Frequently Asked Questions about renting a car in Tanzania

You can book several different types of hire car in Tanzania through, depending on your needs. Whether you want to cruise around Dar es Salaam in a practical but fun Group B car like the Toyota IST, or head off the beaten track in a rugged 4x4, we will find the right car for you.
A good decision is based on more than just price, so we also give you information on other aspects of the rental, such as fuel policies, ratings, location, and much more.
Group B car like the Toyota IST is the most frequently booked rental car type in Tanzania (Dar es Salaam only). However outside Dar es Salaam 4x4’s are mostly preferable due to rough roads.
Road trips are a dream in Tanzania, and car hire is key if you want to enjoy the gorgeous views under your own steam. Having said that, road conditions in Tanzania can vary wildly; and speeding is relatively common. Other things to watch out for include wildlife, people crossing the highway at unmarked points, potholes, loose road surfaces, and mechanical breakdowns (which may require a long wait at the side of the road). Driving in Tanzania is on the left, and it is recommended to maintain a defensive driving approach, lock all doors, and never travel after dark.
Most car agencies require drivers to be at least 23 to 25 years old to rent a car in Tanzania, with an upper limit of 70 to 75 years usually in place. Some, request that drivers have held a valid license for at least two years. In general, a domestic driver’s license will be accepted to rent a car in Tanzania, though a few agencies may insist on an International Driver’s Permit (IDP). It is important to always travel with your rental documents, driving license, and passport on hand.
Gas prices in Tanzania tend to hover around Tshs 2,700-2,900 (1-1.10 USD) per liter or USD 4-4.40 per gallon, larger vehicles like four-wheel drives costing a considerable amount to fill up. Outside of cities, gas stations can be extremely sparse—often hundreds of miles apart—so it is best to fill up whenever possible, carry a can of spare fuel, and always make sure you know where the next gas station is located.
The speed limit system in Tanzania is quite straightforward, with a maximum limit of 50 km/h (31 mph) in towns and cities and 110 km/h (68 mph) on highways; however 50 km/h (31 mph) whenever there is a populated area. Speed bumps are common in both urban and rural areas, and they are rarely marked. Both speeders and wild animals on the road are unfortunately very regular occurrences in Tanzania, so it is wise to maintain a low speed and drive cautiously.
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