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Overlanding In Africa Pre WWII

August 29, 2012 by JJ in Famous Rvs, Motor Mansions with 0 Comments

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On his 10th African expedition, Commander Attilio Gatti was inspired to conduct his overland safari with luxury motorhomes. Attribute his urge to experience, extravagance, American influence, or that for the first time, Gatti decided to bring along his beloved wife.

Regardless of the reasons, this Italian film maker and explorer, along with the International Truck Co. revolutionized motor travel in 1941 with the creation of the Jungle Yacht.

Built on a sturdy, 44 ft., International Harvester chassis, these 9 ton Jungle Yachts were outfitted to the hilt. On board features included 110 volt power, air conditioning, wood cabinetry, and office work spaces complete with 40’s era movie making equipment.

The only flaw— driving these beasts through the unpaved, swamp laden jungles of the Belgian Congo. Maneuverability was likely the crews most difficult task… well, besides keeping out curious elephants.

Clips filmed on the expedition can be seen in “Perils of the Jungle.”(1941)  IMDB

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