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This is Botswana. Steve and two complete strangers fixing Toto, who had two rear bushings improperly installed, resulting in the entire back axle shifting forward. We started two years ago with the kindness of strangers and we end that way. This is typical of the kindness and character of Batswana. Not only are they helping fix the truck, they said “my home is your home.” #botswana #botswanaisbest #payitforward #totothelandrover #kindnessofstrangers #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #botho #roadsidemechanic #landroverlife #landroverdefender #defender110 #onelifeliveit
After two weeks in the shop, major parts replacements, and more money than we should have spent, we spent our 18th anniversary swapping the brake pads that were improperly installed and trying to fix the bushings that were brand new as of yesterday. Posted up at SOS Children’s Village thanks to the kindness of a Motswana who spent his ENTIRE afternoon under the truck with Steve. Tomorrow, we start over. #happyanniversary #kindnessofstrangers #rollwiththepunches #landrover #defender110 #africaoverland #overlandafrica #overland #torothelandrover
We left Gabs this morning. Our farewell tour of Botswana begins as do many of our trips these days - with Toto on the side of the road and Steve with a wrench and manual. #landroverlife #cliche #landrover #defender110 #roadsiderepair #noreallyitsfine #readthemanual #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #totothelandrover
Two years ago, I stood in front of this classroom on my first day of teaching at UB. Today is my last day on a campus that has become home, with colleagues who have become friends, and with students who are going to change the world - at least as much as they changed me. #universityofbotswana #ub #gaborone #botswana #africa #classroom #highered #botswanaisbest #ilovethisplace

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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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