Rwanda Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Rwanda –
You can drive on an EU photo licence for up to 3 months but an International Driving permit would also be useful to have. Check your Government’s website before planning a trip to Rwanda. You should avoid driving in or to the border areas with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), except to the towns of Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu. Roads are generally in good condition for Africa and all main roads from Kigali are fine.Secondary roads will deteriorate after heavy rain and many will only be passable using 4WD vehicles. Street lighting is generally poor in towns and non existent in rural areas. As there will be many poorly lit vehicles on the roads, plus wandering animals and pedestrians, night time driving is not wise. Driving standards are generally poor- drivers will overtake at speed on blind bends or hills so you should always expect the unexpected and drive defensively.
Rwanda Car Rental –
None of the big companies have an office in Kigali. This local company offer car and 4X4 rental, and act as a broker for a number of locals firms. They say they allow vehicles to be taken into Uganda.