I am currently planning an overland trip from Cape Town up to Nairobi. From there, due to time restrictions and inexperience we have decided to take an overland truck on to Cairo - through Ethiopia, Sudan and into Egypt (with African Routes). We will be driving in Puff, a 1971 Land Rover Series 11a which we have bought off Gary Wertheimer (previously owned by Murray). Any help with the following queries would be very much appreciated since we are from the UK and have little knowledge of how things work in SA:
1)...The Landy is South African registered. To what extent must we have a carnet? I have read that most African countries use carnets as temporary importation documents but that many of them do not STRICTLY require them. Our problem is that we will be travelling in the Landy up to Kenya, but will be leaving her with a family who we previously have worked for, before continuing northwards with the overland truck company - meaning that we would not be able to recover our deposit on a carnet.
Please could you tell me whether the following is true - 'All other countries have a mechanism for temporarily importing a vehicle. This document is often referred as Passavant, LaizzePasse or SalvoConducto. A small fee is often charged to obtain it, and it allows the vehicle to be imported and driven for up to 1 month. It replaces the Carnet in that country, and should be returned to the customs office upon leaving the country.'
Our route is Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya. What fees will we be likely to pay in a South African registered Landy travelling through these countries.
2)...We have been recommended to buy a Yellow Card (COMESA) Insurance. How would I go about purchasing this insurance in South Africa? And is it valid for all the countries we will be travelling through on the way up to Kenya?
3)...In the case that we decide to try to drive to Egypt we have been researching the feasability of the route: I have been receiveing conflicting reports about the route from Kenya through to Egypt. The main sticking point seems to be the Sudan/Egypt border at Wadi Haifa. Is it true that the road border is closed? The ferry crossing seems a viable option but some people have told me that its 200$ to cross with a vehicle, and some people claim that its 2000$. Can anyone shed any light on this?!
Any help would be greatly appreciated - as would any other advice!
Thanks a lot,