Overland trip in Africa

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1. Posted by Krikri3 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Planning to do an overland trip in Africaaaaaaa. Anyone heard of a company called Drifters? It seems really good????


So many to choose from and you really just want to have the best experience...


2. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've been researching overlanding in Africa quite heavily, and I don't recall hearing of this company. My first though is it appears quite expensive, although I'm not sure what the level of luxury is compared to other outfits or what level you desire.

I've personally been looking at long overland journey's in the 6-10 month range. Hopefully I will do this in 2009.

3. Posted by Krikri3 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

yeah i know it is more expensive than the others.. but here almost everything is included, as in the others it seems a bit too cheap - and with them I suspect you will have to pay a extra for this and that... and... ... oh I dont know..

Hard thing to decide :-)

4. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Have a look at AfricanTrails.co.uk which is who I'm seriously looking at. They have a comparable trip Nairobi to Johannesburg which is six weeks instead of 30 days and only ~$1,800 instead of ~$3,000. I'm looking to take the 43 week Trans-Africa.

Without first hand accounts it's almost impossible to tell how much you "get" for the price, so I'm inclined to go for the cheaper one. If anything it means I can choose whether or not to incur many of the optional costs and activities on the way. I'm also perfectly OK with "roughing it" more if it means saving money.

5. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Not heard of Drifters personally but having completed the Cairo to Cape earlier this year I have met a lot of other trucks!
The more expensive ones do everything for you including the cooking, but you still sleep in tents and travel on a truck.
The cheaper ones (I travelled with Oasis who were great), you pay a kitty for the food before you leave but there are no other extras unless you want to upgrade to a room at the campsites, but thats the same with the dearer ones too.
With the cheaper ones,you take turns to cook, which means shopping with a tight budget in the local markets and trying to come up with interesting meals for 20 odd people. Daunting at first but it is really good fun and you get 'stuck in'. There is nothing more fabulous than going round those colourful markets buying weird ingredients and mingling with the locals.

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've heard of Drifters, but nothing more. There are only two i've ever heard bad things about, and they are both now out of business. The general problems with the rest are things you can't help - most of them comes down to personality clashes amongst passengers, and lack of freedom (20people never want to do the same things, so you have to compromise). There are lots of companies out there - a surprising number - so shop around first to see who fits your type of travel, route and cost the best.

I know you won't be lacking alternatives, but one I will add to your list of possibles is: www.moombadiscovery.co.uk, run by a really cool Aussie guy called Tim. I was very close to going on his first trip (when he set up Moomba - He's been doing this for different people for donkeys years), but had to pull out late on due to a personal problem. I am still in contact with a couple of people who went on that trip, and they had an amazing time. He's since changed his tours to be aimed specifically at over35s, which may or may not be of interest to you. Having said that, i think that these days he specialises in West coast trips as opposed to complete cross Africa ones which may not be what you are looking for

7. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We used Africa Travel Co and they were 10+ absolutely excellent. Not the cheapest but not the most expensive either. Food superb (we had Kenyan cook) guide Australian girl, who was so good and talked us through some dodgy border controls. Most of the times with weaver visas, so cheaper than quoted etc etc highly recommended. Did a trip from Kenya to Vic Falls. Good luck

8. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i made a 30 day overland with drifters Johannesburg to Nairobi. it was a fabulous trip and always recommend drifters to anyone. i also did an overland with kiboko adventures as well and had a great time on that one too. drifters does a lot of trips mixed with camping and lodges but kiboko was strictly camping. both were participation safaris. if you book with drifters ask for sascha in the joburg office. She's really nice and very helpful. drifters has been around for a long time and have a very high reputation throughout africa. they are a south african company and own lodges throughout south africa and also in namibia and vic falls as well. if you have any other questions about drifters, feel free to get in touch. i am friendly with several former guides. good luck planning!