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What a neat trip, what a amazing adventure. I’ve been around Africa a bit but mostly just big cities. Stay safe, Nigeria and Ghana are two places I don’t really want to go back to. The people in Kenya were some of the nicest I’ve ever encountered. The cities in SA can be sketchy also, lots of car jacking. Don’t stop at crowded intersections, roll slow and keep moving.
 

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I've been following Dan since his last trip, and am absolutely in love the content he has been posting from the new one. Its great for the people who have the wrong image of Africa and it's people.
 

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Awesome adventure

I see you have plans to go way out around Somalia. Why is that?

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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.
 

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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.
You can find his build sheet on his website with all his current parts and mods hes running and also answers to alot of those other questions.

Jeep Build Phase 2 Complete | The Road Chose Me

Roof top tent allows him to almost park anywhere, usually he ends up at spot he feels most comfortable or at the end of a long trek by just settling somewhere. He has his own water filtration system set up on the jeep.
 

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I've been following Dan since his last trip, and am absolutely in love the content he has been posting from the new one. Its great for the people who have the wrong image of Africa and it's people.
Thanks for the very kind words, I really appreciate that !

When I start selling stickers (soon) fire me a message, I'd love to send you a couple as thanks for being a long time follower!

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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.

Water:
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GkWRQwnlEM

Roads:
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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z740focQL4U

Make sense?

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You can find his build sheet on his website with all his current parts and mods hes running and also answers to alot of those other questions.

Jeep Build Phase 2 Complete | The Road Chose Me

Roof top tent allows him to almost park anywhere, usually he ends up at spot he feels most comfortable or at the end of a long trek by just settling somewhere. He has his own water filtration system set up on the jeep.

Actually this is a much better page to show the whole build

The Jeep | The Road Chose Me

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How many languages do you speak?
As long as he stayed on the coast on his African trip so far, all he would really need to speak is English and French. Especially French, not so much on the English side.

Go inland and it would be good to known Fon, Swahili, and Lingala to start with, but there are a zillion tribal languages when you head in from the coast.

Most of the Northern, Western and West Central African nations speak variations of French. Ghana and Nigeria speak English, although it's somewhat common in Cameroon and Gabon too, although they primarily speak French.

Two of my sons have been living in Ghana, Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, and Republic of Congo for the past 4 years or so. They pretty much speak Congolese French everywhere. It's similar to Parisian French, but the idioms and pronunciation are quite a bit different. If you speak good French and English, you can get around Africa pretty well without too much trouble.

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Hi All,

During all the dry riverbeds I found yet another wild camp that contents for best of the entire expedition.
Let me know what you think


More details on the riverbeds here: Riverbeds, Deserts and Wildlife | The Road Chose Me

After all that it was time for a change of pace so I visited a Cheetah Conservation place.
I will never, ever forget patting a cheetah while he purrs loudly:

Details here: Otjitotongwe Cheetah Guest Farm | The Road Chose Me

And then it was time for a visit to Etosha National Park. I have been told no visit to Namibia is complete without a stop.
I enjoyed it, though I think I prefer the completely wild animals. I have been spoiled already

Tons of photos here: Etosha National Park | The Road Chose Me

Namibia continues to impress. I love this place as much as I always thought I would!

-Dan
 

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Hi All,

I made a stop at the The Ju/’Hoansi Living San Museum where locals are the museum pieces, showing how their ancestors lived on the land for generations.
This fascinating man told me through a translator he actually hunted giraffe with his dad with this bow and arrow when he was a boy.


More: The Ju/’Hoansi Living San Museum | The Road Chose Me

After that I moved over to Khaudum National Park for some extreme elephant viewing.


How close did I get?
Close.


More: Khaudum National Park | The Road Chose Me

Everyone warned me about the deep sand in the North of the park and how they always get stuck.

It was extremely deep, though the Jeep didn't have a problem powering through.



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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


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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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