Say I wanted to go across Africa in a school bus that I'm living in.
What kinds of legal things would I have to consider in regards to crossing boarders, visas and insurance?
Own or rent the bus? Rentals may have restrictions on where you can take them.
Other than that, you'd need to know the same visa rules as anybody else, and be prepared for dicking around with customs for an extended time, or bribing to be cut loose, or both.
Insurance is a question you'd get best answers by contacting your carrier.
Aside from a valid registration and insurance (which will probably be the trickiest part since insurance that's valid in one country may not be valid in another), you'll probably be required to carry a Carnet de Passages.
It's a bond document that certifies that you are the owner of the vehicle and you're not going to sell it or use it to do business while you're in their country.
I'd also expect to get scrutinized quite a lot at border crossings, since it's a bus they might think you are trying to run an unlicensed tour company or refugee bus.
I have nothing to contribute, but I am also interested in something similar (on a motorcycle). Where are you from, OP? It seems like the eastern side of Africa looks easiest in terms of Visas for American citizens. The west side has many advanced visas you'll need to acquire, as well as traveling through more dangerous countries.
Okay, this sounds a bit sketchy, Africa is the second largest landmass on this earth...its huge, thus first determine your exact route. Then I assume you are driving your car from Europe to Africa, so yes ownership of car, insurance all will be issues. This will require extensive planning and you may want to consult with a range of people who have travel the route recently - they are out there and there are non-mainstream forums out there where you can get a lot of advice. Depending where you travel- you will need to make sure you can fix the main issues with your bus without the help of a mechanic or take one along. Practice changing tires. Get your Visas before you go do never, never just drive up to a border. Your main issues doing this are security, and corruption of local officials.
OP here, I'm from New York State. 20 years old and about to join the navy for six years. After, I want to find an old Manual Transmission Diesel Bus and take a few months renovating it and fitting it to also run on waste vegetable oil.
My dream is to take two years and go down through central and south america, ship it over to south africa and go north. Live and eat out of it the whole time on a $20K budget.
I was thinking I'd end up stowing a fire arm it in somewhere.
I'm definitely interested in bike trips as well, check out the avdrider forum, those guys are veterans. I personally want a honda xr650r, get it plated and insured, reenforce the subframe for a luggage rack and tour around everywhere.
The bike can be bought and modified for about 5 grand. After uncorking the exhaust and putting larger jets in the carbs, they make 60+ horse power. And it's only just over 300lbs! it'd make for a very capable bike. Infact I had thoughts about welding a rack on the bus frame to carry the bike around.
That's what I've been reading, acquiring visas first saves lot's of head aches.
I can do most work on a vehicle myself. The only things that are beyond me to fix are modern day vehicles with complex computer and sensors.
The first thing I'd do to the bus is go around and replace the whole suspension, brakes, wheel bearings, service the differential, change all fluids, new clutch ect.
Oh and get one of those blue glow-y fly zappers, you'll love it out there stay a distance from the natives unless you're getting food. You really need a friend (not wifey) I wouldn't reccommend bringing a woman with you btw.
There are travel clinics out there in the world -- talking to one of those would likely be a good idea, once you have some sense of your route.
Good pick on the XR650. They're pigs, but tough pigs. I have a KTM 2 stroke at home I ride, but unfortunately that won't do over here. I plan on buying a used air cooled Honda in South Africa and riding it from there to Italy. I'm currently living in Mozambique, but I'm from NYS also, Elmira. Where are you from? >>949501
I had to get a laundry list of immunizations before coming here. Yellow fever is a must have, you'll need the yellow WHO card to get into many African nations. Also you'll want some sort of malaria prophylaxis, unless of course you want to take a gamble with malaria. I wouldn't.
And i've always thought KTMs were cool, I've never rode one though. The XR seemed like the right choice, definitely look for an xr600 if your going for an air cooled bike
Dat Honda reliability
>Also invest in a fully automatic AK
Pic the route well and you can buy it over there before you run into too bad places.
Africa is a big place, some parts are pretty safe, other parts are warzones. No general advice can cover much of the place.
Even if you are just pretending, you're an utter cunt.
>implying select fire isn't better
Gotta remember, he's not a /k/ommando like we are. if they're up close with (which they will be because Africa) it's better to have the option to sweep and hit all 4 of the bastards.
I also now realize what I did
Africa is a beautiful bathroom, it may be magnificent, but the people are god damn insane and no matter how much you enjoy it, it's still a shithole.
Also an AK will spit out anything you feed it. pretty much.
I'd imagine decent ammo over there might be a challenge. Don't leave anything alone you don't intend to lose, this includes friends.
1) I dont believe that is your bus
2) that thing would never make it across africa. Guys who know what they are doing with Range Rovers destroy their cars trying to get through a single country, you will not make it more than 30 miles out of major city in a fucking school bus
Yes, but their quality is highly variable.
As in, you might be able to cruise on decent asphalt for quite a while but at some point you're going to wreck your vehicle because the road isn't really a road anymore, but a large collection of potholes.