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Visa detail

perhaps.  While the list of which  nationalities need visas for which African nations doesn't change that much - almost every non-African national needs a visa for every African country - where you can apply for the visa seems to change constantly.


The best source of information is to look at recent travellers’ experiences, and also search Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree and the HUBB for the most up to date information.  With that in mind, the information below is almost guaranteed to be out of date the minute it has been written!


This will all be updated as we progress on our journey, with as much information provided as is possible.


Morocco: no visas required


Mauritania: both require visas.  These are to be obtained in Rabat, Morocco


Senegal:  one requires a visa.  This is to be obtained in London before departure.  The embassy has indicated that they will issue with a start date, and it will be valid for 90 days, multiple entry from that date.  That failing, we'll try in Oslo on our way south.  

UPDATE: new biometric visas introduced for all nationalities from 1 July 2013


The Gambia: no visas required.


Guinea: both require visas.  These are to be obtained in Banjul, The Gambia


Cote d'Ivoire:  both require visas.  These are to be obtained in Dakar, Senegal.  That failing, we'll try in Banjul, The Gambia


Ghana: both require visas.  These are to be obtained in Conakry, Guinea.  


Burkina Faso:  both require visas.  These are to be obtained in Dakar, Senegal.  That failing, we may have to wait until Accra, Ghana.  The intention is to obtain a Visa des Pays de L'Entente.


Togo:  both require visas:  These are to be obtained in Accra, Ghana.  The intention is to obtain a Visa des Pays de L'Entente.


Benin: both require visas.  These are to be obtained in Lome, Togo (if no Visa des Pays de L'Entente).  They are no longer available at the border


Nigeria: both require visas.  It appears that embassies closer to Nigeria (Ghana, Benin) only issue to residents.  We'll try in Conakry, Guinea and failing that, Lome, Togo.  This one still needs investigation.


Cameroon: both require visas.  These are to be obtained in Abuja, Nigeria.


Gabon: both require visas.  It appears it might be possible to obtain in Lome, Togo.  Failing that, we'll obtain in Yaounde, Cameroon.


Congo: both require visas.  These are to be obtained in Yaounde, Cameroon.


DRC: both require visas. We may obtain these in Lome, Togo.  Alternatively, we'll obtain in Libreville, Gabon.


Angola: both require visas.  We are very keen to obtain a 30 day ordinary visa, so currently investigating how to go about this.


Nambia: no visas required


South Africa: no visas required.


Well, we’ll have earned our bottle of champagne when we reach South Africa after successfully having negotiated our way through all that red tape!

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It would be a huge understatement to say that this is the most fluid situation of the planning - after the political stability

IMPORTANT UPDATE

Due to political instability, we shipped our car from Dakar, Senegal to Cape Town, South Africa, and so only obtained visas as far as Senegal.


Travellers who did manage to drive all the way down the west coast during 2013 should have more accurate information.


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