Eiji Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
January 28th, 2022 Zampetas Camper Stop

All the details mentioned previously are still correct. The brothers are both very friendly and helpful. The toilet/shower room is clean and paper towels as well as toilet paper and hand soap are provided! In this Covid midwinter with many of the normally all-year campsites closed, we are truly grateful for the services that the brothers provide without cost.

January 25th, 2022 Alexandros Camping

Maria warmly welcomed us in midwinter. We were the only campers so she kindly gave us a key to one of the bungalows to use the bathroom. Since she lives on-site, she says that the campsite is always open:) very quiet, highly recommended

November 7th, 2021 Camping in an old quarry

Still a good spot with minimal trash. Didn’t seem to have changed from the photos. Be aware that there was evidence of v recent sand mining activity, but didn’t appear to be a big operation—probably only a few truck loads. We arrived late Sunday afternoon and left mid morning on Monday and saw no one.

November 4th, 2021 Haliki

Great spot. Altitude, 1130m. Drove here from the north on all paved road in good condition—But the 20km took over an hour and the first 1/2 was mostly narrow 1 lane with vertical drop offs, zero shoulder, slightly wider places to pass not very frequent (no turnoffs for passing except for v narrow steeply descending access roads to private property) and people live up here, so use your own judgment. Access from the south is much easier on roads with with center striping.

October 28th, 2021 Kruje Camping

As in previous descriptions, the very friendly and welcoming owner speaks basic English and the campsite is well placed for visiting the town and castle. The somewhat narrow road to town is all up hill without a pedestrian walkway for the first 1/2. Although the camping is quite close to (but higher so the view westward is unobstructed) a main road into town, there is very little traffic later in the night. The toilet and hot shower are quite ok, but there’s only one of each. Fine for us as we were alone for 3 days. I don’t know about busier times, but the owner was staying in the town at night. Posted phone no. 068826704. We enjoyed our stay. Recommended

October 11th, 2021 Auto-Camp Pod Maslinom

Open April to end of October. 2 persons, poptop Troopy, electricity 134Kn/d in October. Camp general lighting turned off late evening, except for ablution buildings, nice. Highly recommended

October 6th, 2021 Biokovo

Hill top camp (small) with good 360 views. Open 1/5, close 31/10. 16 June to 30 Sept, 12.50 euro/person. Other days, 9 euro/person. Motorcycle/bicycle + tent cheaper. Cash only, euro/Kn. Electricity and full kitchen + fridge included. V clean ablutions. V friendly, complimentary homemade wine on arrival, nice. Located near expressway but not bothersome, also near entrance to tunnel through mountain, 12 min. to coast. Supermarket 10 min. walk in town. WiFi mainly near common area, spotty at sites. Recommended.

September 20th, 2021 Igor

Kn 105 for Troopy pop top 2 adults, Kn25 for electricity. Closes mid October. Ablution bloc cleaned multiple times/day! Some road noise during day but v quiet at night. Stayed 2 weeks, highly recommended (popular so crowded in high season)

July 3rd, 2021 Sava River bank/Croatia side

Camping between (and below) river levee bike/walk path (nicely lit at night) and river—width varies 10 to 40m (most of width leveled) with grassy plants , steep drop to water so river access limited. Although more than 1 km of dirt road access available on both sides of the town, the south has trees for shade in the afternoon, but access path is rutted and may be a problem when wet. We asked at police outpost on riverbank about restrictions—free for anyone to camp, awesome!! No trash around wooded part. Wouldn’t advise big rigs.

June 15th, 2021 Auto air conditioning service

Service for car air conditioners and engine/transmission too.
Jivko and Plamen are great guys!
+(359)899664048
In Bulgaria, 0899664048
Bratya Vasilevi northern industrial zone 2,
Haskovo
Great service! Good prices, friendly and speaks enough English, German, French!

June 11th, 2020 Ant Camping

Definitely closed now. Main gate closed and site overgrown but saw someone—maybe caretaker? We camped just across fence at Camp Kapidag.

June 9th, 2020 Drinking water

2 water taps, parking for larger vehicles

June 9th, 2020 4x4 Garaj

4x4 Garaj Club—Servet, former off-road racer, is a great guy and mechanic!! Recommended by a local off-roader, Servet welded my cracked LC 78 front axel housing that the Toyota dealer In Tbilisi didn’t want to attempt. Very thorough mechanic—he also checked bearings, brakes and replaced hub seals. Since he builds off road trucks and also makes custom after market accessories like bullbars (saw him bending 3 1/2 mm thick tubing!), we had him install custom fender flares/mudflap extenders and also weld up a battery box for the in-cabin Li battery. Also saw him clean the considerable crap out of the diesel tank of an overlander LC78. Our Istanbul contact showed us the nice custom drawer system Servet installed in their new Jeep. Like other mechanic work I’ve had done in Turkey, Servet’s prices are very reasonable. Highly recommended. (Due to coronavirus lockdown, we worked with Servet from December to June!!)

June 9th, 2020 Beach picnic area

Sign posted—30tl, that’s what we paid to camp in our car. Great view with refreshing breeze. DIY flush toilets reasonably clean :-) Hand pump for water—recommend drinking water on road 300 m towards Istanbul. Friendly guy, recently “upgraded” his spot with 20 ft container.

