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Africa Trail

------------------------------
 Section 0: Table of Contents
------------------------------

        No quicksearch fanciness, no tags, just a simple TOC. Use the search
button, you lazy damned kids. *shakes his cane*

        (Note: "Section #" should be easy enough to search.) :p

Section 1                Introduction
Section 2                Time
Section 3                Bike Maintenance
Section 4                People Maintenance
Section 5                Nutrition
Section 6                Visas
Section 7                "No-Food" Runs
Section 8                Closing


-------------------------
 Section 1: Introduction
-------------------------

        Africa Trail was a game put out by MECC in the late 90's, but it'll
run on a Windows XP system. Released by the same company that did The Oregon
Trail, it follows the same style of gameplay - keep your party healthy, and
get where you're going as quickly as possible.

        I'm Epsilon. I dug this game out of my 'old games' collection. I'm not
even sure if MECC is still in business, and if they are, I'm not sure if
they'd even sell this game. I don't know where to find the game anymore -
legally, at least. Standard disclaimers on that statement apply.

        I'm an experienced gamer. Not in the "I can beat Halo on Legendary"
sort of way, but in the "I've been playing games for over 20 years" sort of
way. I've got a knack for picking apart how the internals of games work from
playing them. This means that my FAQs won't be extensive, so much as
comprehensive. If I get a sense of how something works, I'll explain. If you
don't like reading wordy stuff, you should probably stop here. :p

        Unlike most FAQs here, I assume the player knows at least the basics
of how to play the game. This saves sections, saves you from my idea of "ASCII
Art", and saves time if you want to read through the entire thing. Most of
this is written as a series of observations. Sometimes it holds together well,
sometimes it's confusing. It's all at least valid though - I point out the
spots where I'm not quite sure of something, and any FAQ should be taken with
a grain of salt anyway.

        If you've got an addition to (or feedback for) this guide, e-mail me
at epsilon@etmoonshade.net - there aren't any guarantees that I'll answer you
(or notice your message amongst the spam,) but it's worth a shot. You should
probably put something about this walkthrough in the subject.

        I have a large collection of classic games - stuff from the late 80's
and early to mid-90's. In my opinion, these are some of the best games out
there - graphics took a backseat to good gameplay and features. Perhaps I'll
do a few FAQs for those games as well. Don't hold your breath, but who knows?
You might like my style.


-----------------
 Section 2: Time
-----------------

        If you're going for high scores, time is of the essence. Depending on
your starting and ending locations, you want to make it in 90, 180, or 270
days. The only penalty for not making it in time is in your score.

        "Time" in this game bears a bit more explaining though - you spend
money if you stay in a major city, and you spend money if you don't have food
and are in an area where there may be restaraunts. The areas with them are
typically in Northern and Southern Africa - more specifically, in areas that
are less rural and more developed. Don't expect to stop for a roadside cafè in
the middle of the Sahara! In any case, time is money in a very literal sense.
Also, this means that money is time.

        Of course, this all means that you should have food in your packs as
often as possible - food bought and prepared yourself is far cheaper than food
you buy in a restaraunt. Also of note is the fact that you spend money when in
cities - this includes when you are waiting for visas or resting! Oddly
enough, you also spend money when resting outside of a city. This doesn't make
sense, but this puts a theoretical upper limit on how long you can take to
make the entire trip. Once you're out of money, you're done with the game -
nobody dies, but it's the end of the trail for you either way.

        All-day travel seems to be very rough on your team. You can get by
pretty much indefinitely on light rations by travelling for 3/4 day at a
medium speed. Fast travel and 3/4 day at filling rations can be sustained for
a while. Fast, all-day travel can be sustained for a while as well on pig-out
rations, though you wear out more quickly.

        Your team also seems to be more injury-prone if you're going too fast.
My 170-day full-continent run (Bizerte to Agulhas) was fraught with people
managing to break themselves. I reloaded my game quite a bit in there. By
contrast, I'm also in the middle of a slow and steady 'tourist' run, and major
injuries (broken bones, etc.) have been minimal.

