Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving in Sierra Leone
Check your Government’s website for the latest updates on the country before driving abroad in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone has 11,300 kilometres of roads. Of these, only 904 km are paved – about 8 per cent. Roads in Freetown are paved but will have many pot holes. The main roads between Freetown and Kenema and Makeni are paved and in good condition.The peninsula highway between Waterloo and Tokeh is also in good condition. The road to the Guinea border at Pamelap is being improved currently. There is also a new Chinese built toll road, which runs from Wellington in the east end of Freetown to the northern business town of Masiaka. Apart from these roads, surfaces will often be poor, particularly after rain and a 4WD vehicle will be needed. Vehicles on the roads are sometimes in poor condition and will be badly lit at night. Travelling after dark isn’t recommended especially outside Freetown. There are occasional unauthorized, possibly armed, roadblocks outside Freetown, where travellers might be asked to pay a bribe to proceed. Kids may also run a rope across the road on appraoch to beaches at weekend and attempt to obtain loose change from drivers.  Drivers often have had no formal training and consequently driving standards are often poor. Accidents are common, particularly outside Freetown where traffic is lighter and consequently speeds are higher. You should drive defensively at all times and always expect the unexpected.

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.

Sierra Leone Car Rental
After many years when it was virtually impossible to rent a self drive car in Sierra Leone, Europcar now have a branch in Freetown and do seem to offer self drive.

We currently have no local car rental partners in Sierra Leone. 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



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