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Travelling with Nomads

If you have access to British Television and have been inspired, or intrigued, by Kate Humble’s Living With Nomads  series  our Marrakech to Marrakech (11 days) Trek Morocco – Berber Migration Trip  allows you to spend six days  travelling with a Berber family as they move their animals between summer and winter pastures. You will be camping alongside the family and trekking with them over the Atlas mountains in Morocco. Walking with goats, sheep, mules, donkeys and camels by day, and camping out under the stars, this trip provides a fascinating insight into a way of life that is rapidly disappearing

Accompanied by a local guide, porters and an excellent chef you will need a good level of general fitness, but you don’t need to be superfit!

The scenery on route is spectacular, ranging from rocky, mountain-edged river beds to lush green valleys, even passing snow! Generally, walking begins by about 8am and you will stop and set up camp by the afternoon. After lunch and plenty of Berber tea the afternoons are free to relax, take a stroll, ‘foot spa’ in a nearby stream or have a cookery lesson with the fantastic camp chef. Evenings are spent dining, chatting, star gazing and maybe some impromptu singing with the trekking guides.  (Excellently accompanied by drumming on the jerry cans and plates!)

Breathtaking scenery and the general sense of remoteness are real highlights of this trip as well as potentially being invited in for tea with nomad families. Their hospitality is humbling. Amidst the careful tea-making process your guides will translate and help you learn a bit about your host’s lives, sipping sweet tea before setting off again on our trek.

This trip also gives you a few days in Marrakech with plenty of opportunity to explore the myriad sights – the Unesco acclaimed Djemaa el-Fna with it’s story tellers, musicians, snake charmers and merchants; Bahia Palace with it’s stunning opulent ceilings and architecture, Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle and of course, the labyrinthine souqs.

Stop-overs are also made to the majestic waterfalls at Cascades d’Ouzoud and the red mud-brick Kasbah at Ait-Benhaddou-where you can practise your Lawrence of Arabia; Gladiator and Jesus of Nazareth poses, as they were all filmed at this impressive site!

(For those of you interested in this trip and worried about the level of walking Jackie, at Oasis HQ undertook this trip in her late 40’s and describes herself as ‘not particularly fit!’ (Her description-not ours!) She did however do some training prior to the trip. )

This really is a unique trip. Our next departures are on 18th May and 21st September 2019. (Due to the migratory nature of this trip it only runs twice per year-in May and September. ) Click here to find out more

 

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Bolivia: A Hidden Gem

Bolivia: a small, landlocked country in South America. Often overshadowed by its very famous neighbour, Peru, this tiny country has more than ample to satisfy a tourist thirsty for adventure. For whatever reason, it hasn’t quite made it onto the main tourism stage, but as a company who’ve travelled there for a number of years now, we’re determined to shout about how fantastic it really is! Check these facts out:

La PazBolivia is the highest country in South America. La Paz is the working capital city and is (unofficially) the highest capital worldwide, at 3650m! You’ll see tourists breathlessly navigating the up and down streets, while the locals weave amongst them, often with loads on their backs, and not even breaking a sweat!

 

Did you know there are Zebras in La Paz? Volunteers Wildlife in La Paz!dress up to help people cross the streets – and bring a smile to peoples’ faces 🙂

 

 

The Salar de Uyuni is one of the world’s highest deserts, and surround by volcanoes and mountains. The salt pan covers almost 10,600 square kilometres, and there’s even a hotel built entirely out of salt! The salt flats appear to go on forever – make sure you grab some props to have some fun with crazy photos!

 

The stuff of travellers legend, “Death Road”, is in Bolivia. Renowned as the world’s dangerous road, this downhill journey is available to mountain bike. You’ll travel from snow capped peaks to tropical rainforest in 64km – all downhill. It’s terrifying and thrilling all at the same time!

 

San Pedro Prison, in La Paz, has hit the headlines numerous times. It’s a prison with a difference: inmates must pay rent for their cells, and many live with their families inside. It became famous when a British drug dealer, Thomas McFadden, was admitted and held there for a few years – he made money by giving tours around the prison! This had to stop when people started to disappear…! You can still see the Prison in the centre of La Paz, and “Marching Powder”, the book about Thomas and his life in San Pedro, is a must-read.

