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Insurance & red tape
As expected there is quite a lot of paperwork required to make both Safari Drives clients and vehicles legal and legitimate when on the road in Africa. The documentation of which you should be aware of are as follows;
Our vehicles are fully covered for any eventuality. They are insured by a fully comprehensive insurance fleet policy and for third party for the countries you are travelling through.
Carnet de Passage.
For the UK-based vehicles to travel freely through Africa they have to have a document called a Carnet de Passage, an important document allowing the vehicle to cross borders without having to pay vehicle customs importation charges. On arrival or departure from a country the carnet has to be stamped.
Drivers Authority Letter
If you are crossing borders as well as the Carnet you will need to show a Drivers Authority Letter. This is a standard letter which we will provide you with, stating that you, as the driver, have our full permission to be driving the vehicle you are in.
Temporary import permits
This is a customs-generated document which covers you for the temporary import of the vehicle. This will be given to you at Customs & Immigration. Each vehicle will carry a TIP, which will be asked for at the border. This document has to stay in the vehicle at all times including when the vehicle is delivered to our base at the end of a trip.
A vehicle and route briefing
Opposite is a time-lapse film of a typical route and vehicle briefing. Our very thorough briefings take between 2 and 3 hours and cover everything from where to buy fuel to how to use the satellite phone. It is a good time to explore the maps in detail and to get a bit of local information from our very knowledgable staff.
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