        Keep in mind that if YOU break a bone, the game is over. Save often if
you're not patient enough to repeatedly go over the same area over and over
again.


-----------------------------
 Section 3: Bike Maintenance
-----------------------------

        When you start a new game (using the file menu once you fire up the
program,) you'll be presented with a list of bike parts. Some of these are
absolutely vital - some will just slow you down while you're riding if they're
missing. Below, I've suggested quantities that you should bring with you.

        Note that most of the parts don't break unless you're riding the
shortcuts and take a fall - I tend to avoid taking shortcuts when I'm playing
the game, so your mileage may vary if you're fond of the 'scenic route' (most
of which look like crap. Stick to the main roads unless you're trying to make
it in the time limit, and even if you -are- trying to make it in the time
limit.)

Part                    | Number
------------------------+----------------
Bottom Bracket (set)    | 4
brake caliper           | 2
brake pads(pair)        | 32
cable(brake or shift)   | 32
chain                   | 8
crank                   | 2
derailleur(front)       | 2
derailleur(rear)        | 2
freewheel               | 2
hub                     | 2
pedal                   | 2
rim                     | 2
spokes                  | 320 (32 10-packs)
tire                    | 4
chainring               | 4
tube                    | 32

        The only things that -seem- to wear out regularly are the brake pads,
cables, spokes, and tubes. Always attempt to repair your bike before you start
replacing parts - tubes and sticking cables can usually be repaired 2 or 3
times before they need to be replaced. Your team will maintain their own bikes
for the most part, and will warn you when you're down to the last one of a
particular part. The parts that wear out the most frequently can be bought in
most cities and villages - many Africans use bicycles to get around, so brake
pads, cables, spokes, and tubes are available in most places. Other parts may
be harder to find, but you can always use "Air Express" to get any part you
need - at the cost of time.

        Despite the fact that your teammates mostly maintain their own bikes,
one thing I find useful is to replace all the shift cables at the same time.
This means that you'll be able to buy the cables in lots of 16 when you think
of it, and always have -just- enough. Also, when something of yours breaks
down, you should look over your teammates' bikes as well - just to be on the
safe side.


-------------------------------
 Section 4: People Maintenance
-------------------------------

        You have six choices for team members - 'Doc', 'Jazzy', Kimani,
Tzehai, Dan, and 'Wrench'. Doc and Dan are whiners - Doc seems to be more
easily fatigued than the others, while Dan bitches and whines when you're not
making the best time possible (or so it seems). Despite this, Doc is very
useful - he can recommend treatments for the assorted maladies you can
encounter in the game. 'Wrench' is useful, presumably for bike maintenance -
I'd guess that having him in your party gives you a better chance for
repairing a part rather than replacing it. The team members other than Doc and
Wrench appear to be there for 'flavor' - each team member appears to have a
different set of dialouge for some (though not all) of the locations you'll
visit. 
        
        Keeping your people healthy and happy mostly involves feeding them and
letting them rest when they're tired. Health can be affected by lack of food
(for instance, running out halfway across the Sahara) or because of injuries.

        Tracking morale seems to be a bit ephemeral - morale will dip
randomly, and go back up just as quickly. These temporary dips don't seem to
affect anything in the long run. Larger morale dips almost invariably
represent a lack of food - either you're running your team too hard for what
you're feeding them,  or you don't have any food at all. If morale gets down
to nothing for a team member, they will 'decide to go home', and you'll have
to wait for a new team member to fly in. A new team member costs money - money
for the airfare and money for the time spent waiting for the new teammate.
Avoid breaking your team members.

        Health is simpler, for the most part. Breaks, sprains, and strains
seem to mean a game over for that particular team member. More realistic than
The Oregon Trail, but way more annoying. The only thing that seems to affect
when a team member is injured is speed - slower speeds appear to mean fewer
injuries. Of course, as with many things, your mileage may vary.

