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So much of the African travel experience revolves around nature and the outdoors. This is largely because so much of the African wilderness is unlike what you’ll find anywhere else in the world, and the opportunity to see African wildlife is high on a lot of international tourists’ bucket lists. All of this is wonderful, but it can also keep some travelers from recognizing and taking advantage of some more traditional tourism opportunities they might look into in other places – such as taking in local sporting events.

While not every traveler loves sports by any means, these events are often among the best ways to get authentic looks at cities and local cultures, as well as to have a bit of effortless fun and possibly learn a few things while abroad. And despite not having a massive, internationally followed organization such as the North American sports leagues, the European football programs, or Southeast Asian cricket, Africa has plenty of fascinating and enjoyable sporting events to take in.

These are some of the best around the continent.

The Cairo Derby

It probably goes
without saying that there are some awesome football occasions in Africa.
Football is by and large the favorite sport of the continent, and
various teams, league structures, and tournaments can make for
incredible experiences for visitors. The top rivalry in Egypt, however,
may be the best. Ranked as Africa’s biggest derby rivalry,
Al Ahly versus Zamalek pits two Cairo-based clubs against each other
and elicits incredible passion from fans. Both clubs play in the
Egyptian Premier League, and no matter where you get the chance to see
them squaring off, you’ll have a blast.

African Cup Of Nations

The African Cup Of Nations is the biggest football event on the continent, though it only occurs in odd years. This year the Cup will take place in March and will be contested between 24 teams from around Africa, including regular World Cup qualifiers like Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast, as well as 2018 participants Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria. Essentially a miniature, Africa-only World Cup held every two years, it’s a massive event that draws huge crowds and showcases the very best in African football.

The Sun Met

Most people don’t think of Africa when it comes to horse racing. They think of events in America and England. For instance, the Kentucky Derby in the United States may be the most famous and celebrated race in the world. The UK’s Grand National has been taking place since 1839 and draws a crowd even among those who don’t watch horse racing. There’s also the Melbourne Cup in Australia, which is a big enough deal to have established a national holiday! But the Sun Met in South Africa is right on par with these events in all but international fame. 50,000 people attend each year at Cape Town’s Kenilworth Race Track for wheat’s always a lovely experience.

NBA Africa Game

The NBA Africa Game has been a huge success the last few years and may be on its way to becoming an annual event. It brings a huge number of NBA stars past and present to the continent for an exhibition game between “Team World” and “Team Africa,” the latter featuring players of direct African descent (such as Cameroon’s Joel Embiid). It’s helping to popularize basketball around Africa even more, and it’s always an entertaining game in and of itself. It’s probably only getting bigger too, with even LeBron James having stated he’d love to play in the exhibition.

La Tropicale

There are actually several major cycling events around Africa, to the point that cycling can rightly be considered one of the continent’s favorite sports. La Tropicale tends to be the biggest and most impressive of the bunch though. Held in Gabon, and known in full as La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, it’s a 600-mile race in six stages, contested between African cyclists and some of the best European teams alike. Watching cycling live is a little bit different than most sports, but even if you only see occasional glimpses of the athletes the whole thing makes for a festive occasion that many thoroughly enjoy.

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The Bank of Tanzania closed down every bureau de change Arusha this week. Needless to say, this left visitors and local businesses to visit the banks to change money. With this in mind, if you happen to be travelling to Tanzania anytime soon, you should know that bureau de change shops are no longer open in Arusha.

Bureau de Change in Arusha No More

In case you might not know, this was the favored way for tourists to get spending money. After all, carrying US dollars to exchange for local currency was not only better value but also more reliable than local ATM’s.

Anyway, it has meant that tour companies and tourists have been without this option. Instead, you must exchange money in banks or withdraw cash from local ATM machines.

That being said, with the bureau de change Arusha gone, where can you exchange money in Arusha?

Where Can You Exchange Money in Arusha?

Arusha is quite a big town with many banks. If you walk up toward the clock tower from Nakumatt, you will find a number of banks on the left-hand side including a Bank of Tanzania. You can also visit a Western Union branch if needed as these are unaffected by the ruling.

As a very last option, there are also dodgy characters outside the markets across from Nakumatt. I do not advise that you exchange money here but they might be able to point you in the right direction if completely stuck.

The move to close these bureaus was made by the Bank of Tanzania this week after an extensive inspection.

