Media Articles

The following articles are either about Encounter Overland or mention it as part of the article.

(This page will be rearranged into full chronological order in due course.)

1960s

Icon 'Longrange Expeditions' Biggleswade Chronicle 8 November 1968
Long-range expeditions planned at Shefford‘ Biggleswade Chronicle
8 November 1968
VacuLug's International Review - Autumn 1969
India return on Duramolds‘ 
Vaculug’s International Review, Autumn 1969

1970s

Icon Newspaper article regarding the first Trans-Africa Reconnaissance

Off on a trip that just ‘can’t be done‘”
(possibly from January 1970)
Icon Geographical August 1970
Into the Desert’ by Tom Stoppard.
The Geographical Magazine, August 1970
(Referred to in the 1972 EO Africa Brochure)
Icon The Trailfinder 14 May 1971
Because it is there! A primitive urge. By Anthony Lindsay Jones (on page 3)
The Trailfinder
Edition 1, 14 May 1971 
Kenya Daily Nation newspaper 23 December 1971
Getting the Point in the Congo

Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper article of

23 December 1971 about September 1971 Southbound Africa
(Submitted by David Hardham)
Icon Trailfinder (Spring) 1973
 The Trailfinder Spring 1973 (Edition 5)
Encounter Overland mentioned on page 8
Icon 'Local man etc' re Bruce Davidson Highland Echo 11 September 1975
Local man conducts tourists on 11,000 mile
South American safari – a story about Bruce Davidson.
The Highland Echo
11 September 1975
Icon Telegraph (UK) Sunday Magazine 1978
Africa the Hard Way
Telegraph (UK) – Sunday Magazine
27 November 1977
UK Newspaper Advert (undated).jpg
Media Advertisement (undated) 
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Punch
May 5, 1971
Bachelor Holidays
Spruiking the Asia overland to singles
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Canberra Times
8 December 1971
Australians Safe say tour firms
At the time of the India/Pakistan war – reporting overland travellers were safe
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Canberra Times
25 October 1973
Australians in smash
Reporting the accident in Turkey involving an EO truck and the death of five expedition members
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The Sunday Telegraph
March 26, 1978
Scalping the Sahara
Crossing the Sahara as far as Kano on an EO expedition

1980s

Icon Trailfinders Article
Himalayan River Running

Trailfinders Magazine (the early 1980s) 
Icon 'If you are looking for adventure' article featuring Gerry Creamer and LLK183K (Biggleswade Chronicle 26 February 1982) copy
If you are looking for adventure
– an article featuring Gerry Creamer
The Biggleswade Chronicle
26 February 1982
Zimbabwe Kidnapping
23 July 1982
•  Time – 9 August 1982

•  New York Times – 13 June 1983
Montreal Gazette – 8 March 1985
Six Expedition Members, all men, were kidnapped by the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) Forces and were to be held in exchange for officials of the opposition party.  But they were murdered. 
The six were:
Kevin Ellis (24) and Brett Baldwin (23)  from the USA; Tony Bajzelz (25) and William Butler (31) from Australia; and James Greenwell (18) and Martyn Hodgson (35) from the UK.
Icon 'One adventure too far'
One adventure too far
The Sunday Times (UK)
9 July 1989
Icon 'Why risk comes with the territory' Sunday Times (UK) 6 August 1989
Why risk comes with the territory
The Sunday Times (UK)
6 August 1989 
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North Herts Gazette
October 29, 1981
Doorway to a world of adventure
An interview with Gary Strand, Encounter Overland Leader/Driver
19820131
The Sunday Times
January 31, 1982
Hats off to gorilla troop 13
A visit to the mountain gorillas in Rwanda (mentions EO’s Mountain Gorilla safaris out of Dar-es-Salaam)
19820726
The Times
July 26, 1982
Zimbabwe jets destroyed in night raid
Mentions the kidnapping of the Encounter Overland group in July 1982
19820727
The Daily Telegraph
July 27, 1982
Aid given to Britons’ kidnappers
Reports on aid being given by villagers to kidnappers of Encounter Overland expedition members
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The Illustrated London News
January 29, 1983
In search of the past
Brief mention of EO’s South America expeditions
19840304
The Washington Post
4 March 1984
Fearless Traveler Overlanding: The Bargain Of Adventure Travel
Article about overlanding generally which includes mention of EO’s expeditions
19850713
The Globe and Mail
13 July 1985
Touring storybook Africa
A journey through Zaire. EO is described as operating ‘the most frequent and expensive Africa trips’.
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The Daily Telegraph
March 15, 1986
The inland ocean at the top of the world
A description of Lake Titicaca. The writer had been on an EO Lima to Rio expedition.
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The Washington Post
8 November 1987
Life, Death and Corruption on an African Mainstream
A description of a trip down the Zaire River. The article mentions an EO group that was also on the boat.
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Canberra Times
9 February 1988
Scaling new heights the highlight of his life
An article about Gary Scott, a Canberra-boy and one of EO’s rafting and trek leaders.
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Star Tribune
13 March 1988
GETTING THERE: Unusual transportation is the latest travel trend
An article about unusual holidays including an EO’s ‘Trans-Globe 89′ 63-week round the world expedition
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BBC
16 May 1988
Argentine weekly speculates on possible links between British tourists and MI6
Encounter Overland trips being watched by Argentine intelligence for suspected links with MI6
19880521
The Globe and Mail
21 May 1988
Taking the slow, (bumpy) road to China
An article about travelling the Karakoram Highway and mentions meeting up with an EO group.
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The Sunday Times
August 21, 1988
Daring the Darien
A story about an EO trek across the Darien Gap led by Allardes Hoiting.

