AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE : EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
 
 
Insurance
 

 

Before we go any further, tip number one:

#1. Buy the COMESA yellow card insurance in the first country (usually Zimbabwe if you start in SA) that will sell it to you - it is a Godsend and will save your arse at many a sticky police checkpoint.

#2. Make sure that you get at least one set of International Driving Licenses before you leave. If you stay over 3 months in Kenya your foriegn license is no longer valid.

For vehicle insurance, the only firm I know that can offer fire, theft and accident insurance for all of Africa is available in the UK irrespective of where the vehicle is registered by:
Campbell Irvine, 48 Earls Court Road, Kensington W8 6EJ
Phone: +44-171-937-6981
Fax: +44-171-938-2250.
Email: ci@netcomuk.co.uk.
They charge about 12% of the cost of the vehicle so it's definitely not cheap. We did not take out vehicle insurance. Theft was always a concern. We fitted a burglar alarm and extra locks on the doors.

Third Party Insurance:

Third Party insurance is compulsory in many countries. In South Africa, Namibia and Botswana (?) it's included in the price of fuel. In countries where Third Party Insurance is compulsory it is available at the border and costs somewhere between US$10-US$60 for a months cover. In Zimbabwe we bought Yellow Card Insurance which covered all countries between Zimbabwe and Kenya and cost US$60 for a twelve month cover which is much cheaper than buying it at each border.

In Zimbabwe contact:
Zimnat Insurance Company
PO Box CY1155
Causeway
Harare

(092634-73-7611)

In Ethiopia contact:
Ethiopian Insurance Corporation
PO Box 2545
Addis Ababa
In Kenya contact:
Kenya National Assurance
PO Box 30271
Nairobi

If your vehicle is not registered in the UK then Green card insurance for Europe, North Africa and the Middle East is best purchased before arriving from:
Campbell Irvine
48 Earls Court Road
Kensington W8 6EJ
Phone: +44-171-937-6981
Fax: +44-171-938-2250
Email: ci@netcomuk.co.uk

Green Card Insurance to cover just Western Europe and the UK is available from the Germany Automobile Association:
ADAC Geschäftsstelle & Reisebüro
Jahnstr. 26
88214 Ravensburg
Germany
Phone: +49-751-3616811
Fax.: +49-751-3616888
Email:  mirjam.gruendler@wtb.adac.de.
Riff Raff Overland Expedition: Third party insurance in East Africa

Third party insurance in Africa is the source of much mystery, expense and rip-off /bribery opportunity. Before leaving we’d heard about a “yellow card” insurance that was not obtainable in SA but would cover us in many African countries. But every attempt at pinning down the details ended in failure at the end of a phone line in some remote Zimbabwean office.

(NB: Buy it in Bulawayo from ZIMNAT).

Namibia and Botswana are fairly straightforward: In Namibia we paid nothing, presuminably because there is an agreement between SA and Namibia, and Botswana costs 10.- Pula and is valid for a year.
From Zambia it gets more complicated. Firstly there’s the need for temporary importation documentation, obtainable at the border if you’re not using the AA’s Carnet de Passage. Secondly, 3rd party insurance is sold at the borders: one month or three months (we paid US$ 20.- for 3 months = 65,000 Kwacha). This insurance certificate is inspected at nearly every police roadblock and there are plenty of those: before and/or after every major settlement (our current record is six road blocks in one day of less than 250 km).
At the border we enquired about the “yellow card” and were assured that it could only be obtained from the issuers, The Zambia State Insurance Corporation Ltd, at one of their offices in a major town. So off we trundled to Livingstone and got the following details after a long chat to one of the regional managers.
The multi-country insurance is known as the COMESA yellow card.
It covers most southern and eastern countries between SA and Egypt, but SA, Botswana and Namibia appear to have pulled out of the agreement at the last minute.

COMESA Yellow Card (International 3rd Party Insurance):

The only insurance that is legally required in most African countries is 3rd party, but if you pay 50USD at every border for it, your costs will start to dramatically mount up, so an easier/cheaper option is to buy the COMESA yellow card insurance. The Comesa Yellow Card (CYC) is an international 3rd party policy so you no longer need to buy 3rd party insurance at the border of any member country. It is quite often asked for by name by various African police forces and so there is no quibbling over its validity.

 

NB: The CYC is valid in: ANG; BOT; BUR; DRC; DJI; EGT; ERI; ETH; KEN; LES; MAL; MOZ; NAM; RSA; RWA; SOM; SUD; SWA; TAN; UGA; ZAM; ZIM.

 

If you are starting from SA you can’t buy it in SA, you’ll have to buy it in Zim or Zam (and maybe in Malawi etc) as the CYC is not valid in the country in which you buy it. Therefore you will have to buy LOCAL 3rd party insurance at the border first – usually for the length of time that you’ll be travelling – then you’ll go to any insurance broker in the next major town and buy the CYC as an EXTENSION to your existing local 3rd party insurance policy.
I buy mine at Jupiter Insurance in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe or through the AA in Kenya.
My only contact for information though is in Kenya: Ring the AA in Nairobi - contact me for details - tell them how long you want it to last and when you want it to start, no. of people travelling etc, and they'll advise you.


The yellow card is not valid in the country in which you buy it.

The yellow card is only valid in the countries specified and paid for. An approximate period per onward country must be given, but the details are not documented and the actual period per country is quite flexible. We purchased 30 days per specified country but we can stay a day or three months in any one. We paid US $ 60.- for the yellow card and 85 000 Kwacha for the 6 month cover in Zambia. The purpose of all of this? The yellow card is well accepted in member countries and will hopefully prevent confusion and rip-off in countries where border officials and police are less friendly than in Zambia.

PS: Get red (for the back) and white (for the front) reflective stickers (about 5 cm x 5 cm) for your vehicle, either before entering Zambia (and Zimbabwe) or as soon as you get there. Normal reflectors are considered inadequate and the cost of not having the stickers is K 54 000 for the back, K 54 000 for the front and another amount, open to the discretion of the examining policeman, to help you remember that it’s a bad thing not to have reflective stickers. The spares shop at the BP garage in Livingstone will sell you such stickers for K 3 500 with a knowing smile.

 




 

 

 

 

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