----------------------
 Section 5: Nutrition
----------------------

        This section is the entire reason I decided to write this FAQ in the
first place - I was noticing that every now and then, I'd suddenly find myself
without food of any sort. This usually happened when I was in the middle of
nowhere and away from good food sources. After a bit of fiddling around, I
figured out that different foods have different amounts of nutrition they
give - logical, but unexpected from a game this old. Also interesting is that
some foods don't give as much nutrition as expected, and that foods will spoil
if they're kept around for too long.

        The tables were done for "light" eating - this allowed me to figure
out the nutrition value of some of the less useful foods. Filling rations
consume food at between a 133% and a 150% rate compared to light. Pig-out
rations consume food at up to double the speed of light rations. I suspect
that some of these values are a bit different than shown below - not by much
though, and the figures given should be "safe" for planning the distances
between cities.

        I have three tables here - the first is sorted by nutrition value, the
second is sorted alphabetically, and the third is sorted by -average-
nutrition value. Numbers in the kg/day column seperated by slashes represent
foods that are consumed at different rates. I haven't found any particular
formula to determine how the lower or higher rate is chosen - sometimes it
appears to alternate, sometimes it will run a couple of times in a row at the
lower value and switch to the higher value, sometimes the other way around.

        The methodology used (in case I missed a food in here, and someone
wants to submit an addition) is to empty the food packs, buy 100kg of the food
in question, and rest for a day. I then noted how much was consumed, and
continued to rest a day at a time until either A: the food spoiled, or B: all
the food was consumed. You'll notice that some of the foods are marked with a
* - this represents a food that didn't last to the next day. This may be
because of a quick spoilage time or because there is minimal nutrition value
in it - either way, I don't recommend buying these foods in the first place.

        Ambient temperature doesn't appear to affect food consumption or
spoilage. 25 kilos of butter lasted my team for the trek across the Sahara,
for instance. This also means that nutrition is only tracked as calories,
rather than as actual nutrients. Want to live on condensed milk? You can make
it to South Africa using it as fuel if you really want to. ;)

        Condensed milk bears a second look. I suspect that it was supposed to
be sold in lots of 283g rather than 28g. It's absurdly expensive (buying 109kg
will cost you just short of $9500), but it is consumed at an absolute trickle
compared to any other food. If you want to do a sprint once you hit Cameroon
(which appears to be the only place condensed milk is sold): buy 100kg (which
amounts to 3571 cans); set your team to travel full day, fast speed, and
pig-out rations; and FLY. I don't recommend buying more than 100kg - condensed
milk seems to spoil after 40-50 days (despite being canned) so overbuying
wastes money. You'll still lose probably about 25kg towards the end, depending
on rest stops, actual consumption, etc.

