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Where to go off-roading

Keen to venture off road, tackle tough terrain and learn some essential 4x4 driving techniques? Take the wheel and get stuck in

Where to go off-roading
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Whether you’re looking for mayhem in the mud or wheelspins in the sand, there are plenty of off-roading experiences in the UK and abroad. But you don’t have to be a petrolhead or experienced overlander to enjoy one. Peter Girling, the owner  of Atlas Overland, says his clients range from travellers keen to get off the beaten track in Europe, to those after full-throttle thrills. “Our trips are for anyone with a sense of adventure. We’ve just had our youngest — a four-month-old baby — and we’ve escorted travellers in their 80s too.” While Girling offers a range of destinations, from Portugal to the Arctic Circle, he recommends Morocco for anyone intending to take on a big overland trip alone. “It’ll get you quickly out into fairly remote terrain and will test you and your vehicle in all the different conditions you’ll experience throughout Africa.” Atlas Overland’s Morocco tours (up to six 4x4s) start at £995 per person. 

On home turf
4×4 Adventure Tours hosts off-road expeditions in England, Wales, Portugal, the Pyrenees and Morocco, accompanied by experienced guides. UK routes have taken in a range of rugged beauty spots, from Salisbury Plain to the Lake District, with a Cotswolds weekender lined up for 1-2 December 2018. From £60 per person per day (own vehicle required). 

Further afield
All Round Namibia offers guided and self-drive tours and safaris throughout Namibia, spotting the likes of cheetah and antelope by day — and listening to them by night. Highlights of the 21-day Namibia-Botswana route include Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. Includes B&B campsite/guesthouse accommodation and hire of 4×4 pickup truck. £POA. 

Want to get started?
Who: Beginners
Where: Wood Park Off-Road, Pembrokeshire
What: Get behind the wheel of a Land Rover and test your mettle on a 45-acre, off-road training area. A half-day experience for up to five people teaches route planning, basic off-road driving techniques — on land and through water — and how to deal with a failed hill climb. £330.

Get the book…
Overlanders’ Handbook
The off-roader’s bible, this tome includes tips on routes, tricky borders, maintenance and driving styles. RRP: £19.99. 

Published in the December 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)