Renting a vehicle and doing the driving yourself can be an economical and rewarding way to travel in Rwanda. That said, Rwanda is suitable for extensive driving in a 4X4 car. Many major national parks such as Akagera can be visited on good roads in 4×4 cars. The best benefit to self-driving is you get to have more interaction with the local people and get the opportunity to view the different landscapes in more detail – and at your own pace.
Keep right, pass left. Rwandese drive on the right-hand side of the road, and our cars – rental cars included – are, therefore left-hand drive vehicles, the gear shift being operated with the left hand).
All distances, speed limits (and speedometers) are marked in kilometers.
Rwanda Car Rental has numerous car and van rental options available, so if you are looking for minibus hire, luxury car hire, 4×4 hire or just plain car hire in Rwanda talk to us to help you choose the best car option for your holiday.
Most rental sedans in Rwanda have manual transmission gearboxes– however, most car rental companies have now also incorporated a few choices of larger automatic transmission cars for you to choose from.
If you are looking for the most economical vehicle then we would recommend a group B- sedan (like a Toyota Corolla Impact) however please note that it might be a hatchback and would not have too much room for large suitcases so would be best suited for a maximum of 2 persons with smaller bags. If you plan to holiday by road for most of your trip then a Group C or D Toyota Corolla Prof might be better suited for 2 travelers or even 2 adults and 2 smaller children.
For larger families, we recommend a Group I like a Toyota Avanza SX with more seats or if your budget allows a Group K (Nissan Qashqai suv type). Group H Chevy Captiva Auto (for an automatic transmission option) would be more convenient should you want to do some game viewing by car in some of the National parks too and prefer a higher clearance vehicle for the safari part.
Some rental companies now also offer 8 seater minivans (group N and P) in both manual and automatic transmission which is perfect for larger parties of friends or families.
If you visit Uganda or even some parts of Tanzania for a long self-drive during the rainy season (December to March), when roads can quickly deteriorate, a 4WD provides you with better traction, stability and ground clearance. The road surfaces can become extremely slippery in areas, and even the tarred roads can be prone to flooding.
Cars that make up the car hire fleet across Rwanda are kept in excellent condition, making you feel as though you are driving a new car every time. This plays largely on our psyches too as we associate a new car with safety as we expect it to be in top working condition.
The road infrastructure in Rwanda comprises of freeways, highways, national and provincial main roads which measure up with the best in the world. With the corresponding high safety factor, you can be sure of a smooth and enjoyable ride.