Border Crossings with Gun? Travelling Central Africa by Bike.
Hi, I'm new to the forums. Great forums, btw.
I'm planning a solo cycle-touring trip through Cameroon > Equatorial Guinea > Gabon > Congo > DR Congo > Tanzania. Hopefully spending the most time exploring DRC. I'd like to bring a rifle along so I can hunt some food along the way. I'll mostly be camping, and it can be a week or so between larger towns in some of these places, so it'd be great to hunt some fresh food, not just rely on what I'm carrying or buy in the villages. mainly just small game like birds and small mammals, they're big enough for one meal. I'll have no way of keeping anything larger for very long.
Trying to figure out the feasibility of this... some questions that arise are
- Will it be possible to get my gun across each border... like, what's the general procedure for border-crossings with a firearm in Africa?
- If so, what kind of paperwork/permit do I need for each country?
- Even if I get my gun through, am I allowed to hunt just about anywhere I want in these countries? Or do I need a permit / am I restricted to certain areas/parks? do I have to have a guide? Any special permits you gotta get if you don't have a guide?
- Does having a license back home (I'm from Canada) have any bearing on the matter?
- Carrying the gun: basically I figured I'd just mount a rifle holster to the frame of the bike somehow. Would I need to carry it more securely to be legal?
- The "immigration officials" (local magistrates/police) in each village, especially in DRC I imagine, will no doubt try to give me a hard time over it. Tips/experiences you can share on deflecting their interference? other than paying their arbitrary invented "tax" every time..
While I'm here I might as well ask if you know about the acceptance of machetes at borders, and also if you know about fishing regs/licenses for foreigners in these countries solid information is hard to find.
Thanks a lot for your help.