The BEST Overlanders you Should be Following

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Overlanding in South Africa

This blog will outline the best Overlanders in South Africa, who are filled with stories and different experiences that will take your breath away. At Drive South Africa we are passionate about driving and there is nobody better to share that experience than these overlander kings and queens of South Africa. These Drivers have been to the far remote places of South Africa as well as to many different southern African countries that you too can visit.

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Overlanders South Africa

If you are planning a trip to South Africa or if you are a South African, it would be in your best interest to follow these overlanders to find new places and to plan your trip for a self-drive experience in Botswana or South Africa.

These overlanders have years of experience behind the wheel where they can teach you their tips and tricks by enjoying some of their great content on Youtube as well as all their other social accounts. So without further or due here are the best overlanders that South Africa has to offer.

Our Overlanders 

We asked the overlanders a series of questions.

1. What is your favourite camp/lodge in Botswana?

2. What is your favourite African country or place to visit in South Africa?

3. What is your favourite touring vehicle?

4. What does your dream road trip look like?

JUBA

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Juba Juba Juba(Photo credits- Juba Journey)

Juba just speaks adventure, just by looking at him one can clearly see that this man has been to many places and shows no signs of stopping. Hop on board Juba’s journey and get expert advice on how to drive through Africa like a true adventurer.

1. What is your favourite camp/lodge in Botswana?

Kuba Island, because of its unique landscape and remote location.

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Juba and his Dog (Sesame) Photo Credits (Jubas Journey)

2. What is your favourite African country or place to visit in South Africa?

The favourite place in SA is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which we try to visit at least once a year.

3. What is your favourite touring vehicle?

Mkulu, my Landrover Defender 110 converted into a camper.

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The Mkulu – Photo Credit (Jubas Journey)

4. What does your dream road trip look like?

To do a similar trip as to our SA to Malawi and back trip in 2019, maybe over a longer period of time and including the countries Zimbabwe, Angola, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. To see places such as Serengeti, Mana Pools, Central Kalahari and many other places I have not seen yet.

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Sunset with the Makulu Photo Credits (Jubas Journey)

Follow Juba on the Following Channels

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ROAM OVERLANDING – Adian Abrahams

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Roam Overlanding (Photo credits -Roam Overlanding)

Adrian always puts a smile on our faces by driving a beautiful Toyota Hilux that will make you think that if Apple had an overlander it would be Adrian. If you check out his channel and car you’ll quickly understand from his sleek designs of his 4x4.

1. What is your favourite camp/lodge in Botswana?

Elephant Sands; it’s just such a special spot in Botswana, surrounded by elephants all day, beautiful accommodation and the restaurant is just so worth it! Once you’re there you might as well spend time in the swimming pool and relax and enjoy the Elephants right in front of you.

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Amazing Views with Roam Overlanding(Photo Credits Roam Overlanding)

2. What is your favourite African country or place to visit in South Africa?

One of my favourite spots to visit in South Africa, that’s quite tricky. There are so many beautiful locations, but one that really strikes me as something special is The Richtersveld National Park; it’s rough and wild, you feel like you’ve been transported to an extraterrestrial planet, but it’s all ours!

3. What is your favourite touring vehicle?

I used to have a Suzuki Jimny all kitted for touring, but I really stretched it beyond its capabilities. Recently I built up a Toyota Hilux, and man it’s just made for this stuff! It handles everything I throw at it, and I get a great nights sleep in my Eezi Awn Blade rooftop tent, without the vehicle feeling dangerous!

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The Vehicle and a Half (Photo Credits Roam Overlanding)

4. What does your dream road trip look like?

My dream road trip is definitely a loved one next to me and some buddies in convoy, setting off into the sunrise, pointed to The Botswana Border with hopes of getting to Lake Malawi to just chill and play around in the beautiful water and appreciate the amazing people and culture!

Follow Roam Overlanding on the Following Channels

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Website

Mischke Bosse

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Mischke Bosse (Photo By Mischke Bosse)

Mischke is one of a kind by jumping into the Overlanding adventures all by herself. She drives an amazing Jeep Cherokee. This is a woman who wants to be free and loves the open road. Follow Mischke and her Jeep for a never-ending adventure.

1. What is your favourite camp/lodge in Botswana?

I’ve only ever stayed in Botswana once, as a quick stopover en route to Zambia. So I can’t say I have a preference.

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Adventure is her Game(Photo By Mischke)

2. What is your favourite African country or place to visit in South Africa?

My favourite African country, out of those I’ve visited, has to be Zambia, without a doubt. Although, Namibia’s landscapes are a close second.

 My favourite place to visit within South Africa has to be the Great Karoo, especially the Camdeboo Plains. There are probably many other places that offer more natural beauty, and I appreciate those as much as anyone else. But something about the Karoo will always feel like “home” to me.

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Roof top tents with Mischke(Photo by Mischke)

3. What is your favourite touring vehicle?

My Jeep of course. I drive a  2000-model Jeep Cherokee XJ and, thanks to my sponsorship with 4x4 Mega World, it’s converted to be exactly everything I need for life on the road.

