review. Its good to know that Dragoman's responsible travel and processes to ensure everyone's good health were so clear.

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Great trip. Would gladly recommend

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Dragoman are very lucky to have guides like Ben, he is a great ambassador for the company and reflects on the whole organisat...
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Operator's comment: Thanks 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.

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Amazing trip! Very well organised and lots of fun, great group and guide! Thanks Drago.

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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 lo...
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Ben was awesome! Engaging, knowledgeable, and organized.

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Ben went over and beyond to not just find us activities to do but also teach us survival techniques and how to survive in the...
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Tour was great and unforgettable!

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The tour was excellent and the crew the best. Really enjoyed all the activities and the places visited. The tour leader Ben i...
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29th November 2018
Great tour, fun instructors

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The trip was just amazing! I had so much fun and overlanding in Africa is the best thing to do. Our tour guide Ben was excell...
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I can only say that the trip was amazing!!! The crew was perfect, the locations unbeliveable and Ben the best guide you can i...
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Trip was awesome, our guide did a wonderful job giving us the time of our lives! Thanks and cheers for that Ben! ;) Missing t...
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I’ve been in a few overland tours and this really rates amongst the best. Some great bucket list stuff - Victoria Falls, safa...
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23rd November 2018
Considering how much we did and the sights we visited, the itinerary was well-balanced for an overland tour. Ben was organiz...
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Nairobi to Victoria Falls with the Gorillas! This trip was unforgettable and it was all thanks to Ben! Ben was fantastic from...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your Dragoman review! We're delighted to hear you found our crew so professional.

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I had an amazing time. I always felt safe and well informed. We did so much in 2 weeks and I did everything I wanted. I was a...
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This was one of the best trip I’ve ever been on! Great people, great guide, great driver and great chef! It exceeded expectat...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your five star Dragoman review!

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Ben was amazing! He kept everything running smooth and efficient and for a group of 20 that's difficult to do. On day 1 he ma...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your great review of your tour across the Serengeti with Dragoman. We're so pleased it was an amazing trip!

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I had the most amazing trip!!!! Everyday was a highlight!!!!
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your five star Dragoman review! We're delighted that you had such a great tour!

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28th October 2018
Amazing trip together with wonderful crew of Dragoman to experience nature wonders both in Uganda (Crazy rafting in Jinja, Mu...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your five star Dragoman review! We're delighted that you saw such an amazing array of wildlife on your tour!

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I had the best trip!!! Friends have asked me what the highlight was? I have to say 'Everyday!!'. With everyday came a new ...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your five star Dragoman review! We're delighted that you had so many amazing highlights to you tour!

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Excellent trio with a great guide

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It was one of the best trips of my life! The locations, food, activities and guide were fantastic! Can't wait to get back out...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your great review of Dragoman in Africa. We can't wait to host you again!

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I can honestly say this tour is a trip of a lifetime! Dragoman and our guide Ben really had thought of everything. The truck ...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your five star review of your Dragoman tour. Its great to hear that we've shared our passion for Africa with you!

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I had the most amazing trip!! People have asked me my highlight!! My answer, 'Everyday'!!!! Everyday bought a new and exc...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your five star Dragoman review! We're delighted that you had such a great tour with us!

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Tour is amazing and has been highly recommended to all my friends to do! Dragoman trucks are so well suited to the style of t...
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Operator's comment: Thanks so much for your great review of your Dragoman tour. Good to know that you loved our iconic orange trucks and, of course, the food!

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Ben is an absolutely incredible guide! He is so much fun, extremely attentive and helpful. He worked so hard over my whole tr...
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Operator's comment: We're delighted to hear Ben, your Dragoman guide made your trip to Africa so special!

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I’ve travelled a lot but not like this. It was a totally new experience for me. Ben was a great leader. Full of fun and inter...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your five star review of your Dragoman tour in Africa. We're delighted to hear that had so much fun and found it so interesting.

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I’ve travelled a lot but not like this. It was a totally new experience for me. Ben was a great leader. Full of fun and inter...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your five star review of Dragoman. Great that you loved the overlanding experience.

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Another amazing trip with Dragoman and Ben!! From start to finish this tour exceeded all expectations and it is certainly the...
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Operator's comment: Thank you so much for your amazing review of your Dragoman tour. We're delighted to hear your trip from Nairobi to Cape Town was so fantastic!

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Both my wife and I had an opportunity of a lifetime. Meeting Ben at the Destination Travel show at Olympia certainly persuade...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your great review of your Dragoman tour. Its good to hear that you found us at Destinations and that we fueled your thirst for adventure!

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The trip itself was just absolutely stunning! I have never seen so many wild animals and such beautiful landscapes before. Al...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your five star review of Dragoman Its great to hear that it was a trip of a lifetime for you!

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12th September 2018
The trip itself was just absolutely stunning! I have never seen so many wild animals and such beautiful landscapes before. Al...
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Operator's comment: Thanks so much for your amazing review of your Dragoman Africa trip!

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If you’re looking to get off the beaten track then Dragoman is definitely the tour operator for you! Even from the start of...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your five star review of Dragoman. Its great that you had such an amazing time and we look forward to your travelling with us again.

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What an adventure! If you’re someone that wants to get off the beaten track and really get to the depths of different countri...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your five star review of your Dragoman tour and for recommending Dragoman so highly. Its great to hear that we've shared our passion for overlanding with you and look forward to your travelling with us again!

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Amazing Trip topped off by an amazing guide. Very fun, helpful, knowledgeable and skilled. Couldn’t have been a more exhiliat...
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Operator's comment: We're delighted that you had such a good trip with Dragoman. Thank you for the five star review!

