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Old 02-17-2018, 09:34 AM   #76 (permalink)
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Old 02-25-2018, 05:19 AM   #77 (permalink)
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Hey Everyone,

After 3,538 miles in Namibia, it's time to wave goodbye to this magical country and say hello to Botswana, African country number 19!
I have been told many, many great things about Bots, so I'm really looking forward to exploring the remote corners.


Read about the border crossing and more. I must be getting lazy, I couldn't be bothered getting any paperwork for the Jeep!
Into Botswana across the Caprivi Strip | The Road Chose Me

Soon after we explore the magical Baines Boababs - these trees are at least a thousand years old, maybe two thousand


Then we explore the ancient cave paintings at Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO site:


Read the whole story here: Tsodilo – Mountain of the Gods | The Road Chose Me

I'm also filming a YouTube series as I move around. I'm a little behind editing the thousands of hours of HD video I have, so the latest to go live is showing my time in Cameroon a few months back.
My YT channel is here: http://youtube.com/c/theroadchoseme
The Cameroon video is here: https://youtu.be/kCl6wYw1yNo

[video=youtube;kCl6wYw1yNo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCl6wYw1yNo&t=84s[/video]

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Remarkable. Are you planning your next trip yet?
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OP, two questions:

1 - Did you carry a firearm? If so, what? Permits required?

2 - Why not an M416 trailer as well? Moe fuel, water and living space inside your JK.

Nice job.
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:32 AM   #80 (permalink)
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Remarkable. Are you planning your next trip yet?
HAHA. I'm planning the next 5 !

Unfortunately, I'm spending my life savings on this trip, so when I'm off Africa I will have to nail down and work for at least a few years to pay for any future trips.

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Old 02-25-2018, 06:33 AM   #81 (permalink)
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OP, two questions:

1 - Did you carry a firearm? If so, what? Permits required?

2 - Why not an M416 trailer as well? Moe fuel, water and living space inside your JK.

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1. Absolutely not. Crossing international borders with a firearm is seriously, seriously illegal and would result in instant long-term jail.

2. I'm not a trailer guy. I understand some people love them and I think they can work well, they're just not for me.
Given the roads I took in West Africa, I'm happy I didn't have one.

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Old 02-25-2018, 06:40 AM   #82 (permalink)
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1. Absolutely not. Crossing international borders with a firearm is seriously, seriously illegal and would result in instant long-term jail.

2. I'm not a trailer guy. I understand some people love them and I think they can work well, they're just not for me.
Given the roads I took in West Africa, I'm happy I didn't have one.

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Thank you.

One other question. There is large underfloor storage area in the back of a JK. Is that where you placed the water tank?
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:48 AM   #83 (permalink)
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Thank you.

One other question. There is large underfloor storage area in the back of a JK. Is that where you placed the water tank?
No, my water tank is between the exhaust and the driveshaft on the driverside - where the evap canister usually sits.
I put it there because I really wanted the weight centered between the two axles.


(Don't panic! - I put a steel rock guard on it... read below for full details)

Full details on the water tank design and build are here: DIY 4x4 Drinking Water Tank, Pump, Filter and Treat | The Road Chose Me

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Old 03-12-2018, 09:22 AM   #84 (permalink)
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Hi All,

I have been checking out the spectacular wildlife Botswana has to offer.
Each of the links below has a ton more photos, or click any photo to see more.

First in Moremi National Park: Moremi National Park | The Road Chose Me



And then in the Okavango Delta: The Okavango Delta | The Road Chose Me


And now in the Central Kalahari: The Central Kalahari | The Road Chose Me



How close did a I get?

CLOSE!!!!


Botswana is blowing my mind! Wildlife is everywhere!!!

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Looks like you are having an awesome time
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:02 AM   #89 (permalink)
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Hi All,

I'm a bit behind editing the thousands of hours of HD footage I have filmed on the West Coast.

My latest YouTube video just went up, it's about my time exploring Gabon - possibly my favorite country on the West Coast.
I can't believe more people don't explore there!

I vow to get one online every couple of weeks now to catch up with the backlog!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAglvUMRj3c


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Can't believe I missed this thread until now! So awesome and amazing. Subscribing to utoob and here. Good luck, safe travels and looking forward to updates.
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Old 03-18-2018, 01:23 PM   #92 (permalink)
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Hey man! thanks for taking the time to post and share all your adventures with everybody.

I've known a couple guys who have done the work/save/scrimp to travel too. One of them was trying to be the first person to solo sail the coast of BC. Other guy traveled EU.

Are you doing the "don't mess with that guy he must be crazy" look to not have any grief or what? lol

Pirate goons..throw this guy a subscribe on the Yootubes.
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This is awesome.

I suggest The Silk Road as one of your next trips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxtiq4_vXQM
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:15 AM   #94 (permalink)
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Are you doing the "don't mess with that guy he must be crazy" look to not have any grief or what? lol.
Yep, I really am. The big beard and scruffy hair I think genuinely helps stop people from messing with me. Often times when Military or whatever ask for a bribe I can say things like "I have not had a shower in 4 days.. my clothes are dirtier than yours..."... and it's true.

Almost always they leave me alone after that

Also, even when I put on a clean shirt it's covered in mud within an hour anyway, so there really is no point

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This is awesome.

I suggest The Silk Road as one of your next trips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxtiq4_vXQM
Trust me, it's on the list!

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Old 03-22-2018, 08:50 AM   #96 (permalink)
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Hi All,

Some of you must be wondering what it would be like to ride along with me in the Jeep for 10 days, or even do what I'm doing full time.

The Editor of JPFreek Adventure Magazine flew out to Africa and did exactly that, and you can read all of his thoughts on what I'm doing with my life in the latest FREE edition of the magazine.

Checkout this story in the magazine to get an outsiders perspective on what I'm doing with my life:

Ride Along With Dan Grec in Africa article link: JPFreek Adventure Magazine Winter 2018 Page 78




Checkout the whole magazine, it's always free.

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Hi All,

I crossed into South Africa no problems at all, and after a quick jaunt I have crossed into the Kingdom of Lesotho!

(Don't worry, I'll go back to South Africa for a lot more exploring!)

Lesotho is amazing, here we are enjoying the views of one of the biggest single-drop waterfalls in Africa - 630ft.


Read all about it Into The Kingdom of Lesotho | The Road Chose Me

Now I'm in the interior of the country, exploring remote roads and mountains.
Wild camping every night is great, here's another random one:

More: Looping Lesotho pt 1 | The Road Chose Me

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Hi All,

I continued to explore Lesotho, finding a ton of great wild camp spots:


Then I got the Jeep to probably the highest it will be on the continent (10,630ft.)


Which I thought was a good excuse for a beer at the highest pub in Africa:


You can read more about all of that here:
Looping Lesotho pt 2 | The Road Chose Me


From there, I dropped down the super-famous Sani Pass into South Africa. It's a stunning pass with a few wicked switchbacks, of course the first vehicle to ever drive it was a Jeep!




You can read more about my drive down the Sani Pass here:
The Sani Pass | The Road Chose Me

Now it's time to explore South Africa!

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Curious, does Africa chill their beer like the US, or serve warm like Germany?
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