Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register

Author Topic: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa  (Read 3013 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline schalk vd merwe

Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« on: December 15, 2012, 05:42:00 pm »
Having done an 13 350km trip into Africa here are some advice of what to do and take along

1/ Get a Carnet de passages for every country you are traveling to.

2/Get a Visa in your own country for every country you are traveling to that require a Visa.

3/Put a new chain on your bike with 2 new sprockets before you leave and service the bike.

4/ Put new brake pads on before leaving and take at least 1 spare set along an especially if you are going to travel on muddy roads. Also take two spare air filters and one oil filter along.

5/Always be polite at the border post control points and donít use the runners, they will rip you off.

6/ Donít change money with money changers and rather draw their local currency at the ATMís. Always have a bit of American Dollars with you as it is accepted every where.

7/ Get a Visa debit card if you are traveling through Africa even if your bank only have Master card. Also get about 3 cards and hide them in different places on the bike in case you lose one.

8/ Always have food and water for one or two days with you in case you get stuck or have to sleep in the veld.

9/ If you are going to travel a lot of dirt or off road then take a set of knobblies along on top of your luggage.

10/ Take the necessary tools along.

11/ Try and get a manual with all the part numbers onto your smart phone in case you have to phone your dealer to courier you some parts. You wonít find parts for your bike in Africa.

 12/ Buy a sim card for your cell phone in every country in order to stay in contact with your family, remember they think you are doing something extremely dangerous although it is much more dangerous in South Africa. Some sim cards work in three countries but you cannot top up in one of the other countries.

13/Allow enough rest days and donít do like we have done to ride 39 days out of 42.

14/ Donít overload your bike (we had about 40 kg of luggage each) allow space for weight shifting to the back in case you hit sand.

15/ Practice to ride off the road at the speed you are going to travel beforehand as you are going to be pushed off the road from the front in certain countries.

16/ Get up early every morning and try to shave every day to keep up the discipline.

17/ Get all the necessary vaccinations beforehand. Take something along for Malaria. Also take something for a stomach bug.

18/Make a inventory of all your luggage and make a copy to for every border crossing and have it stamped by customs, that way they donít make you unpack every time.

19/Take a good mattress and pillow along, proper sleep is important on a long trip. I found the self-inflating mattress and a feather pillow the best. The pillow can be squashed into a small bundle.

20/Google Shoprite Africa before you go and make print outs of where their shops are in Africa, You will find decent food there similar to the ones in RSA.

21/ Google all the embassies to the countries where you are going to and make print outs as that can help you in many a difficult situation.

22/ donít take expensive cameras along, they will get damaged. A small digital is good enough.

23/Try and not ride at night in Africa.

24/Take Loctite along for bolts that come loose all the time.

25/Take a shifting spanner along to bend strait brake and gear levers after some falls.

26/ Cool down shocks on bad roads after about 50 KMs or so.

27/Take the best GPS maps along as well as the A4 size Africa Road Atlas by Map Studio as well as a big map of Africa on one page. You need all 3.

28/Petrol can 5 liters per bike or long range tank.

29/ Female stockings (sykous) to pour your Africa petrol through.

30/Soft luggage if there is a change that you are going to fall off. Hard luggage is very nice but tends to break legs. (I know the Vendors are going to get on my case but it is my opinion.)

31/Take AGATT along

32/Apart from your normal license get an international license

33/ If you feel the prices are a rip off, bargain until you are happy.

34/ Enjoy your trip and be friendly to the people of Africa they always are very friendly and helpful.
Doní t just take but also give back by answering all their questions as you are like an astronaut to them doing this trip and they can only dream about. Be patient it is Africa.

