We’re Off to Explore Africa with Oasis Overland!

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Yes, you read that right. Divergent Travelers is headed to Africa, finally! This destination has been long-awaited by us. So much so, that we almost ditched our plans to return to Southeast Asia in October in lieu of heading straight to Africa.

The desire for us to visit Africa is intense and nagging. It has been pulling at us for a while and we finally have our plans finalized. We’re happy to announce we will be spending nearly 5 months in our most anticipated continent for 2015.

So, I am sure you’re wondering where we will be going and what we will be doing. 5 months is a long time, but when it comes to Africa, I still think we will only be scratching the surface.

Morocco Encompassed Oasis Overland

Morocco

First things first, we will be starting in Morocco at the beginning of May. We will be joining the Oasis Morocco Encompassed trip that will take us to all the major places in Morocco. Our time in Morocco will last 15 days, taking us from the busy medinas, stunning coastlines, blue cities, snow-capped mountains to the Sahara desert and back again.

Places included in our itinerary include; Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Chefchaouen, Volubilis, Fes, Sahara, Todra Gorge, and Essaouira.

Chefchaouen Morocco

Highlights on this trip include the blue city of Chefchaouen, hiking in the Atlas Mountains, camel trekking into the Sahara Desert and camping at a traditional Berber camp, wandering the market streets and horseback riding along the coast.

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17 Week Africa Overland Expedition

That’s right, when we leave Cape Town it will be in an overland expedition truck headed for Cairo. Yes, Cairo and yes, 17 weeks. This journey will be epic! Africa is one of those destinations that makes or defines a traveler. At least that is what I think, kind of like how you haven’t really tested yourself as an explorer until you’ve braved India or China for a length of time. Sort of like a right of passage for those of us that crave adventure and being off the grid. For us this is great, for all of you readers, well you will have to bear with us as we travel through some of the most remote areas on this planet.

Our 119-day expedition will take us overland through 14 countries from the South to the North of the African continent. This type of trip is not for the faint of heart, it will be tough and it will be incredibly rewarding. We will be living off a 22-passenger expedition truck. 80% of our trip will involve camping, and at times, bush camping in the vast wilds of Africa.

We will be sleeping in tents, sometimes we will not have plumbing and we will all be participating in the making of meals and the setting up of camp each day. This isn’t a boxed tour that shuttles your hotel to hotel, it is real, raw adventure and we are pretty damn excited.

Cape Town to Cairo Oasis Overland

Although it’s difficult to sit here and type up every single thing we are doing on our trip, here’s a brief breakdown of the countries we are visiting and some of the things we will be up to as we pass through them.

South Africa

After spending time in Cape Town, we will meet up with the rest of the crew and begin our Oasis Overland trip heading North towards Namibia for our first land border crossing of the expedition.

Namibia

This is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, featuring towering sand dunes that plummet into the ocean, animal packed national parks and many landscapes that are unique only to this part of the World. We are so excited this will be near the beginning of our journey and it’s an adventurer’s playground with many things to discover.

Botswana

The Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park are our highlights as we make our way across Botswana towards Zimbabwe. We’ll be leaving our overland truck to venture into the heart of the Okavango Delta in search of some of Africa’s most prized wildlife including hippos and rhinos.

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Rhino Tracking Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

The home to Victoria Falls, we will be spending time getting up to all sorts of adventure during our time here including bungee jumping (at least for Dave, I’m still undecided), helicopter rides over the falls, swimming in Devils pool and white water rafting. We also plan to pay a short visit to the Zambia side of the falls. After that we’ll head to Matobo National Park hoping to catch a glimpse of the endangered black Rhinos.

Mozambique

We’ll be following the Tete Corridor as we enter Mozambique and make our way towards Malawi. Our time here will be shorter than some other countries, but we will be visiting the capital Lilongwe and will have a chance to check out the local markets and take in the local life.

Malawi

We’ve heard nothing but good things about this small African country and we’re excited to get up close and personal with some real culture during our visit to Malawi. We’ll be camping near villages and will have many chances to interact with the locals and gain great insight into their lives.

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Tanzania

I believe this will be our busiest country on the trip. Our first stop includes a safari through Mikumi National Park before heading towards Dar es Salaam where we plan to head over to Zanzibar for 4 days of relaxing on their white sand beaches.

From there, we head north into one of the hearts of Africa, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti. Here we will leave our truck and join a smaller expedition that will take us on safari into the Serengeti and if I am looking at the dates right, we should be there during part of the Great Migration! Talk about great timing.

Kenya

Entering Kenya will take us to Nairobi for some modern civilization and a chance to restock supplies, have a cold beer and catch up on the World news. We then head northwest which will give us more wildlife viewing opportunities as we make our way towards Uganda.

Uganda

We are both overly excited about a visit to this part of Africa. Our truck takes us straight into the heart of this small country where we will have a chance to explore small villages, tribes, and markets before heading towards the Chimpanzee rehab center.

