While the roads in Africa have improved over time, the comfort of the vehicles hasn’t – until now. Leading small-group adventure travel company G Adventures announces the launch of a new overland adventure vehicle (OAV), purpose-built for today’s modern traveller, and designed to maximize safety and comfort. The fleet of 10 “Landos” are being introduced on most G Adventures overland trips in eastern and southern Africa with the rollout being completed by summer 2016. Each truck features full body seatbelts, reclining seats with side-seat movement for extra shoulder room, a 250-litre water tank to
reduce the use of plastic bottles, onboard Wi-Fi, USB chargers at every seat, large front windows for better views of wildlife, and windows designed specifically for photography.
Jeff Russill, VP of product at G Adventures, says his team has completely re-invented and improved the OAV with the needs of travellers in mind, using traveller feedback and the inside knowledge of the G Africa team.
“Our travellers have become more sophisticated and their needs have changed. We no longer accept that the old vehicles suit modern-day travelers, and in our bid to lead with service have come up with a solution to bring overland travel into a new age,” says Russill.
‘Lando’ is a play on the word ‘overland’ and it’s no coincidence the OAV bears a likeness to cavaliering Star Wars character, Lando Calrissian, whose sense of adventure is similar to that of G Adventures’ travelers. The Lando will operate on 22 G Adventures Yolo itineraries (adventures for 18 to 39 year olds) covering Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
G Adventures Yolo trips in Africa are primarily camping trips (with some hotel accommodation) that are fast-paced, cover a lot of distance, and provide younger travellers with the opportunity to see as much as possible at a more affordable price. Sample itineraries featuring the new Lando: Botswana and Falls Adventure – An immersive African experience in a compact eight-day package. Soak up the wildlife and vibrant colours and scenery of Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa with game walks and plenty of game drives. Camp under the stars of the Okavango Delta and marvel at the immense Victoria Falls. Kenya and Uganda Gorilla Adventure -Meet mountain gorillas and other amazing wildlife on this two-week overland adventure.
Spot chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest, and join experienced trackers while traveling deep into the Ugandan forests to spot endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Victoria Falls and Serengeti Adventure -Inhale the scent of Zanzibar’s spice plantations, hunt for the perfect snapshot of the ever-elusive Big Five and feel the thunder of Victoria Falls. Uncover the spectacular highlights of four African countries on this stellar 20-day adventure.