Bolivia boasts 5055 dinosaur footprints – from 8 different dinosaurs! The prints date back 68 million years and are on a vertical wall. Crazy!

Bolivia exports Brazil Nuts. In fact, this small country is responsible for 70% of the world’s Brazil Nuts; that’s almost 25 million tonnes!

 

 

One fact we know quite well is the state of the roads – only around 11% of them are paved. It makes for a bumpy ride! 🙂

A different night out in La Paz is to go to watch the wrestling. Ignore all your pre-assumed stereotypes though; the favourite shows feature the “Cholitas”; hard Bolivian women wearing their bowler hats and their many frilly skirts! You’ll see women fighting women, but also women fighting men – you can guess who the favourites are in those matches 😉 The crowds go wild – just watch yourself when the fight breaks loose of the wrestling ring!

You can’t miss the Witches Market when you’re wandering the streets of La Paz. You’ll see the Llama foetuses dangling from stalls, see jars with snakes and scorpions in them, and if you hang out for a while, you’ll meet people coming to visit the stalls in search of potions for everything from encouraging a lover to taking revenge!

There is no McDonald’s in Bolivia! It’s possibly the only country in South America to boast this, but even in the capital, it remains Big Mac free!

 

We hope you’ll agree that Bolivia really is worth checking out. We visit on both regional explorer trips and overland expeditions (see examples below), so whether local transport and small groups, or camping and trucks is your thing, we’re ready for you!

NB – these are just 2 of the many different itineraries we offer that include Bolivia. Happy Travels! 🙂

Bolivia Encompassed 15 Days (including the Amazon Jungle) – regional explorer

https://www.oasisoverland.co.uk/trips/South-America/details/139/LA-PAZ-to-LA-PAZ-15-days-Bolivia-Encompassed-Inc–Amazon-Jungle-.html

The Cordilleras 35 Days – overland adventure

https://www.oasisoverland.co.uk/trips/South-America/details/48/LIMA-to-SANTIAGO-35-days-The-Cordilleras.html

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10 Fun Facts About Uzbekistan To Celebrate The New Visa Free Regime!

On 1st February 2019 a visa-free regime was established in Uzbekistan for 45 countries for 30 days from the date of entry. These countries include the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and most European nations. Our American and Canadian friends will still need to apply for an E-Visa prior to entry. Full details of the new regime can be found here.

 

To celebrate this exciting news, we have compiled a list of 10 fun facts about Uzbekistan!

 

  1. Uzbekistan has a population of just over 32 million people; most of whom live in rural areas.
  2. Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, has the biggest metro system in Central Asia. Some of the stations feature marble ceilings, engraved metal and chandeliers. This year is the first time that photography has been allowed in these beautiful stations.
  3. None of Uzbekistan’s rivers lead to the sea.
  4. Uzbekistan is one of two doubly landlocked countries in the world (that is, a country completely surrounded by landlocked countries) can you guess the other doubly landlocked country? Comment down below!
  5. Uzbekistan is home to the world’s largest open-pit gold mine. The county produces 4.5 million kilograms of gold per year!
  6. The national dish is Palov or Plov; made of rice, mutton, onions and grated carrot. According to local legend this dish was invented by the cooks of Alexander the Great.
  7. Melon is a popular fruit in Uzbekistan; they have over 150 different varieties!
  8. Lepioshka (bread) is never laid upside down or placed on the ground as this is said to bring bad luck.
  9. Traditionally, the most respected guest at dinner is seated the farthest from the entrance to the house.
  10. Uzbekistan can be visited on many of our Central Asia Overland Adventures! Join us in 2019 on any of the following trips to experience this fascinating country:

 

BISHKEK to ASHGABAT (20 days) Silk Road Highlights

BISHKEK to ASHGABAT (36 days) Silk Road Highlights and Kyrgyzstan Overland

BISHKEK to TBILISI (42 days) Kyrgyzstan to Caucasus

BISHKEK to TBILISI (8 weeks) Kyrgyzstan to Caucasus

BISHKEK to ISTANBUL (9 weeks) The ‘Stans, Iran & Turkey

BISHKEK to ISTANBUL (11 weeks) Kyrgyzstan, Iran, The ‘Stans & Turkey

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Its a good time to book your overland trip!

