Overseas Overland: The World's Top 4x4 Spots

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To explore the most remote reaches of Africa, Mexico, South America, and Australia, a 4WD vehicle is often the only alternative to saddling up a camel or striking out on foot. An overland 4WD tour is one of the last great adventures, taking you deep into the heart of a continent, far from the watering holes frequented by Westerners.

Africa: The Ultimate Expedition
It could be the most ambitious 4WD journey on earth: A 10-week overland trek through the heart of eastern and southern Africa. Using large, heavy-duty 4WD expedition vehicles, the group drives through Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, visiting wildlife parks and local villages along the way. Much of the route will be through open country with no charted roads—only pistes, tracks on the ground left by previous vehicles. The Cairo-to-Capetown trip is run by Dragoman, a leader in African trips.
This is not a trip for luxury-seekers. You will camp in tents most of the time, and everyone joins in the work to be done, whether it's changing a tire or cooking a meal. Expeditions depart in January; the cost is about $6,900, plus $1,600 for the food kitty. You can also opt to do the lower half only (in reverse, from Capetown to Nairobi). This 11-week return leg includes East Africa's classic safari destinations and costs $4,800, plus $1,300 for the food kitty. Both Dragoman tours can be booked through the Adventure Center (800.227.8747. www.adventurecenter.com)

Paul McMenamin is the author, editor, and photo director of the original Ultimate Adventure Sourcebook.

Published: 27 Aug 2001 | Last Updated: 14 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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