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  • #46
    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
    Africa circumnavigation in a Jeep Wrangler @ The Road Chose Me (previously Alaska->Argentina in a TJ)
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    • #47
      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
      Africa circumnavigation in a Jeep Wrangler @ The Road Chose Me (previously Alaska->Argentina in a TJ)
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      • #48
        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
        Africa circumnavigation in a Jeep Wrangler @ The Road Chose Me (previously Alaska->Argentina in a TJ)
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        • #49
          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
          Africa circumnavigation in a Jeep Wrangler @ The Road Chose Me (previously Alaska->Argentina in a TJ)
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          • #50
            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
            Africa circumnavigation in a Jeep Wrangler @ The Road Chose Me (previously Alaska->Argentina in a TJ)
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