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The Vehicle (Photo Credits Mischke)

4. What does your dream road trip look like?

I’m living it! I’m currently on a year-long adventure to explore my own backyard and hope to see everything South Africa has to offer.

After this, the route that the Put Foot Ralley follows is also one that I’d love to take on! Perhaps just over a longer time period to truly get to experience all of the places they pass through.

Follow Mischke on the following channels

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My Life in Africa – Roland Rau

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My Life in Africa (Photo by My life in Africa)

Roland Rau, is amazing to watch with his extremely enthusiastic approach to Overlanding and the love for the great outdoors. Roland drives an insane Toyota Land Cruiser. He will often take you through his set up on his car and he will also take you on some of the greatest adventures. We love his energy and we love his passion!

1. What is your favourite camp/lodge in Botswana?

I cannot pick any one place, in particular, every single place I visit in Botswana has something unique to offer in its own right. Limiting yourself to a single destination is like rinse repeat going to the same holiday home years on end at the same time of year.

I prefer the freedom of visiting new places and just not knowing what to expect. So with all of that in mind, I would have to say my favourite camp or lodge in Botswana will be the one I have not yet been to.

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Views with My Life in Africa(Photo by My life in Africa)

 2. What is your favourite African country or place to visit in South Africa?

 Much like the camps and lodges, picking one country is tough, every single country comes with its own dynamics of culture, diversity, people and customs. Southern Africa is such is huge, you could spend a lifetime trying to explore it and would possibly never see everything it has to offer.

I am honestly however partial to Botswana and Namibia, I found I have lost my heart to both. I have to say both as they are so vastly different in every way. Botswana for the wildlife experiences, challenging driving as well as the people, I have met so many people in Botswana that have turned into life long friends, I am just in love with it. Namibia has its own almost what feels like heavy gravity to it, it’s vast, it’s open, it’s ever-changing landscape and views from just about anywhere are something I feel that everyone needs to experience.

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Always keen for Adventure (Photo by My Life in Africa)

You can go to Namibia 1000 times and be blown away at the vistas every single time. Another main thing about Namibia is I honestly think they made the sky bigger there….only kidding, but it certainly feels that way, it just seems on another level of HUUUUUGE!

 3. What is your favourite touring vehicle?

 Well, mine obviously, I am constantly adding and changing things on my Troopy based on every bit of knowledge I gain from one trip to another, things that work, things that don’t things that just make everything you do on the road simple and efficient for either this or the next trip.

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The Vehicle (Photo by My Life in Africa)

It’s practical, strong and robust. “The Donkey” as we fondly refer to him (yes HE is a guy, he is just too muscular to be named after a lady) has become part of the family, he’s not just a tool, he has a personality, has his quirks but he, in general, is an all-round champ, you turn that key and you know for sure you will arrive at your destination without skipping a beat.

 4. What does your dream road trip look like?

This is probably the easiest question to answer of all of them. My dream road trip entails the wife, my daughter and myself, jumping into “The Donkey” aiming North with ZERO plans, ZERO timeframes and the entire continent ahead. With any luck this will become a reality once my daughter finishes school, I would like to take around 6 months to drive through Africa and then onto Europe and just keep going after that. In a perfect world, this would be a decision I could make right now, LET’S PACK, LET’S JUST GO!

Follow My Life in Africa on the following channels

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Chris Corbet – Kangela Life

Chris Corbet is an up and coming overlander who is about to embark on an incredible journey through Africa that you cannot miss out on. Chris has created a project called PROJECT 60460 which is a celebration of Chris’s life where he will be embarking on an incredible journey through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Rwanda. So stay tuned for his incredible journey it is for a greater cause to help spread awareness to Southern Africas biggest cats the Lion, the Leopard and the Cheetah.

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The Man with the Plan Chris

 1. What is your favourite camp/lodge in Botswana?

The best camping experience was at Kubu Island, I haven’t been to many “lodges”, but did enjoy Chobe River Lodge in Kasane. It was just the right thing after a few days in the bush.

 2. What is your favourite African country or place to visit in South Africa?

Favourite country other than SA is definitely Namibia. In SA it would be Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for sure.

3.What is your favourite touring vehicle?

I’ve had a few and have gone full circle back to Ford Ranger double cab 4x4, 3.2-litre diesel. The one I have now is getting fitted out for a trip through Africa, so it’s going to be awesome before the photo is attached.

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The Vehicle

4. What does your dream road trip look like?

My dream road trip is going to happen in September: Overlanding to 60 of the most iconic and unique places in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Rwanda.

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The Trip of a Lifetime

Follow Chris on the Following Channels

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There is MORE!

Give the best overlanders a follow in order to stay tuned for great advice, and incredible adventures. Make sure that you get some great ideas and inspiration from all of these incredible people who have explored all over South Africa.

Have a look at our 4x4’s for planning your 4x4 trip through Africa and start discovering more. We hope that you will make good use of the following information to book the holiday and adventure of your dreams. Drive Safely and have fun out there on your adventures.

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