Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Driving and Car Hire Info
Driving In Democratic Republic of the Congo
Before driving abroad in DRC read the UK Foreign office (Or similar Government) advice on DRC –
An international driving permit is required to drive in DRC.Outside Kinshasa and other main cities, most roads are barely drivable even with a 4×4, especially during the rainy season (September to May).In DRC, vehicle theft and car-jacking are a regular occurrence. You should drive with the doors of your vehicle locked and windows closed at all times. DRC’s security forces operate roadblocks, particularly after dark. If you are asked to produce documents for inspection at a check point, remain in your vehicle and show them through closed windows. In short, its dodgy, very dodgy. Even if you locate a company who will let you self drive its really not advisable.
Democratic Republic of the Congo Car Rental –
Hertz,Avis, Budget,and Alamo all have offices in Kinshasa but at present (Summer 2011) most seem to only rent cars with a driver. As of February 2012, the only company who appear to offer self drive are Avis who rent cars from the Grand Hotel in Kinshasa. They mention CDW and Theft protection insurance so it cerstainly sounds like self drive is possible, though this may change depending on the situation in the country.
www.gocongo.com are a local tour operator who may also be able to provide advice on whether self drive is possible at any given time.