Cameroon Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia and Africa where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.
Driving In Cameroon
Before driving abroad in Cameroon check the Foreign office website countries section for Cameroon. This will detail any recent incidents of unrest and will carry recommendations on areas to avoid-there are usually quite a few ! Your photo licence plus International Driving Permits may be used on first arrival, but if staying for any length of time a Cameroonian licence as soon as possible after arrival. You can do this by filling in a form at the Delegation of Transport.
Ensure that any car you hire is adequately insured, preferably by written confirmation from the insurance company (rather than the car hire firm). If you are hiring a driver and car, again ensure that you are not liable for any accident or damage.
Roads in Cameroon are generally in poor condition. Many are badly pot-holed, and street lighting, where it exists, is poor. After rains, roads in some regions can become a quagmire. There are plenty of YouTube clips demonstrating this . Pedestrians and stray animals on roads are a frequent hazard. Many vehicles are poorly lit and badly driven.
Roadblocks set up by the police or gendarmerie, are common throughout Cameroon. You may be asked to show your passport, driving licence or vehicle registration documents. There are regular reports of uniformed members of the security forces stopping motorists on the pretext of minor or non-existent violations of local vehicle regulations in order to extort small bribes. We recommend that you do not pay bribes. Where possible you should request the officer to provide a ticket, detailing alleged offences of violations that can be paid at a local police station. (See my Planning a trip page for advice on dealing with the police in Africa)
Cameroon Car Rental –
Europcar, Alamo , National, Avis, Alamo, have branches here.Cameroon also features on Car Rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire.
This is a well established local travel agent who may be able to arrange self drive car hire.
Cameroon Self Driving Rules –
Avis,National and Alamo all have outlets in Yaounde and Douala and one way rentals should be possible but no company seems to allow the vehicle to leave the country. Europcar mention restrictions on taking the car to certain countries but don’t provide details on which these are.