Driving In Angola-
The UK Foreign office advises against all travel to Cabinda province and the border region with DRC . Police checks are common on the roads and you’re advised to obtain an International Driving permit (see self drive advice page). Petrol is cheap in Angola but the limited amount of service stations means that queues are long.

Major roads between Luanda and the provincial capitals are improving. However, driving standards and some road conditions are very poor and travel outside major towns is usually in convoys of two or more 4-wheel drive vehicles. Outside major urban areas, mines and unexploded ordnance remain a problem, including on roads, verges and bridges, and in buildings and the countryside. There have been incidents of mines exploding, with loss of life, in places previously thought to be safe. Even in “cleared” areas, you should keep to well-established routes and take up-to-date advice from the United Nations or an international Non-Governmental Organisation.

During the rainy season (November-April), bridges and roads risk being washed away by sudden floods and there is an increased chance of mines becoming displaced and surfacing outside known mine fields.

Beware of theft from stationary or slow-moving cars in downtown Luanda. Keep valuables out of sight and don’t use mobiles or laptops while in traffic. Also, when driving, be very wary if another car signals you to pull over. Thieves use the pretext of a minor traffic incident to get you out of your car either to steal it or to rob you. In 2016 there were a number of kidnapping incidents involving foreign nationals in Luanda who were taken from vehicles so keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Angola Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Angola Car Rental –
Hertz,  Europcar have outlets in Luanda. Hertz have an outlet in Benquela. Avis, Budget, Sixt feature Luanda on their websites but didn’t seem to have vehicles available when I checked.

We currently have no local car rental partners in Angola. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Angola Self Driving Rules-
Cars are not allowed to be taking out of Angola but one way rentals within Angola may be allowed.

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