Cross Border Car Rental East Africa: Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda

Cross Border Car Rental East Africa: Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda is done with car rental on safari crossing borders. Cross Border Car Rental East Africa: Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda is awesome as you get to adventure safari destinations in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, DR Congo as you go Wildlife Safaris, Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee tracking.

This applies to all travelers on Self Drive Safaris, Long Term Car Rental, Short Term Car Rental and Car hire with a Driver Guide as you go to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

4x4 Roof Top Car Rental in UgandaAre you planning to hit the open road with your rental car and explore a number of East African Countries, yet wondering whether it is possible? The good news is that yes, you can drive a rental car across a border in East Africa.

For East Africa, yes, you can drive a rental car into another country in East Africa, different from the one you picked it from but there are a number of restrictions that vary depending on the country you rented the Car from, the country/countries you wish to travel to, the type of car you wish to rent and finally the car rental Company. Here’s everything you need to know about driving a rental car across the border in East Africa;

Is it possible to cross any East African border in your Rental car?

Yes, most rental car companies make it possible to cross any East African border with a rental car, although it comes with several terms and conditions hence it is advisable to first ask the reservations staff for such details before taking the Car. First, customs officers are always on the lookout for people trying to import cars without paying taxes hence a lot of attention is given when driving a car that isn’t yours.

4x4 Short Term Car RentalIt is important to inform the rental company before crossing the border with the rental car, simply because some of these Companies don’t let their luxury rental cars (such as BMWs, Mercedes, and convertibles) cross the borders. By crossing the borders without informing the Company, you will be voiding the rental agreement and any protection that is included in the rental thus becoming costly for insurance, in case of an accident car damage, or theft. When it happens, be prepared to dig deep into your pocket to pay for such costs. Also, you might be charged a fine for crossing the border without informing the car rental Company.

Will it cost an extra fee to cross a border in East Africa with a rental car?

Yes, you will pay an extra fee (usually a “cross-border fee”) if you have plans of crossing the border in East Africa to cover any damages, theft, or 3rd Party insurance which most times works in another country. Having informed the reservations officer about your plans to cross the border with the rental car, insurance will be arranged. This amount varies from one car Rental Company to another but you should expect anything between $50 and $100, which also depends on the type of car you are crossing the border with.

Besides the “cross-border fee” that will be charged by the car rental company, expect to

Is it possible to drop off the rental car in another country?

The question of whether it is possible to drop off the rental car in another or not, entirely depends on the car rental company. In such cases, you will be required to pay the one-way fee, in addition to the cross-border fee. However, if you have flexible plans, we would advise returning the rental car to the country of origin/where you picked it from as it will be considerably cheaper.

What documents will you be required to present at the border when driving a rental car?

One of the most important documents you will be asked to present at the border when crossing with a rental car is the authorization letter (alongside a National ID/Passport of the Director) from the car rental company because, without it, you won’t be allowed to cross the border. Also, payment (COMESA) at the border crossing will be required.

Budget Car Rentals Options

Mini Vans (Family/Group)

US $75/ Day

A Driver, 6 Adults

Fuel: Petrol

Standard Land Cruiser

US $75/Day

A Driver, 4-5 Adults

Fuel: Petrol

Land Cruiser Prado

US $75/ Day

A Driver, 4 Adults

Fuel: Petrol

Roof Top Tent Land Cruiser

US $80/ Day

A Driver, 4 Adults

Fuel: Petrol