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The Oasis Overland Team ‘Behind the Scenes’


Do you ever have those moments where you are dealing with someone via email or over the phone and you start to form an image in your head of what they look like? I do this all the time, which lead me to thinking that I can’t possibly be the only one…

We occasionally get calls here in the Oasis office from travel magazines and there is one guy, who I will call ‘Bob’ (for story-telling purposes only and named after my favourite South America truck- Sponge Bob).  Anyway, when Bob calls, the ladies in the Oasis office all raise our eyebrows at each other and when we put Bob on hold to transfer the call, we say “It’s the guy with the sexy voice” and we all have a giggle. I’m sure we all have different ideas in our head of what Bob looks like and at the end of the day, we will never know…

For this reason, I’ve decided it’s time for all our travellers to know who the faces are behind Oasis Overland and be given the opportunity to put a name to our ‘sexy’ voices…

Chris – Director

Co-founder of the company and the only man full-time at the Oasis HQ, Chris started Oasis Overland 17 years ago with a good mate Steve. After a few overlanding adventures of his own, including cycling around Africa & South America, he now has to keep the 5 office ladies happy at work – which he does by providing chocolate covered cookies!

Jackie – aka ‘Chris’s better half’ 

Jackie works part- time in the Oasis office. Having started out as a tour leader in Africa, a handsome (?) young man swept her off her feet and 20 years and 2 children later, she is still a keen traveller, balancing family trips to Africa & Egypt with the occasional independent holiday- like the Oasis ‘Trek Morocco- Berber Migration’ tour last year.

Ceris – General Manager

Having done a Trans Africa truck trip in her 20’s, Ceris fell in love with the Overland industry and has been working on and off for Oasis since we began. A keen outdoor enthusiast, when she’s not in the Oasis office, you might find her cycling, kayaking or hiking in the British countryside. Earlier this year she spent 3 weeks in South America catching up with our  ‘Kingdoms & Carnivals’ trucks, travellers & crew.

Mark & the Mongol Rally Car on the Silk RoadMark- Operations Director

Not in the office as much as we’d like to see him but that’s because he is busy checking  our trucks in South America, Africa & Central Asia, as well as driving our Adventure Bus from ‘London to Istanbul’. He also arranges private charters of our trucks and has worked with Philips Lighting as well as a Japanese TV company. An ex- Overland driver himself, all difficult truck questions get fired at him!

Natalie- Africa Sales & Operations

An avid traveller, she recently returned from a 5 month sabbatical which she spent travelling  overland from London to Beijing and beyond with her husband (whom she met on an Oasis Overland trip!) When she returned she switched from the South America desk to the Africa desk. Having completed the ‘Nile Trans’ a few years ago and spending almost a year doing independent travels in South America, her knowledge is vast.

Katie- Central Asia Sales & Operations

An exciting 6 years of her childhood was spent living in Khartoum, Sudan, which lead to her love for Africa & travel in general. Having recently returning from an Oasis ‘Gorillas and Gameparks” tour, where she picked up the nickname ‘Office Spy’ (thanks to our crew Mick & Joe) she is next setting off on the ‘Kyrgyzstan Overland’ 15 day trip in August and we can’t wait to hear all about  her next adventures on a big yellow truck.

Tracy- South America, Morocco & Egypt Sales & Operations

Starting out as an Oasis traveller on an Africa overland trip in 2004, I then went on to become a tour leader in 2008, spending 1 year in the Middle East and 2 years in South America. When not sat behind my desk writing blogs, you can find me chatting to my family in Australia, hiking and dreaming about my next holiday- which is going to be the Oasis ‘Deserts & Gameparks’ trip later this year!

So now when you are calling us or emailing with us- you can put a name to our face and not have to ‘imagine’ what we look like! (I hope that’s a good thing.)



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