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As one might be able to imagine, it takes a lot of preparaion to realize such a journey. It takes a lot of time but it is also really interesing and exciting. It's amazing what one learns doing this and the amount of new information one collects. If you are intersted in getting to know what has to be organized and what we worried about before we get on the way - this side shows it all.

 

Bikes
Equipment
Insurances
Visas / Carnet
Literature
Maps

 

 

 


Bikes

We've chosen bikes which are designed for hard use off road and which don't need major modifications. Engines and suspensions stayed original and we only conducted following minor modifications.

KTM

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  • 3 harder Rallye clutch springs (KTM Sommer)
  • Headlight guards (Touratech)
  • Protection of the carburator against entry of sand (KTM Sommer)
  • GPS rack (custom made by Wyn-Tech, Stellenbosch)
  • GPS mount (Touratech)
  • Chain kit with steel sprockets and shorter ration, 15 x 45 (KTM Sommer)
  • Chala battery charger(Touratech)
  • Michelin Dessert tyres
Honda

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  • Hand guards (Acerbis)
  • Wind screen (custom made))
  • Luggage rack with fittings for two 10 l charry cans, (custom made by Wyn-Tech, Stellenbosch)
  • Michelin tyres, front Dessert, back T63
  • Seat hight modestly reduced

Both bikes will be carefully services before we start and for the service on the way we carry oil filters, airfilter oil and break pads. (Intervalls for oil change: XR400 4000km, Adventure 6000km)


Equipment

Camping
- Tent: Vaude "Orbit" for two persons
- Sleeping backs: ajungilak "Compakt Spring", synthetic, 0-25 °C, small packing volume
- Self-inflating mats: Thermarest "Standard"

Elektronics
- GPS: Garmin II+, powered by the motorbike electrical system
- Palmtop: Palm 505, PathAway Navigations Software in combination with QuoVadis (Touratech)
- Camera: Minolta "Dimage S404", 4 Megapixel, 4 compact flash memory discs (750MB total)
- Battery charger lamp: Touratech "Chala-12-LED", connected to the motorbike elctrical system
- Headlamps: Mini-Maglite with headband, Petzl "Myo 5"

Kitchen
- Fuel stove: MSR "Dragonfly"
- MSR pot set "Alpin"
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BW army-cuttlery
- stainless steel mugs

Luggage
- Dry bags: Ortlieb "Rack-Pack", 1x 89l, 1x 46l
- Panier set: Touratech "Zega-case" with "Zega-back" inserts, 1x 35l, 1x 41l

Motorbike gear and protection
- Helmets: Premier CRX
- Boots: Alpinestars "Tech 8" and "Tech 2"
- Gloves: Acerbis "Impact"
- Jackets: UFO and Büse Enduro jackets
- Pants: Thor and Sinisalo MX-pants
- Rain gear: Alpinestars, 2 pieces
- Chest protectors: Thor, Acerbis
- Knee guards: Wind, Sinisalo
- Ellbow guards: Thor, Fox

Medical supplies
- First aid kit
- The Travel Doctor Africa: Set of the most important drugs and medical disposables
- Nähzeug zur Versorgung von Schnittwunden (Zange, Nadeln mit Fäden)


Clothes
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Books
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Lonely Planet: Africa on a Shoestring
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Durch Afrika Band 1: Marokko bis Benin
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Durch Afrika Band 2: Nigeria bis Südafrika
- KTM repair manual (spare part katalogue on CD-Rom)
- Honda XR 400 handbook


Insurance

Health Insurance:

The web provides a lot of informations, but still it's not that easy to finally come to a conclusion what is the best provider for your needs. The best and most affordable insurances for our needs were:

  • Heidi
IHS Student Plus: world wide insurance for students with German citizenship; a stay of up to six weeks per year in the home country is covered as well.
  • Kay
Allianz World Wide Care: for people living abroad; a stay of 3 months per year in the home country is covered.

In both cases it was necessary to discuss our special situation with the insurance. But the insurance contact persons were all helpful and supporting.

Additional Insurance:

  • ADAC Plus Mitgliedschaft: The German automobile association provides an insurance for transport of the member and its vehicle in case of an accident back to the home country. They are also issuing the Carnet de Passage and as a member the fees are reduced.

Motorbike Insurance:

  • We decided not to take a general insurance as third party insurances have to be signed at most of the African borders


Visas / Carnet

Botswana
- no visa for German citizens necessary
- stamp at immigration office
- usually issued for 30 days

Namibia

- no visa for German citizens necessary
- stamp at immigration office
- passport has to be still valid for more than half a year

Zambia

- visa for German citizens necessary
- issued at the border

Malawi
- no visa for German citizens necessary
- issued at the border
- usually issued for 30 days

Tanzania
- visa for German citizens necessary
- issued at the border
- usually issued for 3 months

Rwanda
- no visa for German citizens necessary
- stamp at immigration office
- usually issued for 3 months

Uganda
- visa for German citizens necessary
- prefered to be applied for before getting to the border
- usually issued for 3 months
- 2 photos, issued within 24h or direct

Kenya

- visa for German citizens necessary
- issued at the border

- usually issued for 6 months
Ethiopia
- visa for German citizens necessary
- apply before if embassy is present in home country
- application in Nairobi possible; 2 photos; 48h
- usually issued for 30 days

