Equatorial Guinea Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving In Equatorial Guinea
Most major roads on Bioko Island and the Rio Muni mainland are now paved and in fairly good condition but in the countryside 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 generally 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.
Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.
Equatorial Guinea Car Rental –
Avis have offices in Malabo and on the mainland in Bata and mention a minimum driver age of 20 so this certainly looks like a self drive option. 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.
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