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Baby Gorilla Rwanda Visit Africa

Rwanda

As you all know, we’re adventure junkies, so it should come as no surprise to you that we signed up for the optional activity to go gorilla trekking into the jungles of Rwanda. We will have a chance to hike through the jungles of Africa in search of a family of Mountain Gorillas. Once we locate them, we are able to spend an hour with them for photos and observation. We had to apply for permits in order to have this experience, as the gorilla’s welfare is the priority. Visitors are limited, so it will be a really special opportunity for us.

Ethiopia

Continuing North from Uganda and crossing through northern Kenya, we head into Ethiopia and we really aren’t sure what to expect. Our itinerary says we will be visiting Omo Valley, Omo National Park and the Blue Nile Gorge to name a few. This country carries some mystery for us, so we’re looking forward to seeing the landscape start transforming as we head north and explore this country.

Sudan

Speaking of mystery, this is another country we haven’t done a lot of research on. We know it can be difficult for US citizens to enter, but from the little that we have read, it sounds like a pretty amazing country to check out if you manage to get in. Our truck will move through this country from south to north stopping on the banks of the Nile, seeing the Pyramids at Meroe and the Nubian desert to name a few.

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Sphynx Is Egypt Safe

Egypt

Lastly, we cross the border into Egypt and a chance to explore the many wonders this one country holds. Egypt has been on our travel destinations list for many, many years and we are elated to finally have plans for a visit.

I know the political situation hasn’t been the best in the past few years, but tourism is alive and well here and we cannot wait to see the grand sites in this country. We will be hitting up all the highlights, including some time on the Red Sea for some diving and of course, the Great Pyramids of Giza.

As you can see, we’re in for an amazing adventure and we can’t wait to share it with you. We will be documenting our entire trip, including Morocco, right here on the blog and through all of our social media channels. Be sure to follow #OasisOverland and #DivergentTravel to stay up to the moment on our travels.

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Where would you visit on this trip? Have you been to any of these countries?



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About Lina Stock

Lina is an award-winning photographer and writer that has been exploring the world since 2001. She has traveled to 100 countries on all 7 continents. Member: SATW, NATJA, ATTA, ITWA



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12 thoughts on “We’re Off to Explore Africa with Oasis Overland!”

  1. Awesome trip guys! I’m just reading about your adventure now! Can’t wait to keep reading what’s going to happen until November! Have fun!

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  2. Hi guys, your trip looks amazing. Tanzania you’re in for a real treat. I know, I live here lol!
    Mikumi is great, and can come up trumps with all sorts. Look out for the tree-sleeping lions there, and wild dogs if you’re lucky!
    Give us a shout if you’re heading south in Tz Kilwa, Mtwara
    Cheers and happy travels
    Del

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    • Thank you! We are really looking forward to our overland trip from June-November. We are currently in Morocco with them right now!

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  3. Wow, guys. This is so inspiring. We wish you safe travels and cannot wait to follow your amazing journey 🙂

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  4. I just came back from Ethiopia and Tanzania. Serengeti and Ngorongoro is really cool! And Ethiopia is amazing. Didn’t have time for the south, unfortunately, but I think that Omo valley will be very nice part to see. And I know that Blue Nile Gorge is very scenic, just like the rest of the northern part. Have some stories on my travel blog from Ethiopia and Tanzania, if you are interested.

    Can’t wait to follow your adventure here! Enjoy!

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    • That sounds amazing! Yes, we are pretty excited for the whole trip. That is great that you though Ethiopia was one of the best destinations. We have heard that, but haven’t looked into much of it yet. Will check out your blog for some info on Africa. Cheers!

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  5. You guys are brave starting in posh Cape Town. We were happy to went from “tough” to “easy” in terms of roads, camping, etc but you guys have shown you can handle anything! I think Namibia was my favorite country, the scenery is tough to beat!

    I highly recommend the bungee jump in Vic Falls. It was so a cool experience, nothing like I expected. Go for the Big Air Package, you get to throw yourself off the bridge an extra time. 🙂 Devil’s Pool was closed while we were there so I guess we will just have to go back!

    Good luck with the prep and I can’t wait to follow this adventure!

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    • HA!! I am sure! I have heard that East Africa is pretty backwoods- will be a great adventure but sadly I am sure we will go through internet withdrawals. Ah well. We’re pretty excited all around for the trip though and it should be a good time. Dave is totally going to bungee jump from Victoria Falls bridge!! I am on the fence.. not sure I can do it, jump out of a plane sure, jump off a bridge… not sure! Can’t wait to read your stories too as you get caught up. Hope to chat soon guys!

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  6. Your going to love Africa, can’t believe you are going for 119 days! We are going for 70 leaving in 15 days. Let us know if you have any questions.

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    • We will actually be in Africa for more like 150 days total. The 119 days is just our overland trip with Oasis! Let us know your plans because we might just cross paths this time. 🙂

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