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Towing a boat into Africa - Advice needed!
« on: June 03, 2014, 08:31:59 am »
Good day to all of you,

I was thinking of towing a boat (rubber duck) up to Tanzania from SA and possibly selling it here locally when I'm done using it.

What will the guys at the border posts say if you rock up with a boat? Will you need to provide a proof that you would bring it back to SA within the 3 month period as with a car?

Typically the boat would come along with someone doing a tour to Tanzania and just not returning with the boat. Anyone have experience in doing this?


Thank you,
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Re: Towing a boat into Africa - Advice needed!
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2014, 08:39:52 am »
Good day to all of you,

I was thinking of towing a boat (rubber duck) up to Tanzania from SA and possibly selling it here locally when I'm done using it.

What will the guys at the border posts say if you rock up with a boat? Will you need to provide a proof that you would bring it back to SA within the 3 month period as with a car?

Typically the boat would come along with someone doing a tour to Tanzania and just not returning with the boat. Anyone have experience in doing this?


Thank you,
PL


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Re: Towing a boat into Africa - Advice needed!
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2014, 08:48:16 am »
If going through Botswana, you are required to have a  BoatTransit Permit, issued by the Water Affairs dept. in Gabarones. The boat must be sprayed and certified for travel through Bots. , but won't be allowed to be launched without this certificate.
I don't know how the other countries handle this?
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Re: Towing a boat into Africa - Advice needed!
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2014, 10:13:12 am »
Went up to Malawi with mine 2 years back - did not go through Bots because of this - Zimbabwe - Moz and then Malawi - no problems at all - all paperwork was in order as per car, stayed for a month and came back same route :thumleft: They also charged me a new - water launch permit on the lake which is new - was not too expensive - couple hundred rand - petrol just hugely expensive up there
 

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 01:02:02 pm »
Went up to Malawi with mine 2 years back - did not go through Bots because of this - Zimbabwe - Moz and then Malawi - no problems at all - all paperwork was in order as per car, stayed for a month and came back same route :thumleft: They also charged me a new - water launch permit on the lake which is new - was not too expensive - couple hundred rand - petrol just hugely expensive up there

So you had the trailer registration papers + ZA stickers etc and that was sufficient?
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Re: Towing a boat into Africa - Advice needed!
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2014, 01:16:34 pm »
A bit off topic, but make sure you also put proper mud flaps on the trailer, otherwise the trailer wheels will kick up stones and poof goes the rear pontoon
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Re: Towing a boat into Africa - Advice needed!
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2014, 01:34:36 pm »
Good day to all of you,

I was thinking of towing a boat (rubber duck) up to Tanzania from SA and possibly selling it here locally when I'm done using it.

What will the guys at the border posts say if you rock up with a boat? Will you need to provide a proof that you would bring it back to SA within the 3 month period as with a car?

Typically the boat would come along with someone doing a tour to Tanzania and just not returning with the boat. Anyone have experience in doing this?


Thank you,
PL

Don't know if you got the info you needed, but give this guy a call and see what importing a boat into TZ entails. Jacques +255658444702
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Re: Towing a boat into Africa - Advice needed!
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2014, 02:29:22 pm »
Trailer and boat must be registered in your name, else you need a signed afidavit from the owner, and police clearance.
Also watch your trailer, there are bad roads up there, I had to do some emergency welding in Tete on my way back.
 

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Re: Towing a boat into Africa - Advice needed!
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2014, 03:24:19 pm »
Good day to all of you,

I was thinking of towing a boat (rubber duck) up to Tanzania from SA and possibly selling it here locally when I'm done using it.

What will the guys at the border posts say if you rock up with a boat? Will you need to provide a proof that you would bring it back to SA within the 3 month period as with a car?

Typically the boat would come along with someone doing a tour to Tanzania and just not returning with the boat. Anyone have experience in doing this?


Thank you,
PL

Don't know if you got the info you needed, but give this guy a call and see what importing a boat into TZ entails. Jacques +255658444702

Thanx, will give him a call.

Are you in Dar?


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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2014, 03:25:24 pm »
Yup
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« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2014, 10:53:44 am »
Cool, I'm in Tanga.. If you ever get up here, give me a shout. I'll buy the beer.
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Re: Towing a boat into Africa - Advice needed!
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2014, 11:04:34 am »
Went up to Malawi with mine 2 years back - did not go through Bots because of this - Zimbabwe - Moz and then Malawi - no problems at all - all paperwork was in order as per car, stayed for a month and came back same route :thumleft: They also charged me a new - water launch permit on the lake which is new - was not too expensive - couple hundred rand - petrol just hugely expensive up there

So you had the trailer registration papers + ZA stickers etc and that was sufficient?

Yip - everything that is needed for a car - same for the boat - also had to do some welding in Malawi on the trailer because of the roads, but no problem at all - very helpful people.
 

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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2014, 11:18:44 am »
Cool, I'm in Tanga.. If you ever get up here, give me a shout. I'll buy the beer.

Sounds good. I get up to Pangani occasionally. Who you with and what you doing and what you ride?

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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2014, 03:25:47 pm »
I'm working for Simba Cement.
Don't have a bike - prices seems to be ridiculous in Tanzania..

and yourself?
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« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2014, 04:02:00 pm »
I'm working for Simba Cement.
Don't have a bike - prices seems to be ridiculous in Tanzania..

and yourself?

Sell you my XR400 if you like. Good nick still. 4G negotiable

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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2014, 07:17:02 am »
I'm working for Simba Cement.
Don't have a bike - prices seems to be ridiculous in Tanzania..

and yourself?

Sell you my XR400 if you like. Good nick still. 4G negotiable

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