Overland 110 Defender Puma

This 110 Defender Puma is all set for its overland trip to Africa.

Aside from the usual additions like the bull bars, spot lights, raised air intake and roof rack, this 110 has a different style of side awning and also a unique style of roof tent.

Even today, with the hundreds of overland Land Rovers heading to Cape Town, it is still possible to stand out from the crowd.

A Foley 110 Defender Reaches Southern Africa

Another adventurous group of people have braved the harsh environment of the African continent and have reached Southern Africa.

Mountains, jungles, deserts and open savannah all traversed on a variety of road surfaces.

This 110 Defender has all the usual optional extras.

  • Steering and sump protection
  • Bull bars
  • Raised air intake
  • Roof rack
  • Roof tent
  • Side awning

Another Foley Overland Defender 110 reaches Cape Town

Another fully kitted out Land Rover 110 Defender reaches Cape Town, South Africa.

This vehicle has all the basic essentials fitted for a safe reliable journey over some seriously harsh terrain.

As you can see the 110 Defender has the following fitted –

  • Roof tent
  • Roof rack
  • Extra fuel jerry cans
  • Spare wheel carrier
  • Running boards with steps
  • Bull Bars
  • Roll cage

The road the vehicle is parked next to is actually a smooth road compared to some of the horrors you must travel over on the way down south.

110 Defender 300 Tdi Overland Vehicle

This Land Rover 110 Defender 300 Tdi was built to a customer’s specification ready for overland travel.

The vehicle has an extensive list of extras added, making it more capable, tougher and practical than the standard 110.

  • Bull bars
  • Winch
  • Aluminium chequer plate wing top protectors
  • Aluminium chequer plate bonnet protection
  • Aluminium chequer plate sill protection
  • Roll cage
  • Roof rack
  • Roof tent
  • Sand ladders
  • Raised air intake

Land Rovers in Africa

There are no three words that belong in the same sentence more so than ‘Land Rover’ and ‘Africa’. From its first release it was clear that this mark of vehicle had a home in the jungles, deserts and savannahs of Africa.

Land Rovers success in Africa was due to several points –

Ruggedness. The Land Rover range of vehicles, especially the Defenders and early Series models, are tough! People who have ever watched on TV the Camel Trophy event or gone off-roading in one know of there near indestructible nature. Vehicles have been crashed, rolled over and driven heavily loaded over rough terrain but they all seem to take it in their stride.

An old Land Rover still going strong!

 

Agility. The various terrains that the African continent has to offer are various and sometimes treacherous. Deep sand, deep mud, dried mud with deep tire ruts, rocks of all sizes and smoothness, river crossings, steep mountainous climbs, etc. The Land Rover in its basic form is capable of travelling over many different ground types without any form of special modification.

Ease of Repair. Most models of Land Rover have very simple mechanics. Yes, things will break over the course of a long overland African journey but the ease of repair and availability of parts makes life easier. Also, a spare parts pack to take with you as an emergency is easy to arrange and easy to use. Due to Land Rover being used in Africa from is first release there is now a huge amount of capable mechanics and garages should people need help … and some of these are in the most unlikely places.

Load Carrying. It is no good having an all-terrain vehicle that has all the above features but you can’t carry anything in it. The Land Rover series of vehicles have excellent load carrying abilities, enough for the local population to carry produce, travellers can carry camping equipment and their spares and tools and non-governmental organisations can use their vehicles for personal and equipment.

Overland Defender 110

 

A Land Rover Defender 110 built for a drive to Cape Town from London.

Some of the extras added to this vehicle include –

  • A raised air intake – this helps the engine to ‘breathe’ cleaner air and also to avoid taking in water during river crossings.
  • Bull bars are fitted to help protect the front of the vehicle in case of any minor collision.
  • A roll cage for added protection in the event of an accident.
  • A side awning extends to offer a protective shelter.
  • A heavy duty roof rack.
  • A roof tent

Defender 110 Overland

 

This Defender 110 was rebuilt and shipped to Hong Kong in Feb 2011 and is superbly equipped for all expedition environments.

This 110 Defender is extensively modified for a huge range of rugged terrain and environments.

It has the following items fitted –

  • A winch
  • Bull bars
  • Running board with step
  • Windscreen protection wires
  • Spot lamps
  • Roof Rack
  • Side awning
  • Roof tent