Ivory Coast Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving In Ivory Coast
Before planning on driving abroad in Ivory Coast you should check the latest situation in the country on your Governments website .
Aside from the usual issues of poor roads and badly driven and sometimes unlit vehicles, a main consideration of driving in Ivory Coast is how to react at unofficial or official road blocks. Unofficial road blocks are often set up as part of a political demonstration in Abidjan and particularly close to universities. They can easily switch from boisterous behaviour to violence and should be avoided, even if this means performing a U-turn at a safe distance. However, don’t ever attempt to avoid an official police or army roadblock. Vehicles attempting to turn around to avoid a police road block have been fired upon so , if in doubt whether a roadblock is official or not, you’re probably best to assume it is!
Ivory Coast Car Rental –
Hertz, Europcar, Alamo , National, Avis, Budget, have branches here. (Note- some companies show Cote D’ivoire on their drop down list, some show Ivory Coast)
This English Language website can arrange transport in Ivory Coast and should be able to advise on self drive options using a local firm
Ivory Coast Self Driving Rules
None of the big companies seem to allow cross border rentals. Renting a 4WD may be compulsory if you’ll be driving on dirt roads.