At this time, it’s not clear as to whether the bureaus will reopen. I have a sneaking suspicion that they will be banned and all exchanges will need to take place in the banks from now on. In my honest opinion, it’s no big deal!

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Need a Packing list for Kenya Safari? Yes, you probably need your bank cards and a clean pair of underwear. But what else do you put on your safari packing list?

You see, most visitors remember to pack the necessities and that’s great. However, in my own experience as an overland tour leader, those little “nice-to-haves” are almost always forgotten. And these are small objects that make a big difference, yet objects we don’t think about packing for a safari in Kenya.

Here are 10 things that you should consider on your Packing list for Kenya Safari:

10 Things You Need on a Packing List for Kenya Safari
1. Hand Sanitizer

Believe it or not, hand sanitizer is not the most common item in Africa. Also, what you often forget on a packing list for Kenya Safari, is that you won’t have time to go shopping when you reach Nairobi. For this reason, take an alcohol based sanitizer (60% alcohol) and use it as much as possible when you get there.

2. Lip Balm

I know that lip balm is a must-have travel accessory for some but on an African safari, they are essential. Aside from the obvious sun in the sky, keep in mind that you spend a lot of time driving on safari and hanging out the top of the vehicle. In other words, your lips can get burnt from the wind just as much as the sun.

3. iPad Mini

Where do you store your videos and photographs? Without doubt, the best storage facility on your Packing list for Kenya Safari is an iPad. After all, you don’t need a laptop to access these videos and the small size of this device makes it priceless. By the way, it’s also handy for watching “the Lion King” or “Out of Africa” in your spare time.

4. Smaller Camera

Carrying a giant SLR camera around Kenya can be pretty frustrating. More importantly, it can feel a little ignorant pointing on of these lenses in the face of a local. Having a small camera will save you this embarrassment and just make this easier in general. I love the Panasonic G7X but really, any small camera should do the trick for your Packing list for Kenya Safari.

5. Reusable Bags

Did you know that Rwanda was the first country in the world to ban plastic bags? Well, if you want to do the right thing, don’t bring any plastic bags on the trip and take a reusable bag instead.

6. Warm Clothing

Many tourists arrive in Africa without putting warm clothing on their packing list for Kenya safari. Yes, it’s often very warm in Kenya but the truth is, it can get pretty cold at night and you will need layers.

7. Wide Brim Hat

Personally, I try to avoid wearing a wide brim hat. However, I always wear one on safari for protection from the sun and the reason should be obvious. Nobody cares what you look like on safari in Africa and the wide brim hat will make you a whole lot more comfortable.

8. Decent Headtorch

Having your hands free after dark is essential in the bush. Especially if you have to do something like put up a tent or help with cooking. Either way, pick a good headtorch and know that you will use it more than most items on your packing list for Kenya safari. My pick is the Petzl Actik Core.

9. Books About Africa

I don’t read books all that often but on safari, there is something special about reading. Think about it: sitting around a campfire with a good book – it even sounds relaxing!

10. Patience

Okay, you don’t put this in your packing list for Kenya Safari but trust me, you need it. In fact, the people who have the best time on safari are always the people who can manage their expectations and deploy patience for when things go wrong!

Whats’s on Your Packing List for Kenya Safari?

Anyway, that’s my ten things that you should put on your packing list for Kenya Safari.

Thank you for reading and Safari Njemi!

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Bike Touring Africa is an immense undertaking. In fact, I think this is something that can get lost in the process when it comes to planning the trip. In other words, you can draw lines on a map all day long. But when you get out there, it can feel a little overwhelming.

In late 2013, I set out to cycle from Cape Town to Cairo. It took me one year to finish bike touring Africa. Now: it was an epic trip and probably the most epic I will ever take. However, it was also many other things –  scary, lonely, painful, hot, uncomfortable, exhausting….you get it!

Anyway, before you go, here are five things you should know about bike touring Africa:

Quick Answer: Things to Know before Cycling Cape to Cairo

– Cycling Cape to Cairo is a Very Long Way

– The Number One Cause of Illness is Dehydration

– Never Leave Food in Your Tent, Seriously

– You Should Forget About Expectations in Africa

– Weight is Important on an Africa Cycle Tour

5 Things You Should Know About Bike Touring Africa

1. Cycling Cape to Cairo is a Very Long Way

If this is your first time bike touring Africa, you need to know that drawing lines on a map is easy. In other words, planning your adventure is usually a lot more exciting than the actual cycling. It may sound obvious but trust me, you think about this every day. That being said, this is something you learn on the road, that you just need to accept these incredibly long distances.

