Next time you fancy heading out into the wild blue yonder to see far reached places, but are put off by camping, you may want to think about this new idea. The Rotel is a coach and a hotel rolled into one. By day it is a perfect tour bus, with passengers sitting up front to see the sights, but at night it becomes a cosy hotel where guests may relax and sleep comfortably.
The German company runs these Rotels in many countries. They think that the concept appeals to many people who want to see sights, but have no desire to camp or ‘rough it’. The company describes its tours as ‘journeys for active people, regardless of the age group’.
Each vehicle can accommodate 20 – 40 people, and can be as luxurious or basic as the group requires. Although the tours are not physically demanding, passengers are encouraged to walk or hike during the day.
The coaches are normally built from Mercedes 0404’s, and typically have 24 seats for passengers, with 26 beds, which include the driver and the tour guide.
While the beds are very comfortable,and semi-private – even though the ‘rooms’ are only three feet high – a very tall person will find that their feet stick out the ends! The shower and bathing facilities are decidedly basic, but the drop down camp style kitchen produces wonderful meals.
There is just one toilet on board, and water must be used sparingly, but the company says that the Rotel stops at campgrounds regularly so it’s guests may use the facilities there to freshen up, and do any laundry they need at the campground.
The company says that their Rotels are widely used for people who want to stay in remote places like the Serengeti, or the wilds of Patagonia. Daily routines and events are announced before the departure each day, and guests are encouraged to be active when they stop.
Taking pride in the fact that they visit places of interest, the company says that it takes care to adhere to the local traditions and cultures, wherever they go. Rather than visit art shows and museums, they spend time seeing an authentic look at the people and surroundings.
Rotel also feels that they actively support the countries they visit, only buying fresh produce which is locally produced there, and the company therefore prides itself on the fairness of its policies.
So next time you feel the need to go and camp out under the stars, but really just cannot face the thought of sleeping on the hard ground, with creepy crawlies all around you, you may just want to think about using the Rotel for your next getaway!
Source: New Atlas