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Country Information

* Note:  The information below is valid now (2004/2005) but I imagine will constantly change, so can be used as a guide only. 
              From talking to others it seems that visa costs and requirements vary greatly depending on where you get them from.
              So shopping around may be worthwhile.

** GPS waypoints are from Magellan SportTrak GPS.  To download complete list as an excel file click here All Country GPS.xls

Click here to download excel version of information. 

Country

Visa Reqd?

Visa Cost

Where to Get

Insurance

Where to Get

Road Tax

Fuel Cost /l

Exchange Rate

Notes

Money

Highlights

South Africa

GPS

No     Couldn't buy (but don't really need as included in fuel cost, apparently)   None 0.43 11ZAR/ Never stopped by police, good roads, can use visa to pay for fuel. ATMs take maestro/visa everywhere
bulletCape Town
bulletStorms River Mouth
bulletHiking in Drakensberg
Mozambique

GPS

Yes 121 Rand On border $15 On border None 0.43 38000Mtl/ Rarely stopped by police just for chat, very nice.  Not asked for documents. Cash for fuel only. Some ATMs take visa (no maestro).
bulletBeach Camp on edge of coconut plantations
bulletEarly morning dips in Ocean
Tanzania

GPS

Yes $50 At Maputo takes 2 days (may be able to get at border) Not bought On main borders $5 - $25 0.46 2000TSh/ Road tax cost depends on border.  Tourists generally not stopped by police (make sure your number plate is clean!).  Cash for fuel only. ATMs take visa.  Some Barclays accept maestro.
bulletReaching top of Kilimanjaro
bulletSerengeti
bulletWandering round Stone Town, Zanzibar
Kenya

GPS

Yes $50 On border Not bought On main borders $40 0.57 100KSh/ Don't have to buy road tax on every border.  Not stopped by police.  Can use visa for fuel in big towns ATMs take visa.  Some Barclays accept maestro.
bulletCycling in Hell's Gate N.P
bulletSwimming at Tiwi Beach, Mombassa
Uganda Yes $50 On border $20 On border 37000USh 0.75 2000USh/ Have to pay road tax in shillings and must buy insurance to get tax.  Change money beforehand if you can to avoid bad exchange rates on border crossing.  Only stopped by police once. ATMs take visa.  Some Barclays accept maestro.
bulletBoat trip up river in Murchison Falls N.P.
bulletCamping next to rapids on Nile, Jinja
bulletMountains in the West
Malawi

GPS

No     $20 On border   0.47 205Kw/ Police check insurance every time (large fine if you don't have it!) and check lights/indicators work.  Lots of police blocks on all main roads.  Cash for fuel only. ATMs take visa.  Some Barclays accept maestro.
bulletCanoeing on Lake Malawi
bulletScenery from Livingstonia
Zambia

GPS

Yes $60 On border $35 On border   0.50 9100ZMK/ Insurance lasts for 3 months.  Make sure you have reflective strips on front & back of car.  Regular police blocks on main roads, check lights/tape/seatbelts etc. will fine if any problems.  Cash for fuel only. ATMs take visa.  Some banks accept maestro.
bulletSouth Luangwa N.P. (and drive back to Petauke!)
bulletVictoria Falls
Botswana

GPS

No          75 pula   0.35   Namibian insurance covers Botswana   Drove through too quickly!
Namibia

GPS

No     940N$ (for a year, can get refund when you leave) Not on border, we found through Welwetschia 110N$ 0.36 11N$/ Cross Border Charge needs to be bought at border, will be checked.  Could only buy insurance for a year, then cancel and refund before leaving.  Namibia not accept yellow card. ATMs take visa/maestro
bulletMountain Biking in Tsaobis Leopard Game Park
bulletSandboarding in Swakopmund
bulletScenery at Dead Vlei/Sossusvlei
Angola

GPS

Yes 150 Pretoria (need letter of invitation, 1 week) Not bought   None 0.18 160 Kw/ Difficult to get visa in Southern African countries and very expensive. We heard it is easier if coming down the way, or get before leaving home. Not asked for Insurance but stopped a few times at police checks (nice to tourists). Some ATMs take visa, easy to change T/Cheques and cash.
bulletTundavala
bulletFriendly people
DRC

