Gambia 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 Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date.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 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. Most western Goverments advise to avoid travelling to Casamance region to the west of Kolda, and on the main road from Ziguinchor to Cap Skiring, due to potential activity by separatist groups.
Gambia Car Rental –
Avis seem to be the only major company with an office in Banjul. Gambia also usually features on Car Rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire. Local companies include –
They seem to respond quickly to emails . They also confirmed that they allow the car to be driven in Senegal.
Also the tour company below can arrange car rental.