Equatorial Guinea 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 Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date.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 Equatorial Guinea
Most roads in Malabo are paved and in reasonable condition but in the country the condition of the roads is likely to be poor and during the rainy season, many roads are passable only with a four-wheel drive vehicle. However, new road construction and repair is taking place all over the country and road conditions are improving. There are few road and traffic signs, though more signs are becoming evident. Livestock and pedestrians create constant road hazards. Travellers outside the Malabo and Bata areas may expect to encounter occasional military roadblocks. You should be prepared to show identification and documentation for your rental vehicle when driving abroad here. The soldiers normally do not speak or understand English or French- travellers who do not speak Spanish would do well to have their reason for being in the country and their itinerary written down in Spanish before venturing into the countryside. However, I generally find that not understanding the language can be of benefit if you handle the situation correctly, be polite , deferential and friendly. Guinea isn’t a high crime country like many in the region but you should exercise care, especially at night and check advice on Government websites such as UK Foreign office before you travel.
Equatorial Guinea Car Rental –
Avis have offices in Malabo and on the mainland in Bata. Europcar feature Guinea on their website but I didn’t seem to be able to make a reservation there. I was unable to find any information on taking cars out of the country but Avis mention a minimum driver age of 20 so this certainly looks like a self drive option.