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    Default Re: The Road Chose Me: Right Around Africa in a Jeep Wrangler. 30+ countries, 120,000

    Dan - GREAT Thread, thanks for sharing!!

    Only saw this now, which is a pity, I live in Bethlehem, Eastern Free State, and it seems like you must have passed through here en route to Lesotho.

    Would have LOVED to share info of the surrounding area with you!!

    Safe and happy travels!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grec View Post
    My latest video is on YouTube now - crossing the infamous DRC - The Congo - (Formally Zaire)

    I think this is my best video yet, I would love to hear your thoughts!
    Indeed a fantastic video, part of even more fantastic adventure of yours! Best of luck for the second part of your trip!
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    Hi All,

    Before setting out to circle Africa, I drove 40,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina on the Pan-Am Highway & finally I have published a book about my adventure:



    My first taste of Overland adventures changed my life. This book is a collection of the adventures I had, the people I met and the lessons they taught me. It has taken me many years to write because it took many years for the lessons to sink in!



    I hope it will inspire you to get out there and live adventures of your own!

    AVAILABLE NOW: Grab a print or digital copy on Amazon, or (very soon) apple iBooks.

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    Hi All,

    After reaching the Southern Tip and half way point, I continued around to Cape Town.

    The scenery along the way is simply stunning, and reminds me of the Great Ocean Road in Australia - actually I think it's even better.



    And they have penguins. Yes, really.


    More: http://theroadchoseme.com/towards-cape-town

    Upon arriving in Cape Town I did the only logical thing - hiked directly to the top of Table Mountain. The view made the hike worthwhile!





    More: http://theroadchoseme.com/table-mountain-hike

    It's been nice to relax and thoroughly enjoy reaching the half way point, but now it's time to move North. I'm extremely excited for the Cape to Cairo run that now lies ahead!

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    Hi All,

    I have just posted a new video on YouTube, this one is about the 6 weeks I spent exploring all over Angola.

    It's only the second country on the entire continent I have extended my visa in, so you can imagine how much I enjoyed my time there.
    Angola really has everything you can imagine, and now the visa is getting easier and easier to get. I hear some nationalities can now get it on arrival at the border. Sweet!

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



    For anyone thinking about it, get yourself to Angola!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grec View Post
    Hi All,

    I have just posted a new video on YouTube, this one is about the 6 weeks I spent exploring all over Angola.

    It's only the second country on the entire continent I have extended my visa in, so you can imagine how much I enjoyed my time there.
    Angola really has everything you can imagine, and now the visa is getting easier and easier to get. I hear some nationalities can now get it on arrival at the border. Sweet!

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



    For anyone thinking about it, get yourself to Angola!

    -Dan
    Nice Dan, would have been great meeting you there at the cliffs...we were there a 2 weeks ago....

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    Hi All,

    Everyone always asks how the Jeep is running, if there have been any failures and what work I have had to do to it.

    All the details on all the Maintenance, repairs and some key upgrades I have done to the Jeep are in the latest FREE edition of JPFreek Adventure Magazine - you can read the article here - JPFreek Adventure Magazine Spring 2018 Page 64







    Fire away with any questions you have about everything.

    The Jeep should be good now for another 40,000 miles on the famous Cape to Cairo run on the East Coast!

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    Hi All,

    After over 6,500 miles through South Africa, I cut through Swaziland briefly, and now I I have driven into country number 23, Mozambique!




    The border crossing was easy and hassle-free. I was told becuase it was raining there would be no Poilce to bribe me on the roads. Perfect!

    More: http://theroadchoseme.com/into-mozambique

    From the capital of Maputo I have moved up the coast and found paradise in the little beach side town of Tofo. I rented a surfboard and am now living the beach life!



    More: http://theroadchoseme.com/tofo-mozambique

    Speaking Portuguese again is great fun, the water is warm and the beers are cold and cheap. I suspect I might stay a while!

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    Hi All,

    After a great time on the beach in Mozambique, I have driven into African country number 24, Zimbabwe.
    The Immigration guy in Mozambique didn't want to let me leave, though after a few hours of patience he finally let me go. As beautiful as it was, I don't really want to get stuck there!

    Right from the get-go the mountains in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe are stunning, and provide tons of gravel roads to explore and endless wildcamping.





    Read more: http://theroadchoseme.com/the-easter...nd-chimanimani

    The country feels free and happy to be rid of their dictator who was kicked out by the military just under a year ago. Finally people can talk about how bad Mugabe was, and they seem all the happier for it! It feels like the country has a very bright future.

    ... And then, even more mountains and exploring





    More: http://theroadchoseme.com/even-more-zimbabwe-mountains

    I'm loving this place and the laid-back and friendly locals and already know I want to stay longer than my 4 week visa!

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    Hi All,

    Zimbabwe is continuing to blow my mind. Every day provides something new - it's always stunning, and there is never anyone around.

    In the south I checked out the region near Matopos National Park which has a lot of beautiful places and great remote places to explore.



    We found an awesome cave full of ancient paintings on the side of a mountain. Really, really cool


    More: http://theroadchoseme.com/around-matopos-national-park

    Since then we've been checking out Mana Pools National Park. We camped right on the banks of the Zambezi River looking out to Zambia. Elephants walked right through camp, and at night a Hyena came within 20 feet of me, and we could hear lions roaring not too far away while sitting around the fire. Spine tingling.


    People ask how close we get to the big animals.
    Close!


