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resently passed through Nigeria, Congo or the central african republic?

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We are three guys in a Toyota landcrusier, currently in Burkino Faso, trying to sort out our route further south on our way to south africa. We would be very glad to hear of anyone who resetly have been through the above mentioned countries, hopefully with some info about safety, routes, timeschedule, etc. ! ANyone planning to go the same way? We will be in Ghana, togo or benin for xmas, heading west and south in the start of january. thanx a lot for any answers!

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nigeria etc

hi...have a look at my website www.gonewandering.co.uk just done that route..very interesting and no problems!!if you have any specific questions ill t and answer them Im in australia nw awaiting my vehicle so ill be back on the road after xmas!!!!

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No worries on this route, but do not take the main red road on teh Michelin map to Brazaville. It is impassable in the rain season and is full of Ninjas. Better to go via Point Noir.

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My client is in Cameroon now, he passed Morocco, Mali, Senegal, Burkino Faso, Benin, Nigeria, and going to Congo. He rides BMW GS Adventure. you could email him and ask your questions pilot@motopeople.ru His name is Vladimir

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security in Nigeria

Security is an issue in NE Nigeria. Was in a mini bus attacked by armed robbers just south of Maiduguri, last week. They had about 15 vehicles pulled over, AK47s, and a whole bunch of people face down in the dirt. The gun fight when the cops finally arrived sent us all fleeing into the desert, bullets everywhere (although more than likely police were bribed by the bandits - they had checkpoints 10 minutes north and south of the robbery site, despite this, the bandits had been pulling vehicles over for about 3 hours). They searched everyone, especially the westerner, real well and took everything of value (luckily had a very well hidden stash of money -but they almost found that too). Friggin scary. According to locals I talked to in Maiduguri, highways both east (to the Cameroon border) and south of Maiduguri are real problem areas at the moment.

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We are three guys in a Toyota landcrusier, currently in Burkino Faso, trying to sort out our route further south on our way to south africa. We would be very glad to hear of anyone who resetly have been through the above mentioned countries, hopefully with some info about safety, routes, timeschedule, etc. ! ANyone planning to go the same way? We will be in Ghana, togo or benin for xmas, heading west and south in the start of january. thanx a lot for any answers!

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Lois must be about there at the moment, check her updates on website below:

http://www.loisontheloose.com/africa/route.html

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According to locals I talked to in Maiduguri, highways both east (to the Cameroon border) and south of Maiduguri are real problem areas at the moment.
Are there any 'back' roads .. suitable for use by the adventure tourist ?
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I took this route through Nigeria at the end of November

Hello,
I took the route from Niger-Nigeria-Cameroon via Madiguiri at the end of November with no problem. I was travelling with some Dutch people in a Land Cruiser at the time and it was all fine (except for the Land Cruiser getting stuck in a bog!).
We crossed from Niger to Nigeria at Diffa, (no problems or bribes). Then crossed Nigeria via Madiguiri and entered Cameroon in the far north (sorry, can't remember the name of the entry point).
You can read more about it on my website (address below) on the Africa Journal page; but basically it was all fine. Cameroon entry was a bit chaotic and we had to buy very expensive insurance, but there was nothing untoward.
Also, another Brit on a bike came through that way not long after me, and it was fine for him too.
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