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35 Responses

  1. Hi Dan
    Thank you for the 2 wonderfull Days in the Nationalpark Penjari. Now we are back home in Togo.
    We Hope, You Corss Nigeria without Problems.
    Walter and Manjo

  2. Dave says:

    Really enjoy reading your updates, great stuff. Definitely different than life here in Kamloops, BC !

    • Dan Grec says:

      Thanks Dave!

      I gotta say, sometimes I daydream about my brilliant days snowboarding at Silverstar and Big White!
      What a beautiful area you live in.

      -Dan

  3. Mike says:

    Great stuff Dan. So happy you’re living the dream far to many have trouble with life inside the wire, then blink & it’s over.
    We love travel, 3-4 months, but up to 6. Little planning, day to day. Fellow travelers & locals makeit great even on the bad days.
    Never stop.
    Mike & Linda
    PS: my 1st adventures was as a long haul trucker at age 18 in 1963

  4. Inge Ekkelboom says:

    Dear Dan,

    How are you?
    I was wondering how do you make the travelplans in the map ?
    It’s beautiful. :)

    Gr Inge

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi Inge,

      I had a decal shop make the map itself, which is a big sticker. It’s clear, and I just paint the line on with a paint pen.

      Last trip I painted the whole map and the line with just a paint pen. I traced the original map from one I printed onto paper. It also worked really well. See it here – Around Ushuaia.

      -Dan

  5. IONUT PAMPU says:

    Hi Dan,

    After your African tour we kindly invite you to join us out there on Romania’s trails whenever you want.
    Eastern Europe has much to offer and to explore and plenty of remote areas to wander.
    We follow closely on our forum your great Jeep adventures!

    Be well and we wish you health and a safe trip along your Jeep in Africa.

    Regards,
    Ionut

    Founding member of
    http://www.jeepromania.ro

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi Ionut,

      Thank you very much for the warm invite!
      My friend from Germany has been to Romania many times and has said many, many times how spectacular it is.
      I am 100% certain I will explore Romania one day, I really am looking forward to it!

      All the best,
      -Dan

  6. don says:

    Hi Dan,
    I have a question about vehicle choice – i’m planning a long round the world trip overland – what would you chose for two people? looks like the jeep would be pretty tight for two. would love your thoughts.
    cheers
    db

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hey Don,

      There are a million considerations that come into play here, not least of all about personal preference. Think long and hard about if you want interior living space – how long is the trip? How challenging will the weather/bugs/humidity be?
      After years on the road, there is only one thing long-term overlanders want – it’s not a bigger bumper, bigger tires or another winch.
      It’s interior living space!

      Good luck, I’d be interested to hear what you come up with.
      -Dan

  7. Mr Gert Vermaak says:

    Dan nice meeting you at wild camp Zambia with our small troop of kids and again in Malawi. Just read your article in our local SA4x4 magazine. Didn’t know you where a travel super star! Stay safe

  8. Hello, I publish the site Westafricandocumentary.com which shows short films about West Africa. The purpose is to present an accurate and positive image of West Africa. The site is like an encyclopedia of 23 pages. Can I put one of your videos on the “Home” page? It’s a page with samples of videos, it’s this page:

    https://westafricandocumentary.com/country-profile

    You can see how it would look. Please do feel free to contact me at any time.

    Alexander Walker
    Los Angeles, CA
    USA

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi Alexander,

      You may link to my videos on YouTube if you like, but please don’t just upload it to your site.

      Thanks very much, let me know if you would like to link to or use any of my photos and articles.

      Cheers,
      -Dan

  9. Ashley W. says:

    Really enjoyed the article in Overland Journal about your trip through Brazzaville. I live there for two years as a kid. Will there be more articles of your adventures in Overland Journal? Will be on the look out if so.

  10. Scott Sutton says:

    Wow impressive adventurous. I’m married with two adventurous boys. Your YouTube videos are inspirational I wish I could be adventurous like you. Have a couple Jeeps just run my kids to sports and back in them keep up the good work

  11. Hey Dan,

    I am the owner of the Midwest Overlanding and Off-Road Expo that is being held in Springfield, MO on Feb 15-16 2020. I would like to inquire about having you attend this event. Please let me know what fees or requirements need to be met to have you join us.

    Thank you,

    Chris Holloway
    MOORE Expo
    http://www.mooreexpo.com

  12. Hey Dan! It’s fun following your adventure and so exciting to pass you (JUST NOW!) traveling I70 in Kansas! So awesome, keep on Jeepin!

