Burundi Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
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Driving In Burundi
Before contemplating driving abroad in Burundi, first check the UK Foreign office website countries section which will provide the usual scary advice. (www.FCO.Gov.uk). There have been attacks on vehicles travelling outside Bujumbura, and some Governments only allow their employees to travel in convoy. Its easy to get a driving licence in Burundi, and consequently the standard of driving is poor and results in many serious accidents. Great care should be taken at all times but especially at night because many vehicles do not have lights. Keep car doors locked and windows closed when driving. Roads are average within Bujumbura, though some have large potholes but the main National Routes are in quite good condition.Other roads away from Bujumbura will be in poor condition and many roads are only passable with a 4WD in the rainy season. Fuel is generally imported from Kenya and Tanzania and is consequently quite expensive- this may be something to take into account when planning your trip.
Burundi Car Rental –
Europcar have an office but I have a suspicion they will make you take a driver.
This website mentions car hire but again I’m not sure this will be self drive.
This Rwanda based company definitely allows self drive into Burundi from Kigali. Also it sounds like they can drop a self drive vehicle off for you in Bujumbura but would probably need to be returned to Kigali. I guess they may drop off and collect from Bujumbura but you would need to pay for both drop off an delivery.
I’ve not yet managed to locate a company offering self drive from within Burundi.