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Inca Trail Permit Availability

If you’re thinking of trekking the Inca Trail this year don’t leave it too late to book your trip. Inca Trail trek numbers are strictly limited by the Peruvian government and permits do sell out. We know, for example, that permits for September are selling very fast. September is a great time to trek – being in the dry season, with clear, dry days (but be prepared for very cold nights!) So, if you think you may want to join one of our Peru, or Peru/Bolivia trips this year don’t leave it too long to book.

Peru and Bolivia Trips 2018

 

 

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Discounted Gorilla trekking permits this April

We are offering gorilla trekking permits at just £415 on our Africa overland trips departing Nairobi this April.

The permits usually cost £535, giving a saving of £120!

Baby Mountain Gorilla

Seeing Mountain Gorillas in the wild is a once in a lifetime experience.  Anyone wishing to see them must obtain a permit in advance.  The permits are booked for a specific day which involves trekking in small groups of up to 8 people accompanied by park rangers through the rainforest.  Once the gorilla family has been located, you spend an hour observing them eating, playing and resting at close proximity – an incredible experience!

The Mountain Gorilla trek is available on the following trips, subject to permit availability.  To book your permit, simply add it your booking during the online booking process or by logging on to the ‘My Account’ area after you have booked your overland trip.  Or contact us and we will do it for you!

 

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Top Destinations to Visit in Central Asia

Central Asia is one of the most culturally diverse and beautiful areas of the world – well, in our opinion anyway! We’re huge fans of Central Asia here at Oasis Overland and love sharing all of its wonders with you. To give you a little teaser of the kind of things that you could see if you come on a Central Asia overland tour, we’ve put together a few of our favorite destinations and sights. Enjoy!

Ayaskala Fort, Uzbekistan on the Silk RoadSilk Road

The Silk Road is a world-famous route drenched in the history of Asia. First established in 130BC, the route was used for trade for over a thousand years and was a key part in establishing the culture of Asia. Follow one of the many silk routes and explore the history that still remains in the cities and towns along the way on one of our Silk Road tours.

Explore the Chitral Valley in Pakistan

Chitral Valley

Pakistan is an incredible country with some of the most welcoming people you could meet. It is home to the Chitral Valley, which is little visited by tourists but a must if you’re exploring Central Asia.  We think that it’s one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the world, with high rising, icy peaks, an abundance of stunning lush forests and plenty of winding rivers that snake through the length of the valley. It’s a place of astounding beauty that we visit on our 21 day Pakistan trip.

Overlanding in Kyrgyzstan

Lake Song Kol

In Kyrgyzstan lies the natural wonder that is Lake Song Kol. A landscape of looming mountains watch over this wonderful alpine lake, which is vast and wide. It’s a beautiful place to come to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life – somewhere where you can take a step back and collect your thoughts and surround yourself with nature.   You can also stay overnight in a yurt stay at Lake Song Kol our 15 day Kyrgyzstan overland trip.

Imam Reza Mosque in Iran

Imam Riza Mosque

As the largest mosque in the world (measured by area), the Imam Riza Mosque is a wonderful place to visit and a must if you want to truly experience Central Asia.  Located in Mashhad in Iran, visiting the mosque can give insight into the importance of religion in this part of the world and all that it entails. Discover our 9 week Istanbul to Bishkek tour where we stop off here, amongst many more super exciting places!

Central Asia is full of incredible places that we think everyone should get the chance to explore. A trip in Central Asia will give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the world, giving you a view of a life very different to ours and a new appreciation of the vibrancy and diversity of Asian culture.

Check out all our Central Asia trips here!

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Overlanding in Europe

It might not be quite as adventurous as overlanding in Africa, South America or Central Asia but if you’ve got a couple of weeks off and want a great little trip around Europe, come overlanding with us from London to Istanbul in our Adventure Bus!

Mark from Oasis HQ runs these Trans Europe trips and here he shares some of his photos from previous journeys, travelling from our very own capital city across the channel through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria to Turkey.

Our next departure is on 9th April 2018 – why not join us?!

Tyne Cot WW1 Cemetery in Belgium

Tyne Cot WW1 Cemetery in Belgium

John Lennon Wall in Prague

John Lennon Wall in Prague

Oasis group in the Czech Republic

Enjoying lunch in the Czech Republic

Prague's Astronomical Clock

Prague’s Astronomical Clock

Cheeky glass of wine on the Danube River Cruise!

