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Bradt Africa Overland

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·A to Z country directory, with information on red tape, driving conditions and highlights
·Expanded route outlines, including returning overland via Asia
·Terrain driving and troubleshooting techniques
·Comprehensive guide to planning and preparation
·Advice on travelling independently or on an organised trip
·Accommodation suggestions and cultural etiquette

Traversing Africa overland is the ultimate roadie challenge, steeped in risk and intrigue. While the continent offers up countless joys – welcoming smiles, ...

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Overview

·A to Z country directory, with information on red tape, driving conditions and highlights
·Expanded route outlines, including returning overland via Asia
·Terrain driving and troubleshooting techniques
·Comprehensive guide to planning and preparation
·Advice on travelling independently or on an organised trip
·Accommodation suggestions and cultural etiquette

Traversing Africa overland is the ultimate roadie challenge, steeped in risk and intrigue. While the continent offers up countless joys – welcoming smiles, fabulous desert landscapes, driving on fun dirt roads and that cold bucket ‘shower’– the journey can at times seem arduous and gruelling, mired in mud, sand and bureaucracy.

Now in its sixth edition, Africa Overland is an indispensable guide to travelling the length and breadth of this fascinating continent, with vital information on everything from health and safety to vehicle maintenance, peppered with the authors’ personal anecdotes and experiences. Intrepid travellers will find the planning phase and the journey itself transformed from a daunting prospect into a thrilling adventure.

Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons have travelled extensively overland in Africa and Asia, running several expeditions en route.

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'This is the ultimate roadies' guide to traversing the wilderness of Africa. An indispensable guide to negotiating the unchartered perils of Africa's vast plains.' Daily Express 'A lively and informative first choice.'Traveller
From the Publisher
'This is the ultimate roadies' guide to traversing the wilderness of Africa. An indispensable guide to negotiating the unchartered perils of Africa's vast plains.'

Daily Express

'A lively and informative first choice.'

Traveller

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841624945
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,403,138
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons have crossed Africa a dozen times since 1975, leaving only Angola, Eritrea and Somalia off their enviable tick-list. Bob previously worked for various overland companies as a driver in Africa and has made five major overland journeys across the continent accompanied by Sian.

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Table of Contents

Introduction viii

PART ONE BEFORE YOU LEAVE 1
Chapter 1 The Basics 3
The budget 4, Route planning 6, Shipping your vehicle 13, Starting a trip from South Africa 14, Planning a motorbike trip 16, Planning a bicycle trip 16
Chapter 2 Overland Routes 21
Getting to Africa 21, African routes 23, Suggested itineraries 48, Out of Africa – the Asian option 50
Chapter 3 Vehicle Selection and Preparation 59
Selecting your vehicle 59, Vehicle preparation 64, Vehicle equipment 73, Spares and tools 81, Suppliers and useful contacts 85, Motorbike selection 86, Motorbike preparation 89, Bicycle selection and preparation 93
Chapter 4 Organised Tours and Public Transport 107
The routes 108, What to expect 110, Choosing a tour 111, Other options 112, Overland operators 112
Chapter 5 Practicalities 115
Red tape 115, Embassies and consulates 121, Money 121, Health 122, Security 133, Women drivers and travellers 134, Travelling with children 137, Accommodation 138, Post and telecommunications 139

PART TWO ON THE ROAD 141
Chapter 6 Your Vehicle 143
Driving techniques 143, Recovery techniques 147, Maintenance, breakdowns and repairs 148, Motorbike driving hints and repairs 161, Bicycle troubleshooting 163
Chapter 7 Day-to-Day Issues 165
Bureaucracy 165, Borders and police checks 166, Visas 167, Money 169, Where to stay 170, Eating and drinking 173, Shopping 178

PART THREE THE GUIDE 179
Chapter 8 Background 181
Geography, vegetation and climate 181, Natural history and conservation 181, History 182, People 187, Cultural interaction and respect 188, Religion 188, Festivals 190, Arts and entertainment 191, Travelling positively 196
Chapter 9 A–Z Africa Country Guide 203
Which country? 203, Notes on this part of the guide 203, Algeria 206, Angola 208, Benin 211, Botswana 213, Burkina Faso 215, Burundi 217, Cameroon 218, Central African Republic (CAR) 221, Chad 223, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 225, Republic of Congo 228, Djibouti 230, Egypt 231, Equatorial Guinea 235, Eritrea 236, Ethiopia 237, Gabon 240, Gambia 242, Ghana 245, Guinea 247, Guinea Bissau 250, Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) 252, Kenya 253, Lesotho 257, Liberia 259, Libya 261, Malawi 263, Mali 266, Mauritania 270, Morocco 273, Mozambique 277, Namibia 280, Niger 284, Nigeria 286, Rwanda 289, Senegal 291, Sierra Leone 294, Somalia 297, Somaliland 298, South Africa 300, South Sudan 303, Sudan 305, Swaziland 309, Tanzania 310, Togo 315, Tunisia 317, Uganda 318, Western Sahara 321, Zambia 325, Zimbabwe 328
Chapter 10 Guide to Countries on the Return Route via Asia 331
India 331, Nepal 334, China 335, Kazakhstan 337, Russia 339, Ukraine 340, Poland 341

Appendix 1 Language 343
Appendix 2 Personal Details 346
Appendix 3 Checklist 347
Appendix 4 Visa Requirements at a Glance 360
Appendix 5 Further Information 362

Index of advertisers 367
Index 368

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