  13. Good morning Dan,
    It was great talking with you again at the Virginia RTT Rally this past weekend.
    I didn’t think about it at the time… But, we should have traded contact info.
    Looking forward to the next time we meet.
    Safe travels!

  14. Daavid Rowe says:

    Hey Dan, check out these books: “The Day of the Dipsas”, Nailed ‘n Screwed”, Sultans of Samba”.

  15. Miguel Videira says:

    Hi Dan, my friends and I want to go on a road trip throughout Europe and America. I wanted to know how to modify a Jeep Wrangler or similar model to connect a boat propeller to the battery and attach some floating (I don’t know the word in English) I’ve seen a Jeep with two orange things similar to kayaks, to keep it afloat. My plan is to make a Jeep amphibious, I know it’s possible because I’ve seen two guys do it, I just don’t know how to do it or what materials I need. I’m not sure if you can answer my question, I came to this website because I was searching for an adventurer who’s also an expert on Jeeps.

  16. Jeff says:

    Hi Dan,

    I’ve heard that African safari/game parks have vehicle restrictions in terms of height/weight. Do you know what these generally are? I’m pretty sure the large expedition vehicles (Unimog. MAN, etc.) can’t get in some places, but beyond that I don’t know.

    Thanks. I’m really enjoying your blog!

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi Jeff,

      I think very large vehicles are almost always allowed, but they are just stupidly expensive. Many of the parks in Botswana for example my Jeep (less than 2.4 tons) was $50USD per day. A big MAN truck my friend was driving was $500 USD per day.

      So it’s gets crazy expensive really fast!

      There are probably good websites around with all the rates if you google – countries like South Africa, Botswana and Namibia are good at putting that stuff online.

      -Dan

      • Jeff says:

        Thanks for the info. I’m only partway through your blog, but I haven’t read anything about breakdowns or repairs. How reliable has the Jeep been? They aren’t particularly known for reliability, plus lots of people say you should get a vehicle that has a large worldwide dealer network and that local mechanics will have parts for and know how to fix (e..g a Land Cruiser). Obviously you went a different route. I’m curious about your reasoning on that and how it’s been working out.

        • Dan Grec says:

          Hi Jeff,

          I replied to you other comment also.
          If you are very worried about breakdowns and spares, then yes, a Land Cruiser is a very good choice. But to be honest it’s not something that happens often with newer vehicles, so it’s not a huge focus of my trips. I really didn’t need parts, so a dealer network is not something I care to much about.

          -Dan

  17. Jeff Kinney says:

    I posted this question previously, but I don’t think it was posted. Apologies if there’s a double post,

    Anyway, how reliable has the Jeep been? How often have you had to repair it, and did you have to find a dealer or could a local mechanic do it? Some people say you should only attempt this kind of trip in a vehicle that has an extensive dealer network and is widely sold around the world (like a Land Cruiser) so mechanics will know how to fix it and spare parts will be available.

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi Jeff,

      The Wrangler was extremely reliable. It never broke down, never left me stranded. I tore the boot on the front driveshaft, so it spat out all the grease, and finally the joint because very noisy. So I just removed it for a few weeks until I could re-built the joint and put it back on.
      Other than that, not a single issue!

      -Dan

  18. Dan Matthews says:

    Hi Dan
    I recently watched a video which featured your AK-Argentina trip. The animated line on the map looked like it went from Baja California Sur to mainland Mexico.
    How did you make that journey?

  19. Shawn says:

    Hello! First let me thank you for all your responses on YouTube. I go be “s” on youtube. I will be hopefully within a year to be a full time overlander. I deeply thank you for your follow up comments of questions I have. I have alot because of being a new full time overlander. With that said I have 1 book of yours and 2 more coming from Amazon so you don’t have to answer these questions if you answered them in your books. So here it goes. In Africa with most of it being a 3rd world countries how do you do or get for oil changes, do laundry and do you have a portable toilet? I appreciate you allowing me to pick your brain. Out of all yhe youtubers your the only one who have answered my quetions. Hopefully someday I will be able to meet you at a show or expo or just out overlanding. Take care bud and thank you.

    Shawn

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi Shawn,

      You are very welcome! My goal is to inspire and help other people get on the road, so I’m happy to do anything that can help!

      1. oil changes – there are always places that will do it for you at or near gas stations, and when you buy the oil the change is free. I always did it myself just because I wanted it done right, and I wanted to look over the Jeep. It’s easy.

      2. Laundry I did by hand a bucket. There really are not many places you can pay to have it done in Africa, and it worked the way I did.

      3. I don’t have a toilet, I would use the gas stations or whatever, or use the shovel !

      I hope that helps!

      -Dan

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