Bike Touring Africa Tip: Download offline maps so that you can know precisely how far you are from towns etc at any time. I spent the entire year guessing these distances and it was exhausting. If I did it again, I would have GPS maps and a SPOT device for tracking.

2. The Number One Cause of Illness is Dehydration

When I was bike touring Africa, I fully realized the importance of staying hydrated. In fact, I suffered with heat exhaustion two months into the trip and well, I was very lucky to come out of those few days. What’s more, I worked as an overland tour leader for several years in Africa and realized the importance of hydration even more during this time. That is to say, when my guests were inflicted with “malaria” or any other illness, it almost always the fact that they were dehydrated.

Bike Touring Africa Tip: Carry way more water than you think you will need at all times. Also, sprinkle fresh orange or lemon into your drinks along the way – it’s refreshing and super good for hydration!

3. Don’t Leave Food in Your Tent, Seriously

I cannot count the amount of backpackers and cyclists in Africa who think that leaving food in their tent is okay. True, most of them get away with it but trust me, you don’t want to risk what can happen when a hungry elephant comes along. Again, I say this from the perspective of a tour guide. In other words, I have witnessed exactly what can happen when you leave food in your tent and you should simply never, ever do it.

Bike Touring Africa Tip: Keep Food in Your Panniers when Wild Camping but never right next to your tent.

4. Forget About Your Expectations

Everything happens tomorrow in Africa – especially when it’s urgent. As for the guest houses, restaurants or shops along the way, you need to lower your expectations or better still – get rid of them. As for customer service, forget about it!

Bike Touring Africa Tip: Before cycling Cape to Cairo, I had already spent one year in Africa. I had enough experience to know that everything happens differently in Africa. If you realize this before you go, it will save you a lot of stress on the trip.

5. Weight is Important on an Africa Cycle Tour

I take a lot of long distance hikes nowadays and in my Pacific Crest Trail blog, I talked about the weight issue a lot. When I was bike touring Africa, I paid no attention to weight until one week into the trip but by then, it was too late to change any gear. For this reason, I cannot recommend enough that you buy lightweight gear for cycling Cape to Cairo.

Bike Touring Africa Tip: Buy a Big Agnes Tent on Amazon. They are so damn lightweight and I take one on all of my trips!

And that’s it – my first five tips for Bike Touring Africa! What did I miss? Have you any tips for Cycling Cape to Cairo? Please let me know in the comments!

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Do you need to get from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro? Are you starting a hike on Kilimanjaro? Maybe you need to get to the Kilimanjaro Airport?

If so, let me help you out with that!

In all the time that I have spent working as a tour guide in Africa, this is one route I have taken the most. That is to say, I have travelled from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro at least once every couple of months. However, I know that as a first timer to Africa, this might not seem as straightforward. After all, the websites for bus operators in Africa are downright confusing.

Anyway, here is the short answer, quickly followed by a more detailed account on how you can take a bus from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro.

Quick Answer: Taking a Bus from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro

  • Book the Nairobi to Kilmanjaro Shuttle
  • Take a matatu or local taxi to either the Silverprings Hotel or the Heron Portico Hotel.
  • This bus will take you to Arusha, Tanzania.
  • Change buses and get off in the town of Moshi.
  • Take a local taxi to Kilimanjaro
How to get to from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro

Step 1 – Book the Nairobi Kilmanjaro Shuttle

Taking a bus from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro is very straightforward. However, you will need a ticket for the Nairobi Kilimanjaro Shuttle.

Just so you know, this shuttle will usually stop in Arusha, Tanzania. From here, you will need to change buses and travel to the next town, Moshi.

Step 2 – Take a Matatu or Taxi to City Centre Hotel

Sometimes this shuttle can do pickups at the Wildebeest Camp in Karen. However, you are best to select a pick up for either Silversprings Hotel or the Heron Portico.

My suggestion is that you stay overnight at this one and save yourself the stress of getting through horrendous Nairobi traffic.

Step 4 – Travel from Nairobi to Arusha

This journey is usually split into two separate trips. For this reason, you will travel from Nairobi to the Namanga border. The driver will usually help you with directions at the border. In fact, the drivers are fantastic and sometimes come inside to make sure everything is going okay.