If you are thinking of booking a trip, do it now!!! As the majority of our trip costs are looking to increase on the 15th Jan 2019 (Tuesday!). So if you book before this time then you will get the current trip cost (please note local payments may still increase, as these are reviewed during the year & are dependent on local operators).

 

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New Year, New You?

How Oasis Overland can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions in 2019.

As 2018 comes to a close, I’m sure many of us will be looking back at the past twelve months and the New Year’s resolutions we failed to keep, and promising ourselves that next year we’ll do better! Well, a problem shared is a problem halved, and Oasis Overland is here to help you stick to even the toughest resolution!

So here are last year’s ten most popular New Year’s resolutions, according to a YouGov poll, and what we at Oasis Overland can do to help:

1. Eat better

The Mediterranean diet is widely believed to be one of the healthiest in the world, but did you know that the cuisines of South East Asia are close contenders? Why not join Oasis Overland on one of our South East Asia Explorer trips to try a Thai tom yung gung soup, or a tasty Vietnamese phở?

2. Exercise more

Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro

Why not get in shape by training for a challenging climb up Mount Kilimanjaro?

3. Save more money

Sure, you could save up for your retirement, a house deposit or a new boiler, or you could save up for an epic overlanding adventure through Central Asia… I know what I’d rather do!

4. Get more sleep

Do you often find you can’t get to sleep, be it due to noise pollution, or your pesky smart phone distracting you with that glowing screen and constant access to social media? Then why not disconnect and have a refreshing night’s sleep camping in the wilderness of Kyrgyzstan with Oasis Overland?

Bush camp in Kyrgyzstan

5. Read more books

One of the joys of overlanding is travelling slowly across vast distances. Many of our travellers use long drive days to their advantage by getting stuck into a good book. All our custom-built trucks have on-board libraries, so you’ll never be short of a novel to read whilst cruising through Brazil on our Rio to Manaus expedition!

6. Learn a new skill

Looking to learn a new skill in 2019? Why not pick up a new language? How about French in Morocco, Spanish in Peru, or Persian in Iran?

7. Get a new job

Are you hard-working, resilient and on the lookout for a new adventure? Why not apply for a job as one of our fantastic Oasis Overland crew!

Chilling out with new friends in South America

8. Make new friends

Looking to expand your social circle? Join any of our Oasis Overland group tours! We have a great track record of bringing together

individuals who go on to form lifelong friendships, relationships and even marriages!

9. Get a new hobby

Yes, you could take up knitting, stamp collecting or baking… but doesn’t mountain biking in Bolivia, skydiving in Namibia or hot air ballooning in Turkey sound much more fun?!

10. Focus more on appearance

Mountain biking in Bolivia

You may have read this one and be thinking how on Earth can Oasis Overland be linked to focussing more on your appearance; surely travellers are less inclined to worry about how they look? Well, have you ever thought you’d look good with a nice bushy beard? Or are you regretting cutting yourself a fringe after a few too many wines at last week’s office Christmas party? Then why not join our epic Trans Africa expedition and see how fabulous you look after 40 weeks without a haircut!

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Christmas Opening Hours | Oasis Overland

🎶 Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the (camp) fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no hope of snow, let us go, let us go, let us go (on an overland trip!) 🎶

San-truck Claus wishes everyone a wheely good Christmas!

 

Christmas & New Year Office Opening Hours

Monday 24th Dec              9.00am – 1.00pm (emails only)

Tuesday 25th Dec             Closed

Wednesday 26th Dec       Closed

Thursday 27th Dec           9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 28th Dec                 9.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday 29th Dec            Closed

Sunday 30th Dec              Closed

Monday 31st Dec              9.00am – 3.00pm

Tuesday 1st Jan                Closed

Wednesday  2nd Jan        Usual opening hours

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of the team at Oasis Overland!

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2019 London Travel Shows

Still deciding where to go for your next adventures?   If you’re in London in January or February , 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 2019

London Olympia

  • Saturday 19th January 9am – 6pm
  • Sunday 20th January 9.30am – 5pm
  • Stand Number E25.