For more info read my RR under: >Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa trip to the Equator and back in 40 days. I will also attend a braai anywhere in Johannesburg free of charge or anywhere in the country if you buy the ticket to give some advice on a similar trip. Just PM me. You are also welcome to post ideas if you have done a similar trip. Questions are also welcome.Thanks Schalk vd Merwe
« Last Edit: December 15, 2012, 06:20:31 pm by schalk vd merwe »
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

Offline skydiver

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Yamaha XT 660 Z
    Location: Limpopo
  • Posts: 1,578
  • Thanked: 25 times
  • Free as a bird
Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2012, 07:25:26 am »
Appreciate the information Schalk.
Such a trip is still on my bucket list.
Yamaha PW80, Honda MT5, Honda XR200, Kawazaki KDX200, Yamaha TTR250, Yamaha XT660R, BMW F800, BMW F650GS
 

Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2012, 09:54:01 am »
Appreciate the information Schalk.
Such a trip is still on my bucket list.
And your xt 660 will do it easy
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

Offline skydiver

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Yamaha XT 660 Z
    Location: Limpopo
  • Posts: 1,578
  • Thanked: 25 times
  • Free as a bird
Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2012, 06:11:08 am »
I agree. These bikes are very reliable.  :thumleft:
Yamaha PW80, Honda MT5, Honda XR200, Kawazaki KDX200, Yamaha TTR250, Yamaha XT660R, BMW F800, BMW F650GS
 

Offline K1200surfer

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Bike: AJS (all models)
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 36
  • K1200surfer
Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2012, 06:57:12 am »
DagsÍ Schalk,

Dankie vir die bruikbare inligting. Ek is `n nuwe lid en ry `n K1200GT(Moet `n belediging wees om dit op hierdie forum te noem!!). Ek het egter in 2010 Botswana>Namibia>SA gery...teer!

Ek wil graag in 2013(hierdie keer aleen) van Mosselbaai>Namibia>Zambia>Malawi>Zimbabwe>Mosselbaai ry.....teer!

Ek sal dit waardeer indien jy my moontlik met die volgende kan help:

1) Kan ek teer ry tot by die kampplekke by Malawi meer?
2) Teer vanaf Tete tot by Cahora Bassa en kan ek daar kamp?
3) Kan ek deur Zim gaan sonder boetes(As ek geen verkeersreels oortree?
4) Kan daar probleme by grensposte wees as ek allen ry?

Enige inligting sal waardeer word.
Philip 
 

Offline JFK

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 20
  • A 3rd class ride is better than a 1st class walk
Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2012, 09:38:59 pm »
What a fantastic ride report!!!

Schalk...I will most likely take you up on your offer to come talk to me and some of my mates over a braai

 

Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2012, 03:29:41 pm »
DagsÍ Schalk,

Dankie vir die bruikbare inligting. Ek is `n nuwe lid en ry `n K1200GT(Moet `n belediging wees om dit op hierdie forum te noem!!). Ek het egter in 2010 Botswana>Namibia>SA gery...teer!

Ek wil graag in 2013(hierdie keer aleen) van Mosselbaai>Namibia>Zambia>Malawi>Zimbabwe>Mosselbaai ry.....teer!

Ek sal dit waardeer indien jy my moontlik met die volgende kan help:

1) Kan ek teer ry tot by die kampplekke by Malawi meer?
2) Teer vanaf Tete tot by Cahora Bassa en kan ek daar kamp?
3) Kan ek deur Zim gaan sonder boetes(As ek geen verkeersreels oortree?
4) Kan daar probleme by grensposte wees as ek allen ry?

Enige inligting sal waardeer word.
Philip  
Hi Philip hierby my antwoorde:
1 Ja
2/ Ek was nie by Tete of by Cahorra Bassa nie maar ek is seker daar is 'n teer pad en kamp plek anders kamp in die bos. Die beste is om Maps of Africa se A4 kaart boek te kry, dan kan jy sien of die paaie geteer is.
3 Ek is seker, daar is meer korrupsie in ons land.
4 Nee maak net soos ek sÍ op my advies bladsy.
Geniet die trip Schalk
 NS daar is niks fout met jou bike nie, ek het respek vir enige bike en biker.
« Last Edit: December 27, 2012, 03:39:51 pm by schalk vd merwe »
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2012, 03:31:57 pm »
What a fantastic ride report!!!

