Everything we needed was carried on board the truck. Camping and cooking equipment was stowed in the sides, and we each had a large locker on board for our backpacks. Keeping lockers tidy and organised became an art form (that I never properly mastered) so that we didn’t have to take our backpack off the truck every night. Being a ‘participation’ tour, we were divided into teams and had a daily rota of duties - cooking, washing up, packing and truck cleaning. One of the tour leaders did all the driving, but they shared responsibilities for food purchasing, meal planning and general organisation.
Just Passing Through
There were some awfully long days spent on the truck. I knew that there was a lot of ground to cover – that is the definition of an overland tour, after all – but sometimes we couldn’t help but feel our destination was a little pointless. This was especially the case between Tanzania and Zambia where several sites were simply stopovers on our journey to the next ‘highlight’. We looked forward to the locations where we would be spending a couple of nights, or at least arriving by midday, so that we could do some activities and feel more settled. Physically the tour wasn’t really demanding enough, but psychologically it was unexpectedly so.