|Congo :: Ground Travel|
Travel by Water: You can journey up and down the Congo and Oubangui River by riverboat between Brazzaville and Bangui. There are many stops at villages and towns en route and is an excellent way to see the country. There is a car ferry which operates between Brazzaville and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is only a 30 minute ride to this vibrant city. Ferries also operate on the Ubangi River to give access to the Central African Republic.
Travel by Road: Car rental is available in Brazzaville. Most roads are unpaved or earth tracks. Four-wheel drive vehicles may be required in some areas. They can be impassable during the wet season. Travel by road at night can be dangerous.
Brazzaville has a minibus and taxi service. Taxis are also available in Pointe-Noire and Loubomo.
What Side of the Road?: Driving is on the right side of the road.
International Driving Permit: Your drivers license is accepted, but an International Drivers Permit is recommended.
What is an International Driving Permit? The 1949 (IDP) is a special licence for tourists, authorised by a UN treaty among nations of the world, for the purpose of allowing motorists to drive vehicles in international traffic without further tests or applications. It is proof that the holder possesses a valid driver's licence issued by a competent authority in their country of residence.
How do I obtain one? You can obtain an application by either contacting your local Automobile Association office to pick-up or have an application mailed to you. Links to the Automobile Association sites for the following countries are provided below.
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