When you reach Arusha, you will change bus but again, the driver will help with this part of the journey.

Step 5 – Take a local Taxi from Moshi to Kilimanjaro

Next you will arrive at the town of Moshi. This town is located right next to Mt. Kilimanjaro and not far from Kilimanjaro Airport.

If you need to get to Kilimanjaro Airport, there is another bus from Moshi but I suggest taking a local taxi.

If starting a Kilimanjaro climb, you will probably stay at a nearby hostel or hotel. From there, you are likely to be picked up by your tour operator.

About the Bus Route from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro

The standard of comfort on the Nairobi Kilimanjaro shuttle is pretty good. That being said, try to manage your expectations. As for the journey, it can feel a little long-winded but with a border crossing and this kind of distance – that should be expected.

All considered, the bus from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro is a straightforward process and the drivers are usually super friendly.

PS. Do you need somewhere to stay in Nairobi or Moshi? I know the place like the back of my hand – Get in touch!

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When it comes to the best places to see wildlife in Africa, Botswana seems to jump out at most people. That being said, Serengeti National Park is the most famous place to visit for wildlife and the Masai Mara in Kenya is a close second.

In this post, I just want to give you a quick snapshot of the most prominent parks in Africa. Needless to say, this is more of a list so please keep in mind that there is a lot more information on the website about each one.

PS. Quick Answer for the Best Place for a Wildlife Safari – Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

The Best Places to See Wildlife in Africa Kenya or Tanzania For Luxury Safari

As mentioned, Botswana is a super popular place for wildlife safaris. This is mostly the case for Americans for some reason but either way, I suggest that this is not the best place for a first time safari. Alternatively, I highly recommend that you stick to Kenya and Tanzania. With this in mind, you can visit the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Park where there are some pretty luxurious lodges. Also, the cost will be less and the experience will be much better – trust me.

Tanzania For Budget Safari

Simply put, Ngorongoro Crater is the best value-for-money safari you will ever encounter. Many backpackers take this safari which travels to the edge of the Serengeti. You drive down into the crater and there is so much wildlife down there. Also, the price is a lot less than a full-on Serengeti trip. Alternatively, an overnight trip into the  Okavango Delta is great value and in my opinion, the Masai Mara is worth splashing out on too.

Tanzania For Median Priced Safari

No question, take a trip into the Serengeti and visit Ngorongoro Crater along the way. This is usually a 3-night trip and the very best safari that I know about.

Botswana for Private Luxury Lodge Safari

That being said, Botswana is ideal if you really want to get out there and be surrounded by the wild in a luxury lodge. The price is pretty high but the whole experience is as luxurious as they come.

The Best Wildlife Parks in Africa by Country Kenya

Best place to see wildlife in Kenya – Masai Mara National Park

Budget/Day Tour Option – Hells Gate National Park or Lake Nakura NP


Best place to see wildlife in Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Queen Elizabeth National Park

Budget/Day Tour Option – Mgahinga National Park near Kisoro


Best place to see wildlife in Rwanda – Rwenzori National Park

Budget/Day Tour Option – Same as above.


Best place to see wildlife in Tazania – Serengeti National Park

Budget/Day Tour Option – Ngorongoro Crater/Conservation Area


Best place to see wildlife in Malawi – Liwonde National Park

Budget/Day Tour Option – Majete Wildlife Reserve


Best place to see wildlife in Zambia – South Luangwa National Park

Budget/Day Tour Option – Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls)


Best place to see wildlife in Zimbabwe – Matopos National Park or Hwange NP

Budget/Day Tour Option – Either of the above.


Best place to see wildlife in Botswana – Moremi NP or Chobe National Park

Budget/Day Tour Option – Chobe National Park

*Note – Okavango Delta is not a wildlife experience.


Best place to see wildlife in Namibia – Etosha National Park

Budget/Day Tour Option – Same as above

South Africa

Best place to see wildlife in South Africa – Kruger National Park

Budget/Day Tour Option – Addo Elephant NP

As already mentioned, this is intended as a snapshot of the best places to see wildlife in Africa. If you would like more information or advice for your trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Otherwise, thank you for reading and please feel free to look around the rest of my Africa travel blog.

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As you may know, the Uganda Gorilla permit is quite a grey area. In other words, where do you actually buy one and how much do they cost? Most often, you will find that contacting a tour operator is the only way and even then, how do you know if this is the correct price?

