In addition to the price of each Overland Adventure, you’ll be required to pay a local payment, which is referred to as the kitty. Each traveller joining the trip pays their kitty into a central fund which is managed by the crew. This covers the cost of everything that the whole group does, such as included activities, meals, hotel accommodation and campsite fees.
The kitty allows for greater flexibility and is a unique system to overlanding. Kitty accounts can be viewed by everyone throughout the trip so you can see exactly how your money is being spent and ensure you are getting the best value by buying locally. As the kitty is the group’s fund, no profit is made from it. If there is any money left in the kitty at the end of the trip, it is divided between the group and refunded.
The kitty is payable on day 1 of your trip in cash, so bring sufficient cash USD with you. Travellers cheques are not accepted. Alternatively, you can pay in advance via bank transfer 3-4 weeks before your trip (please contact us for instructions). Note that pre-payment is not possible for tours visiting Turkmenistan.
Please ensure your USD notes are undamaged, clean and under 8 years old. If needed, your tour leader can accept some of the kitty in local currency and let you know the local exchange rate. In most countries, you can withdraw local currency from ATM machines using either a credit/debit card or a cash passport. Note that trying to get the entire kitty out from an ATM can be impractical as most cards have a maximum withdrawal amount per day, local ATMs can run out of cash and your bank could block your card despite you warning them of your travel plans.
Exchange rate fluctuations can affect costs and prices can change with no notice. Therefore, the kitty amount can change and the price on our website includes a buffer to cover this. The actual amount you will be asked to pay locally could be less than the amount quoted on your tour voucher or trip notes. Should you pay in advance and the kitty quoted on day 1 of the trip be less than what you have paid prior to arrival, you will be refunded on the same day.