-----------------------------------------------------------
 Food Sorted by Nutrition
-----------------------------------------------------------
Food                    | kg/day @ light | Spoils?
------------------------+----------------+-----------------
condensed milk          | .5/.75         | 40-50 days
butter                  | 4/5            | 5
mbika                   | 6              |
dry pasta               | 6/8            |
groundnuts              | 6/8/10         |
powdered milk           | 7/8/9          |
halva                   | 8/10           | 3 days
bread (992g)            | 9              | 4 days
raw beef                | 9              | 4 days
sorghum                 | 9              |
beef                    | 9/12           | 2 days
bread (332g)            | 9/12           | 3 days
cookies                 | 9/12           | 6 days
uncooked rice           | 9/12           |
raw chickpeas           | 9/12/15        |
barley                  | 10/12          |
beans                   | 10/12          |
chocolate bar           | 10/12          |
baguettes               | 11/14          | 3 days
cheese                  | 12/15          |
goat cheese             | 12/15          |
honey                   | 12/15          |
mandazi                 | 12/15          |
olives                  | 12/15          | 4 days
raw millet              | 12/15          |
dates                   | 15/18          |
red beans               | 15/18          |
raw lamb                | 16/20          | 2 days
termites                | 17/22          |
dry noodles             | 18             |
coconut                 | 19             | 4 days
roasted termites        | 20             |
maize                   | 20/25          |
raw goat meat           | 20/25          | 2 days
Cerulac baby formula    | 21/28          |
jam                     | 21/28          |
tuna                    | 21/28          |
garlic                  | 24/30          |
sardines                | 24/32          |
eggs                    | 25/30          |
pigeon meat             | 27             |
raw plantain            | 27             |
yam                     | 30/36          |
ground cassava          | 32/40          |
potatoes                | 32/40          |
pounded yam             | 32/40          |
raw monkey meat         | 36/45          |
masango                 | 40             |
beheaded black cobra    | 40/50          |
tomato paste            | 45/55          |
raw chicken             | 45/55          | 2 days
tomatoes                | 50             |
dried fish              | 56/70          |
guava                   | 65             |
plums                   | 70             |
pineapple               | 80             |
bananas                 | 85             |
raw bush rat            | 90             |
raw okra                | 96             |
cabbage                 | *              |
carrots                 | *              |
cauliflower             | *              |
custard apple           | *              |
eggplant                | *              |
mango                   | *              |
onions                  | *              |
oranges                 | *              |
papaya                  | *              |
squash                  | *              |
tangerines              | *              |
turnips                 | *              |
------------------------+----------------+-----------------


-----------------------------------------------------------
 Food Sorted by Name
-----------------------------------------------------------
Food                    | kg/day @ light | Spoils?
------------------------+----------------+-----------------
baguettes               | 11/14          | 3 days
bananas                 | 85             |
barley                  | 10/12          |
beans                   | 10/12          |
beef                    | 9/12           | 2 days
beheaded black cobra    | 40/50          |
bread (332g)            | 9/12           | 3 days
bread (992g)            | 9              | 4 days
butter                  | 4/5            | 5
cabbage                 | *              |
carrots                 | *              |
cauliflower             | *              |
Cerulac baby formula    | 21/28          |
cheese                  | 12/15          |
chocolate bar           | 10/12          |
coconut                 | 19             | 4 days
condensed milk          | .5/.75         | 40-50 days
cookies                 | 9/12           | 6 days
custard apple           | *              |
dates                   | 15/18          |
dried fish              | 56/70          |
dry noodles             | 18             |
dry pasta               | 6/8            |
eggplant                | *              |
eggs                    | 25/30          |
garlic                  | 24/30          |
goat cheese             | 12/15          |
ground cassava          | 32/40          |
groundnuts              | 6/8/10         |
guava                   | 65             |
halva                   | 8/10           | 3 days
honey                   | 12/15          |
jam                     | 21/28          |
maize                   | 20/25          |
mandazi                 | 12/15          |
mango                   | *              |
masango                 | 40             |
mbika                   | 6              |
olives                  | 12/15          | 4 days
onions                  | *              |
oranges                 | *              |
papaya                  | *              |
pigeon meat             | 27             |
pineapple               | 80             |
plums                   | 70             |
potatoes                | 32/40          |
pounded yam             | 32/40          |
powdered milk           | 7/8/9          |
raw beef                | 9              | 4 days
raw bush rat            | 90             |
raw chicken             | 45/55          | 2 days
raw chickpeas           | 9/12/15        |
raw goat meat           | 20/25          | 2 days
raw lamb                | 16/20          | 2 days
raw millet              | 12/15          |
raw monkey meat         | 36/45          |
raw okra                | 96             |
raw plantain            | 27             |
red beans               | 15/18          |
roasted termites        | 20             |
sardines                | 24/32          |
sorghum                 | 9              |
squash                  | *              |
tangerines              | *              |
termites                | 17/22          |
tomato paste            | 45/55          |
tomatoes                | 50             |
tuna                    | 21/28          |
turnips                 | *              |
uncooked rice           | 9/12           |
yam                     | 30/36          |
------------------------+----------------+-----------------