The truth is, there is so much shady practice with these permits. That is to say, the Uganda gorilla permit is an easy way for shady characters to make a bit of extra money. For example, if there are no Uganda Gorilla permits on any given day, they can still be sourced – somewhere!

How to Buy a Uganda Gorilla Permit

Buying a gorilla permit is a pretty straight forward process when you have contacts in Uganda. After all, this is precisely how tour companies in the rest of the world obtain them. In case you might be asking yourself, in my time as an overland tour leader, I was responsible for organizing hundreds of these permits for my guests. The truth is, all it took was a simple phone call to the right person.

By the way, is this an option for you?

Absolutely, just hit me up in the chat box and I can pass you the relevant details.

But let me tell you a bit more about my experience with the Uganda permit

My Experience with the Uganda Gorilla Permit

When I first went backpacking Uganda, we went “bird watching” instead of gorilla trekking. Yes, due a spontaneous gunfight, we were unable to travel into the Congo (where we had our permits) and needed to source them elsewhere. However, we were unable to get a Uganda Gorilla permit because they were all sold out and so they gave us bird watching permits to use as cover for a sneaky trip up to the gorillas. Make sense?

To summarise: we pretended to go bird watching but the trackers actually brought us up to see the gorillas. It was illegal and we paid less money, but this money did not go toward conservation. And just so you know, tour operators have nothing to do with this process – they merely send the money to a middle man in Africa, and the middle man takes care of the rest.

But what should this mean to you?

Well, I strongly advise you should buy a Uganda Gorilla permit from someone trustworthy.

Do You Really Need a Uganda Gorilla Permit?

You simply must buy a gorilla permit for Uganda if you want to spend time with them. These permits are taken extremely serious and without one, you will not be permitted to trek for the gorillas.

Why are Gorilla Permits Even Necessary?

Mountain Gorillas are an endangered species. For this reason, precautions are taken by the government to protect and preserve their privacy.

At the same time, this is also a great source of revenue for the government – hence, the high price.

Do You Need a Travel Agent or Tour Operator to Get a Gorilla Permit?

Yes and no. Yes, if you want to save yourself a lot of hassle. And no, if you know the right people to contact.

The Uganda wildlife authority are responsible for issuing these permits but the purchase is most often taken care of by a local tour operator. In other words, you can usually send someone to collect your Uganda Gorilla permit at the UWA offices in Kampala.

About the Limit for Uganda Gorilla Permits

Only 96 gorilla permits are available each day. Most of these are issued for Bwindi National Forest and the rest, for Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Uganda Gorilla Permits for Bwindi: 88

Uganda Gorilla Permits for Mgahinga Gorilla National Park: 8

When is the Best time to go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?

The best time to visit the gorillas in Uganda between June and September or December and February.

The Peak seasons June, July, August, September, December, January, and February are especially a hard time to obtain gorilla permits.

Then Why Do You Need Someone to Purchase Your Uganda Gorilla Permit?

You don’t but unless you arrive several weeks or months before you intend on trekking, they will be sold out.

So what does this mean to you?

It means you should either join an organized tour or contact a local who can organize and collect the Uganda Gorilla Permit for you.

PS. Mountain Gorilla Permits are available on this 3-Day Gorilla Tour from Kampala.

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Overland Tour Operators in Africa are resilient to say the least. After all, in the wake of an economic down turn in 2008, most overland companies in Africa disappeared off the face of the earth.

But how were some able to remain?

These companies were savvy when it came to budgeting, online marketing and listening to their customers.

As you may know, I have spent quite a long time on the road and encountered almost every company in the market. With this in mind, the following is a list of the overland tour operators in Africa and some statistics according to Tourradar :

Quick Answer: Top Overland Companies in Africa

G Adventures



Oasis Overland

Absolute Africa

Africa Travel Company


Needless to say, this is not every single overland tour operator in Africa. However, these are certainly the main players on the scene:

Top Overland Tour Operators in Africa

Nomad Tours Review

Rating: 4.3 /5 Stars

Accommodation: 3/5

Transportation 4/5

Meals 4/5

Guide 5/5

Nomad was formed in the aftermath of an epic adventure. You will find this is often the case with overland tour operators in Africa. Anyway, they have quite a big reputation around the globe and are now one of the biggest overland tour operators in the world.In fact, they have more than forty trucks and forty monthly departures in Africa alone. I would agree that Nomad is a great company which is suited to those aged 30 upwards.

