About Savannah Overland

We have 8 years experience between us in organising and running overland trips across Africa we have seen and experienced it all. We know the roads, have local friends, and know every destination inside out. However every trip is different, even for us. Find out more about what we do, where we come from and how we run our trips.

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Life is a Journey, Not a Destination

Savannah Overland Expeditions is independently owned and operated by Gary & Leanne Baker, providing unique overland tours in East and Southern Africa.

We offer affordable overland tours of East and Southern Africa that range from 14 to 70 days in length. We specialise in providing clients with a unique experience in one of the most diverse continents of the world… chasing leopards across the savannah plains, bonding with gorillas, exhilarating experiences on the white waters of the Nile and Zambezi Rivers, or chilling out on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar Island… we will make sure that your time spent with us is one of the greatest adventures of your life.

Our Truck

We designed and built it ourselves! Our truck is a tried and tested Scania. Through our years on the road we have found Scania to be reliable and hard wearing, suitable for the rugged African terrain with parts readily available throughout the continent should they be required. The design of the truck is based on our knowledge of passengers and their needs, and we believe that we have the best overlanding vehicle on the roads of Africa.

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Our Trips

What is Overlanding?

Overlanding is a term used for travel achieved ‘over land’ through a country whether it be by truck or similar vehicle, train, bus, taxi, donkey, horse, mountain bike, walking etc. It does not mean flying. The objective is to land in one country and travel a pre-determined route, or not, through a number of other countries stopping at points of interest and experiencing the diversity, culture, sights and sounds of the Continent along the way, until you reach your final destination.

Travelling ‘overland‘ is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. You choose the specific sights, optional activities and excursions you want to see and do at any given destination. It is the spirit of enthusiasm and the adventure of group travel that drives our company. We believe in providing the basics to get you out and about in Africa seeing the continent your way.

Travelling overland gives you a great feel for each country, its people and culture.

The mode of transport for our Overland Expeditions is a custom built safari truck, which has been designed to carry passengers with safety, comfort and practicality in mind. You will be travelling in the safari truck with a group of approximately 15 to 25 other people who all share a similar interest and passion for travel.

You will be expected to work as a team most days, carrying out daily tasks such as food shopping, cooking, cleaning inside the truck (remember it will be your home for the duration of your trip), washing up and truck security (e.g. looking after the truck while it is parked in a city if we are food shopping).

On the expedition truck there will be a Tour Leader and a Driver / Mechanic who will lead you on an adventure of a lifetime. They will be responsible for looking after all the day to day bookings and running of the expedition. You, as passengers will have the ability to assist with the day to day decision making e.g., what roads to travel on (when there is a choice), how long to spend in certain destinations and what to eat etc.

Passenger Reviews

I want to thank you so much for an amazing trip through Africa. I’ve loved having you as crew and as friends. You went out of your way so many times and did little extra things, that for me, did not go unnoticed. I have appreciated your time and effort.

Rachael Dobbie

I’ve never seen anyone who can drive a truck like Gary.

Andrew Milsom

Compass

What is Overlanding?

Overlanding is a term used for travel achieved ‘over land’ through a country whether it be by truck or similar vehicle, train, bus, taxi, donkey, horse, mountain bike, walking etc. It does not mean flying. The objective is to land in one country and travel a pre-determined route, or not, through a number of other countries stopping at points of interest and experiencing the diversity, culture, sights and sounds of the Continent along the way, until you reach your final destination.

Travelling ‘overland‘ is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. You choose the specific sights, optional activities and excursions you want to see and do at any given destination. It is the spirit of enthusiasm and the adventure of group travel that drives our company. We believe in providing the basics to get you out and about in Africa seeing the continent your way.

Travelling overland gives you a great feel for each country, its people and culture.

The mode of transport for our Overland Expeditions is a custom built safari truck, which has been designed to carry passengers with safety, comfort and practicality in mind. You will be travelling in the safari truck with a group of approximately 15 to 25 other people who all share a similar interest and passion for travel.

You will be expected to work as a team most days, carrying out daily tasks such as food shopping, cooking, cleaning inside the truck (remember it will be your home for the duration of your trip), washing up and truck security (e.g. looking after the truck while it is parked in a city if we are food shopping).

On the expedition truck there will be a Tour Leader and a Driver / Mechanic who will lead you on an adventure of a lifetime. They will be responsible for looking after all the day to day bookings and running of the expedition. You, as passengers will have the ability to assist with the day to day decision making e.g., what roads to travel on (when there is a choice), how long to spend in certain destinations and what to eat etc.