Duncan from African Overlanders managed to get us a competitive quote from Sydney to Cape Town; he will also look after the import formalities at the South African end. We will need to take the roof tent off to fit into a standard height 20″ container, but this helps to keep the cost down.
If all goes to plan, the car will be waiting at Duncan’s place once we arrive in Cape Town, then we fill up the tanks, load the fridge and should be ready to hit the road.
We will update this section once we are re-united with the car and know all is ok.
We don’t actually need to get Visas before we leave OZ, as we don’t need any for the first few countries or should be able to pick them up at borders; the rest we will pick up along the route once we have a better idea where we will be, and when.
The Ethiopian visa might be a tricky one; whilst all is well at the moment, from time to time they clamp down and visas can only be issued by the Ethiopian embassy in the country your passport was issued, so we will have to re-confirm the situation closer to the time and potentially send our Passports home to get the Visa.
As for the pincushion experience, we have had Yellow Fever, Rabies, Hepatitis, Cholera,Typhoid and Meningococcal.
Sharon did a three day residential Remote Area First Aid course, which makes her the team doctor in charge of the box of lotions and potions, creams, pills, bandages and other stuff that hopefully will never see the light of day.
Comprehensive Car Insurance: seems to go for around 5% of the value of the vehicle and is available from Alessie in the Netherlands.
Comesa Yellow Card Insurance; this is basically a 3rd party car insurance for most of Eastern Africa, we will most likely buy this in Livingstone, Zambia. In the countries prior to that, 3rd party insurance is typically included in the price of fuel.
European Green Card Insurance; something we have yet to organise, we will leave this until closer to our arrival and once we have some ideal of where, when and how we will be entering Europe.
Medical Insurance; have looked at dozens of different policies and have now narrowed it down to either Southern Cross or iTrek from Allianz. We need to finalise this within the next month or so.
International Drivers Licences are issued on the spot by the NRMA, just complete the form and supply a passport size photo. Given that they are only good for 12 months its best to leave these till the last minute if expecting to travel for a year.
The actual carnet application form for Australians is available here and should be submitted around 3 weeks prior to shipping. The time starts ticking from the day it is stamped, so you don’t want to do this too early as you only have 12 months. It is possible to extend it by 3 month or a further 12 months if need be.
Route planning & Navigation
Over the last couple of years, reading other peoples trip reports and picking up information here there and everywhere, we had amassed a large number of points of interest. These were always added to Google Maps as well as imported into Google Earth and Garmin BaseCamp. Over time, as we refined the trip and sorted out what we really wanted to see, we started to colour code the various waypoints; linking these via interesting routes then evolved to become The Plan. No doubt things will change not long after the rubber hits the road, but it’s a start.
To keep us pointing in the right direction we are using an old fashion compass and paper maps, as well as a Garmin Nuvi 2460 loaded with T4A as well as Garmin maps for Africa, Middle East and Europe. For walks and as backup we also have a Garmin 705 loaded with the same set of maps.
For those interested in this sort of thing, there is an entire page dedicated to the Landy.