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Back to see my friends at @wild.wheels and Hi -Range Safari City in #gaborone today. Just shoring up our recovery equipment before a big solo trip to the #CKGR with the #Pajero. @frontrunneroutfitters @frontrunnerza @oppositelockza @oppositelock4x4 #centralkalaharigamereserve #offroad #equipped #overland #overlanding #overlandafrica #mitsubishipajero #onourown #botswana #4x4 (PSSST. Their new showroom is under construction 🚧, but Hi Range still has all the overland and off-road tools you need to travel safely and well in the African #wilderness .) @bjclaassen69 @chrtho83 #kudu #carpaccio @no1ladiescoffeehouse in #gaborone #botswana #lunch #game #expatlife #mmmmm New @goodyear #allterrains for the #Pajero. Super Tyres in #gaborone = top notch service and excellent prices. And, I love the smell of a tire shop😀😀 #newshoes #shoesmaketheman #tires #tyres #kevlar #adventure #overland #botswana #offroad (Thanks @bill.edwards.10297 !) On our big #overland #adventure through southern #africa the RSi @smartcanopy on our @wild.wheels #landcruiser was our constant companion. Dust free, rock solid, secure, and super convenient, it was the one piece of equipment we used more than any other on a daily basis. The stainless steel canopy worked so well, we never gave it a second thought - which is what a well-engineered product should do. #africaoverland #overlanding #4x4 #smartcanopy w/ @cosedivine @sa4x4

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The Namib Desert – photo: Julie Edwards

Overland Expo is the most comprehensive gathering of overlanders and travel enthusiasts of all stripes in the western hemisphere.

The semi-annual events – ExPo West and ExPo East – draw all kinds of vehicles and people from all over the world for a few days to exchange knowledge, travel stories, and general camaraderie.

We’re proud to say that both Julie and I will be presenting a class at ExPo East on how to plan your own overland adventure in southern Africa.

OvEx East is scheduled for October 7-9, 2016 at the Biltmore Estate near Asheville, NC. Built and gradually expanded by the Vanderbilt family and its scions over the years, the Estate should make an amazing setting for this year’s event.

What are we going to be talking about?

Our class is titled “Self-Drive Southern Africa – Choose Your Own Adventure”. Here’s the description:

Does an adventure in Africa top your list of dream trips? Have you winced at the price of fully-catered safaris and decided that particular adventure was out of reach? A self-drive safari is the answer! It’s easier, safer, and less expensive than you might think, and YOU can do it. This practical class covers all you need to know about planning your trip, living and driving in southern Africa for an extended period, and getting the most out of your journey. Additional topics include how to effectively plan your own game drives, camping ideas, shopping for supplies, navigating routes, and sample itineraries.

We will have plenty of awesome photos, and a lot of practical advice about how to show up on a continent you’ve never been to, drive a truck you’ve never seen on the “other” side of the road, and still get the most out of your trip.

In the meanwhile, if you were going to attend our session, what kinds of questions would you have for us?

Lead photo: Gemsboks, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia. Julie Edwards

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