January 13th, 2020 Turkey/Bulgaria Border

Buying Green card insurance for Bulgaria and rest of Europe: 1 month, €54 or 74€ for 3 months for LC Troopy. Kiosk is 10m past very last Bulgaria customs exit gate. Since Bulgaria Immigration (or police?) wouldn’t return our PPs until we presented the Green card insurance, we just parked next to the last exit gate, walked to the kiosk, bought the insurance, and drove back to Immigration to get our PPs—you can drive up to the final exit (into Bulgaria) gate and back to Immigration without crossing to the “exiting Bulgaria” side. You can also buy your highway vignette at the kiosk on your right just after Bulgaria Customs luggage check—they take 20 USD for 1 month.

January 6th, 2020 Alexandrovo Camping

Great campsite! Friendly and helpful host Matt and daughter Skye have lived in the area for a decade and speak English, Bulgarian and Japanese. Although their website says the campsite is closed in the winter, they’re open for overlanders throughout the year :-) Best to email Matt during the off season.
[email protected]
Note, some services may be limited due to weather conditions. We passed through in midsummer and returned for a month in winter. Highly recommended!

December 14th, 2019 Clearing in the woods

Completely agree. V quiet night. Hunters and herders and stock mid day with only couple cars passing on adjacent dirt road.

December 13th, 2019 Next to river/dam

Great view of wide river (near dam). Easy access. Off secondary road, so not much traffic (none at night)—quiet. Only local fishermen, friendly. Trees are short, so no shade. Not trashy. Turkcell LTE, moderate strength. Probably lots of other places off of the road—didn’t check.

December 10th, 2019 Taka Rafting Camping

Could camp and use toilets even though they are closed (for winter?)—cool people!!
Since there’s no rafting in winter, no hot showers like we had last summer.

December 9th, 2019 Sarsi border

Georgia to Turkey: passengers need to walk through immigration to exit Georgia. Bought Turkey insurance through agent before Georgia exit—same price as Turkey, can pay with different currencies

November 1st, 2019 Dingo Backpackers

Came for a few days, stayed 6 weeks. Owners are 2 cool young Italian guys—at least English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, German spoken. Parking area is behind hostel and large enough for 1 (2?) LR/Troopy size cars—driveway narrow and a bit steep.
Although the hostel may be closed mid winter, overlanders sleeping in their vehicles can stay throughout the whole year—very cool :-)
10 Lari/person/night (including electricity, BYO extension cord)—breakfast and family dinners separately (and reasonably) charged.
ATM and convenience store within 50m—larger shops close by too. Nice and easy walk to old town and river. No dogs, please (sorry, but dogs will start the neighbor dogs barking.)

October 31st, 2019 Rest Camp Georgia

Closed as hostal as well as camping. Owners not present, only caretaker. Maybe closed for winter? Because of dog bite problems, we couldn’t use toilets at night, so we moved on.

October 10th, 2019 Above road, small grassy area

Great view, small grassy area on border of national park (sign on campsite). 30/35m above road—shorter vehicles not visible. Entrance to access road 50m to west. Clean enough (amazing!). Until the construction is finished, the last 50 km of road is very rough with muddy sections. On GEOCELL, E available.

October 9th, 2019 Meadow(?) next to broken bridge

Not exactly a meadow—it’s the elevated area (above the road ) that was probably cleared for the construction and maintenance of the high voltage tower that’s here. This place is right next to the road but you can’t be seen. It’s a nice spot (after picking up the trash). Place suitable for big rigs.

October 6th, 2019 you made it!

Still a good place to camp. Since the camping area is grassy with trees and about 1 to 2m above the river, presumably only the biggest floods reach this area.

October 2nd, 2019 Turtle lake

Bring your earplugs if you’re a light sleeper and want to sleep before midnight or 1am. We were there Tuesday to Friday—surprisingly Friday night was the quietist. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

September 30th, 2019 Takhti Tepha mud volcanoes

Mud “volcanos”—these are really small. The drive and setting are gorgeous. The road might be muddy in places after heavy rains.
We camped at adjacent beautiful picnic area (no facilities, just bench with roof)—very exposed on hill (no trees), might be a problem when windy.

September 22nd, 2019 Oasis Club & Hostel

Cool place, loved it! Polish owners, international staff, so English is spoken. Good food, draft beer++! Sleeping in own car, 10 lari/person (car included). If sleeping in a tent, keep in mind that they have a bar and campfire most nights—enough space to park a bit away from communal area. Didn’t bother us since we stay up until midnight. Anyway, the guests are mellow. Great view, sunsets too. (1) shower and (2) toilets kept clean.

September 13th, 2019 Picnic spot near Noravank church

There are 3 possible parking spots for LC/LR size cars. All have trash. The flattest/widest/cleanest is closest to the bridge (40m) but has big trees for privacy. This dirt path deadends just after the 3rd spot and is v uneven near the end —first spot is easy for any car. The camp site located a bit before the bridge mentioned below does have a sign at the entrance, but we didn’t stop to read it.

September 12th, 2019 Selim pass

Great 360 view because no trees or hills/boulders, so v exposed to wind. The spring is feeding a water trough for animals, so during the day we met a sheep herder and a cow herder, both on horseback, a group of hunters and locals stopping for water—all v friendly. Best to take the left fork after getting off the highway—this main path closest to the cliff edge goes directly to the spot.


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