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Best Destinations for Overland Travel: From East Africa to the Silk Road

If you’ve never heard much about Overlanding, or you’re unsure about whether to go on an Overlanding adventure, Nellie Huang from Wildjunket has written an inspiring blog about some amazing Overlanding destinations.

Below are a few of the destinations that we have to offer here are Oasis Overland, but the blog continues, and can be read here. Traveling overland is a fantastic way to really get to know a region. Watch the world fly by and sample every bit of it as you slowly weave your way through the back roads of a country. See what exists between the large towns and cities and the tourist traps and you’ll often be surprised and discover incredible gems that you would not normally be aware of if you flew direct into the places you were visiting. Below are a few fantastic places to head out on an overland journey where every inch of land will thrill and entertain. AFRICA If you are looking for a wild ride, there’s no better place than Africa. The continent is packed with adventurous routes, whichever part of it you choose: a wild safari in the East African savannas, meeting Masai tribes in Kenya, climbing sand dunes in Namibia, floating on a wooden canoe in the Okavango Delta, doing extreme sports in Zimbabwe, trekking in Madagascar, desert trips in the Sahara up North. Alternatively, if you have enough time, why not just take it all in with one long and crazy overland tour through the continent. It will take you anywhere between 17-25 weeks to enjoy a Cape to Cairo experience, the best way to experience Africa overland.

lions SOUTH AMERICA If you are intrigued by unspoilt natural scenes and exotic tribal cultures, then following in Che Guevara’s steps in South America will seduce you. Choose from exciting cities and rugged nature as you chart your journey through the continent, from the southern tip of Argentina to the northern end of Colombia. This is the perfect continent for those who are looking for outdoor activities, horse riding, treks, camping, kayaking, and other blood pumping activities like desert safaris and glacier hikes. Head into the fabled Amazon forest for a taste of unadulterated nature, walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or cruise to the Galapagos Islands, or camp in the stunning Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.

For those who like to get a taste of local culture, the time your trip to coincide with the world’s biggest carnival: the Rio Carnival! south america CENTRAL ASIA The Silk Road is the greatest travel route of all time, spanning 8,000km across continents, weaving through deserts, mountains and grasslands. For centuries, caravans of over 1,000 camels trekked through Central Asia – from Turkey and Iran to Kyrgyzstan and China – bringing traders from East to West and vice versa. The original overland odyssey has long lured travelers, the likes of the world’s first professional traveler, Marco Polo. Today, only adventurous travelers head this way for a taste of exotic flavors and historical legends. Expect to find epic sights like the Darvaza gas craters in Turkmenistan, animal markets in Kazakhstan, the stunning architecture of the Registan in Samarkand, and the deserts of Iran. While this is a less-trodden path, it’s a great region to enjoy the fusion of culture, history, with a huge amount of stunning scenery.

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