Travelling in East Africa on motorbike - Advice?

#1
Plan is to leave Tanzania, head south, then follow lake Victoria in Uganda, south again to Rwanda, Burundi then back through uganda, to Niarobi, back down to Tanzania. Anyone done something similar? Offer a choice of bike, kit etc?
 
#2
muzungu_marlow said:
Plan is to leave Tanzania, head south, then follow lake Victoria in Uganda, south again to Rwanda, Burundi then back through uganda, to Niarobi, back down to Tanzania. Anyone done something similar? Offer a choice of bike, kit etc?
Think Ewan McGregor and his mate did something fairly similar :) Sorry mate, can't offer anything helpful but good luck, I'm more than a tad jealous.
 
#3
Your first step is to get onto www.horizonsunlimited.com
It is the bible when it comes to overland motorcycle travel. The best book I have come across is Adventure Motorcycling Handbook by Chris Scott.

Do you have a bike currently? In Africa I would always opt for lightness and simplicity over comfort and performance and soft luggage over hard.

If you want any further info get in touch.
 
#8
Adventure Rider Forum ( ADVrider )

http://www.advrider.com/

UKGSER BMW riders forum.....under the GS travellers and travel advice forum

http://www.advrider.com/

Horizons Unlimited

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/

In those forums you will find ride reports from people who have done what you want to do, are doing it now or planning to.

Bike advice, tool advice, documentation, visas, tools, medical, insurance and riding gear.....plus all the other things you need.The Horizons Unlimited forum is especially helpful with a lot of those boys and girls classed as hard-core round the world riders.

If you start a discussion about what bike to ride, be prepared for blood to be drawn and the argument to go on for weeks.....quite simply, any motorcycle is capable of going round the world. I am actually following the blog of an American chap who has just reached china on a HD cruiser.

Obviously some bikes are more suited to the task than others.A big thing is to not get drawn into all this " Adventure Bike " cliche where apparently only fully specced BMW 1200 GS Adventures ( £13,000 ) or KTM Adventures ( £12,000 ) are the only bikes sutiable.

A pure road bike is sutiable for most trips as they can be used on tracks as such...if you intend to go off-road which is what you are looking at in the proposed route, then a Dual-Purpose bike would be more sensible perhaps.....something like a Suzuki DR650 or a Kawasaki KLR650....both older,robust and totally proven bikes.

This is the one I used to travel Australia last year.

And the rather fetching Turquoise and white old BMW is the one I am uisng now.


Be delighted to help with any questions you need answering if I can.
 

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#9
I appear to be a mong with computers....hopefully here is the BMW I use now, Its old but easily repaired and reliable.

Been modified for long range travel and has proved to be a pleasure for trips...Just my experience and preference maybe, but I do favour Older and proven bikes rather than the new ones.
 

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#10
I should get my directions right from the off (South from Tanzania to lake Victoria?). The main roads are very good but the occasional vast pothole can kill you, as can the busses which whip along sideways. Your greatest risk is your security. Don't touch the local lovelies, either. Make sure you've got a get-home-quick card; you wouldn't like the hospitals.
 
#12
I am jealous! What an adventure.

The only advice I have, and I haven't done the trip, is in relation to what a friend told me after doing a similar trip a few years ago. Like you he did a bike trip, and somewhere in Central Africa something flew up his nose even though he had a full helmet. To cut a long story short, he became very ill, not only that, but this insect/bug was having a good old chew on the cartlidge of his nose. He survived, and the insect was removed. The specialist in Jo'burg told him it was always adviseable to wear a mask whilst riding.

Shame really, he used to be a good looking guy! Now we all call him 'Punch', for obvious reasons. So do yourself a favour and get a mask, and have a brilliant trip.
 
#13
BaldBaBoon said:
Adventure Rider Forum ( ADVrider )

http://www.advrider.com/

UKGSER BMW riders forum.....under the GS travellers and travel advice forum

http://www.advrider.com/

Horizons Unlimited

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/

In those forums you will find ride reports from people who have done what you want to do, are doing it now or planning to.

Bike advice, tool advice, documentation, visas, tools, medical, insurance and riding gear.....plus all the other things you need.The Horizons Unlimited forum is especially helpful with a lot of those boys and girls classed as hard-core round the world riders.

If you start a discussion about what bike to ride, be prepared for blood to be drawn and the argument to go on for weeks.....quite simply, any motorcycle is capable of going round the world. I am actually following the blog of an American chap who has just reached china on a HD cruiser.

Obviously some bikes are more suited to the task than others.A big thing is to not get drawn into all this " Adventure Bike " cliche where apparently only fully specced BMW 1200 GS Adventures ( £13,000 ) or KTM Adventures ( £12,000 ) are the only bikes sutiable.

A pure road bike is sutiable for most trips as they can be used on tracks as such...if you intend to go off-road which is what you are looking at in the proposed route, then a Dual-Purpose bike would be more sensible perhaps.....something like a Suzuki DR650 or a Kawasaki KLR650....both older,robust and totally proven bikes.

This is the one I used to travel Australia last year.

And the rather fetching Turquoise and white old BMW is the one I am uisng now.


Be delighted to help with any questions you need answering if I can.
Is that a V-victory marking on your pannier?
 

samm1551

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#15
I am sooooo jealous. Although DH and I are talking about doing something similar when he retires. Hope you have a fab time.
 
#16
There are a few exceptional books worth reading about this kind of stuff, and they contain a goldmine of real life tips, experience and contacts.

Adventure Motorcycling Handbook by Chris Scott at Trailblazer books..
The best book you can get for little bits of info on everything.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1873756372/?tag=armrumser-21

Mondo Enduro and Terra Circa

Group of guys with no organistion and crap bikes who went on a 400 day round the world trip....hilarious to read.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1904466281/?tag=armrumser-21

Jupiters Travels by Ted Simon..another round the world trip and very good read.....with Dreaming of Jupiter where he does the same trip 25 years later.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0349119600/?tag=armrumser-21
 
#17
Just an update on this project, we've decided to foucs primarily on the distribution of malaria kits (mozzie net/ pills/ info) to villages, 20 per village and aim to hit the road in the beginning of April, all in the trip will cost 1000 USD, for 5 days in the field and we're now seriously considering doing this fulltime, if we can raise 1400 dollars a week. So this is more now a call for anyone who has any ideas about sponsorship or connections with companies that fancy a nice bit of tax deductable donations?
 

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