Cheeky glass of wine on the Danube River Cruise!

The stunning Parliament Building in Budapest

The stunning Parliament Building in Budapest

You can't get away from plate flapping!

You can’t get away from plate flapping!

The Oasis adventure bus outside the Hotel Cluj in Romania

The Oasis adventure bus outside the Hotel Cluj in Romania

Medieval town of Sighisoara in Romania

Medieval town of Sighisoara in Romania

Dracula's Castle in Bran, Romania - spooky!

Dracula’s Castle in Bran, Romania – spooky!

The Parliament Building in Bucharest, Romania

The Parliament Building in Bucharest, Romania

The Oasis group arrives in Istanbul

The Oasis group arrives in Istanbul

The beautiful Aya Sofya in Istanbul

The beautiful Aya Sofya in Istanbul

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Take a Once in a Lifetime Tour in Morocco

Located in the North Africa, Morocco is a hugely popular destination for holiday-makers and rugged travellers alike. Being a place of colourful culture, vibrant communities and beautiful sunny weather, it’s not hard to see why people love it so much! We’d encourage anyone who wants to see the world to take a trip here, and to show you why we’ve put together some more information on this wonderful country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountains, Beaches and Deserts

The Moroccan landscape is anything but boring! With huge mountains erupting from the earth, this place can easily become a trekkers paradise, though the gorgeous beaches also make for a relaxing destination of sunbathing and swimming. Don’t forget the Sahara Desert, too! Leave the noise of the towns and cities behind and explore this vast, barren landscape that holds more treasures than you might first think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imperial Cities

Fez, Rabat, Marrakech and Meknes have all had their share of the title as capital of Morroco at one point or another, meaning each is full to the brim with historical importance. Whether you want to see palaces and churches or mosques and museums, you can spend weeks exploring the culture of these places and still never be done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food

Morocco is famous for its food, and it’s not hard to see why. Usually, dishes are made using locally sourced ingredients along with a variety of delightful herbs and spices, making each dish flavoursome and nutritious. The fresh ingredients combined with Moroccan herbs creates a flavour you can never forget!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Marrakech to Marrakech Berber Migration Tour

One of our favourite trips we have at Oasis Overland is in the heart of Morocco, starting in the city of Marrakech. We join a Berber family and their farming animals as they head on their bi-annual journey to change pastures, trekking through the High Atlas Mountains and seeing some unmissable sights. Not only is this trek filled with traditional culture that can rarely be experienced so closely, it also shows you the wonders of Morocco’s landscape through the eyes of those who use its land. It really is a trip like no other!

If you want to learn more about our Moroccan trips or anything we’ve mentioned here, please get in touch with our team. We love talking about the adventures we have on offer! We can help you with any questions you may have and find the overland tour that’s right for you.

 

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Tour Leader Mark on Central Asia

Mark Dawson and the Oasis Overland group at Ayaskala Fort, UzbekistanSome of you will know or have travelled with our Tour Leader Mark Dawson, either on our Cairo to Cape Town expeditions or last year in Central Asia.  Here he tells us about some of his Central Asia experiences and highlights.

“Well what an amazing 12 month it’s been, this time last year I was South Bound on my 4th Nile Trans from Cairo to Cape Town with yet another fabulous group of travellers from all over the world!  To think in the past 12 months I have had nearly 60 Oasis travellers come and go. With those 60 travellers we have visited  24 countries throughout Africa, Europe and Central Asia and done some 70000Km of overland travel in The Beast, Habibi, (Oasis Overland Expedition vehicles) the odd train, Monster Truck and a couple of ferries.

I have jumped out of aeroplanes, been white-water rafting, walked with lions, been on Big Game Safaris, been to my 9th ANZAC Day commemorations at Gallipoli, visited iconic cities throughout Central Asia, seen Pandas for the first time in my life, camped at altitudes over 3500mt, hot air ballooned in Cappadocia in Turkey, sledged off the Great Wall in China – just to name few things, and all in a calendar year!