1990s

PIA Flight 268 disaster
28 September 1992
Kathmandu
Icon BBC report of PIA disaster
BBC report
Two Encounter Overland rafters/trek leaders were killed in this accident.
The two leaders were:
James Gwynn III
and
John Robert Scott Carswell.
19900527
The Boston Sunday Globe
May 27, 1990
What a deal: 14 countries for $3,000
An article about a London to Nairobi expedition (departed December 1989) led by Annie Bradshaw
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The Sunday Times
May 12, 1991
Summer Times – Africa Overland
An article about overlanding through Africa mentioning EO
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The Independent
29 September 1992
Britons die in air crash – Pakistan International Airlines Airbus disaster
The article is about the PIA Flight 268 disaster and includes mention of the two EO rafters/trek leaders killed in the crash.
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The Guardian
29 September 1992
British family of five among Kathmandu jet victims
Also about the PIA Flight 268 disaster.
19930813
The Independent
13 August 1993
A real adventure (and so cheap)
An article about sustainable tourism which mentions EO (in a very odd way).
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The Sunday Times
March 20, 1994
Less risky business
About the changing face of adventure travel.
19950416
The Independent
16 April 1995
On the Africa Road Show
 
The author was on an EO expedition from Cape Town through Namibia and Botswana to Harare. The trip was led by a ‘good natured Australian called Ian’ (Ian Ransom).
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The Daily Telegraph
May 18, 1996
Attacking malaria
Refers to EO providing chloroquine and proguanil anti-malarial drugs to EMs – quoting Warren Burton.
19960615
The Times
June 15, 1996
A few scorchers on the old silk road
Mentions EO being able to arrange visits to the Chinese section of the Silk Road.
19961120 Travel Trade Gazette
20 November 1996
Back in the tourism fold
Brief description of EO’s 4-week Cape Town to Harare expedition via Mozambique
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The Sunday Times
December 15, 1996
Rough Crossing
The author was on an Africa southbound with an un-named company. The article mentions EO flying EM’s over Zaire because of the war in eastern Zaire.  Also refers to Encounter as ‘the first overland company’; and includes a photo of GLP203J.
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Wisconsin State Journal
8 January 1997
War, what is it good for? A vacation backdrop Colombian trek lands Madison man in the middle of paramilitary guerrilla crossfire.
A short article about an EO Darien Gap trek.
19970208
The Times
February 8, 1997
International Travel Tips
Mentions EO expanding its shorter holidays to cater for ‘money-OK, time-short executives’.
19970315
The Daily Telegraph
March 15, 1997
Concern at Colombian killngs
The report includes mention that EO has changed its itinerary for the Colombian end of the Darien Gap treks because of activity by FARC rebels.
19970430
Travel Trade Gazette
30 April 1997
Latin America
Warren Burton confirms ‘Britons were becoming more adventurous’.
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The Times
November 1, 1997
Libyan adventure on Africa trek
Small item advising EO was seeking ‘18 seasoned trailblazers’ for a ‘pioneering trip across the North African desert from Cairo to Tunis’.
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The Sunday Times
December 28, 1997
Date with destiny
A proposal by EO for 2000 which would see groups leaving from the UK and New Zealand and meeting halfway in Africa
19980318
Travel Trade Gazette
18 March 1998
Uganda joins trekking list
EO introduces treks in Uganda
19980514
The Irish Times
14 May 1998
Surviving the unspeakable
Two EMs who did the Nairobi to Ethiopia trip were on Ethiopian Airways Flight ET961 which was hijacked and later crashed into the sea in the Comoros Islands. Both survived the crash.
19980726
The Sunday Times
July 26, 1998
Rough Crossing
The author travelled as a guest of EO on the Cairo to Tunis expedition; led by Geoff Spillett.
19980916
Gloucestershire Echo
16 September 1998
From big chill to life in the freezer – what a trip!
Tells of a group of teenagers who raised money to do a 4-week EO trip in Peru.
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The Sunday Times
October 25, 1998
Plans for year-long trips abandoned
Small item advising EO has abandoned plans for the year-long trips departing New Zealand and the UK.
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Travel Trade Gazette
3 February 1999
Central Asia tour added by Encounter Overland
Advises of an EO reconnaissance trip along the Asian North West Frontier departing from Islamabad.
19990303
The Sun
3 March 1999
SAS man will negotiate for Brit hostages; Kidnap; Murder
The article refers to the killing of eight tourists in Uganda by Hutu rebels.  Quotes Wayne Moore from EO.
19990303
London Evening Standard
3 March 1999
‘THE BUNGLED WARNINGS’; Ugandans failed to pass on threats from rebels say tour firms
Similar to the article of the same date in The Sun newspaper.
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The Guardian
4 March 1999
Tourism – Travel firms should advise the FO
Article urges tourism operators to help the Foreign Office formulate travel advice. Quotes Wayne Burton (sic) from EO.
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The Times
15 May 1999
The pioneer spirit – Travellers’ Bulletin Board – Travel tips
Some further brief detail about EO’s reconnaissance expedition to Central Asia.
19990516
Sunday Star Times
16 May 1999
Cairo to Kathmandu off the beaten track
A brief description of an overland undertaken by a New Zealand woman – probably with EO.
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The Sunday Telegraph
August 15, 1999
Beware guns and naked gun rustlers
An article about the history of the overlanding business including mention of EO.
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The Times
August 30, 1999
Spirit of adventure is female
An article about the growth in interest in activity holidays. Warren Burton says ‘it is usually the women who want to “get out there and get on with it”’.

