Central African Republic 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 Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date.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 Central African Republic
The UK Foreign office website shows a map of red and amber for C.A.R. Thats amber for don’t go unless you have to, and Red for don’t go at all. If you are contemplating driving in C.A.R therefore you really need to be well aware of the situation in the country before you set off.Check the FCO site or that of your own Government and other resources locally.
FCO advice on driving – You may find local travel difficult especially during the wet season May to November. Roads are poorly maintained and most require a four-wheel drive vehicle. You should keep a private supply of fuel available if possible and carry supplies with you if travelling outside Bangui.Illegal road blocks operate in remote areas where you may be forced to hand over money or possessions in order to continue your journey. You should also be aware of indiscriminate and violent attacks on travellers in remote areas. There are reports of vehicles being fired upon and passengers killed or injured. In many of these cases victims have been robbed or taken hostage and vehicles taken or burnt. Make sure you’re full insured..both for your car and probably best check your life assurance too.
Central African Republic Car Rental –
Avis have a franchise in Bangui which appears to be self drive as they mention minimum driver age and things like CDW. This is a local travel and tour company who may also be able to arrange car rental and offer advice on the feasibility of self drive in the country.