Tallinn to Cape Town

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  1. memento13

    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Hmm, dont think they ever hinted for bribe, felt like they just liked screwing a white person and giving refusal of entry. They complained a lot how nigerians are treated by US. But can be wrong, have not paid bribe so far in Africa (or anywhere), so not familar with this.
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Even if i get my approval for Visa on Arrival this time, i have to use the same border again. Will be interesting reunion.
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Got my Nigerian Visa on Arrival application approved. Gonna be back at the boarder in a couple of days and let see what reception I will get from my 'friends'.

    It is not over yet, I still have to get to airport and get approval there aswell, but it is a progress.
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    While playing the waiting game with Nigeria visa, went through videos of my favorite place in West Africa. Fouta Djallon in Guinea is one of the rare places here that is not crowded and noisy place. Not a single second of bike riding, but maybe still interesting:

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    Good luck this time around.

    I've sent you a PM.

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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Got Gabon and Congo-Brazza visa yesterday, was super easy, both took less than hour. Very friendly people at these embassies.

    Will go to Nigeria border now.
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Slowest 100km in my life following escort car from Seme border to Lagos airport. Pretty exhausted, but 1 month visa in my passport and can start crossing Nigeria. First have to get Cameroon visa in Lagos, but feels good to have this process finally behind me.
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Checkpoints in Nigeria are pretty crazy. After having to lay contents of my luggage on the pavement more than once every day, went with a strategy of saying no to showing my luggage content and just keep talking.

    Worked for 4 times. 5th time not so good, after some bullets were flying in the air, decided to show my luggage content. No point arguing with drunk guys with atomic weapons.

    Ofcourse it got dark and missed my target city. Now in some random village that is not even on the google maps. Maybe it is not the safest place as my bike was quickly under a cover and some roof tiles. Beer is still cold and cheap...
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Nigeria is most corrupt country I have ever been, by far. All the news of they trying fixing this is BS. Saw bribes given in airport at the visa office, almost every checkpoint people pass small money to get through and there can be checkpoint in every 500m in some sections. Been asked bribe 10+ times every day. Asking "do you have something for me" is asking bribe. And no, almost no checkpoint asks your documents, only want to go through your luggage, because it is most time consuming and most effictive getting pribe.

    Was searching how people handle checkpoints and run into this news:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-africa-48214438
    It's like comedy show, how about fixing your checkpoints instead of giving out stupid tips. Mauritania has a lot of checkpoints, absolutely no problem with these. It's a world wonder that Nigerian people still manage to be quite smiling and friendly people in this situation.

    Been ignoring their attempt to stop me in several checkpoints, probably have to try this more often. Quite close to Cameroon border already, only problem is my Cameroon visa starts in 9 days as I planned to spend more time here.

    Now Calabar and Drill Monkey Ranch. Calabar looks like nice relaxed city.
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Riding in Nigeria have been a lot of tarmac so far, but still some dirt:

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    Next a couple of days should be good when crossing to Cameroon.
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Crossing from Nigeria to Cameroon was whole day offroad riding, did not see a meter of tarmac. It was raining heavily previous evening and night, was so slippery in some section that could not even stand on my feet. Several big crashes also, resulting bruised left elbow, smashed right knee and streched back. Best day so far West Africa.

    Sadly first thing in the morning my gopro mount broke, so no video from riding. Was too lazy and tired to fly the drone.

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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Some times you just have to take the mud, even if there is easier path:

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    Does not look bad, but was extremely slippery:
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Arrived in Cameroon, both sides of the borders quick and easy.

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    Cameron side had several river crossings, checking depth of the river with some locals:

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    Trucks in their natural position, locals taking it with smile:
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Spent 6 days in Douala, meeting some travelbuddies and getting hammered by cheap local booze. After losing some weight, doesnt seem I tolerate much.

    Got my DRC visa and started to leave Douala, but ofcourse my patched HD tube didnt last even 10 km. Changed tube in a park in middle of Douala. Sadly was rushing and pinched my spare tube and decided to limp to a hotel and stay another night:

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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    So in the evening yesterday, patched my spare tube, which is undersized 110/80, tire is 140/90. Douala is big port city with population of 2.9M and could not find a single inner tube or tire. All locals ride with cheap chinese bikes.

    My tires are very worn and quite soft now. Front is Anakee Wild from Athens, Greece 25k km. Rear is Golden Tire GT723 from Dakar Senegal 11k km. So quite good distance from both.

    Rode short distance to Limbe and started to pack my stuff in the morning to continue south, but noticed my rear is empty again. Checked the tube under the water, but no clear leak, I guess patch is leaking slowly. All my spares are broken now and no one is willing to lend me their spares, so will try to start limping tomorrow to Yaounde or Liberville, Gabon.

    Any hint where i could get some tubes and/or tires nearby would be extremely appreciated.

    Luckily sun is shining and gonna continue chilling by the pool and drink cheap beer.
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    makes for easy Preventative maintenence,
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Yeah, quick access under the truck, they probably wanted to tighten that nut near rear axel.
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    DunkingBird Been here awhile Supporter

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    Hello memento13, I came across your ride report today and read it with great pleasure.

    The picture with the Pinzgauer 6x6 put a smile on my face. I often drove this type of vehicle in my Swiss military service.

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