Car hire from Kenya to Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 25, 2012 4:13 AM Last Post By: haydee2
Oct 15, 2012 10:06 AM
Oct 15, 2012 12:03 PM
1I tried to rent a car to drive from Cape Town to Addis Abeba (through Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya) last year and contacted about 10 car rental companies. None were willing to rent me a car for that route. Some would have allowed me to go from South Africa into Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, and Namibia. Then I looked into buying a car (in Maputo, Mozambique), but it seemed too much of a hassle (insurance, carnet de voyage, reselling the car somewhere else, potential breakdowns in the middle of nowhere (without the support of an agency) etc. - and, as I later discovered, lack of petrol e.g. in Malawi, where there were long queues for days in front of the petrol stations) so I skipped the idea and went by public transport instead. What I did though was rent cars occassionally e.g. in Tanzania and Burundi. Yet these had to be returned at the place where I picked them up so that didn't help with overland travel either.
Good luck and please share your experiences should you succeed.
Oct 15, 2012 2:18 PM
2Hi Meg - I think we covered this one a few weeks ago (back in August maybe). The general consensous was that it was virtually impossible and if you did manage to arrange it the rental costs would equal the value of the vehicle. So I suggest you are left with your fall-back position = local in-country rentals. Good luck
Oct 15, 2012 4:11 PM
This site caters to car owners, but you could try emailing the guy who runs it. He's probably in the know.
The site also has a forum so you may find someone with a vehicle who wants to rent a seat to you.
Oct 15, 2012 10:14 PM
4Most Car hires in the region do not allow cross boarders. If lucky enough, you can manage to get one from Kenya to Tanzania, but going to Malawi and Zambia it will be very difficult. The alternative is to hire a vehicle and drop it at the boarder. At the same time this might be a bit expensive due to the relocation fees for dropping and Picking it up.
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Oct 15, 2012 10:51 PM
5You will need to hire vehicle when you get to the country. I mean, it is more easy to hire car in Kenya when you drive around Kenya and hire again in Tanzania when you move around Tanzania and so to other countries. This is because of what just other said that it is not really easy to rent a car for such long time thinking of breakdown and things similar to that.
A challenge for this option is time to search through internet to find right outfitter for the service you are looking for, and it can be very expensive when hiring depend on a country.
Wish you success.
Oct 25, 2012 4:13 AM
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