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  1. #81
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    Hi All,

    I roamed across Tanzania, finding remote places and friendly locals



    Tons more pics here : http://theroadchoseme.com/across-wild-tanzania


    And now I have driven into Burundi, the tiny country that labels itself "The Heart Of Africa". I had to swap back to driving on the right after 10 countries driving on the left, and it feels exactly like West Africa.
    Ebola check at the border, totally French speaking, a lot less development, humidity, rain, mud and really raw.





    Border crossing story here: http://theroadchoseme.com/into-burundi



    More Burundi here: http://theroadchoseme.com/wandering-burundi

    It's a blast from the past to drop back into what feels like West Africa - A really good one!

    -Dan
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    Hi All,

    Burundi turned out to be nostalgia in the best possible way. Fully French speaking, much less developed than nearby countries, really friendly and down to earth people and some great wilderness spots to explore.




    Here's a great wilderness hot spring I managed to locate:


    And Burundi even has a claim to the source of the nile river! From this point all the water that flows off one side of the mountain goes into the Congo River, from the other it all goes into the Nile... all the way to the Mediterranean in Egypt



    Now I have driven into African country number 29, Rwanda.
    Immediately I can see it's very different than other countires. Since the genocide 25 years ago they have bonded together to form a very strong and unified country. There is absolutely ZERO trash to be seen - everything is extremely neat and organized.
    It's vibrant, fast and really friendly!

    The mountains the background here are in the mighty Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - I miss that place!






    Read the full story of the border crossing here: Into Rwanda | The Road Chose Me

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

    Awsone, following with interest!

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    +1 sub'ed, don't know how I missed this

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    Hi All,

    Rwanda was great, I found some fantastic camping on the side of Lake Kivu:


    and then went looking for mountain Gorillas near volcanoes



    Read More: http://theroadchoseme.com/volcanoes-national-park

    It's a little mind-bending, but after almost 45,000 miles I have just driven into country number 30 in Africa.
    I have no idea when that number got so high, it honestly feels like it's been about 6 months on the road (it's been 2 and a half years...)

    The border crossing was extremely simple and straightforward, everyone is really friendly. I had to yet again swap driving sides of the road.
    I'm back to driving on the left for Uganda and Kenya, then I'll swap back to the right side for the rest of Africa.



    Read about the border and my first impressions of Uganda here: [URL="http://theroadchoseme.com/into-uganda"]http://theroadchoseme.com/into-uganda[/URL

    Soon I'll have to start planning and thinking about the final push North to Egypt.

    -Dan
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    Hi Everyone,

    After 45,000 miles through 35 countries in Africa, the plan has gone a bit sideways.



    You can read the whole story and see more photos of the accident here: http://theroadchoseme.com/disaster

    -Dan
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    Wow, seeing that photo in your post, I have feared for the worst! So glad no one was hurt and that (hopefully) everything ended with just some dents, bruises and cosmetic damage. Keep on enjoying your lifetime adventure. Safe travels!
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    Really sorry about this, at least you weren't hurt and hopefully the Jeep will be okay

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    Hi All,

    I spent a few days cleaning out the broken beer bottles and eggs, and have most things back in order.

    I had a bunch of plastic clips on board, and after pulling the rear flare apart I put it all back and it's as good as new.

    The front inner fender is all cracked, so it has some Gorilla tape to keep it mostly solid.


    I found some guys on the side of the road that were able to "weld" the rear view mirror back together. Driving on the wrong side of the road without it was more annoying than anything, and it must be dangerous.
    The guy heated up the aluminum with an oxy torch, then just pushed around the slightly liquid metal with a rod.... it works well enough and the mirror seems very sturdy again.



    You can read the full story here: http://theroadchoseme.com/disaster-aftermath

    The front axle is now leaking a bit, which it has never done before, so I'll keep an eye on that.
    After a couple of hundred miles of driving the Jeep appears to drive OK, though I have not found a paved road yet to be sure.

    A major lesson I learned is to keep my winch controller and recovery gear in a storage location that is accessible no matter which way the Jeep lands. It was in a cabinet only accessible from the drivers side - so if the Jeep had flopped the other way it would have been impossible for me to use the winch!

    Onwards then.

    -Dan
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    Glad you are back on your feet (read wheels) Dan

    Long may your journey continue - safely
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    Hi All,

    I've been super-busy lately moving through Kenya.

    Without a front driveshaft I managed to slide into a ditch, and had to pull out the winch for the 2nd time in a couple of weeks.