2000s

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Travel Trade Gazette
13 March 2000
Encounter Overland adds to programme
Advises of EO’s new trip in Irian Jaya.
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Travel Trade Gazette
10 April 2000
Encounter launches website for agents
EO launches a website.
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The Times
11 November 2000
Jill Crawshaw has the best holiday suggestions
A short article on an EO reconnaissance expedition from Quito in Ecuador to Iquitos in Peru mainly via river transport.

Articles about the collapse of Encounter Overland

20010121
The Mail on Sunday
21 January 2001
The painful lesson from this sorry Encounter
An article about the closing down of EO.
20010214
The Times
February 14, 2001
Notice of appointment of Joint Liquidators
Joint Liquidators appointed on 1 February 2001
20010129
Travel Trade Gazette
29 January 2001
Dragoman buys part of stricken rival
Article advises Dragoman has bought some EO assets.
20010407
The Telegraph
7 April 2001
What recourse do you have if your travel company goes bust?
An article about the collapse of Encounter Overland in January 2001.
(Original article is also at this link.) 
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The Times
December 24, 2001
Encounter Overland (Limited) in liquidation
What more can be said.  Vale Encounter Overland!

Post 2001

2002
The Age
(exact date unclear)
The Overlanders
A historical article about overlanding which includes mention of EO
20020303
Register-Guard
March 03, 2002
Adventure rules in third world travel
In part, describes a 1978 EO London to Kathmandu trip by the author Chris Stockdale.
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Financial Times
June 14, 2003
No mint on my pillow
The author describes her EO trip in Southern India.
20080609
Hobart Mercury
9 June 2008
`Soap opera’ with teeth (and claws)
An article about Jonathan Scott of ‘Big Cat Diary’ fame which includes mention of his 1974 EO London to Johannesburg overland.
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Sunday Tribune
27 October 2013
Sky Chaser
An article about pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor who planned to fly from South Africa to the UK in 2013, mentions how she had earlier been with EO on an Africa northbound (no date given).
20170506
Financial Times
6 May 2017
The end of the road for overland adventures?
An article about the increasing dangers of overland travel quoting Mike James of Exodus Travel who worked for EO in the early 1990s.
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Q Spirit (Qantas Magazine)
June 2017
The Traveller Michael Robotham
Renowned author Michael Robotham describes his 1988 London to Kathmandu overland (led by Ian Stevenson)