-----------------------------------------------------------
 Food Listed by Average Nutrition
-----------------------------------------------------------
Food                    | kg/day @ light | Spoils?
------------------------+----------------+-----------------
condensed milk          | .625           | 40-50 days
butter                  | 4.5            | 5
mbika                   | 6              |
dry pasta               | 7              |
groundnuts              | 8              |
powdered milk           | 8              |
halva                   | 9              | 3 days
bread (992g)            | 9              | 4 days
raw beef                | 9              | 4 days
sorghum                 | 9              |
beef                    | 10.5           | 2 days
bread (332g)            | 10.5           | 3 days
cookies                 | 10.5           | 6 days
uncooked rice           | 10.5           |
barley                  | 11             |
beans                   | 11             |
chocolate bar           | 11             |
raw chickpeas           | 12             |
baguettes               | 12.5           | 3 days
cheese                  | 13.5           |
goat cheese             | 13.5           |
honey                   | 13.5           |
mandazi                 | 13.5           |
olives                  | 13.5           | 4 days
raw millet              | 13.5           |
dates                   | 16.5           |
red beans               | 16.5           |
raw lamb                | 18             | 2 days
dry noodles             | 18             |
coconut                 | 19             | 4 days
termites                | 19.5           |
roasted termites        | 20             |
maize                   | 22.5           |
raw goat meat           | 22.5           | 2 days
Cerulac baby formula    | 24.5           |
jam                     | 24.5           |
tuna                    | 24.5           |
garlic                  | 27             |
pigeon meat             | 27             |
raw plantain            | 27             |
eggs                    | 27.5           |
sardines                | 28             |
yam                     | 33             |
ground cassava          | 36             |
potatoes                | 36             |
pounded yam             | 36             |
masango                 | 40             |
raw monkey meat         | 40.5           |
beheaded black cobra    | 45             |
tomato paste            | 50             |
raw chicken             | 50             | 2 days
tomatoes                | 50             |
dried fish              | 63             |
guava                   | 65             |
plums                   | 70             |
pineapple               | 80             |
bananas                 | 85             |
raw bush rat            | 90             |
raw okra                | 96             |
cabbage                 | *              |
carrots                 | *              |
cauliflower             | *              |
custard apple           | *              |
eggplant                | *              |
mango                   | *              |
onions                  | *              |
oranges                 | *              |
papaya                  | *              |
squash                  | *              |
tangerines              | *              |
turnips                 | *              |
------------------------+----------------+-----------------

Browsing over the lists, you'll see that condensed milk is the winner for
nutrition by a long shot. Past that, butter is good in the places where you
can get it - seems to be mostly before you hit Niger. Dry pasta is always a
good food to get - it tends to be relatively inexpensive, and is in the top
five as far as nutrition goes. Mbika (apparently, a flour that veggie burgers
are made from) is technically better, but it is also $15+ per kilo - too much
to spend, really. Groundnuts (peanuts) are readily available on the cheap in
Central Africa - the part from Lagos to Nairobi, roughly.


------------------
 Section 6: Visas
------------------

        Any time you cross a national border, you need a visa. The only ones
you get for 'free' are the Algerian and Tunisian visas - all the others must
be bought. Visas are available in any capital city (and some other cities,)
and require one to wait for between 1 and 30 days. Not all visas are required -
you can collect them all if you're one of the 'completionist' sorts, but you
only actually pass through 14 countries.

        Note that if you don't start in Bizerte, the "Best Time" marks don't
necessarily apply - with that said, you'll usually be able to get a good time,
just not a good price.


