Dear Maja and Patryk
I think you are placing certain restrictions upon yourselves for your African trip. Desert travel doesn’t work like that... You can’t do deals with the unknown, you can only do, as you are doing, a bit of research in advance and travel with an open mind and a flexible approach to breakdowns, theft, accident, injury.
1) Your toddlers will be fine – what is good for you… is good for them. I have travelled far with my youngsters. (They are now grown up…)
2) I do not like to assume anything in advance, and that includes selling your vehicle. Selling a car in an African country is a hazardous pursuit, accompanied by changing regulations, graft, bribes, police restrictions, false money, un-discharged carnet and possibility of theft after the deal is done… Try and avoid it unless you are an experienced car-dealer. Plan a return trip instead, even if this means restricting your itinerary.
3) Take any car you are comfortable with, but Toyota Land-Cruiser and Land-Rover are the best choice for spares, saleability and reliability.
4) Theft of your car is a smaller likelihood than theft of your money and possessions. A stolen car will not get far, due to local road checks, but you might have to pay a large bribe to get it back from the police…
5) In a nutshell, take AS MUCH money as you can, and bring home AS MUCH money as you can save. Be prepared to abandon the car en-route; some problems are beyond economic recovery.
6) I guess this advice applies to long-distance European travel too, not just Africa.
Kitmax - Traveller
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