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Offline slewbangles

Advice for first solo Africa trip
« on: June 02, 2021, 09:26:39 am »
Hey guys, I'm heading off for a solo ride up to central Africa and back for the first time, leaving early July. How are border crossings at the moment with Covid, do any countries need visas?

I've never ridden anyway outside of SA and south Nambia before and still pretty new to riding.

Any tips, warnings, rotues and general know how would be greatly appreciated. Tia
« Last Edit: June 02, 2021, 06:57:24 pm by slewbangles »
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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2021, 01:33:11 pm »
New to riding, and you haven't been out of 'Nam before... I'd day make sure you have enough space for your balls.  :thumleft:

And enjoy!  :ricky:
 
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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2021, 02:52:00 pm »
There is a wealth of information on this site, you just have to take the time to sift through it, read the ride reports etc

Avoid big cities, don't ride long distances every day, it causes stress.. don't plan too much. Road conditions change with the seasons if you riding mainly offroad.

Above all, be prepared
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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2021, 06:04:56 pm »
Don't ride at night, animals are more active.
Also be careful early mornings and late afternoon, the animals are getting more active.
Don't ask how I know.  ::)
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Most importantly enjoy. :thumleft:
 

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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2021, 07:09:11 pm »
Be patient at border crossings. Try avoid "fixers" where possible. Don't exchange cash at border smouses. Plenty ATMs around. Ask other travellers about procedures. Keep cool and comfortable, literally, whilst standing in queues. Take your heavy jacket off.
Cops everywhere are assholes, just some less so. Be patient with them, smile and ask stupid questions. Works. Have a large paper map for such occasions. It gets them all involved solving your "stupid" sense of direction.
Keep hydrated.
Have fun.

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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2021, 11:28:08 pm »
Might be worth checking on your government website on the visa situation before you go!  Also some borders may be shut, you don't say exactly where you're going.  You may need to find out (as we are trying to do at the moment) where you can get PCR tests to cross borders - are there likely to be quarrantine restrictions when you arrive.  Assuming you're white, will you be viewed with suspicion or hostility given the Covid situation as you move away from southern Africa?  Etc etc...

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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2021, 09:35:16 am »
Contact a couple, who have just been up to EA, and on their way back to CT, they will have all the latest info you will need. Their FB name is  "To the back of beyond"
 

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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2021, 08:32:15 am »
I would be more wary than normal, the risks of borders getting closed (costs and Visa expiries), locals spooked by the virus treating you as a spreader, the virus is not doing travellers any favours. So good luck.  :sip:
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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2021, 01:57:49 pm »
Stay the hell away from Mali.

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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2021, 09:48:17 pm »
Stay the hell away from Mali.

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Busy with it now. Good read.


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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2021, 04:21:27 pm »
My ''advices'' is do not over plan the trip. Get your budget and paperwork(passport and carnet..) right and bite the bullet and go.. Listen to Kingsley Hollgates famous words: ''Don't take the trip let the trip takes you"
 

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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2021, 05:20:08 pm »
Let me know if you go to Juba.

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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2021, 03:01:01 pm »
That's super rad man!!

1. Get a satellite messenger like a Garmin Inreach Mini, it might save your ass in a pickle. I bought mine on Tracks for Africa, they seem to have the best price:
https://shop.tracks4africa.co.za/product/garmin-inreach-mini-orange/
2. Document your journey on a blog or insta, keep the loved ones informed and friends jealous :P
3. Be patient, Africa is a marathon, not a sprint.
4. Buy anti malaria meds at each country rather than in SA - it's cheaper and more effective against each country varietal.
5. Follow and engage with peeps on Overlanding Africa: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1011835458904451
6. Download the Ioverlander App: http://ioverlander.com/
7. Take care of yourself and your machine - lube that chain, change the oil, listen for any funny noises.
8. Spend more time in the places farther from home as your chances of re-visiting them are much less.
9. Know that people are genuinely good and want to help you on your way - we have become jaded here in SA, Africa is much safer in my experience. With that, also listen to your gut. If it feels dodge, don't hesitate to GTFO.
10. HAVE A JOL & ENJOY  :biggrin:
 

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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2021, 09:51:59 pm »
Let me know if you go to Sudan (Krt), I work with the Chairman if Khartroum motorcycle club. Who knows "we" might meet @ crossing pint into Sudan and take U up to Egypt Bdr, not withstading saffer BBQ in Khartoum


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Re: Advice for first solo Africa trip
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2021, 06:29:15 am »
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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2021, 09:44:14 am »
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