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Are there any Sahara Veteran's out there who would want to meet up in London to offer me advice on a trip?
I'm in the (very early) stages of planning a little Sahara mission at the end of this year, possibly selling a Vehicle before I hit Sub Sahara, then finding some sort of passage onward to South-Africa.
Suffering from information overload and needing clean cut advice!
Thanks for the reply. Ideally I'd probably be looking at taking an old Merc', or similar, thrashing it down to Mali or Senegal, trying to bribe my way out of Carnet's and other seemingly unecessary documents en-route, selling it for a reasonable profit, then trying to figure out how to make it as far as South Africa, and eventually Australia; all overland (and Sea of course.)
Ambitious: very, Possible: maybe, Fun: Certainly!
Would be great to meet up and share research; are you in London at any time soon?
I am not planning to come to London in the near future. I am on a shift apttern of lates and nights for the next four weeks and then fly out to South Africa with my wife and son for a five week holiday/tour.
I will need to get to Stanfords when I get back at the end of September for maps etc. Perhaps we can keep in touch through this site or my work e-mail (email@example.com)
i have a HJ60 TLC that i am thinking of kitting out for a full overland trip, or taking with minimum prep and selling in mauri/Sennegal. No CDP is the way to go!!
trying to bribe my way out of Carnet's and other seemingly unnecessary documents en-route
<in my very humble opinion...[/i] To assume bribery will pave the way in under-developed countries is an unfortunate presumption.
The occasional hand-warmers MAY be appropriate in certain cases, but buying an illegal service is not recommended.
All countries have their rules and regulations, and the wise traveller will become acquainted with them before setting out.
I met two cash-laden travellers recently who thought that every country south of Europe was bent. They got as far as Morocco, and were put on the next boat back to Spain… for attempted bribery.
Bribery is bad for the travelling fraternity – avoid it at all costs, and don’t allow locals to try to establish a precedent.
If locals ask for a bribe, the answer is NO.
If you find yourself genuinely in breach of regulations, then a broader minded approach MAY be appropriate.
I hope this message doesn’t sound presumptuous - you will have a good trip if it is based upon a real understanding of, and sympathy with, the requirements of each country you are travelling to.
I would not presume bribary as the ideal, nor morally encouragable, way to travel through developing Countries; however, not all of us are blessed with the funds to purchase an expensive CDP from the relevant motoring organisation, and short of making the return voyage to Britain, or crippling myself financially or beaucratically through import taxes at each border en route, I see no way of completed my intended trip.
I am of course open to suggestions from seasoned travellers as to how I may go about it within the law of each Country that I intend to visit, and look forward reading the response(s.)
I believe in some countries such as Senegal, its possible to enter without a Carnet. Equally for some of the countries, the import costs may be very low. Either of these approaches may well allow you to achieve what you want to achieve without having to bribe corrupt officials.
Whilst bribery might be away of getting out of a difficult situation, there are also the risks. There have been stories before of travellers illegally importing and selling cars and being made to hand over all the money from the sale prior to being allowed to leave as an alternative to prison. Some of these experiances have been put down to the car buyers being in league with corrupt officials. The point is whilst you expect that bribery might be a way out of trouble, you might find it takes you into more trouble. It would be more effective if you can track down details of west african countries that don't require import costs / carnets / etc.
>>>looking at taking an old Merc', or >>>similar, thrashing it down to Mali or >>>Senegal, trying to bribe my way out of >>>Carnet's and other seemingly unecessary >>>documents en-route, selling it for a >>>reasonable profit, then trying
HI !!! . While the plan sounds good and exciting , I dont think it is a good idea to plan on "bribering the way" out . Specially on CDP issues . If policemen in Senegal / Mauritania find a tourist wihtout neither his car written in his passport nor a CDP ,
that vehicle will be confiscated on the spot. Try to macth that with a bribe! .Lately , the police are consistenly asking for "green paper" , "papiers of douanne" or "Pass Avant" -in Morocco , Mauriatanie and Senegal .
I dont think it is that difficult to do the trip on the law (all these permits are about 50 Eur all together ) , and will bring you peace of mind .
Regading selling a car ... I d suggest u planning to sell the car in one of the few countries which DO NOT REQUIRE CDP NEITHER WRITE YOUR DETAILS IN YOUR PASSPORT . (that is , The Gambia , Togo , and Benim , to my knowledge) .
Also , it seems to me .. that the odds of getting a profit on selling a car in WAfrica are close to null . You should consider yourself lucky if you get your holidays for free ! . Taking into account the price of the air tickets , food , housing , petrols , bribes , fines ! , permits ,insurance , I find really difficult to get any benefit by selling old mercedes. ! . -not to speak if the Mercedes breaks down -! You lose the whole lot !. I don;t think now there are profit margin in a single car to make the operation economically viable.At most , you will recover some of your expenses.
Thanks for taking the time to proffer some weemingly sensible advice MADRID.
Could you (or anyone) tell me where these documents (green paper" , "papiers of douanne" or "Pass Avant) are issued? I'm presuming I obtain them at the border, or perhaps I can obtain them elsewere to save on waiting time.
Also, is anyone able to provide a conscise list detailing: Country/Documents required/where these documents are obtained & how much? This info would be extremely useful & very much appreciated. (Especially if it is up to date!)
Don't fancy handing 300 of my favorites to 'Mr Carnet' for something I could probably do myself though - especially as I have just downloaded the pdf of the fake carnet. Has anyone tried using this particular one?
Also, can anyone recommend a source for a suitable type of paper for printing this on, or could tell me what paper genuine carnets are made of?
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