My Rating – 8/10

G Adventures Review

Rating: 4.2 / 5 Stars

Accommodation 4/ 5

Transportation 4/ 5

Meals 4/ 5

Value for money 4/ 5

Guide 4.5 / 5

G Adventures are the largest tour company on the planet. But don’t let that put you off, they are also the small group tours specialists for overland tours in Africa. You can see from their ratings that customers are most often happy with the overland tours and their new “Lando” is pretty impressive. I was unsure about this overland vehicle at first but having set foot on the lando, it really is a game changer. You will find USB slots on every seat, excellent views through every window and a lot more really cool features that the other overland trucks simply do not have. I believe G Adventures is most suited to people aged 18 – 35 but to be honest, there are always a few more experienced people on board between 35 – 50.
My Rating – 9/10

Oasis Overland Review

Rating – 4.2 / 5 Stars

Number of Reviews – 97

Accommodation 4/ 5

Transportation 4 / 5

Meals 4 / 5

Value for money 4.5 / 5

Guide 4.5 / 5

Oasis are another international company with a base of operations in the UK. The company was started by two overland crew who had been working for another company. Oasis are a great company and they get a lot of business through referrals and word of mouth. You will find many trip options and some of them are immense such as the Trans Africa which takes 40 weeks to travel around the continent. In my opinion, this company is more for the party crowd and budget minded peeps aged between 18 – 30.

My Rating – 7.8/10

Absolute Africa Review

Tourradar Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars

Accommodation 4.5/ 5

Transportation 4.5 / 5

Meals 4.5 / 5

Value for money 5 / 5

Guide5 / 5

Another company that started after the owner took a mega trip from Cairo to Cape Town. Absolute Africa is the budget tour company. They receive a lot of reviews online which has really put them to the fore in recent years. However, the rating for transportation seems a little exaggerated. While the trips run just fine, some of the equipment leaves a lot to be desired and the trucks are a lot more jaded next to competitors. That being said, if you are on a budget and it’s this or nothing – you will still have an awesome time. In my opinion, Absolute Africa is suited for the super budget minded peeps who do not expect any kind of luxury.

My Rating – 7.5/10

Acacia Review

Tourradar Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars

Number of Reviews – 197

Accommodation 4.5 / 5

Transportation 4.5 / 5

Meals 5 / 5

Value for money 4.5 / 5

Guide 5 / 5

Acacia have been around for a long time and seem to fall in the middle of the overland tour operators in Africa. That is to say, they are not super budget minded but they are certainly not luxury either. Acacia also have a wide range of options for their tours and plenty of monthly departures. In my experience, the passengers are usually aged between 23 – 35. As for the trucks and equipment, I would rate this as being average. As with most overland tour operators in Africa, the trucks are pretty jaded and could do with a little TLC. Otherwise, great company and relatively affordable.

My Rating – 7.5/10


Tourradar Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Number of Reviews – 65

Accommodation 4.5 / 5

Transportation 4.5 / 5

Meals 4.5 / 5

Value for money 3.5 / 5

Guide 4.5 / 5

Dragoman are huge worldwide and I must say, they do a great job with marketing and getting people excited. They also go to a lot of effort to train their crew and lay out their itineraries. However, they seem to focus on the awesomeness of their trucks quite a lot and I’m not sure this is wise anymore. In other words, the trucks are super worn and while I think this looks awesome, I can see how they might be uncomfortable over long distances. Another thing I never quite liked about Dragoman was the pricing. It would be okay nowadays but back when overlanding was super cheap, Dragoman were charging huge prices for their trips. Passengers of all ages here but sadly, not for me.

My Rating – 6.8/10
ATC (Africa Travel Company)

No Reviews or Ratings on Tourradar

I travelled with this company back in 2008 and it was a life changing trip. In fact, it was the best part of my one year backpacking around the world. However, I have since spent 5 years in Africa and realize that there was nothing to compare back then. Having led countless trips for two different overland tours operators in Africa, I now know that they are not very well organized. I say this because the trucks are often decrepit and unfortunately, the staff seem disinterested in a company that appears to have no culture. Sadly, I cannot recommend ATC.
My Rating – 5.5/10
Which one of these overland tour companies in Africa would you most like to travel with? Please let me know in the comments!
PS. If you need help choosing a specific tour, I also wrote a post about about the best overland tours in Africa.
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