Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jun 30, 2012 9:21 AM Last Post By: onlyMark
Nov 8, 2011 9:02 AM
Overland TruckHi everyone...
My partner and I are going on an overland trip to Africa with Intrepid, starting in Kenya and finishing in Cape Town. As I can't find any accurate description of one of those overland vehicles, I am wondering if anyone has done this trip with Intrepid recently and can answer these specific questions:
1. Are all seats forward facing, or are they sideways? And do the seats have armrests?
2. Can you walk through to the drivers cabin, or is it a closed case passengers sit in?
3. How big are the lockers for the luggage and are they accessible during driving?
4. Is it possible to open windows all the way?
A description as detailed as possible would be great...
Thanks for any help in advance...
Nov 8, 2011 3:25 PM
Nov 9, 2011 12:36 AM
Nov 9, 2011 6:18 AM
3It's definitely Intrepid, and not Dragoman, I made sure of this... You're right, it could be one of Guerba's old fleet, I forgot about this. I guess I will have to get someone from Intrepid in Melbourne to do some research for me on which truck is used on this particular departure.
Still, if anyone has done this trip recently, please let me know about the vehicle.
Thanks onlyMark, I have read your overlanding101, very amusing... I'm a group leader too, but in Europe, but some of the things you are talking about (especially group dynamics) I know just too well...
Nov 9, 2011 8:50 AM
Jan 26, 2012 8:40 AM
5I read it too Only Mark, very well written!
As stated, overland trucks vary considerabely from company to company. Most now do have forward facing seats, not alot left with inward facing, though some have a mixture.
You can see our truck here for a good idea of what some look like inside.
Aminah: Our West Africa Overland Truck
Edited by: ethelfleda
Jan 26, 2012 9:33 AM
Jun 29, 2012 11:32 PM
7Just thought I'll answer my own questions now that I have done the trip.
It was one of the newer Intrepid Trucks (Mercedes Ategos), it seats 22 pax all up (we were only nine, I think if the truck would've been full, it would have been uncomfortable). All seats face forward, no armrests, no curtains to keep the sun out, no walk-through to the drivers cabin, however there is a little window. Windows open sliding downwards and are definitely not rainproof. Seatbelts provided. Lockers are in the back of the truck and accessible during driving. They are a little small though.
On the road I saw quite a few trucks from other companies as well, and the Intrepid Truck was actually the best of the bunch. Oasis Overland had seats facing inwards, so you have to break your neck to see the scenery. Gap's (G Adventure) trucks even had one row facing backwards. The truck I saw was full, so there were people who had to use these seats.
Either way, it was a cool trip, but it's not for everyone. And it's not for me. I'll never do this again and rather travel independently and rough it. Main reason for this is, that I felt isolated from reality and I feel I actually haven't really seen Africa. But each to their own.
Oh, and OnlyMark, your overlanding101-blog is so true...
Jun 30, 2012 9:21 AM
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