I first heard of ‘overlanding’ when my dad talked about his mates who set off in 1970 in a Series ll Land Rover, but he didn’t go as I came along just around then...
My first overland trip was a 7, 000 mile motorbike journey across North Africa in 1993. The purchase of a bright green Kawasaki KLR 600 a week after passing my bike test had me doing unintentional wheelies to about Dover. Three months across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia gave me the bug I still cannot shake.
Further travels since then have included:
- Australia in 1994-5 with a BJ 40 cruiser, then a VW bus and finally an Yamaha XT600 Tenere
- New Zealand in 1995-6 with the Yamaha XT600
- Morocco in 2003 on a Suzuki DR400
- Morocco in 2005 on a KTM 950 with my dad on his XT600 Tenere
- Morocco in 2006 doing the Tuareg Rally on a KTM 450EXC with Landcruiser 80 support truck
As part of the Tuareg Rally project we fully prepared the 80 series Landcruiser for overland travel, this is documented here.
In 2009 we embarked on an Overland truck build. Due to the arrival of our son Jake we decided we would build a truck and drive to Alaska, where Jakes Grandpa lives.
So we embarked on the building of a 4x4 truck camper on an MAN 8.136 ex Danish army 4x4 lorry. The build of this is documented here.
In September 2009, having packed our business up, put our belongings in storage and moved from our house into the truck we set off East...
Another story enfolds and this was not our time to undertake such an adventure, so in March 2010 we returned to the UK and continued with our previous life!
We still have an interest in and a yearning to travel, but Jake is now at School so we have changed our focus to helping others achieve their overland dreams.
The reason for this website is a desire to bring together many of the resources that are available to overlanders and to create a place to find overland specific equipment, source vehicles and help in their preparation allowing fellow overlanders to do this in the knowledge that we have had a go ourselves !
I hope you find it useful and please feel free to contact us.
Founder of The Overlander