The Oasis group in KyrgyzstanAfter finishing my last Cairo to Cape Town in March 2017 I had a short turn around before I was out on the road and at it again. In early April 2017 we left Oasis HQ en route to Istanbul in Habibi, where we would begin our Silk Rd Trans Asia Istanbul to Beijing expedition.

During this time on the road I have had the pleasure of working with Alan Lloyde, Steve Newsway, Chris Wrede (The Big Boss) and Steve Lloyde. These guys have driven the 70000 odd km, and I take my hat off to all of them!  While I do drive our expedition vehicles on occasions it is in fact to these guys that have seen myself and you, our travellers, safely through the vast number of cities, historic sights, National Parks and places of interest  that we have been fortunate enough to see!

I suppose the big questions are what it was like, what were my favourite parts and is there anything you didn’t like?  So here they are my highlights for 2017

  • All you guys the Oasis clients that have travelled with me for the first time and an extra special shout out to all of you that have now done 2 or 3 trips with me. Sorry I know it sounds cheesy but it is the truth!

 

Telavi Region in Georgia

  • Georgia wow, what a hidden gem you are, from the stunning scenery of the mountains in the Svaneti region to the fabulous city of Tbilisi and not to forget the wine tours we did in Telavi, Georgian wine really is that good!

 

  • The smells and tastes of Iran from the huge variety of Kababs and my personal favourites Dizi (Mutton Chick Pea Soup) and Ash (a thick Noodle vegetable and herb soup) to the sweet deserts like Sohan (biscuit) and Gaz (Nougat) to the strange spaghetti like ice-cream Faloodeh Shirazi . The various Bazaars with all their spices and fresh fruit and veg (who knew cherries could be so cheap and nice at $1 a kg).

 

  • The Registan in Samarkand, UzbekistanMosques and Madrasas of Uzbekistan really are something else they were everything I had hoped for and more. I am truly in awe, the whole country in fact was my highlight it has so much to offer the traveller and I can’t wait to return!

 

 

  • Bush camping in some amazing spots like next to marooned ships in the desert on the edge of the Aral Sea. Beside ancient ruins of 4th century fortresses in the Kyzyl-Kum Desert.  High in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan with views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers and alpine lakes. Literally right beside the western end of the Great Wall of China

 

Truck lunch at Jeti Orguz in KyrgyzstanTo be honest there wasn’t anywhere I didn’t really like, it was all exciting and new to me after a few years working predominantly in Africa. Yes there were some adversities we faced throughout, it was very cold -5 in Svaneti (Georgia) and also Altyn Arashan (Kyrgyzstan) the other end of the scale it was very hot 45+ in the deserts of Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.  We had rain most of the way through Turkey (only when we bush camped unfortunately).  But as the saying goes that which does not kill you only makes you stronger!  And in the end it helped make the experience and journey truly what it is one of the best overland adventures out there!

As I sit here on the Office computer at Oasis HQ here in Somerset and stare out the window at the now quickly setting winter sun on my last Friday of work for 2017, I look back and think how grateful I am to work for Oasis Overland and how grateful I am to you our loyal travellers new and old that keep me out on the road somewhere in the world in a lifestyle I am accustomed to. Thank you and Happy New Year to each and every one of you. I look forward to returning to complete yet another Silk Road Expedition in May 2018, but for now it’s time for my holidays!! YAY!!”

Enjoy your holidays Mark, we’ll see you in May!

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A Personal Challenge for 2018

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a real once in a lifetime experience and for many people it’s somewhere on their ‘bucket list’. Well why not go for it in 2018!  We have 3 different Kilimanjaro treks and we have never had anyone not make it to the summit on one of our treks. We have chosen our itineraries and climb operator carefully to make successful climbs more likely and so that the climb is more realistically paced. You can do the treks in less days, but, taking more time gives you longer to acclimatise and to appreciate the wonderful views on offer. There is built- in time to recoup, take a walk to other sights on the mountain-not just the direct trail and to marvel at what you are doing!

A few of us here at Oasis HQ have done the treks and we’re not that fit!! You will need to prepare however, but it’s not just about fitness levels. Taking it slowly, in order to acclimatise  and being determined are equally as important. I remember doing the trek at the same time as a very fit contingency of Scandinavian soldiers. I got a bit despondent initially as they overtook me and arrived several hours earlier than me at camps, but then slowly I watched a large percentage of them succumb to altitude sickness and have to turn back without reaching the summit. My plodding got me there  -‘ pole pole’ (slowly slowly !) as they say in Swahili. If you would like to take on the challenge of Kilimanjaro in 2018  we have three different treks on offer. Go for it!

