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Our adventure overland tours take in many of their region's cultural, scenic and wildlife highlights, often travelling through several countries to give you a truly in depth experience, seeing many places off the beaten track as well as the highlights you don't want to miss. Many operate in both directions, so please feel free to ask us about extra dates and routings. Although arrangements within each tour vary slightly in principle we offer these tours in two ways, either camping based, or 'accommodated'. The camping tours are the lower budget option, while the accommodated tours use comfortable mid-range local hotels, permanent camps (with beds) and lodges. We want you to enjoy these tours in comfort while still retaining a genuinely adventurous experience.

We travel in comfortable, fully equipped and specially designed expedition vehicles, giving you a great vantage point from which to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. All have seatbelts, mobile chargers, and carry two or three experienced crew who will drive, guide and cook for you during the tour. We also keep the maximum number of people on each tour relatively low, with maximum numbers on accommodated tours ranging from 12 to 18 people which means plenty of window space as well as plenty of personal contact with your guides. Camping tours may have up to 24 people in the group.

Overall, these overland adventure tours offer great value for money whilst giving you the comfort and security of an organised trip. We're sure they will give you a great opportunity to chance to create lasting memories, which will keep you dreaming of returning for more. These tours are not just for the young and intrepid; our accommodated tours have an average age of around 40, and we regularly carry people in their 60s and 70s, as well as 20s and 30s, making for interesting mixed groups. So as long as you're relatively mobile (there are steps up into the vehicles), and have a 'can-do' attitude, then they'll be fine for you.

With overland tours there is often one main long route that the expedition vehicle will follow (for example, Cape Town to Victoria Falls). You can either do the full trip, or if you have less time available or a particular interest in just some of the countries en-route then you can choose one of our tours that just forms a section of the full route. The group makeup may therefore vary slightly as you go along with some people joining or leaving along the way.

Why choose Encounters Overland tours?

  • Guaranteed small groups (max 12-24)
  • Regular departures (min 4)
  • Options for camping or accommodated tours
  • No compulsory single supplements on camping trips
  • SABS approved seatbelts
  • On board charging points, iPod jacks
  • Big windows for excellent visibility
  • Experienced local crew, 2 or 3 per trip



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