In Africa, overlanding is one of the best ways to experience the continent's incredible cultures and wildlife!
In case you aren't familiar with the concept of “overlanding,” it's travelling through an area in a large purpose-built vehicle.
However, if your keen on an overland tour its pertinent to know how and what you should pack - your essentials will change slightly based on which countries you're travelling through and what time of year you're going.
It’s worth doing your research on the climate of the areas you are travelling to so that you know what to expect and what sort of clothing you should take.
Packing sensibly is essential for your Africa Overland trip. One backpack and one daypack are needed and these can weigh no more than 25kg.
At Encounters Travel, we recommend taking a backpack - and not a suitcase - as the trucks store then in lockers or under the carriage.
It's also good to note that airlines implement a 20kg per person limit on international flights for your luggage (your main bag) and a further 5 kg for carry-on luggage - it's always best to include a spare bag for curios that you may purchase, but don’t forget to include this in your weight for your trip home.
It's best to pack comfortable, casual and semi-casual “wash & wear” clothes - cotton is a good material for when it is hot, and fleece for when it gets cold. Reversible clothes are also very convenient and will help to reduce space in your bag.
Here is our detailed list of items to help make packing a little easier.
Remember, that an overland tour is more about the adventure than the actual destination.
If you have any additional questions or queries don't hesitate to contact us.
CAMPING OR ACCOMMODATED. This tour gives a great introduction to these beautiful and wildlife rich countries. We visit several national parks, meet local tribes, explore the Okavango Delta and finish at Victoria Falls.
This 8-day overland tour gives a taste of Botswana's contrasting scenery & wildlife, from the Kalahari Desert to wet and wonderful Game Reserves in the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. We finish at Victoria Falls.
CAMPING OR ACCOMMODATED. This 15-day adventure explores the Kalahari, Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park then heads to Zimbabwe and the Hwange and Matopos wildlife parks, and Great Zimbabwe, before finishing in Johannesburg.
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