Frequently Asked Questions: Rental Cars Uganda

Like any destination, car rental services in Rwanda come with variety of questions and most of them have not been answered. We have listed some of the most commonly asked questions in line with car hire in Rwanda.
Why visit Rwanda for self drive tour and its neighboring country’s vehicle?
A self drive safari in Rwanda has become one of the most sought after experiences in life. It offers freedom and flexibility for travelers to make their own decisions on where they wish to visit. It is more of adventure and allows you catch s glimpse at variety of tourist attractions within your own pace. Rwanda is very safe when it comes to self drive safaris.

Is it cheaper to pre-book a car rental or should I book it up on arrival?

Pre booking a car allows you make the best choice and even have access for the car given the high demand for these vehicles. And depending on the season, you can also get a chance to enjoy some of the discounts and you save that money for other use.

Are there any hidden costs?

Self drive car services come with the most mandatory costs especially road taxes or airport fees. However, some companies tend exclude costs and taxes charged directly by the third party and extra items. The optional items like insurance especially crossing the borders of another nation, additional drivers charges if you decide to go along with a driver. You are therefore advised to always ask the car rental company if there extra costs prior hiring the car and this will help you plan well.

How old should I be to rent a car in Rwanda for self drive?

You should be 18 years and above if you are to be allowed to rent a car for self drive in Rwanda.

Can I bring back the car hire early?

Yes, however note that you won’t be refunded for the unused rental days. You and your car rental company will have certain agreement that you will have to negotiate and once it is met, it has to be respected.

What type of fuel will I need?

Like most destinations, many of car rental companies issue car hire with fuel in it and you are also expected to return it as it was given to you. This will also be communicated to you as earlier as possible.

Do I need an international driving permit?

Yes, you need an international driving permit (IDP) as this is a proof that you have a valid driver’s license in your home country at the date of issue of IDP. You have to carry it along with a valid domestic driver’s license. This is a very significant document when it comes to recommending many countries when renting a car.

How do I get confirmation?

After booking, you will receive an email as soon as possible and this also includes collection point, amount that you have to pay.

Is it necessary to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended and your tour operator is the right person to advice you on the specific policy required for your safari.

Why do I need travel insurance when the car is already insured?

Most travel insurance policies have provision that covers travelers from car hire excess to specific amount. If you incur accidents the company’s insurance pays 60 percent and in case of damage is due to visitor’s own negligence, you pay 40 percent and where the excess was applied, you can claim it back on your travel insurance policy.
In conclusion, there are many questions that are frequently asked by travelers and you need to familiarize yourself with them. With the above listed questions, we believe that you will have the best safari holiday in Africa. You can also contact the trusted tour operator for more advice and direction.