Encounters Travel – Overland Adventures in Africa
Overlanding allows outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer with the comfort of bringing your own vehicle. Overlanding is dependent on having the right vehicle and many adventurers are set on using their own vehicle, but that is not always an option! There are overlanding opportunities all over the world and you don’t want to deal with the hassle of bringing your vehicle overseas or deal with the hassle of finding one to rent.
That is one of the problems that Encounters Travel sets out to solve. Encounters Travel is based in the UK with offices all over the world, offering overland tours designed to give travelers the best possible experience. Booking a tour with Encounters Travel saves you the hassle of shipping your overlanding vehicle across the world and the hassle of finding your own vehicle once you get to your destination.
Overland Tours in Africa
Overlanding in Africa is an item on many adventurers’ bucket lists. Africa has so many elements that are appealing for overlanders. From the awe-striking wildlife to vastly differing landscapes, Africa is a sanctuary for cultural, scenic and wildlife highlights. Encounters Travel has been operating for many years, having completed many successful tours across the world.
Encounters Travel run overlanding tours in various countries across Europe and Africa. Their tours in Africa take place in Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Many of the tours go through various countries, allowing travelers to get the most out of their trip to Africa! Here are some of their most popular overlanding tours in Africa.
Namibia & Botswana Uncovered Tour
This overland tour done by Encounters Travel takes adventurers through three countries: Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Over the course of 12 days, you will go on an incredible overland expedition on a 4×4 safari vehicle. On this trip, you will be able to see some of Africa’s most varied landscapes. You’ll travel from west to east, starting in Swakopmund, the coast of Namibia, all the way to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
With a group size anywhere from 4 to 20 people, you will experience the beauty that Africa has to offer on this tour across southern Africa. Your travel will take place in the overland expedition vehicle and your accommodations will include hotels, lodges and camps. Some of the stunning highlights of this expedition are Swakopmund, the beautiful coast of Namibia, the Brandberg Rock Paintings, and Etosha National Park, where you will meet local tribes and see wild elephants, zebras and hippos. That just covers your few days in Namibia, you will experience so much more across Botswana!
This tour starts at $1,485 per person with the option to add additional days at either end of your tour. This will drive up the price a bit but give you the coolest experiences you will talk about for the rest of your life. The price per person includes transportation atroun Africa, meals and accommodations.
Encounters Travel’s Gorillas & Plains tour takes place over the course of 14 days. These two weeks will be filled with magnificent lakes and wildlife parks of Kenya, across Uganda and the Equator. Your transportation across Kenya and Uganda will be in a mix of overland expedition vehicles, a minibus and a 4×4 safari jeep.
With a group of 4-20 people, you will see some of the most beautiful attractions out there. The highlights of this trip include the Masai Mara Reserve safaris, Masai tribe, Lake Nakuru in Kenya, Murchison National Park where you will see Murchison Falls.
On this trip, you have the option of camping, where you will spend most nights under a canvas tent, or an upgraded accommodation level where you will instead stay in suites. This adventure costs $2,955 per person, more if you choose the upgraded option. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a great thing to share with your friends and family!
This 20 day trip takes travelers south from Victoria Falls all the way to Nairobi. The East African Odyssey Tour takes adventurers through Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This 3-week wildlife odyssey tour will take you through the heart of East Africa on overland expedition vehicles and 4×4 safari jeeps, and a ferry.
Highlights of this three week adventure include Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater. On this tour, you have the option to camp every night, or stay in hostels and lodges. The price of this trip starts at $3,315 per person with the option to add on additional meals, accommodation or transportation. The whole three weeks’ accommodations are included as well as all transportation and local guides. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity where overlanders will enjoy the expertise of the local guides and people met on the road.
Global Rescue Trip Insurance
Another thing not included in the price of Encounters Travel is trip insurance. People tend to skip this in order to keep the price of their trip down, but it has never been more important than it is now to insure your international travel. While we are hopefully out of the woods of COVID, we really don’t know!
Global Rescue offers travel services and trip insurance for individuals and families. Global Rescue pairs with IMG to offer travel insurance that stands as the industry’s most complete insurance option for the traveler. It includes coverage up to $100,000 if something goes wrong or your trip gets canceled. This is a great precaution to take and a great add on to your Encounters Travel Overland tour in Africa.
Skyblue Overland has teamed up with Global Rescue to make sure that our travelers have the resources they need to always be safe. Global Rescue offers a membership that will ensure that you have medical and security advisory and evacuation services when you need them most.