Welcome to Sidetracked – The Defender Sagas

Click here to see our current location

We are Jen, James and Henry the Defender. In 2021 we embarked on the adventure of our lives, travelling the world with no timetable, no map and no rush. Our plan is to simply experience whatever life wants to throw at us, as remote and wild as we can find, and see what each day brings.

Henry is our trusted steed and most importantly our home. He took a year and a half to convert from a station wagon to a fully-equipped overland camper and everything we own is tucked inside or bolted to the outside!

We carry a satellite tracker which pings our location to a map once a day, tracking our route across the world. Follow our adventures through our blog, photos and the map.

Quick Link to Recent Posts

Busy Doing Nothing in the Western Cape

We have so far spent almost 3 weeks on our Cape Town shipping agent´s farm awaiting Henry´s arrival. At any given time he has always been about 2 weeks away! Frustrations abound but the farm…

Read More

Container Shipping – A Cautionary Tale

The shipping industry – set up by Pirates, taken over by the Mafia and not changed much since! My advice to anyone considering shipping their vehicle is simple – find another way!! There are only…

Read More

Regaining our Balance on the Western Coast

We are now 2 weeks into our South African journey and the country is certainly not disappointing us. In fact, given my long-held view that South Africa is too like Europe rather than Africa-proper it…

Read More

A Return to What We Love – Cape Town

The veil has lifted, the world has become brilliant technicolour again – we are back in Africa! From the moment I looked out of the aeroplane window as dawn broke and saw the sands of…

Read More

Henry the Defender

Henry is our 110 Landrover Defender 2.2L Puma. He is also our home, our security, our transport and a key member of the Sidetracked team.

We have transformed him into a fully kitted-out overlander who keeps us safe, warm, dry and out of trouble (almost) every day!

For those of you interested in the extensive modifications we have made take a look at the tab dedicated to his build by clicking here.

Photo Gallery

We had a few adventures before embarking on our nomadic lives. Have a look through our gallery from the ‘practice runs’…..