Legend:
----------------+--------------------------------------------------------
* = Needed      | Visas sold -after- you've passed through the country
                | aren't starred.
----------------+--------------------------------------------------------
# = Best Time   | This is a more worthwhile gauge of a visa than price -
                | money is peanuts, but time spent waiting for a visa
                | will cost you more than any of these visas alone. If
                | multiple visas take the same amount of time, price will
                | be the tiebreaker.
----------------+--------------------------------------------------------
C.A.R.          | Abbreviation for the Central African Republic.
----------------+---------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
                                |                       | Wait  |
Location                        | Visa to               |(days) | Cost        
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Tunis, Tunisia                  | Libya                 | 4     | $5.65
                                |*Nigeria               | 1     | free
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Algiers, Algeria                | Burkina Faso          | 1     | $2.29
                                |*Cameroon              | 21    | $45.00
                                |*C.A.R.                |#1     | $35.00
                                | Chad                  | 1     | $4.90
                                | Mali                  | 1     | $20.00
                                |*Niger                 | 3     | $1.83
                                |*Nigeria               |#1     | free
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Tamanrasset, Algeria            | Mali                  | 1     | $30.00
                                |*Niger                 |#2     | $3.67
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Niamey, Niger                   | Algeria               | 1     | $14.00
                                | Benin                 | 1     | $24.00
                                | Burkina Faso          | 1     | $12.00
                                | Côte de Ivorie        | 1     | $12.00
                                | Mali                  | 2     | $26.00
                                |*Nigeria               | 2     | $24.00
                                | Senegal               | 1     | $24.00
                                | Togo                  | 1     | $12.00
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Lagos, Nigeria                  | Algeria               | 4     | $3.87
                                | Benin                 | 1     | $5.00
                                |*Cameroon              |#1     | $40.00
                                |*C.A.R.                | 1     | $35.72
                                | Niger                 | 1     | $7.00
                                |*Tanzania              |#1     | $0.82
                                |*Zaire                 |#1     | $16.00
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Yaoundé, Cameroon               |*C.A.R.                | 1     | $35.71
                                | Chad                  | 1     | $17.86
                                | Congo                 | 1     | $89.29
                                |*Kenya                 | 1     | $58.93
                                |*Malawi                | 1     | $58.93
                                | Nigeria               | 3     | free
                                |*Uganda                | 1     | $58.93
                                |*Zaire                 | 1     | $83.93
                                |*Zimbabwe              | 1     | $58.93
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Bangui, Central African Republic| Cameroon              | 1     | $42.86 
(C.A.R.)                        | Chad                  | 1     | $17.86
                                | Congo                 | 3     | $17.86
                                | Nigeria               | 1     | free
                                | Sudan                 | 1     | $53.57
                                |*Zaire                 | 1     | $64.29
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Zaire-Uganda Border             |*Uganda                |#1     | $20.00
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Kampala, Uganda                 |*Kenya                 | 1     | $2.70
                                | Sudan                 | 25    | $10.00
                                |*Tanzania              | 2     | $9.30
                                | Zaire                 | 1     | $70.00
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Uganda-Kenya Border             |*Kenya                 |#0     | $10.00
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Nairobi, Kenya                  |*Malawi                |#1     | free
                                | Sudan                 | 30    | $9.09
                                |*Tanzania              | 2     | $27.27
                                | Uganda                | 1     | $20.00
                                | Zaire                 | 1     | $7.27
                                | Zambia                | 2     | $9.09
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania         | Kenya                 | 1     | $3.36
                                |*Malawi                |#1     | free
                                | Uganda                | 1     | $25.00
                                | Zaire                 | 2     | $90.00
                                | Zambia                | 1     | $6.31
                                |*Zimbabwe              |#1     | free
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Blantyre, Malawi                |*Mozambique            |#2     | $6.00
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Harare, Zimbabwe                | Kenya                 | 1     | $4.93
                                | Malawi                | 1     | free
                                | Mozambique            | 2     | $3.94
                                |*South Africa          |#6     | $2.96
                                | Tanzania              | 1     | $6.51
                                | Zaire                 | 3     | $5.92
                                | Zambia                | 0     | $6.90
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------
Johannesburg and                | Kenya                 | 1     | $5.00
 Pretoria, South Africa         | Malawi                | 1     | free
                                | Mozambique            | 2     | $4.00
                                | Tanzania              | 2     | $10.00
                                | Zaire                 | 3     | $6.00
                                | Zambia                | 0     | $6.90
                                | Zimbabwe              | 1     | free
--------------------------------+-----------------------+-------+--------


