transafrica shipping dilemma
At the end of this year I'll be leaving Belgium for a journey through africa, destination capetown. I'll be riding along the east of africa. The planning goes pretty smooth but there is one thing I can't make up my mind about. I'm still not sure how I will return my bike. This are the options:
1. I ship my bike from belgium to capetown and ride it back home. cons: expensive! I will be riding an older, cheap bike with big milage (xtz tenere, 1994), so the shiping will be more expensive than the bike. Clearing the bike at south african customs will be a hassle too. 2. I ride my bike to capetown and ship it back to Belgium. I fly
cons: also expensive. Going trough the shipping proces in capetown
looks even more complicated then dealing with it in my hometown.
3. I ride my bike to capetown and try to sell it over there. I fly
cons: selling will be very difficult/impossible (carnet, import tax,...) I
could try to sell it to another overlander going to europe. Finding
someone will need alot of luck and time and it's still not sure I'm going
to see my bike again.
4. I fly to capetown and look for a bike for sale over there. I
return by bike to Belgium.
cons: buying and registering a bike overseas takes alot of time and
energy in paperwork. Finding a proper bike and preparing it will be a
hassle. I'll have to stay a couple of weeks in SA at the start of my
Which option would you go for? Maybe people with some experience in this matter? I really hope to get some respons folks! Thanx in advance!
Sorry about the bad english, writing is not my biggest quality...