These are two versions of the film made by the ‘1955 Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition’. This trip is often called the ‘First Overland’. Six university students drove from London to Singapore and back in two Series 1 Land Rovers.
A DVD of the original film (shown above), remastered and including interviews with the then surviving members of the team, is available for purchase from Teeafit Sound and Vision. (Otherwise, I would have put it up.) It is an interesting film. The book ‘First Overland’ by Tim Slessor is also available.
The Secret Safari
A safari company called ‘Africa Hinterland’ was set up in the early 1980s by the African National Congress. It ran legitimate safaris from Nairobi to Johannesburg but was really a cover to smuggle arms into South Africa. The weapons were loaded at Lusaka into secret compartments on the truck. Africa Hinterland used Bedford M-types so thankfully for legitimate overlanders they were never caught.
A DVD of this film is available from Ronin Films. The version here was put up on Youtube.