Overlanding describes an adventure travel to remote destinations with total self-sufficiency where the most important thing is the journey and not the destination. Normally, but not exclusive, using a vehicle and doing OFFROAD (from bicycles to trucks) and where the main form of accommodation is camping; The journey is likely to be very long (months or years) and often span international borders. While an expedition is defined as a journey with a purpose, overlanding sees the journey as the purpose.
Overlanding is about exploring, rather than overcoming obstacles. While the roads and trails we travel can be difficult or technically challenging. The goal is to see and learn about our world, whether on a weekend trip 100km from home or on a 10,000km expedition to another continent. The vehicle and equipment can be simple or extravagant; they are also simply means to the end. Stories, wildlife, culture, landscapes, self-reliance - these are the rewards of overlanding trips.
Travel in a vehicle to an established camp. If there's a picnic table there, it's probably camping;).
BACK COUNTRY ADEVENTURE OR 4X4 TOURISM
A one-day or multi-day off-road trip on an adventure motorcycle or 4WD vehicle.
Self-contained, vehicle-backed adventure tours, typically exploring remote locations and interacting with other cultures.
An organized and vehicle-dependent trip with a defined purpose, often of a geographical or scientific nature.
A 4WD vehicle or adventure motorcycle prepared for self-sufficient travel over long distances, in unpredictable weather conditions and on variable terrain.
Technical terrain can be found throughout the trip, and travelers can even seek the most challenging route to a destination as part of their experience, but overlanding is not the same as recreational 4 × 4s, where the main goal is to overcome challenging obstacles. The critical point for the term overlanding is that the purpose is to include at least two or more of the following:
- Remote locations
- Cultures other than yours
- Little-explored or little-documented regions
- Self-sufficiency in unknown territories for several days, weeks or months.
That is, a night trip to the mountains of your locality on a well-documented and mapped route, staying at a campsite with all services, is not an OVERLANDING adventure, it is a trip through the countryside or, at least, a camping trip.
Main purpose: exploration and adventure travel.
Duration: typically one week to many years. They can last only a few days if the route is particularly remote, challenging, or infrequent.
Logistics: Detailed planning is required for environmental, geographic and geopolitical contingencies.
Route search- Navigation is easy, usually on known routes that are well documented
Camping site: remote or established camps
International borders: Rarely includes international border crossing
Risk: Low risk to personnel, moderate risk to equipment on more difficult tracks.
LandBackcountry trips often include challenging trails as part of the adventure, with tracks like the Trans-Pyrenees or longer routes in Morocco or Algeria for example.
At KAMPERZONE we have roof tents of all kinds to make your OVERLANDIG TRIP come true