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Ben Sims Guide at Dragoman

England

30 Reviews
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16 Tours
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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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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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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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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great experience , great leader and driver managing in trying conditions - very wet, muddy roads. Enjoyed the visits and stay...
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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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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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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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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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Many tough circumstances and our guides managed and did a fantastic job. We enjoyed every moment.
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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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Wildlife. Fellow Travellers. Guides. Injera! ;-)
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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