Originally Posted by Yota Up
I noticed the same thing with the DRC. Likely another area that isn't so safe.
Still curious about the safety angles and food/water, etc. Hoping to see some feedback on these questions so I'll post them again:
Where do you sleep along the way? Do you camp out in the wilderness or seek the safety of villages along your travels?
Are you carrying all the food you eat or do you sample local meals? Is clean water an issue or does your filtration handle any sketchy wild water you find with no trouble?
I take it you are sticking to well traveled roads since you're not getting stuck in single tracks and ruts and mud bogs.
Happy to answer.
I did cross the DRC. I did kind of the smallest route possible, but the most adventourous of those possible routes. It was a few days to do a few hundred miles. There are tons of details starting here on my website - click "next story" after each one to see the next one in sequence.
Congo Concludes | The Road Chose Me
Sleeping depends on the country. Some countries I wild camped every single night (angola for 6 weeks, Gabon for 4 weeks, Cameroon for 4 weeks, Guinea for 4 weeks) I literally never paid to sleep even once in those countries.
Many countries I wild camped a lot, and paid to camp in a hotel parking lot or whatever when in a city getting visas or whatever else I needed (Togo, Benin, Namibia, Ivory Coast, Morocco, etc. etc. etc.)
The only country I never wild camped was Nigeria, I just didn't think it was safe enough. I did however wild camp within 10 miles of crossing the border into Cameroon in the middle of a village...
For food I stop and buy supplies in local villages. Street markets have all the fruit, vegetables, rice and pasta I need, and often meat too.
To save money I try hard to always cook breakfast and dinner.
I got in a lazy habit in South America where I buy whatever the locals are eating on the street for lunch (usually around 50cents) - sometimes it's a delicious meat stew type of thing on rice. Sometimes it's a basic sandwich, sometimes it's who-the-hell-knows-what. I always eat it
It's a good excuse to get out and talk to locals and sample the local food.
On the west Coast clean water was never an issue. Every single village has a hand pump pulling up very clean water.
Here's a good example from Ivory Coast that I finally filmed. Every country was more-or-less the same as this
In some countries I stick to the better roads (Nigeria), in virtually every other country I tried as hard as I could to explore the most remote tracks I could possibly find. Remember, this is overlanding, not "off roading" by definition, anything I'm driving on goes somewhere, and so locals are driving it somewhat. Most of what I did would be impassable in the rainy season, and I sure had a lot of close calls with water over the hood and mud, mud, mud.
See my posts on Gabon and the DRC to get an idea. Also this video shows a "higwhay" in Ivory Coast. you can see how easy it would be to get stuck there.