overland tour 2011
In short, I've done two trips with Africa Travel Company (ATC), most recently Nairobi up to Uganda to see the gorillas in March 2011 and Cape Town to Vic Falls in June/July over 3 weeks. I really enjoyed the experience and it should be noted that ATC is the only company that employs a full-time cook in addition to the guide, which isn't nothing when you have potentially 30 people! (Other companies just make the guides do the brunt of the cooking and shopping, but in my experience they already have a lot of work to do.)
Beyond little things honestly most of the companies are quite similar as they all go to generally the same places/ campsites and I've never heard of any consistent "stay away from these guys at all costs" stories, but groups I've interacted with and heard do a good job are Acacia, Kumuka, Dragoman, Nomads, and Toucan. So honestly I'd just prioritize more the specific places your trip goes and how their dates fit into your schedule out of all the ones I've listed... Also, seriously, the thing about an African overland trip they never tell you is by far the most important part is your guide. It's a job that has a LOT of turnaround so horror stories of terrible guides pop up even at the most reputable of companies like Acacia, Nomads, ATC, etc- though to be fair every single time I've heard one the companies were swift in action when clients complained to the head office and people do get fired over bad evaluations at the end of a trip.
So honestly, I'd say pick one of the companies per scheduling as I said but if at all possible contact them and ask if they know who your guide will be and what their record is/ if they can send you some old evaluations about the person. If they're a good guide the company will be happy to provide this info but if they're hesitant I would probably go sign up with someone else.
Let me know if you have other questions!
Or other companies I am considering: Nomads and Afrian overland safari
Thanks for anyone with experience,
If you're still considering yes, I'd say the leg room was bigger than a standard coach seat or what have you. The other thing to remember is there are many different seats in the truck configuration on ATC- for example they have a table, so if legroom is an issue you could wake up early to claim your spot there.
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