------------------------------
 Section 7: Interesting Trips
------------------------------

        There are a couple of places in the game where you'll go for long
stretches with access to either minimal or no food. This section outlines the
'last chance' spots before the long stretches and recommended purchases in
those spots. There aren't many, but they're surprising if you're not paying
enough attention.

        There are also a few places where the path either isn't obvious or is
hidden from you until you get on the proper map. These are detailed below as
well.


Tamanrasset to Ingal
---------------------
        Buy all the food you can in Tamanrasset, and set your meals to light,
travel to 3/4 day, and speed to medium. Your morale will suffer a bit, and
you'll arrive tired, but you'll run out of food -just- as you arrive at Ingal.
You'll be able to restock there. Strictly speaking, this is the only
'dangerous' stretch without any food - it's easy to lose a team member to
morale troubles if you're not careful.

Piste to Mali and Desert Road to Niger
---------------------------------------
        Just don't take these unless you save first. If you try to go to Mali,
you'll have to backtrack, and it's slow going. If you persist in trying to
make it through to Niger, you'll "have to be rescued" - yet another instant
game over.

Titule to Komanda
------------------
        This one depends on your food choices - it's not so much a -lack- of
food here as a long stretch without -good- food. Most of what's available is
down towards the bottom of the nutrition chart, so you'll be continually
restocking. Buy stuff when you can. As always, I suggest taking dry pasta -
otherwise, buying the food along the way can get pricey. 

Titule to Poko
---------------
        There is a trail through the forest here - what looks like an unbroken
stretch of road actually has two stops along the way, going deep through the
forest. It's not necessarily faster or slower, despite that you're told that
you shouldn't take the trail during the rainy season - there's some nice
scenery in there, though.

Masai Mara National Reserve
----------------------------
        Despite that you're on a 'tour bus' going through this area, you still
need to make sure you bring a full load of food. As usual, stocking up on dry
pasta in Nairobi is recommended here - if you tour the entire reserve, you'll
spend 4 or 5 days inside the park. You might run out anyway, but you won't be
out for long enough to cause any permanent damage.

Kilmanjaro National Park
-------------------------
        If you don't have condensed milk left over (assuming you decided to
stock up on it), your best bet is to work on dry pasta bought earlier and fill
the rest of your space with powdered milk. The trip up the mountain will take
six to eight days, and I don't think I've ever made the trip without losing a
teammate (or two) to altitude sickness. While the trip is awesome and scenic,
don't make it if you're trying to get a high score.


--------------------
 Section 8: Closing
--------------------

        One thing I suggest against doing is using the condensed milk 'bug' -
I made it from Cameroon to South Africa drinking nothing but the 100kg of
condensed milk I had, going at fast speed and travelling all day, only resting
when I had to. While a 95 day cannonball run from Ekok to Agulhas is fun for
the score it nets you, you miss a whole lot of stuff.

        Most people thank people in the last section of the FAQ. I have nobody
to thank. If you want to use this on your site, go ahead. I'll be absolutely
impressed if you're managing to make money off a craptastical Oregon Trail
knockoff from the late 90's. Thumbs up to GameFAQs for hosting this - I
figured it was time to give something back to 'em, since I use the site all
the time.


                                                -Epsilon, 27 October 2010
 

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