Your Guide to Backpacking Africa

Welcome to the only guide you will ever need for Backpacking Africa.

Derek Cullen is an experienced overland tour leader in Africa and the author of No Hanging Around. Although best known for cycling from Cape Town to Cairo, Derek is obsessed with life on the overland truck and has spent more than five years backpacking his way around the continent. In recent times, Derek has also featured on media publications  including Africa Geographic, Today FM, the Today Show on RTÉ and the Irish Times.

Need Help Planning Your Trip to Africa?

While caution should be taken in major cities, Africa is a safe and surprisingly comfortable place to travel. That is to say, whether you want a budget-minded trip, an overland tour or something a little more luxurious, you will find every type of tour, adventure and experience in Africa.

A Quick Word About Backpacking Africa

Honestly, I don’t believe solo travel in Africa is suited to first-timers. It’s true, Africa can feel like quite an overwhelming destination for most visitors. What’s more, not everywhere is privy to the kind of tourist infrastructure that you might find near the major tourist attractions.

A Quick Word About Africa Overland Tours

Overland tours are my favourite way to see Africa. I have taken overland tours with several companies and worked as an overland tour leader for two different tour operators. Needless to say, I know the best overland tours in Africa and the options that will most likely suit your preference.

A Quick Word About Luxury Safari in Africa

I was an overland tour leader in Africa for many years. But at the same time, I also had the pleasure of experiencing every side of the travel experience. With this in mind, I know the best parks for wildlife, the most reliable luxury tour operators and the most luxurious places to stay.

More About the Author

Derek Cullen

Derek Cullen – Overland Tour Leader in Africa

Some years ago, Derek Cullen spent one year riding a bicycle through Africa, a journey of 8,000 miles through 11 countries. Following this adventure, he became obsessed with travel and the uncertainty of living such a spontaneous life. Later, Derek began backpacking Africa on a budget and was successful in his application to become a tour guide for a local tour operator. These overland tours were popular for 18-30 year olds backpacking Africa and travelled through fourteen different countries on the continent. Through this experience, Derek became an expert on backpacking Africa and decided to set up his own Africa Travel Blog. Derek is also passionate about storytelling, videography and he works as a freelance content writer to fund his travels around Africa.

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