Gambia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Gambia
You should check your Government’s website for the latest information before driving abroad in Gambia. Roads aren’t too bad by African standards but expect some erratic driving especially on Saturdays where the incidence of drunk drivers will increase. You should also exercise caution on Bertil Harding Highway leading to Senegambia where drivers will generally exceed speed limits and ignore traffic rules. When driving in Serekunda or Banjul watch out for sudden unexpected manoeuvres by taxis and mini buses who may stop suddenly or swerve when they spot a potential passenger. During the rainy season (June to October) potholes on roads are common and you should take care when driving. Poor roads make travel outside of the Greater Banjul area difficult year round – you may need a 4WD. There are often checkpoints operating in and around the capital Banjul. Expect your vehicle to be searched if you’re stopped by security forces.  You can drive using the licence of most European countries for up to 3 months upon your first entry into the Gambia. After 3 months you can apply for a Gambian driving licence using your home country’s driving licence as proof of driving competence.

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.

Gambia Car Rental –
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