    This guy with the AK47 was our guard while walking around looking for lions. We could hear two different prides roaring with us in the middle - though we never did see them. Doing it on foot is a whole different experience!


    A ton more pics here: http://theroadchoseme.com/mana-pools-national-park


    Also I just uploaded the latest YouTube video, showing our time in Botswana. Being extremely close to lions is hard to forget!
    https://youtu.be/-eTCPCky9q8
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    Hi All,

    After a total of 38,668 miles I have driven into African country number 25 - Zambia!

    I'm really looking forward to this one, and finally I feel like progress is being made on this "to the North" segment of the expedition.

    The map on the hood is getting filled in by the day!






    You can read about the whole border crossing here:
    http://theroadchoseme.com/into-zambia

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    Hi Everyone,

    Zambia is off to a stunning start.
    I have been playing with Chimpanzees again, hiking into beautiful waterfalls, exploring wilderness areas and ancient caves, and I even managed to run the Jeep out of gas!
    FAIL!




    To read those stories, checkout these two pages:
    http://theroadchoseme.com/chimfunshi-chimp-orphanage

    http://theroadchoseme.com/mutinondo-...ves-waterfalls

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    Also the latest edition of the FREE JPFreek Adventure Magazine just came out!


    http://currentissue.jpfreek.com/publ...9437&ver=html5

    There is a big update from me, and the Editor Eric has built a wicked offroad trailer that has me drooling.
    I've never been a trailer guy, but he has me seriously thinking about it for the future!


    You can read all about his trailer build here: http://currentissue.jpfreek.com/publ...ver=html5&p=14

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    Thanks Dan! Love reading the updates. Safe travels.
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    Hi Everyone,

    Just for the fun of it, I'm running a prize pack giveaway !



    Up for grabs are:

    A Traditional Tinga Tinga oil on canvas painting from East Africa (18″ x 12″)
    The Road Chose Me Vol. 1 (Signed) book
    The Road Chose Me Africa Embroidered Patch
    The Road Chose Me Africa Sticker

    For your chance to win, just follow The Road Chose Me on Facebook and Instagram.

    The Road Chose Me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theroadchoseme/

    The Road Chose Me on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theroadchoseme/

    I'll draw a winner at random on September 13th

    Good luck!

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    Hi Everyone,

    I've been exploring remote parts of Zambia and absolutely loving it!

    This ferry across a hippo and croc infested river was a highlight - it's a bunch of barrels lashed together, and it's pulled across the fast-flowing river by hand!





    More on that here: http://theroadchoseme.com/splitting-...national-parks

    Since then we've treated ourselves to some affordable luxury at Marula Lodge on the banks of the Luangwa River, where we go into the National Park every day at sunrise and sunet.
    We keep bumping into large critters like this:





    And we even saw this lion chased off the river by hippos! So much for king of the jungle!




    And finally! A leopard!


    You can see a ton more animal pics in the two posts:
    http://theroadchoseme.com/marula-lod...onal-park-pt-1
    http://theroadchoseme.com/marula-lod...onal-park-pt-2

    Zambia is wild!

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    I think you are a few months behind with posting on your blog (and here on the forum).

    It would be good to know exactly when you were in Zambia. The hand-pulled pontoon over the Luangwa River is, certainly, an experience - and we know that it is not in place until after the rains. Your photos (and the description of the 05 down the Muchinga escarpment) sound as if you did it a little too early in the season - probably in late May/early June/July. More information and dates would be very welcome.

    Safari njema!

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    Keep it coming !! Very nice !
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    Lovely pictures and video, Dan.

    That lion is not just 'a lion' , he is Ginger, a famous South Luangwa red maned lion, we came across him and his pride last Christmas.

    This is great thread , enjoy your travels and stop by for a beer if you pass Malawi.


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    I have crossed into Malawi - a painless border crossing.



    Story about the crossing here: http://theroadchoseme.com/into-malawi

    I have been camping lakeside and enjoying paradise - Lake Malawi is hard to beat!



    Tons more photos here: http://theroadchoseme.com/cape-maclear-lake-malawi

    and here: http://theroadchoseme.com/north-along-lake-malawi

    ..and now after driving up a mountain, I'm camping at a place called Mushroom Farm overlooking the lake. It's fantastic.


    More: http://theroadchoseme.com/mushroom-farm-livingstonia

    Malawi has been great, though a little difficult. With the language barrier and extreme wealth disparity I found it virtually impossible to connect with the local people - a first on the continent for me.

    Tanzania is up next!

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    Hi All, I have driven into Tanzania, which turned out to be the hardest border crossing of my life. I don't have a "Carnet De Passage" which is an international customs document for the Jeep, and so far I have managed every country without one. Tanzania didn't want a bar of it. Officially their Temporary Import Permit is only for vehicles registered in nearby African countries, and so technically I MUST have a CDP. After lots and lots and lots and lots of discussion and me basically begging, the guy finally let me use their Temp. Import Permit system! Read the full story here: http://theroadchoseme.com/into-tanzania After a week of R&R and fun on Zanzibar, I have now cut across Tanzania, and I'm checking out Kilimanjaro. Wild camping in the shadow of a big glacier-capped mountain feels just like being back in South America. More: http://theroadchoseme.com/around-kilimanjaro Tanzania is enormous, I'm cutting inland now to checkout a couple of tiny countries in the very heart of Africa! -Dan
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