Gabon Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Gabon
Check your Government’s website for the latest updates on the situation in the country before driving abroad in Gabon.Road conditions are poor especially during the rainy season from October to mid-December and mid-February to May. At those times you would need a 4WD If driving outside cities. Only about 10% of roads in the country are paved.

Main roads in Gabon include a north–south road runs the length of the country, from Bitam to Ndendé. This main north–south link continues into Cameroon in the north and the Congo in the south. An east–west road connects Libreville and Mékambo. Farther south, another road runs from Mayumba to Lastoursville and Franceville.

Standards of driving often aren’t as good as those in Europe and you should avoid travelling by road at night. Police checkpoints are common, where you may be asked to show your passport, driving licence and rental documents which should be carried at all time. There have been incidents of Car jacking in Libreville so you should always be on guard when waiting at traffic signals or in traffic- always leave enough space between yourself and other vehicles to manoeuvre and drive away if needed.

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.

Gabon Car Rental –
Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, Avis, National, have outlets here.

We currently have no local car rental partners in Gabon. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Gabon Self Driving Rules-
Most of the companies don’t seem to allow vehicles to be taken out of Gabon though Europcar just mention restrictions on driving to some countries.


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