Help: Eastern/Southern Africa trip

Discussion in 'Africa & Mid East' started by Dice Travels, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. Dice Travels

    Dice Travels Adventurer

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    Hi All,

    I'm wrapping up things in Asia and looking to make the hop over to Africa to do much of the east coast for my Dice Travels project (www.dicetravels.com)

    Current plan involves: Tanzania (shipping bike in), Congo (possibly), Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola (possibly) and South Africa.

    I've heard that it's possible to get into Kenya without a Carnet, just by paying for a TIP, so that's also a possibility, as Ethiopia would be wonderful.

    This is my first big solo trip and first time in this part of Africa.

    All advice is helpful. However, looking for details about spare parts, mechanical issues I should worry about and logistics to make sure I don't arrive in Tanzania and get bounced and/or unable to keep moving.

    Riding a Thai-registered bike, so not sure what it's going to look like for spare parts. At the moment just have cabales, spark plugs and filter.

    Thanks for all the!
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  2. ButchH

    ButchH Adventurer

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  3. Dice Travels

    Dice Travels Adventurer

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    Brilliant! Thank you :)
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  4. EtienneXplore

    EtienneXplore RTW Wannabe - One Day!!

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    yup, as Butch said, Wilddogs is like the Advrider for South Africa!

    I am based in Lusaka, Zambia, so if you are heading this way, let me know. Victoria Falls on the Zambian/Zimbabwe border is a must-see!!
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  5. Three Dawg

    Three Dawg Into Africa

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    I found a carnet smoothed my way through - you've got quite a few borders to do there...
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  6. clax

    clax Been here awhile

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    If I have A South African bike and plate.. is there still any use for a Carnet or would that make things easier??

    Thanx
    Clay D
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  7. EtienneXplore

    EtienneXplore RTW Wannabe - One Day!!

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    Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa will not be an issue on a RSA registered bike with RSA plates. I am not 100% sure of Tanzania and Kenya though. Lots of people are doing Kenya and Tanzania on RSA bikes, and I never heard of any issues. I have not done it personally, but I have done all the others mentioned here personally (on my RSA bike)
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  8. clax

    clax Been here awhile

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    Thanx! That's great info.

    Does anyone know about NW Africa?

    Thanx
    Clay
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  9. Moto76man

    Moto76man Moto Xplorer!

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    Entry into Kenya without a Carnet is a bad idea, as you are at the mercy of the clearing agents and border control agents, who will flog you hard for USD! Get the Carnet - it will save you hours of negotiations/begging/fighting and not to mention your wallet.

    If you are traveling further up, make sure you order a 25 page carnet just to be safe.
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