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has anyone any experiance Grimaldi Lines i am thinking of going from Buenos Aires Argentina to Dakar Senegal ? i think Grimaldi Lines take passengers and bikes on there ships does anyone know if this is a good option?
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has anyone any experiance Grimaldi Lines i am thinking of going from Buenos Aires Argentina to Dakar Senegal ? i think Grimaldi Lines take passengers and bikes on there ships does anyone know if this is a good option?
I know of a few people who have taken the boat from Germany to Bsas.

They take you as a passenger and your bike as "hand luggage" lol.

It's pretty expensive though. "Mick O'malley" on here did so and I think it cost him over £2000 !
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Hi Kito
Yes the is a service with Grimaldi From Buenos Aires we used it to Tilbury UK and it does call in at Dakar, but i dont no if you can get off there their email for your enquiry is difalco.carlo@grimaldi.napoli.it
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what did you think of this service was it worth while ? how was the bike stored and was the many port costs? thanks for any feedback still just another one of my ideas at the mo
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I can recomend Grimaldi lines.
In March 2006, i've sailed with one of their RoRo ships from Dakar to Hamburg. Carlo, the sales manager from italy did all the booking via email, which was very helpul, and it cost about 1000$ for the motorcycle and me. It was 50% cheaper then ANY other shipping/flying option, and a nice adventure. Some ships have an Italian crow, which garantees good food, and company.
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I've just had a look at the prices and rules for Grimaldi Lines and it says very clearly that if you are shipping bikes to West Africa with you they have to go as cargo not accompanied baggage. How does that change the costs? I'll bet that when you take in all of the port and Grimaldi 'offloading' costs into account the prices start to really close up on air freight charges. Anyone got any up to date info? Ride safe.
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It's pretty expensive though. Mick O'Malley on here did so and I think it cost him over £2000!
Not quite, that was Antarctica. I just booked Tilbury to Bs As and the 25% deposit was £486. However, this includes the 5% discount they give you once you've travelled with them twice (and joined the Grimaldi Club). As all their prices are in euros the exchange rate affects what we Brits pay. When you take into account the five weeks board and lodging, the day trips ashore (sin moto!), the extra adventure and the ease of disembarcation its a very competitive option. You can also smugly point to the eco friendliness of sea as opposed to air travel.

The officers are Italian, but the crews aren't. There are six double cabins so there are interesting fellow travellers. Three meals a day, complementary wine with lunch and dinner. It's a big boat: 13 decks; 214m long; 4,500 cars plus sundry containers, helicopters, combine harvesters etc.

I can't wait.

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Not quite, that was Antarctica. I just booked Tilbury to Bs As and the 25% deposit was £486. However, this includes the 5% discount they give you once you've travelled with them twice (and joined the Grimaldi Club). As all their prices are in euros the exchange rate affects what we Brits pay. When you take into account the five weeks board and lodging, the day trips ashore (sin moto!), the extra adventure and the ease of disembarcation its a very competitive option. You can also smugly point to the eco friendliness of sea as opposed to air travel.

The officers are Italian, but the crews aren't. There are six double cabins so there are interesting fellow travellers. Three meals a day, complementary wine with lunch and dinner. It's a big boat: 13 decks; 214m long; 4,500 cars plus sundry containers, helicopters, combine harvesters etc.

I can't wait.

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That's nicer than my house Mick !! So it's about £1800 ??

Still, once I got my bike out of the port at BSAS, my shipping was £1000 and my flight was about £500. An extra £300 doesnt seem too bad seeing as you get to "roll on / roll off" and get the opportunity cross the Atalantic like they did in the good ole days
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.......as you get to "roll on / roll off"
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what did you think of this service was it worth while ? how was the bike stored and was the many port costs? thanks for any feedback still just another one of my ideas at the mo
Hi again Kito, I am still in Colombia but also thinking ahead a bit to what will I do once I arrive in Buenos Aires. I was thinking of air freighting to South Africa as an option to home to Canada... but the boat sounds interesting too. Is Senegal the only stop or do they stop in points further south such as Ghana, Cameroon, Namibia, South Africa. Sorry I have not researched this myself.

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i havent dont to much research myself but i think i might have looked at it wrong.i dont think they let you go north from SA and then get of at dakar i think you have to go to europe. is this right i hope not would have been a nice ride home
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Have no personal experience of Grimaldi. But I think it says on their website, or brochure, that you can not go northbound from South America, unless you have already traveled with them southbound.

Don´t know, if it is actually enforced or not. But something you might want to check out before making plans.
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that sucks .dont think i will do that .a bit to long at sea for me.what about buy air ? any one got any advice ? ideas on price ? i dont have the cash for all of africa but dont want to fly staight back to the UK from SA that would not be a good way to end a RTW trip would like to ride a few more miles.
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South America to Africa

I want to ship from South America to Africa. As previously stated, Grimaldi says that you can´t ship North unless you´ve already shipped south. Does anyone know of a way around this? Also, can you ship directly from somewhere in South America to Africa without having to go to Europe first?

I´m currently in Rio Gallegos, Argentina where I was waylaid by an engine that commited suicide. Actually, it had help from an incompetent mechanic in Puerto San Julian who put in a too-tall piston into my Suzuki DR 650. So much for ex-racers who think they can be mechanics. I´m an ex-racer too, but know I´m not a mechanic.

I could leave from anywhere on the east coast of South America. It looks like the only departure port for Grimaldi from South America is Buenos Aires, although their route map shows Rio and Salvador as ports of call.

A Dutchman that I met in Quito, Ecuador told me that he had shipped his bike from the Netherlands to Surinam for $400! This is less than I paid to fly my bike alone from Panama to Bogota.

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$400 is that for real ? is it all in port costs ect ? what details did he give you on this seems a bit to good
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