Schalk...I will most likely take you up on your offer to come talk to me and some of my mates over a braai


Will be back in JHB on 14/01/2013
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

Offline K1200surfer

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Bike: AJS (all models)
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 36
  • K1200surfer
Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2012, 08:18:18 pm »
Schalk,

`n Swaar gelaaide GT in die omgewing van Kasane, Katima en Rundu
 

Offline K1200surfer

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Bike: AJS (all models)
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 36
  • K1200surfer
Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2012, 08:21:20 pm »
GT
 

Offline K1200surfer

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Bike: AJS (all models)
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 36
  • K1200surfer
Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2012, 08:22:57 pm »
GT
 

Offline jorust

  • If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Rest of Africa
  • Posts: 735
    • JoRust
Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2012, 06:32:32 pm »
Sjoe, maar daai bike is gelaai!! En ek het gedink EK is swaar gelaai. LoL.

Dankie vir die inligting wat jy hier deel Schalk. Ek weet dit sal baie mense help.  :thumleft:

First woman around Africa. Next up: Around the Americas. www.jorust.com
Website: www.jorust.com. Ride Report: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=95770.0

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting: "Holy shit!! What a ride!!
 

Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2012, 09:54:10 am »
Sjoe, maar daai bike is gelaai!! En ek het gedink EK is swaar gelaai. LoL.

Dankie vir die inligting wat jy hier deel Schalk. Ek weet dit sal baie mense help.  :thumleft:
Hi JoRust dankie en ek sien uit na jou RR as jy verder toer. Ek is ook tydelik buite aksie. Ek het die ligamente op my skouer van die been af geskeur na 'n ligte val naby Sabie. My arm is nou in 'n sling. Groete daar en ek hoop jou enkel herstel mooi.
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2012, 09:56:29 am »
Schalk,

`n Swaar gelaaide GT in die omgewing van Kasane, Katima en Rundu
Jy moet vir ons 'n Ride Report doen as jy terug kom, groete en geniet die trip.
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

Offline ThomTom

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 950 Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 720
  • Thanked: 1 times
Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2013, 03:18:50 pm »
 

Offline schalk vd merwe

1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

Offline ThomTom

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 950 Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 720
  • Thanked: 1 times
Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2013, 02:53:25 pm »
Lekker vir Schalk, was jou buurman by die bash!

The GT was so loaded, he needs either a bigge bike or less stuff, no dirt, even short stretch possible with that load?

Hoe gaan dit met die skouer, Tommy
 

Offline Heimer

  • Global Moderator
  • Bachelor Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 12,558
  • Thanked: 98 times
  • Kan nie ALZ onthou nie
Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2013, 05:17:54 pm »
Goeie info, Schalk - dankie

Matriek getuigskrif 1979: ........... is 'n vriendelike seun met volop selfvertroue. Hy tree soms vreemd op. Die skool se beste wense vergesel hom.
 

Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2013, 05:27:58 pm »
Lekker vir Schalk, was jou buurman by die bash!

The GT was so loaded, he needs either a bigge bike or less stuff, no dirt, even short stretch possible with that load?

Hoe gaan dit met die skouer, Tommy
Hi ThomTom, skouer nog seer en in n sling en tik maar met een hand. Het jy nie met 'n BMW by die Bash gewees nie en gaan dit nog goed, groete daar Schalk.
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

Offline ThomTom

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 950 Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 720
  • Thanked: 1 times
Re: Advise if you want to do a trip into Africa
« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2013, 07:48:01 pm »
Lekker vir Schalk, was jou buurman by die bash!

The GT was so loaded, he needs either a bigge bike or less stuff, no dirt, even short stretch possible with that load?

Hoe gaan dit met die skouer, Tommy
Hi ThomTom, skouer nog seer en in n sling en tik maar met een hand. Het jy nie met 'n BMW by die Bash gewees nie en gaan dit nog goed, groete daar Schalk.

Yip, HP2 verkoop en goedkoper KTM gekoop, later n kleiner 2 de bike, maar mis maar die HP.