Sudan
- visa for German citizens necessary
- apply in Addis Abeba; 72h; 2 photos; reference letter of home embassy
- application in Nairobi possible; no further informations available
- usually issued for 30 days starting at immigration
Egypt
- visa for German citizens necessary
- no visa at border if approaching overland
- application in Nairobi, Addis Abeba and Karthoum possible
- reference letter; 2 photos
- valid for 3 months from date of issue and 1 month stay

Libya

- visa for German citizens necessary
- invitation by libyan travel agency necesarry (Sari Travel in Tripolis, very friendly and helpful)
- passport valid for more than 6 months; translated into Arabic
- valid for 3 months from date of issue and 1 month stay

Tunisia

- no visa for German citizens necessary
- stamp at immigration office

Italy, Switzerland
- no visa for German citizens necessary


Carnet de Passage

- was issued by ADAC (German automobile association)
- is needed all over Africa
- also available from AA (South African automibile association) - however very expensive for non South African citizens


Literature

General Guides:

  • Lonely Planet: AFRICA ON A SHOESTRING; 9th edition; 2001; Victoria; Australia. As a general and comprehensive guide one definetly needs the popular
  • Motorradreisen zwischen Urlaub und Expedition; Thomas Trossmann; Reise Know?How Verlag Peter Rump GmbH; Bielefeld; 2001; 5. komplett überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage
  • GPS Navigation für Auto, Motorrad, Wohnmobil; Rainer Höh; Reise Know?How Verlag Peter Rump GmbH; Bielefeld; 2002; 1. Auflage
  • Durch Afrika Band 1: Marokko bis Benin; Klaus Därr, Erika Därr, Astrid Därr; Reise Know?How Verlag Peter Rump GmbH; Bielefeld; 2003; 11. komplett aktualisierte, zweibändige Auflage
  • Durch Afrika Band 2: Nigeria bis Südafrika; Klaus Därr, Erika Därr, Astrid Därr; Reise Know?How Verlag Peter Rump GmbH; Bielefeld; 2003; 11. komplett aktualisierte, zweibändige Auflage

Tour Guides:

South Africa:
  • Touring in South Africa; Willie and Sandra Olivier; Struik Publishers; Cape Town; 2001; 1st Edition
  • Südafrika entdecken & erleben; Werner Gartung; Hrsg.: "abendteuer & reisen"; Mairs Geographischer Verlag; München; 1996; 1. Auflage
  • ADAC Reiseführer Südafrika; Albrecht Hagemann; ADAC Verlag GmbH; München; 1995; 1. Auflage
Botswana:
Namibia:
  • Afrikas Süden - Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Südafrika - Richtig Reisen; Achim Remde; DuMont; Köln; 1995; 1. Auflag
Zambia:
Malawi:
  • Malawi, Mozambique & Zambia; David Else; Lonely Planet Publications, Hawthorn; 1997; 1st Edition
Tanzania:
  • Tanzania Globetrotter Travel Guide; Graham Mercer; New Holland (Publishers) Ltd; London; 1996; 1st Edition
  • East Africa Handbook with Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia; Michael Hodd; Footprint Books; England; 1997; 4th Edition
Rwanda:
  • East Africa Handbook with Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia; Michael Hodd; Footprint Books; England; 1997; 4th Edition
Uganda:
  • Spectrum Guide to UGANDA; Camerapix Publishers International; Nairobi; 1998; 1st Edition
  • East Africa Handbook with Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia; Michael Hodd; Footprint Books; England; 1997; 4th Edition
Kenia:
  • Kenya THE ROUGH GUIDE; Richard Trillo; Rough Guides Ltd; London; 1993; 4th Edition
    East Africa Handbook with Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia; Michael Hodd; Footprint Books; England; 1997; 4th Edition
Ethiopien:
  • Spectrum Guide to ETHIOPIA; Camerapix Publishers International; Nairobi; 1995; 1st Edition
  • East Africa Handbook with Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia; Michael Hodd; Footprint Books; England; 1997; 4th Edition
Sudan: No guides available!
Ägypten:
  • AA explorer Egypt; Anthony Sattin, Sylvie Franquet; The Automobile Association; AA Publishing Maps; Hampshire; 1996; 1st Edition
Lybien:
Tunesia:
  • North Africa - a travel survival kit (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya); Damien Simonis; Lonely Planet Publications; Hawthorn; 1995; 1st Edition


Maps

Road Maps

  • Michelin: Central and South Africa, Madagascar No: 746 (1:4.000.000)
  • Michelin: Africa North and West No: 741 (1:4.000.000)
  • Michelin: Africa North East, Arabia No: 745 (1:4.000.000)
  • Reisatlas van Suid Afrika: including Botswana, Mosambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe;
    Sunbird publishing, Cape Town; 2001

Street and Detail Maps
  • Durch Afrika: Issue 1, Marocco to Benin; Bielefeld; 2003; Reise Know How; Klaus Därr, Erika Därr, Astrid Därr
  • Durch Afrika: Issue 2, Nigeria to South Africa
    Bielefeld; 2003; Reise Know How; Klaus Därr, Erika Därr, Astrid Därr

  • Lonely Planet: AFRICA ON A SHOESTRING; 9th edition; 2001; Victoria; Australia.

Digital Maps (for preparation and GPS programming)

  • QuoVadis Navigator: Eastern Part of the African continent, Russian military maps (1:500.000); Touratech
  • QuoVadis Navigator: Southern Part of the African continent, Russian military maps (1:500.000); Touratech