The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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At the mo in Oz and shipping to SA very soon. Want to travel up the east coast (probably) but have heard many problems to get a Sudan Visa. Easy to get in Cairo but anywhere else big struggle. Is this correct?? What are your experiences??
Thought off going west coast, but rain season more severe over there (been told). When is the rain season exactly in Africa. By the way heard as well that Angola visa is a bit of a nightmare.
Location: Golden, CO USA...on the road since Sept 2005
If you print out the following information and follow the directions, you should obtain a visa from Sudan in less than 24 hours (this refers to the Sudanese embassy in Addis Ababa):
Obtaining a visa for Sudan has become more difficult over the past few months. I just obtained mine today. I met a couple from Switzerland that were refused visas for Sudan, and just heard about a couple from Austria that were turned away this month. Both couples are heading to Djibouti to try and find a ferry to Port Said. Don't bother trying for a Sudanese visa in Nairobi, they don't issue them there. Cairo is said to be the easiest place to obtain a visa. I made a total of 6 trips to the embassy of Sudan here in Addis, I met a Korean fellow who needed 7 visits. Don't bother going to the embassy without the following:
1) A letter of introduction from your country's embassy. It must include your name and date of birth and CANNOT be a standard form letter without your name- ask me how I know that!
2) A photocopy of your passport (page with your picture).
3) A photocopy of your passport (page showing your visa for Egypt).
4) 2 passport photos.
5) Plenty of patience.
You cannot obtain an appliction until your letter of intro has been examined and signed by an official (in 1 of 2 offices on the left side of the embassy). Expect to wait from 1-2 hours at each step, there are 3 or 4 steps. After obtaining an application, fill it out. It reads right to left, like Arabic. Filling the form out from left to right will have you putting the wrong info in the boxes. Now it's time to put the docs together:
Page 1) Application.
Page 2) Letter of intoduction.
Page 3) Photocopy of passport (with your picture).
Page 4) Photocopy of passport (with Egypt visa).
Now put 1 of the passport photos on the top left corner of the documents. Put the other photo on the back of the docs, opposite the first pic, and staple the photos/docs together (when you turn the docs over you should be able to see your picture). There is a stapler available near the visa section. If you need a photocopy made, exit the embassy, cross the street and turn left, there is a shop some 100 meters up the road. The cost of the visa ranges from $50-150usd, depending on your nationality. If you follow these instructions, you'll save weeks of running around Addis. I met a couple who were told they didn't need an Egyptian visa to obtain their transit visa (valid for 7 days). The Korean fellow I met was told he had to have one- as was I. I would suggest you obtain one- you'll have to anyway. After giving your docs to the visa section, you can (hopefully) collect your passport/visa the next day after 1500- unless it is saturday! The embassy is open monday/wednesday/friday, 0800-1230. Though when I went there last friday morning I was told the staff were at a Mosque and wouldn't be working that day. Good luck! Hook.
The equator cuts across Central Africa and the seasons are reversed when you cross the equator.
Thought off going west coast, but rain season more severe over there (been told). When is the rain season exactly in Africa.
The rain does come down really hard in West Africa. I just came back from a ride (Abuja to Port Harcourt - 750km) and it rained so hard on the return trip that we were doing 40km/h for 200km. The road was covered in water and visibility goes down to like 5m ahead.
Have a look at Lonely Planet West Africa (or equivalent) as there are variations in seasons between countries. Some countries have a single rain season while others have a break in between.
Standard season in West Africa is : Rain-April to October, Dry- November to March.
Near the coast, it starts raining as early as February though
If Sudan is such a problem why not go up through Yemen, Oman etc? The visa for Yemen is easy to get and not so expensive. There is a new road along the coast as well so it's worth a ride. Just don't try in July / Aug too HOT!
Hi Roel and Lizzy,
I have my bike in Joburg at the moment, fly out 1st Oct.to travel up the East coast to get to Dakar to see some of the Dakar Rally in Jan.08. I have some contacts in South Africa if u need/want.
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