 

Tickets on the door are £11.00, but can be purchased in advance at a cost of £9.00. Telephone  0844 581 4919, or, book online

Destinations Holiday and Travel Show 2019

London Olympia

  • Thursday 31 January: 10am – 5.30pm
  • Friday 1 February: 10am – 5.30pm
  • Saturday 2 February: 10am – 5.30pm
  • Sunday 3 February: 10am – 5.30pm
  • Stand Number AA60.

You can get 2 free e-tickets to the Destinations Show by quoting EXOASIS here

 

We look forward to seeing you!

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Trip Review Competition

Congratulations to Jennifer from Darlington, who completed a review on her 13 day Nairobi to Kigali trip and won our Trip Review Competition. £100 is making it’s way to her bank account as we speak! Jennifer was delighted with her win and said she ‘’had a great time on the trip and would encourage others with a sense of adventure not to hesitate booking. This prize money will be going straight into the fund for next time!”

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Kyrgyzstan Overland: A Photo Blog

We’ve all heard the saying “A picture tells a thousand words”.  Sometimes, words just aren’t enough; they can’t describe accurately the glorious feeling of summiting that mountain, or the delicious serenity within as you walk outside your yurt to witness the pink morning sky.  You’ll see both those images below – and realise I’m right; the photos deliver much more. Kyrgyzstan remains one of the most beautiful countries I’ve travelled to, and also one of the most untouched by tourism. The Oasis trip takes you into the heart of this small pocket of Central Asia, and allows you to experience everything the outdoors has to offer.

All of these pictures were taken during our Bishkek to Bishkek (15 days) Kyrgyzstan Overland Trip.  You’re welcome ☺

Day 1: Meeting your Truck Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2: Taking the path less travelled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3: The neighbours can be nosy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4: Celebrating the scenery!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5: Dining Al Fresco

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6: Traffic Jam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7: Taking to the mountains…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 8: The herd is on the move!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 9: Watching “Bush TV”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 10: Sunrise from your yurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 11: Souvenir Shopping for Slippers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 12: Learning from the local Eagle Huntress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 13: Early morning hike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 14: Kyrgyzstan = Horses, Mountains and Lakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15: Time for a treat in Bishkek 🙂

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What Was the Silk Route and How Can You Experience It Today?

At Oasis Overland, a lot of our trips explore the historic culture of the places we visit as well as the modern sights, as we think the history of the land is just as important as what we see today.  After all, it’s the history that built the place!  Our trip from Ashgabat to Bishkek is a journey that dives into history as we travel along some of the famous Silk Route.

The Registan in Samarkand, UzbekistanWhat Was the Silk Route?

Also known as the Silk Road, the Silk Route is the map that marks out the trade route from China to the Mediterranean. This incredible network that linked many places together in trade was first put into action in 130BC, so to say it’s old is an understatement! The Silk Road was a key trade route up until 1453, when trade with the West was boycotted during the period of the Ottoman Empire. To just imagine the vast amount of people that travelled along that route spanning over a thousand years is mind blowing! The name ‘Silk Road’ was issued many years after the routes were out of use, and is attributed to the vast amount of silk China traded using this network.

One of the incredible things about the Silk Route is how it snaked through so many varying cultures, connecting the people and societies. This would’ve been an incredible movement for social development, as ideas and ways of life were shared, and the ease with which produce could be transported to far-off places became much better.

Today, the route is still a sight of cultural significance, with many re-tracing the steps of those who lived so long ago, and exploring the surrounding areas along the way.

Oasis Overland Experience

As we mentioned, we have a trip specifically designed to explore some of the incredible destinations along the silk route, starting in Ashgabat and ending in Bishkek. You’ll have the opportunity to visit some extraordinary historical sights, hike in the Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve and explore the so called ‘Stan’ countries. In 20 days, you’ll feel yourself connect with the ancestors of such amazing places and witness a lifetime’s worth of incredible sights!

If you’re interested in this trip, or any others that we at Oasis Overland offer, then let us know! The same goes for any questions or enquiries you may have – don’t be afraid to ask!

Truck lunch at Jeti Orguz in KyrgyzstanSee all our Central Asia overland trips.

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