Bike rental southern Africa
I am new here, so please bear with me
My almost-husband and I have initially planned to ship our motorbikes from NZ to South Africa, and then ride them (via the East) to Europe.
After much research, we have come to the conclusion that at this stage of our lives we simply can't afford it. (especially shipping, carnet and entering Egypt)
We are now trying to come up with a Plan B, which is basically a "light" version of Plan A. We are thinking of taking a few months off and do a motorbike trip through Southern Africa. We don't have a specific route yet, but probably SA, Namibia, Botswana, (these three for sure) and then maybe Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, but not further north than Malawi. Time frame probably 2-3 months.
Instead of shipping our bikes over, we are now thinking of hiring two bikes in South Africa to do this trip. Is this feasible?
Will rental companies allow you to take the bike across the border? If so, are there any restrictions as to which countries you can go to, eg they would let you take the bike through Namibia and Botswana but not through Mozambique...?
Can someone recommend reliable and honest bike rental companies (that let you take it across borders)?
What happens if the bike breaks down (which it will) and you need repairs done, spare parts....? Do we pay the excess and the rental company the rest?
Any other tips?
We're hoping we can make this trip a reality, it would be a shame to miss out