Africa is addictive. Africa has colourful people, bustling markets, starry nights, utter desert silence, a cacophony of cicadas, inviting nomads and modern entrepreneurs. Stuck in a deep mud hole, pushing a motorcycle through sand or enjoying the camaraderie of an overloaded public bus, no one is far from the soul of the Dark Continent. Africa Overland, the adventurers' definitive choice, provides practical sections on buying, maintaining, and driving a vehicle alongside a new section on overland routes in Asia.
"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."
Part One: BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Chapter 1 The Basics The budget, Route planning, Route outlines, Shipping your vehicle, Starting a trip from South Africa, Planning a motorbike trip, Planning a bicycle trip
Chapter 2 Routes Getting to Africa African routes
Chapter 3 Vehicle Selection and Preparation Selecting your vehicle, Vehicle preparation, Vehicle equipment, Spares and tools, Suppliers and useful contacts, Motorbike selection, Motorbike preparation, Bicycle selection and preparation
Chapter 4 Organised Tours The routes, What to expect, Choosing a tour, Other options, Overland operators
Chapter 5 Practicalities Red tape, Embassies and consulates, Money, Health, Security, Safety for women travellers, Accommodation, Post and telecommunications
Part Two: ON THE ROAD
Chapter 6 Your Vehicle Driving techniques, Recovery techniques, Maintenance, breakdowns and repairs, Motorbike driving techniques and repairs, Bicycle troubleshooting
Chapter 7 Day to Day Issues Bureaucracy, Borders and police checks, Visas, Money, Where to stay, Eating and drinking, Shopping
Part Three: THE GUIDE
Chapter 8 Background Geography, vegetation and climate, Natural history and conservation, History, People. Cultural interaction and respect, Religion, Festivals, Arts and entertainment, Giving something back to Africa
Chapter 9 A-Z Country Guide Red tape, Which country?, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), People's Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons have been travelling in Africa for 30 years. Their combined travel experience spans all corners of the globe and has included working as guides and drivers on coach tours, leading mountain treks and operating cycle trips and desert expeditions.