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Old 17 Oct 2007
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Carnet for west to south africa

here is a list of countries i hope to go through
the gambia
burkina faso
d.r. congo
south africa

please please please
can anyone give me accurate info on carnets, im quite naive and maybe hoping there is the slight chance a carnet can be *bluffed* i.e. getting through borders without one. also good insurance companies for this sort of trip.

i hear the adac, german rac equivalent are cheaper.

thanks y'all

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To take or not to take??

We leave on the west coast route going up to Europe in December. The information i have found out is very conflicting, but at the end of the day i've spoken to more than one person first hand that have done the trip without the Carnet!

We're doing it without it. Just make sure you don't travel with someone who has the Carnet while you don't. You can imaging trying to explain that at the border.

Biking Cape Town - Europe up the African West coast
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You don't need a Carnet

Hi Guys,
Just wanted to let you know that we recently travelled from London to Capetown pretty much the same route you're planning on going.

We however got carnets as we thought you MUST have one but in retrospect we wouldn't have got one as we travelled with a guy who started in Spain and he travelled all the way to South Africa along the west route and managed to get through every border without a carnet!!

To be honest It's probably easier with one as they'll now have something to bribe you with, but with some patience and assertiveness, you can just get a "passavant" or "lesser passage" at the borders. Sometimes he had to pay, other times it was free... it depends how well you bargain and who you get. DR Congo was a difficult one on the brazziville/kinshasa post. I also think it was more difficult for him to get across as he was travelling with us, and everyone had a carnet except him. So he often got posed the question " but why don't you have a carnet aswell?"

But he managed. It also helps if you speak French and some Portugese!
Hope this is helpful and please contact me if you want to ask me anymore questions
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