Cape Verde 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 Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date.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 Cape Verde
Most roads in the main cities on the islands of Santiago, Sal, and São Vicente, are now asphalt. On Fogo, Brava, Maio, São Nicolau, and Boa Vista the roads are narrow, winding, and mostly cobblestone which can be slippery after rain. Also driving abroad in Cape Verde during the rainy season can be hazardous as mudslides and large falling rocks are common on roads that cut through mountains. In Villages, houses tend to be situated close to the road so you should be alert for children and animals running out in front of your vehicle. Take particular care at night. Drinking and driving can be a problem, and you should take extra care if driving at weekends or holidays when you’re most likely to encounter a drunk behind the wheel. Traffic tends to be light on the Islands and general driving style is laid back if erratic at times.
Cape Verde Car Rental –
Hertz, Europcar, Avis, all seem to have branches on the Islands but I struggled to book any online. Easycar.com also seem to offer cars on Cape Verde but on every date I searched I was told there were no cars available.
This site contains some useful feedback on the Islands’ car rental companies.
This company offer 4×4 Vehicles and seem to have positive mentions on the site above (perhaps its their site?!)