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This trip was absolutely amazing! The best parts of it, in my view, were the safaris in Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Ben ...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your great review of your trip between Nairobi and Zanzibar with Dragoman. We're delighted you had such a great trip!

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The trip was an amazing experience! In my view, the best parts of it were the safaris in Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Sou...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your great review of Dragoman. We're delighted you had sucha good tour!

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Ben did such a great job as a tour leader. He always went above and beyond, always giving us a little bit of background about...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your great review of Dragoman. We're really pleased to hear that your Dragoman guide did such a great job and has such amazing rhino spotting skills!

 reviewer 1
A wonderful trip from Victoria Falls to Cape Town with Dragoman. Great itinerary, lots of fun, amazing sights and an excellen...
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Operator's comment: Thank you for travelling with Dragoman and recommending this overland tour of Namibia and Botswana. Its great to hear you had some amazing sights.

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Ben was always there when we needed him and always there to advise. The best thing was his love and enthusiasm for Africa, th...
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Operator's comment: So pleased to hear that you loved overlanding. Thanks for the great review of Dragoman!

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Ben was amazing and made the trip really special! He went above and beyond to accommodate everyone in the group. The experien...
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Operator's comment: Thank you for your great recommendation of your Dragoman trip to Africa! We're delighted that you had such a great experience!

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Good group if people held together expertly by Ben who was also engaging, interested and enthusiastic. The itinerary was almo...
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Operator's comment: Thanks for your great review of your Dragoman overlanding tour. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed it so much.

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Amazing experience! Ben and the guys made everyday the best possible even on just drive days. The group makes these trips and...
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Operator's comment: Thank you for travelling with Dragoman and recommending this overland tour of the Serengeti and Zanzibar.

 reviewer 1
great experience , great leader and driver managing in trying conditions - very wet, muddy roads. Enjoyed the visits and stay...
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Operator's comment: We're delighted that you had such a good trip with Dragoman. Thank you for the five star review!

 reviewer 1
Ben is the best guy ever and we all had the greatest time of our lives! He did an amazing job and was always reliable and car...
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Operator's comment: Thank you for the five star review of your Dragoman trip to Africa! We're delighted that you had such a good trip with Dragoman.

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Ben really made the trip worthwhile with his enthusiasm for the wildlife, culture and adventure that the trip brought. He is ...
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Operator's comment: We're delighted that you had such a good trip with Dragoman. Thank you for the five star review!

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14th June 2018
I had the experience of a lifetime on my recent tour, the adventures we all experienced as a group were unforgettable, I was ...
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Operator's comment: We're delighted that you had such a good trip with Dragoman. It sounds like an amazing experience. Thank you for the five star review!

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Ben was awesome. He was knowledgeable about every piece of geography we covered as well as the history and politics of Ethi...
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Operator's comment: Thank you for your great recommendation of your Dragoman trip to Africa! We're delighted that you had such a good trip.

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Many tough circumstances and our guides managed and did a fantastic job. We enjoyed every moment.
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Operator's comment: Thank you for your great recommendation of your Dragoman trip to Africa! We're delighted that you had such a good trip.

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Wildlife in Kenya; Samburu village; rock churches of Lalibela; Simien Mountains; Meroe Pyramids in Sudan; Khartoum; Abu Simbe...
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Operator's comment: We're delighted that you had such a good trip with Dragoman. The Eastern Trans Africa is an amazing tour. Thank you for the five star review!

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Wildlife. Fellow Travellers. Guides. Injera! ;-)

Operator's comment: Thank you for your great recommendation of your Dragoman trip to Africa! We're delighted that you had such a good trip.

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4th April 2018
We all had an excellent time and learnt a lot about the local flora, fauna and people and culture. At five families the group...
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Operator's comment: Thank you for your great recommendation of your Dragoman trip with your family to East Africa! We're delighted that your family had such a good trip and saw so much.

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Ben and Adam were total stars. We had never done a tour before, always travelled solo, so this was an experiment, but I loved...
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Operator's comment: Thank you for travelling with Dragoman and recommending this overland tour. We're pleased to hear that you lobed travelling with us.

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It was the first time we travelled with a tour company. Previously it was independent travel. Fantastic not to have to worry ...
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Operator's comment: Thank you for your great recommendation of your Dragoman trip to Africa! We're delighted that you had such a good trip and found it so easy.

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this was probably one of the most arduous trips there is on the planet. Everything went fairly well. We had some mishaps bu...
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Operator's comment: Thank you for your great recommendation of your Dragoman trip to Africa! We're delighted that you we were able to make it as easy as possible.

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Golden Triangle review
25th March 2018
Firstly, I wish to say that I travelled with Ben on a Dragoman trip in India in 2012 and not 2014, but I feel so strong about...
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Operator's comment: Thank you for your great recommendation of your Dragoman trip on the Golden Triangle! We're delighted that you had such a good trip and that our crew leader made it so special for you.

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14th March 2018
I went on an AMAZING tour with Dragoman last year through Georgia! We went to so many unusual places and the guide/organiser ...

Operator's comment: Thank you for your great review of your Dragoman trip to Georgia! We're delighted that you had such a great experience and look forward to you coming on another journey with us in the future!

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13th March 2018
I was on a one off Dragoman trip in Georgia and the trip surpassed every expectation I had from the leaders, the truck and th...
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Operator's comment: Thank you for your great recommendation of your Dragoman trip to Georgia! We're delighted that you had such a great experience!

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