This week sees the launch of the brand-new Tracks4Africa Namibia and Botswana self-drive guide books. Our second editions feature detailed maps, suggested itineraries, and updated accommodation and camping information, all in a tough, new A4 format that makes route planning even easier.
You cannot travel across borders without a passport. A Carnet de Passage en Douane (CPD) can be seen as a ‘passport’ which allows your vehicle to be temporarily imported into a foreign country while you overland.
What exactly is a Carnet?
Most people refer to a Carnet de Passage as a Carnet or CPD. It is an international customs document which offers a guarantee to a foreign government that the vehicle identified in the Carnet, if granted temporary importation status, will be removed from the country within the specified time limit. In the event that the vehicle is not removed within that time frame, the country may claim from the authority who issued the Carnet all duties and taxes that would be required to permanently import the vehicle to that country.
Travelling Africa does pose certain health risks for which you can take precaution. Visit your medical practitioner or Travel Clinic to ensure that you get the correct vaccinations, at least six months before your venture into Africa. Some vaccinations require several treatments with a time gap in between each. Whilst the advice given here under is accurate at the time of publication, check with your health clinic prior to travel to ensure that requirements haven’t changed.
Yellow fever is endemic in the tropics of Africa and America but is a much bigger problem in Africa. It is a virus transmitted by a mosquito which flourishes in human habitations, especially under slum conditions and is thus prevalent in the large urban informal settlements in tropical Africa. Continue reading Get your vaccinations for travelling Africa!