Vehicle Shipping to South Africa & Namibia RORO & Container

Ship your Car, Motorhome, Campervan or Truck to South Africa

Vehicle shipping to South Africa & Namibia

We specialise in shipping cars, 4x4’s, Motorhomes, Campervans & Camping trucks to South Africa & Namibia and offer shipping services on fast, frequent Roll on Roll off (RORO) and container vessels to all major South African ports including (Cape Town, East London, Port Elizabeth & Durban) and Namibia (Walvis Bay).

Departures are from major European (EU) ports including the UK (Southampton, Tilbury, Liverpool, Felixstowe, London Gateway and Bristol), Belgium (Zeebrugge & Antwerp), Germany (Bremerhaven & Hamburg) , Netherlands (Rotterdam) and others.

Services also operate from the USA, South America (Colombia, Uruguay and Argentina) & Australia. Transhipment services can be arranged for other destinations including India.

Some sailings are direct from Europe to Africa, and others are stopping services. Sailing can take between 20 and 40 days depending on the departure and destination ports.

*Note shipments to Walvis bay from the EU depart from Bremerhaven, Sheerness, Antwerp and are south bound only. Shipments from the USA depart from Baltimore & Brunswick.

RORO Services

There are regular, reliable Roll on Roll off services to and from Europe, we recommend people to book on direct services that go non stop between Europe and South Africa as these provide a little more peace of mind regarding security than the stopping services via the Americas or West Africa.

Returning from South Africa we have 4 services, three of these are direct with no stops once leaving South Africa, until arrival at the first port in Europe.

The other is a stopping service to Europe via West Africa (Tema, Abidjan, Dakar, Conakry) or South America (Santos Brazil, Montevideo, Zarate, Vitoria).

The stopping service is usually cheaper than than the direct services.

The services are good value for those with oversized vehicles, but also provide comparative costs to sharing a 40ft container for a smaller vehicle.

The import / export costs of shipping RORO is significantly cheaper than container shipping in Southern Africa.

RORO Shipping Schedules to South Africa and Namibia

RORO Europe to South Africa

Carrier 1

Port V1 V2 V3 V4 V5
Newcastle 22-Dec 30-Dec 10-Jan 06-Feb 15-Feb
Bremerhaven 28-Dec 03-Jan 13-Jan 10-Feb 20-Feb
Antwerp 30-Dec 06-Jan 16-Jan 14-Feb 22-Feb
Southampton 01-Jan 08-Jan 18-Jan 16-Feb 24-Feb
Port Elizabeth 22-Jan
Durban 24-Jan 02-Jan 09-Jan 10-Mar 18-Mar


Carrier 2

Port V1 V2 V3 V4
Bremerhaven 27-Dec 13-Jan 06-Feb 14-Feb
Zeebrugge 24-Dec 16-Jan 09-Feb 17-Feb
Southampton 30-Dec 18-Jan 10-Feb 19-Feb
Santander 01-Jan 20-Jan 21-Jan
Port Elizabeth 18-Jan 05-Feb 01-Mar 10-Mar
East London 19-Jan 06-Feb 02-Mar 11-Mar
Durban 20-Jan 07-Feb 03-Mar 12-Mar

Roro Services to Walvis Bay Namibia

Port V1 V2
Antwerp 11-Jan 17-Feb
Sheerness 12-Jan 15-Feb
Killingholme 14-Feb 16-Feb
Walvis Bay 31-Jan 04-Mar

Import  / Export Requirements – Southern Africa

For Southern Africa we only ship vehicles for tourism purposes with a valid Carnet. If the vehicle is to be imported permanently a carnet is not required, however taxes and duty will be payable.

For import we ask that the original carnet is with our local agents at least a week prior to the ship’s arrival so that they may complete the necessary customs formalities.

For export we recommend you arrive in the city of departure a week before sailing to complete customs formalities. Customs formalities can take place a few days before the vehicle is taken to the port. Under normal circumstances the vehicle is dropped off at the port 48 hours before the vessels arrival.

Shipping Rates

RORO rates

To Southern Africa start from $70 per cubic metre, special rates are available for vehicles under certain heights / volume. Import costs are typically $500-$800 depending on port, carrier and vehicle weight / dimensions.

Returning from Southern Africa to Europe prices start from $70 per cubic metre, special rates are available for vehicles under certain heights / volume. Export costs $450 – $800 depending on port, carrier and vehicle weight / dimensions.

Container shipping

Prices vary but start from $1200 for a 20ft container and $1400 for a 40ft container, excluding stuffing and local charges. Expect to pay around $3700 / $4000 for 20/40ft container from Africa to Europe and $2800/$3200 from Europe to Africa including all charges. (*prices vary by port of departure)

Local port costs and clearing charges are generally high in the region, expect costs to be between $500 & $1200 depending on the method of transport and the size of the vehicle.


Travel Insurance

We would strongly recommend a Travel insurance policy for travel in Africa. Read more about Africa Travel Insurance.


We recommend booking Africa bound services 2-3 months before departure due to the high volume of cargo on this route. To obtain a quote please complete our online quotation form


Recommended Reading / Information

The Overlanding Africa facebook group is the best resource for travellers with their vehicles, providing information on routes, campsites, visas, border crossings and much more. Join today and meet other travellers.

Port Connections to and from Africa

Vehicle Shipping Services

Container Vehicle Shipping

Container Vehicle Shipping Services from port to port. We offer FCL and shared container services. View our example container rates  for cars, 4x4's and motorcycles here.

Roll on Roll Off (RORO)

Roll on Roll off vehicle shipping services normally offer a more economical shipping than container shipping. View example RORO shipping rates for Cars, 4x4's, Motorhomes & Trucks. RORO Shipping ports

Vehicle Customs Clearance

We can provide customs clearing services directly in the UK and work with trusted agents in other regions to clear your vehicle.

Why ship with us?


Competitive Pricing

We offer fair and reasonable pricing for our services and negotiate rates with our partners to provide you the best possible price.

If you already have a quotation, we will do our best to match or beat any valid quotation.


Unrivaled Expertise

We have the knowledge, information and the contacts to ensure your vehicle safely reaches its destination. We can advise on permanent & temporary Import requirements, Carnet Requirements, Local laws and customs, Insurance providers and Local agents & partners.


Personal Service

We specialise in shipping vehicles, whether for touring purposes, expeditions or for business.

Every shipment is treated equally no matter the size.


Trusted Agents

We only use known / trusted agents to clear your vehicle. This helps avoid unexpected costs and complications.



We believe communication is of the utmost importance. During the shipping process we will keep you informed every step of the way.


We understand your needs

We have shipped our own vehicle to many places around the world, and fully understand your needs and requirements as a customer.

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Helpful information

Roll on Roll off Shipping Rates
Container Shipping Rates
Carnet Requirements Map
Container share

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