Our Story

How Oasis Overland Was Born

In 1997, myself (Chris Wrede) and Steve Crowhurst, having gained extensive knowledge of the areas Oasis Overland travels through by leading trips for other companies, as well as our own independent adventures, decided the time was ripe to start our own overland venture.
Our First Truck - Noxy

Our First Truck - Noxy

Between us we managed to scrape together enough money to fund the building and equipping of one and a half overland trucks. So we bought our first truck, D650 NOX (affectionately known as ‘Noxy’) and completed building her in an old WW2 aircraft hanger near Cirencester in March 1998. I drove her out to Turkey to start her first trip in April that year, a 5 week ‘Oasis Caravan’ overland tour from Istanbul to Cairo. Noxy remained in the Middle East doing return trips for many years.
Growing the Fleet

Growing the Fleet

Back in the UK, Steve had purchased our second truck. By re-investing all the money we had earned from our first few Caravan trips in the Middle East, we completed building our second truck in June 1998 and had our first Africa overland truck. This ran a Nairobi to Cape Town overland trip and in March 1999 our next new truck ran our first Trans Africa Expedition. From here on we slowly built the company, putting ‘Frida’ our first overland vehicle into South America in 2001.

Since those early days we have continued to grow and find new areas to take intrepid travellers, with Central Asia being the latest region on the Oasis map. 

Myself & MyTeam

Oasis Post-Covid

Following the forced closure of Oasis operations during the Covid pandemic, we are pleased to be restarting under the hand of our friends at Encounters Travel. The aim, Covid-allowing, is to operate all the same overland routes and tours as before the pandemic, with the same expedition trucks, drivers and tour leaders. Our friendly team and crew are committed to providing you with a high level of service. They have considerable knowledge and experience of travelling and have a passion and enthusiasm for their work and for the countries and places we visit.

I hope you enjoy browsing through our website and we hope to see you on board one day soon!

Chris Wrede & Ralph Foulds