Maybe you are built for the city life or for the outdoors, maybe you’re a combination of the two. Either way, Classic Overland does not believe in limiting yourself. We go out of our way to make the inaccessible, accessible. We’re here to help you customize your Overlanding experiences by giving you the platform to buy, restore, upgrade or modify your own Defender to suit your needs.
Land Rovers were originally created as a farming tool; its rugged design allowed farmers to roam across rough terrains, keeping restless hearts on the move. The first Land Rover was built by Maurice Wilks in 1947 on the sand of a Welsh beach. The engine was a unique Rover’s, but a Jeep’s chassis made up of off-cuts, was used initially.
Before I arrived on my first trip, I was told by a South African that the one thing I’ll notice about Africa is this incredible energy that surrounds you. I totally laughed them off because I’m not one of those people who believe in that sort of thing. I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong. I’m not sure if it’s the way the sun hits you, but you can feel the energy of the continent. That’s what made me fall in love with it.
Classic Overland Founder and Owner, Stebin Horne, is interviewed about his love for vehicles, why travel is important for him and why you shouldn’t wait to go on an adventure.
What gets you out of bed?
A wet nose and a duck-loving retriever’s breath wake me up at 5:30 am sharp. Kruger’s stomach doesn’t seem to be affected by daylight savings either.
The Drive Africa experience was, for our family, the most unique travel experience we have ever had. To get behind the wheel of a Defender and take it out on a photo-safari in the Kruger National Park was an extraordinary treat we will never forget.
Harris English returned from The Open Championship at Royal Troon with a new trophy: The Land Rover Defender.
Classic Overland had the honor of shooting the Union Jack in front of the historic Manor House at Laborie Wine Estate in Cape Town, South Africa. Laborie is special to Classic Overland as it was the first place where Stebin met his future brother-in-law and business partner, Gerhard du Toit.
We are proud to announce that, less than a week after our first Defender landed on US soil, we’ve had our first satisfied customer!
For most people today, January 29th, 2016, is just another day, but for the enthusiast of the Land Rover Defender today has a much more solemn meaning. The very last Land Rover Defender has rolled off the production line amid cheers and tears of 700 employees, ending 67 years of the 4×4 being made. Jaguar Land Rover has discontinued the famous off-road vehicle, which has been exported across the world. Although formal production ends for this iconic 4×4, we are proud to say that our work at Classic Overland is just beginning. Production ends for the defender
While “overlanding on safari,” you learn, over time, that there are essentially two kinds of people. The kind that races from one group of parked cars to the next leaving a trail of dust a mile long, and secondly, the kind that creeps along at a snail’s pace, allowing nature to surprise them only as she can. I was forced into the latter category through my South African in-laws. They had been travelling on safari for multiple generations of Afrikaners since the establishment of the Dutch East India Company. After several trips with them, I began to appreciate the slow pace of Overlanding.Safari in Southern Africa