Originally Posted by gbags
I've been reading the thread with interest as I'd like to ride Kenya to RSA or the other way.
Can a Brit buy a bike in Kenya, ride it to South Africa and sell it there?
Do I need a Carnet?
Can I pick up visas on route? I'd get Kenya and South Africa before I left UK, where I live.
Buying a bike is no problem at all. There are either the locally sold chinese bikes which cost around $1000 brand new and will last the distance between Kenya and RSA. After that they won't be worth selling though. Or there are bikes other travellers sell (check out Jungle Junction in Nairobi for example).
I suppose selling the bike after the trip is usually the problem because re-registering a motorbike with a foreign registration means trouble. And most countries are entered using a Temporary Import Permit. And governments take the term 'temporary' very serious.
Visas are no problem whatsoever. Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland - all give you a visa on arrival at the border. For South Africa and Botswana you shouldn't need a visa at all on a British passport. You don't need a Carnet either although it might make border crossings easier, especially into South Africa and Botswana. We managed last year without carnet. If you have a local bike with an African registration it's probably even less hassle.
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