Welcome to Sidetracked – The Defender Sagas

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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.


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An Oasis of Calm in Eswatini

From the moment we crossed the border into Swaziland (renamed Eswatini by the King in 2018, apparently to the annoyance of the people!) everything was different. There was a sense of calm and peacefulness. Even…

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A Time for Reflection

We have spent 3 months in South Africa, the first part waiting for Henry, the second part exploring the Western Cape and the final part rushing around like mad things trying to do everything else!…

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Kruger!

We arrived at the iconic Kruger National Park with an hour and a half to go before the gates closed. Whilst we were much earlier than we had been for Addo, the closer we got,…

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Addo Elephant Park

After arriving late that evening, we decided to spend two nights at Addo Elephant Park, giving us a full day and a half to explore. We weren´t sure what to expect, some places we´ve visited…

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Angels and Demons

We left Addo early afternoon and headed for the Nananga Farm Stall recommended by an East London local I’d been chatting to at the waterhole. First thing we were greeted with was a sign saying…

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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’…..