GPS

Yes $110 (we got transit visa for $50 on border) Luanda (1 day) Not bought   None   900 Congo franc/ We managed to get a transit visa on border, but was hard work and had to wait a day for chief to arrive to issue it. Stopped at police checks and documents/insurance requested (although they seem nice to tourists). Didn't change any.
bulletNice scenery,
bulletand being able to say you have driven through DRC!
Congo

GPS

Yes $90 Luanda ( 1 day) Not bought   None 0.33 900 CFA/ Very easy border crossing, lots of police blocks but no hassles for tourists. Some ATMs take visa, easy to change T/Cheques and cash.
bulletPointe Noire good to stock up on niceties.
bullet Logging track north.
Gabon

GPS

Yes $100 Luanda (2 days) Not bought

(checked by police)

  None 0.39 900 CFA/ We found Gabon police/officials to be most corrupt so far. Stopped at every road block to check paperwork and requests for beer/money etc. Don't hand over original papers! Some ATMs take visa, easy to change T/Cheques and cash.
bulletNice scenery on yellow route north of Libreville.
Cameroon

GPS

Yes 50000 CFA Libreville (1 day) Not bought (checked by police)   None (toll roads) 0.52 900 CFA/ Lots of police blocks, need original paperwork (including insurance) but police v. nice and no hassles. Some ATMs take visa, easy to change T/Cheques and cash.
bulletGood roads, great scenery.
bulletMountain road
bullet Ring Road
bulletWaza NP
Chad

GPS

Yes 30000 CFA Libreville (on the spot) Not bought   None 0.61 900 CFA/ Borders no problem (but asking for money), only stopped at one police block where he tried to tell us it was illegal to not have any gas! (when we wouldn't give him anything). On th whole not too bad. Could use visa, T/C & cash inside bank in N'djamena.
bulletDesert pistes around Lake Chad
bulletBush camping in middle of nowhere
bulletFirst sights of lots of camels.
Niger

GPS

Yes 30000 CFA Yaounde (1 day) Not bought   None (main road is toll road) 0.51 900 CFA/ No problems at borders or police checks, main road good, a few campsites but easy to bush camp. Good rate for T/C in Niamey, black market readily available.
bulletMore camels
bulletRoad north to Mali border.
Mali

GPS

Yes 20000 CFA Niamey (issued straight away) Not bought   None 0.48 1000 Western CFA/ Good roads, everyone very friendly. No problems from police (but they like you to get your passport stamped in towns). Very touristy place. Plenty of places to change T/C and cash, didn't try visa.
bulletWalking in Dogon Country
bulletTimbuktu
bulletSleeping in the Sahara under stars.
Senegal

GPS

No     Not bought (checked by police)   None 0.51 1000 Western CFA/ Police near big towns very keen - check all paperwork, inc. vaccination certificates, and must have fire extinguisher and 2 warning triangles. Rosso border full of touts, watch your back. ATMs take visa
bulletSt Louis (only place we went to, but very nice).
Mauritania

GPS

Yes 12500 West CFA Niamey (issued straight away) but had to specify dates, consul in Bamako much nicer and gives 15 days from date of entry Not bought (checked by police)   None 0.45 272 Ouguiya/$ Rosso border hard work with "guides" trying to help you, or take your money (read Mauritania diary for details). One police told us we had to get local insurance, but our total Africa insurance worked OK. All police blocks friendly and no problems at Morocco border. Good rate for Euros on black market, not so good in Banks. Don't want dollars.  At border had to declare currency, but never checked again.
bulletPiste along coast
bulletParc National du Banc l'Aguin.
bulletSipping Mauritanian tea under canvas.
Morocco

GPS

No     Can use green card but coming north is difficult to get. We had to buy 10 days for 75 in Dhakla. (but never checked yet) None 0.43 15.86 Dirham/ Police checks no problem, no documents checked so far but photocopies of passports are useful to save time. ATMs everywhere take Visa, Cirrus. Easy to change money.
bulletHigh Atlas Mountains
bulletRif Mountains
bulletSand Dunes around Merzouga
bulletMedinas of Fes/Marrakesh/Tanger
bullet...