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  1. Pieter Jooste says:

    Hi There. I live in Johannesburg and is a member of the Jeep club there. Contact me when you get there, I work in Tanzania, Town called Morogoro, have a workshop here. You can contact me when you come thru here as well on the way to Dar es Salaam.

  2. rj crawford says:

    We have added you to our Military Living website so our readers can follow your blog. I also teach a blogging class to a group of girls in Kampala Uganda, they would like to invite you to dinner so they can hear about your trip. Regards
    RJ Crawford President Military Living

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi RJ,

      Thanks very much for the heads up and coverage. Let me know if there is anything more I can supply.
      It would be a pleasure to meet your blogging class in Uganda – I will absolutely get in touch when I’m getting closer (likely near the end of 2017)


  3. Reinaldo says:

    You are AMAZING :))))

  4. Golnaz says:

    Hi, Dan

    My name is Golnaz . I am from Kashmar in province khorasan Razavi in IRAN. I Invite you in KASHMAR. I am happy to come KASHMAR and get to know this historical city .

    Have good time

  5. Michael says:

    Got your link from imgur. You are such a cool cat! Stay safe!

  6. Lester Whitt says:

    I’m an expat living in Luanda, Angola with a welder and a decent cache of tools. If you need anything or just want to have some dinner, drop me an email and we’ll (wife +5 kids) have you over, work on the truck, help you resupply, whatever.

    Safe travels!

  7. Hi Dan,
    Do i understand correctly that the road between Leconi in Gabon and Oyo/Okoyo in Congo-Brazzaville is completely paved now? I am planning to travel that road, but without own transport. Did you see many vehicles there, or motorbikes?

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi Rutger,

      Yes, the road is completely paved, basically brand new and in very good condition. You could drive the whole thing (and all the way to Brazzaville then Pointe-Noire) with cruise control at 100km/h.
      There were not a lot of vehicles going across the border, but I’m sure there is some local transport in the area if you ask around!

      Good luck and have fun!

  8. Alan Dobinson says:

    Hi Dan,

    I was planning to cross from Nigeria in Cameroon at the Ekok border in 4 days (driving through Nigeria now) and this is now closed. I would really love to use the northern track that you took and would you be able to email me some useful GPS or track information please?

    I’ve purchased your ebook and its full of accurate and relevant information – the best source of info we have had since leaving Spain.

    Cheers Alan

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi Alan,

      Wow, interesting to hear the Ekok border is closed. Is that because Cameroon is more-or-less closed, or for some other reason?
      I drove North to Takum (spent the night there) then went South and East to the border crossing at Bissaula, and then onto the ring road in Cameroon. The road is now shown in Open Street Map – search for “Takum, Nigeria” and you’ll see what I mean!
      You can also load those maps into your Garmin GPS if you have one.
      Good luck, I would love to hear back how is the road and how you make out!


  9. Martin Brigden-Gwinnutt says:

    Hi Dan
    Love your videos. I’m currently planning similar trips after early retirement in 2 years time.
    I’m planning on getting a jeep wrangler 4 door with a large roof top tent (preferably one that opens 180 degrees if I can get one) then get my wife to stop working so we can travel.
    How’s the Jeep holding up? Still a good choice?
    Would you recommend Diesel or Petrol for overlanding? (I’m currently in the Diesel camp)
    All the best, stay safe.

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi Martin,

      Great! That sounds like a life-plan I approve of :) haha!
      The Jeep has been great, but for sure parts are not as available as for example Toyota would be. It has not been a problem for me, but some people feel uncomfortable about it.
      Petrol Vs. Diesel is getting more complicated now with all the emissions stuff on newer diesel engines. If it’s newer than about 2007, you will have a hell of a time in remote places on the planet, and the high sulphur diesel will probably kill the engine in short order.
      For the West Coast of Africa, for example, I never saw low sulphur diesel even once.
      It’s a personal choice though, so I won’t try to sway you either way!


      • Martin brigden-gwinnutt says:

        Hi Dan,
        Thanks for your comments.
        So I guess petrol must be easy to get hold of as well now over most of West Africa? (Your jeep is petrol?)
        UK (possibly eu) wrangler tend to have diesels, where I think us wrangler tend to be petrol.

        • Dan Grec says:

          Hi Martin,

          Remember that scooters and motorbikes run on petrol, and in virtually every developing country in the world they outnumber 4 wheeled vehicles by at least 100 to 1. Also remember people have been riding motorbikes around Africa for decades, using Petrol.
          The ONLY time on the entire expedition I got to a station that had diesel but didn’t have petrol was in Rep. Congo, but that was because they had turned off the only refinery in the country. It was tricky, but I got some.
          As it turned out, in Angola there were tons and tons of stations that had petrol but no diesel.
          So it’s not like diesel is a magic bullet that will always be available either.

          I think both are perfectly valid choices in 2018.


          • Martin Brigden-Gwinnutt says:

            You make a very sound point there about motorbikes (why didn’t I think of that, DOH!)
            Keep travelling.
            Maybe our paths will cross someday.
            All the best

  10. Daniel Purdy says:

    Dan, it was great meeting you. Your Jeep and associated equipment was an inspiration to our whole team of enthusiasts. I am sure Josh, my son Samuel and I will be referring to your site many times as we start to build similar Jeeps. We look forward to your tour of North America.
    Thank you and safe travels!

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi Daniel,

      Thanks very much, it was a real pleasure to meet you and the whole crew as well! Thanks so much for all the snacks, I feel like a king! haha
      All the best for your travels home, I hope we can catch up somewhere in North America in 2019.


  11. Ramie says:

    Hi Dan.
    I have been following you now for a while. I live in Egypt i have a jeep and member of jeep club egypt and planning to do part of your tour from egypt to south africa in two years and i really apprciate all your efforts and tips.
    When you at egypt pls ping me we can meet in person and invite you for a dinner :). Wish you all the best.

  12. Lewis Preston says:

    Hi Dan,
    Saw your Africa trip-map. I did a 3 month mini version with mates in a 28 year old Hilux in 2016. I live in Newcastle upon Tyne. Get in touch if you’re heading to Geordie-land, cheers Lewis

  13. Lenny Smith says:

    It was great to meet you at Overland Expo East. If I may ask, are you running wheel spacers with your Mopar steel wheels? I enjoyed your book and picture book. Looking forward to your next book.

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi Lenny,

      Thanks for the kind words! With a maximum of 285 wide tires, you don’t need to run spacers with the Mopar winter wheels. If you go any wider , or up to 35s, you do need spacers. I hope that helps.
      Next book is well underway!


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