6 day Marangu Route

7 day Marangu Route

8 day Machame Route

Kilimanjaro

Made it!

Our very own Tour Leader Steve Newsway

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London Travel Shows 2018 – come and meet us!

Still deciding where to go for your next adventure?   If you’re in London this month, come along to the following travel shows and have a chat with us so we can help you plan your trip of a lifetime!

The Adventure Travel Show 2018

  • London Olympia

  • Saturday 20th January 9am – 6pm
  • Sunday 21st January 9.30am – 5pm
  • Stand Number E25.

 

 

We have a very limited number of free tickets – email us at info@oasisoverland.co.uk with your name and address if you would like one.

Tickets on the door are £10.00 although tickets may be purchased in advance at the cost of £8.00 by telephone on 0871 230 7159 or online at www.adventureshow.co.uk

Destinations Holiday and Travel Show 2018

  • London Olympia

  • Thursday 2nd  February 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • Friday 3rd February10:00am – 5:30pm
  • Saturday 4th February 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • Sunday 5th February 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • Stand Number AA60.

You can get a free e-ticket to the Destinations Show by quoting OAO here: https://destlondon.seetickets.com

 

We look forward to seeing you!

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Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2018

Have you travelled with us recently and been impressed by your Crew? Do you feel they’ve gone the extra mile in ensuring you had a great trip? Or maybe you had a local guide in one of our destinations who entranced you with their knowledge and passion for their subject. Travel guides are often the undersung heroes of the travel world. Each year however, thousands of guides from around the world are nominated by their clients in the Wanderlust World Guide Awards. Nominations for the 2018 Award are open now and close at the end of February 2018.

You can vote from anywhere in the world and the winner is announced in October 2018 at a life-affirming ceremony at London’s Royal Geographical Society. Judging is done on the quality of the nominations and testimonials, not the quantity! In 2012 our very own Tour Leader Andi Petic received a special mention. We know how much what these awards mean to dedicated crew and guides so vote now!

Our previously’ specially mentionned ‘ Tour Leader Andi Petic!

 

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Limited Offer on our new Harare to Alexandria Expedition

 

Ethiopia

Here at Oasis we pride ourselves on our one-off Exploratory Expeditions, travelling through lesser known areas in search of new experiences and sights. Our 2018 Expedition travels from Harare to Alexandria in 16.5 weeks.

Destinations include

Mutarazi Falls National Park in Zimbabwe, a tiered horsetail waterfall- at 762m, the highest waterfall in Zimbabwe and seven times taller than Victoria Falls;  Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park (perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife restoration story) and Mozambique’s stunning and remote Northern coastline.

Lake Tanganyika (Tanzania) – a renowned hotspot of aquatic biodiversity, harbouring hundreds of species that are found nowhere else in the world.

Murchison Falls in Uganda (Backdrop to The African Queen’ film) and Uganda’s largest protected area- home to  over 76 species of mammal, including 4 of ‘the big 5.’ Look out for hippos and crocodiles along the water’s edge!

Lake Turkana in Kenya – a stunningly beautiful jade green colour and, the world’s largest permanent desert lake. The Lake is set in a unique inhospitable landscape but, despite this, is home to some of Kenya’s remotest tribes – the distinctive Turkana and El Molo  the smallest tribe in Kenya.

Ethiopia, where there is an option to explore one of the lowest places on the planet (100m below sea level) – The Danakil Depression – the hottest place on earth and the ‘cradle of hominids’.

Djibouti is well off the usual overland trail, and, for a small country it packs a real punch- salt lakes, extinct volcanoes, fascinating tectonics and prehistoric history all set in a country where different cultures and empires collide – an intoxicating mix of African, Arabic and French influences.

If you book this trip before 2nd January 2018 we will include a Free Danakil Depression 4 x 4 Safari

Shorter sections of this expedition are available

43 Days Harare to Kampala

52 Days Addis Ababa to Alexandria

73 Days Kampala to Alexandria

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