The Vehicle

The car is a Landcruiser 80, universally considered the best and most reliable vehicle for this kind of thing. It seems like a good machine to me, but then it's pretty much the only thing I've ever driven. Unlike other overlanders, I will not be naming it.

I won't go into too much detail - there is excellent information elsewhere. Given that I got my license about a month before leaving, why the hell would you listen to my advice? A good place to start is Suffice to say that I got all the usual stuff fitted:

Old Man Emu heavy duty suspension with a 2” lift.
Roof rack
Spot lights on the front
All-terrain tyres
Long-range fuel tank
Drawer system in the boot
Dash mounted GPS
Axles stripped down and a full service.

If you are interested in doing a trip like this and live in the UK, I suggest you get in touch with Julian Voelker, who did the work. He specialises in preparing vehicles for expeditions and is an authority on Landcruisers. He is exceptionally helpful and can point you in the right direction even if he can't do what you need himself.

His website is at

Be warned - preparing a vehicle for an expedition is an expensive joke. There isn't really a cheap way to do it, unless you have the know-how and a fully-equipped workshop. I saved some money ordering the roofrack, drawer system and long-range tank directly from Frontrunner in South Africa, but picking the cargo up from Heathrow was a right bastard.

Good luck.