Later this year I’m setting out in my ’07 Unlimited Rubicon to circumnavigate the entire African continent.
I will explore roughly 30 African countries and cover 80,000 miles over the course of 2 years, plus or minus.
Driving a Jeep Wrangler TJ 40,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina on the Pan-American Highway in 2007-09 taught me more than I ever could have imagined. It taught me about exploring and living out of a vehicle, what I’d want in a future rig, and where I want to explore next. It taught me the thrill of exploration in a foreign country, learning a new language and diving into different cultures.
With zero mechanical issues on the entire adventure, the little 2-door TJ was the perfect vehicle, even completely stock. The reliability alone made it a simple choice to again go with a Wrangler for exploring Africa, this time with a couple of modifications I feel are key to an adventure of this length.
I’m building my Wrangler into a fully camperised, self-contained house on wheels. It will have rear storage, fridge, sink, stove and interior sleeping and living space. Solar panels on the pop-up roof, and on-board running water will allow me to spends weeks at a time away from civilization.
Range and simplicity are extremely important, so I’m swapping in a 6 cylinder mechanical diesel engine.
I expect to encounter conditions much worse than in the Americas, so lift, bumpers, winch and recovery gear are all going to be a part of the new Jeep.
I am beyond excited JPFreek Adventure Magazine will be the home for all the details of my Jeep build and prep, and then the home of the Jeep-related videos, photos and stories from my travels around Africa.
I hope you’ll follow along, and I hope I can inspire you to get out and explore in your Jeep!