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 Transafrica over the west, a 20`500km trip

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PostSubject: Transafrica over the west, a 20`500km trip   Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:51 pm

Hi all

Near 1 year ago we start our journey with a well prepared land cruiser.






We wrote a daily diary, and add too some pictures for each day:

http://transafrica2012.blogspot.com

Enyoj :-)  

I try too to mainain a list of all overlanders on the west route of africa who have a website or blog from 2012 upwards.


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PostSubject: Re: Transafrica over the west, a 20`500km trip   Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:32 pm


We did a small update, it is now easyier to read our travel diary  Very Happy 


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PostSubject: Re: Transafrica over the west, a 20`500km trip   Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:22 am

Thanks for that Surfy, although there is a lot of documentation there. Think I would rather go blind, more of a challenge that way!

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PostSubject: Re: Transafrica over the west, a 20`500km trip   Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:04 am

We try to get too a bit more thrill and to get a route who is not very usual:



But the areas are getting smaller and smaller, where you can travel and arent able to optain some informations before.

And even when you think you are on a less travelled road - you will recognice after a while, that you just had`nt searched well enough about.

To be honestly: overall it is useful, to know what are at sample these usual "bribe" szenarios in africa. What paperworks does it need. But that is up to you, if you like to try it blind and pay, or to have some up to date informations about the area you plan to travel.

The evolution shows another way, than these blind try`s. What not means that blind isnt fun.

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PostSubject: Re: Transafrica over the west, a 20`500km trip   Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:31 am

Any problems at the borders?

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PostSubject: Re: Transafrica over the west, a 20`500km trip   Mon May 26, 2014 6:55 pm

Tom Mc wrote:
Any problems at the borders?

I think the "usual" stuff. They try to get some cash out of you. But when your papers are ok you can avoid to cash them, you just need patience and sometimes up to 20min chatting to the guys. Before they get annoyed and let you pass  Laughing 

Unfortunately you mostly have 3 steps on each side of the border - so sometimes it will consume a bit of your time to pass through.

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PostSubject: Re: Transafrica over the west, a 20`500km trip   Tue May 27, 2014 7:16 am

Nothing much has changed then over the years, borders are still hassle with the border guards/police all-powerful as they try to subsidise their meager wages. Would I do the same if I were in their shoes? Probably!

As you say, patience is the key, plus don't give in to a back-hander (unless absolutely necessary) as it all it does it make it ten times worse for those that follow. Ever border is different, consequently the way one has to deal with it has to be different. That's life, it's all part of overland travel.

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