Niger 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 Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date.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 Niger
First of all, before driving abroad in Niger you need to check your Governments website for advice on visiting Niger. Most Governments currently advise against travel to most parts of the country.The roads listed below in northern Niger are permanently closed to tourists, except with special authorisation: Chirfa (Djado) / Djanet (Algeria) ,Achouloma (north Djado) / Salvador Pass (Libya) ,Adrar Bous (north Aïr) / Djanet (Algeria) ,Adrar Bous (north Aïr) / In Azawa (Algeria), Agadez / Arlit / Iferouane and Agadez / Tahoua
The main roads between Niamey and other large towns are generally satisfactory but most roads will have potholes, and poorly lit make driving after dark unadvisable. In Niamey only main roads are sealed and street lighting is poor. Driving standards are poor and there are many unsafe and overloaded vehicles on the roads. There have been cases of cars hitting landmines in Niamey, and reports of land mines being used in Burkina Faso on the road to Ouagadougou from Niamey. Travel outside Niamey and other cities usually requires four-wheel-drive vehicles, which creates an additional security risk, since these vehicles—especially Toyota Land Cruisers—are high-theft items. Banditry is a continuing problem in northern and eastern Niger, as well as along the border with Mali. There have been occasional car-jackings and highway robberies throughout the country.

Niger Car Rental –
Avis have an office in Niamey which mentions things like CDW and age of drivers so I assume its self drive. Europcar have an office but this looks to be chauffeur drive only.

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