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We head to Malaysia for the Rainforest Challenge, a world of crimson mud, black scorpions and specially-adapted crawler rigs.

Chile is a very long country. From the border with Peru in the north, to the southernmost point of the Americas at Cape Horn, it extends 4270km along the Pacific Ocean – yet averages only 177km east to west. After spending many weeks in the Atacama Desert in the north, our next destination was legendary Patagonia. At the office of Transportes Austral in Puerto Montt, we bought tickets for the ferry from Hornopirén to Caleta Gonzalo. The road from Puerto Montt to La Arena is a short drive of about an hour, followed by a 40-minute ferry crossing to Pulche

Having wrapped up Africa, King and crew set their sights on unfamiliar climes, tackling Asia in the first of their Africa And Beyond expeditions. I’m sitting in The Pudding Shop in Istanbul, with delicious roast chicken in front of me, and Kingsley Holgate beside me. It’s my fourth day in Istanbul, and we should have been hundreds of kilometres away by now, exploring the ancient history and magnificent landscapes of Turkey. Instead, we’ve been waiting, and waiting, for Turkish officials to release the two Land Rover Discoverys and the one Defender 130 from customs. And, because of other delays in

Angus Boswell drives the latest and greatest 190kw, V6 Volkswagen Amarok, pitting its considerable skills against the mountains, dunes and highways of Oman. “This is the new ship of the desert,” exclaims the Omani driver, giving the door panel of his 4.0-litre V6 Land Cruiser 70 Series a solid thump. “We no longer have to rely on camels like we did 30 years ago,” he insists in perfect English, waving toward the load bed of the Cruiser, where a very contented camel is in repose, resting on cushions and surrounded by mounds of green feed. A cheery ma’a salama, another

Four classic 4×4 icons (and a few modern support vehicles) tackle the Simpson Desert in Australia during one of the wettest dry seasons on record. Overland Journal editor Chris Collard joined a handful of enthusiasts on this epically muddy adventure. You hungry? I’ve got a pocket Peanut Butter & Jam.” As the facetious host of TV show Dirt Every Day, Fred Williams has a warped sense of humor. It was around midnight and we had been getting dragged on a tow strap for the previous 12 hours. An electrical issue that morning had left the motor of our FJ40 as

Words & Images Sam De Beer The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia. They stretch for about 200km in a northerly direction from Port Pirie in the south, to Strzelecki Track in the north. A large, crescent-shaped amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound, is one of the landmarks in the Ranges. It is about 80 square kilometres and looks very much like the Magalies Mountain Range. In the north is the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, owned and run by the Sprigg family, and that was where we were heading. We had to make a stop at the coal mining town

Words & Images Sam De Beer Having finished the Great Central Road which took us from Perth to Uluru, we were ready to go to our next goal – the Oodnadatta Track in the northern parts of South Australia. We planned to go to King’s Gorge near Uluru for one night, but put it on the back burner because of the flooding and the rain and the fact that we’d stayed one night longer at Uluru. Still going east, on the tarmac of the Lasseter Highway, we went past the impressive Mount Conner, to Erudunda where we turned south on

Words & Images Sam De Beer We had been living in Perth in Western Australia for a while before we decided to do a typical Aussie road trip. After being transferred from British Columbia, Canada, to Western Australia, we’d decided that one of the things we were going to do in Australia was travel. We bought a small Holden Astra as a runabout, and then started looking for a “good” 4×4 in which we could tackle the famous outback. Having travelled extensively through southern Africa in a Hilux, I started looking for a second-hand (or as some dealers call it,

Part of my lot early one morning in February involved a new continent, and an altogether new type of overland vehicle. I was in Dubai, my first time of touring any part of Asia, with a Toyota Land Cruiser six wheel drive loaded with camping kit in the driveway and ready to go. This delightful prospect had kept me awake for three months − those in which the trip had been proposed and organised. It was now imminent. Shaun and Andronette Mayer, South African expats living in Dubai, had approached me with the idea of driving across Oman. That idea

Words and images by Andrew Middleton The small town of Moab, in Utah, USA, is a veritable 4×4 Mecca − thousands flock there every year, to climb the legendary slick rock fins and explore the surrounding terrain. We were lucky enough to go with Jeep, who supplied us with a Cherokee Trailhawk (in standard trim) and a full tank of gas in order to see how we’d get on. This most famous of 4x4ing destinations has a sinister reputation to live up to. Trail names like ‘Poison Spider’ or ‘Hell’s Revenge’ add a measure of hype to the place, so

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