Oasis Overland operate adventure camping expeditions from 3 weeks to 7 months duration in Africa, South America and Middle East. Travellers who join us are mostly in their 20’s and early 30’s, looking for something a bit different and sometimes unpredictable and who do not mind travelling in areas where things do not always go according to plan!
Oasis also operate shorter trips from 10 to 21 days in Egypt and Peru. On these trips we use small, locally owned hotels and travel using a variety of local transport.
Member since: 19 Jun 2007
How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
- Our aim is to put as much back into the local communities that we visit as possible. We only use local operators, guides and accommodation providers in the countries we visit. We purchase all our food supplies locallys. We encourage our clients to use small locally run restaurants.
- In Africa we have supported a school for Sudanese refugees, a project disadvantaged children in Egypt, a children’s home in Zimbabwe, an elephant conservation project in Kenya, an children's education project in Uganda, and a charity helping children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
- In Peru we make a regular, monthly, financial contribution to an education and health project for Peruvian children and their families. A derelict school is currently being reconstructed and will be used as both a health, and, school facility for the local community.
- Oasis Overland supports, and is a member of, Tourism Concern. We hope to raise awareness of the delicate balance that exists, in many of the countries we visit, between the need for foreign investment and revenue from tourism and the needs of local environments and the wildlife.
- Two of our trips-Peru and Egypt are run on local transport-trains, buses and boats, rather than adding the emissions, and fuel consumption of another vehicle on the road.
- Oasis is very aware of the environmental impact of our office in the UK. We try to reduce paper and use recycled paper. We have an office compost bin, encourage recycling and the use of public transport on work-related journeys. We also actively encourage our office staff to cycle to work.
- All our clients are provided with detailed pre-departure information on respecting local customs, traditions and beliefs-particularly in terms of taking photos, what to wear etc. Our clients are offered the opportunity to learn the local language.
- On the majority of our trips Oasis Overland offers clients the opportunity to visit a variety of community projects on route where they are able to interact with local people and ‘contribute’ in some way to the countries they are visiting.
- We use local operators (for excursions) and local accommodation providers in the countries we visit and whenever possible we use local guides at sites of historic, or natural interest. In Peru we use a Peruvian tour guide to run our entire trip.
Chris and Steve equipped their first truck in 1997 and launched their overland tours in the Middle East - soon followed by expeditions across Africa and S. America. They still customise their own trucks - just one example of their hands-on approach to running a travel company.