    Story here: http://theroadchoseme.com/to-lake-naivasha

    The I spent time in the Masi Mara National Park - WOW, WOW, WOW, so many lions I stopped taking photos!
    Yep - I get close to the action - this is five male cheetahs out hunting

    And this big guy

    More here: http://theroadchoseme.com/masai-mara-national-park-1
    and
    http://theroadchoseme.com/masai-mara-national-park-2

    I replaced the CV Joint on the driveshaft with a HD unit from Terraflex designed for the high-angles of my lift, so I'm really happy to have 4x4 back:

    More details here: http://theroadchoseme.com/nairobi-jobs

    And now I'm driving North to Ethiopia, along the shores of the extremely remote Lake Turkana - easily the most isolated I have been in all of East Africa. I love it!


    More: http://theroadchoseme.com/to-lake-turkana
    and
    http://theroadchoseme.com/loiyangalani-lake-turkana

    -Dan
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    Hi All,

    After taking the extremely remote Lake Turkana route up into Ethiopia, I immediately bumped into these guys

    This is the first country I have seen civilains with AKs (or really any guns) and suddenly they are everywhere.

    After all this time on the continent, I finally got to hold one too. Much smaller and lighter than I expected. It was loaded while I was playing with it too.


    More here: http://theroadchoseme.com/into-ethiopia

    I made a stop at a Mursi village before driving myself into a huge gas shortage that is impacting all of Ethiopia. I manage to find some, and a few times I buy from the black market out of containers. It does the trick, the Jeep doesn't seem to complain no matter what I put in the tank



    More here: http://theroadchoseme.com/the-mursi-people

    After swinging through the capital of Addis Abba to pickup a couple more visas I have driven into the seldom-visted country of Djibouti, and I immidiately feel like I have driven onto another planet.
    This is like nothing I've ever seen before






    More here: http://theroadchoseme.com/lake-abbe-pt-1
    and here: http://theroadchoseme.com/lake-abbe-pt-2

    Although I'm getting close to the end, it feels like there is still a lifetime of adventure in front of me.

    Next I go back into Ethiopia before pushing through Sudan and into Egypt, the final destination!

    -Dan
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    Your blog is truly worth reading and the photos are particularly great. Ending this trip is going to be very hard I believe. The saying is the worst part about a trip is being home again - as everything is the same as when you left - but you have changed. Safe travels.
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    Thanks Dan its nice to read your travel story's and experience

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    This continent of ours is just amazing,swambo and i want to overland accross Africa .
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    Hi All,

    I drove back over the horrendous road and into Ethiopia, and after driving the Jeep to over 14,080 ft. in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia, I was happy to make it out of that country safely and without incident.

    In all my expeditions around the world, Ethiopia is the only country I have ever felt unsafe in, and certainly very unwelcome.
    It's a beautiful place, but it has some serious problems right now. Unfortunately I feel like I can't recommend a visit, which is really sad.



    You can read about the mountains here
    http://theroadchoseme.com/the-simien-mountains-part-1
    and here
    http://theroadchoseme.com/the-simien-mountains-part-2

    And now I have driven into African country number 34, Sudan!

    The border was time consuming, but more-or-less what I have come to accept as normal. Dropping out of the mountains the temperature skyrocketed well over 110F.
    Border crossing story here: http://theroadchoseme.com/ethiopia-ends-into-sudan

    For the first night I just wild camped off the road. Everyone says it's insanely safe here, and I have felt welcome right from the get-go.


    Now in Sudan, I just paid $0.35/gal for gas - easily the cheapest I have ever paid on the continent, and in my life. It's nice to get a whole tank for $7 !

    People here are insanely friendly, and now I'm looking forward to wild camping out in the desert!


    Full story about what Sudan feels like here: http://theroadchoseme.com/to-khartoum

    I can't believe I only have one more border to cross. After almost three years on the road it's going to be very surreal to "finish".

    -Dan
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    great thread.Last country? What will you do next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by m0lt3n View Post
    great thread.Last country? What will you do next?
    Last country will be Egypt, then I'm shipping the Jeep back to North America.
    I'll base myself in the Yukon again for plenty of adventures in Yukon and Alaska.
    I love roaming up into the Arctic Circle, so there are plenty of adventures on the horizon.

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    Hi Dan,

    I have seen yout entire Video series on this trip.

    My first overlanding trip is in December 2019. Im taking my Wrangler through Botswana, Zambia and Malawi.

    You can refer to me as one of your Fans! Good luck on your travles. Keep on sharing your awesome adventures.

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    Hi All,

    I have driven the length of Sudan, exploring the desert and wild camping every single night.




    Tons more photos on my website.

    Now after crossing the most expensive, complicated and convoluted border of my life, I have driven into Egypt. The 35th and final African country on this expedition!





    All the details on the border crossing and madness here: http://theroadchoseme.com/into-egypt

    I'm loving this place already!

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