Visitors to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Kenya can drive with their UK driving licence. If you intend to stay in Kenya for more than 3 months then you will require a Kenyan driving licence.
UK driving licences are acceptable in Tanzania, however British residents will be expected to obtain a Tanzanian driving licence.
If you are considering driving in Madagascar you will require an International Driving Permit.
Safety & Security
Local Driving Requirements
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Although most visits to Africa are trouble-free, crime is a factor with all destinations and it is recommended that you should take sensible precautions. Large amounts of money and valuables should be kept out of sight, car doors should be locked at all times and you should not leave your vehicle unattended. Travelling around in the evenings can be dangerous, especially in major cities, it is adviseable to take a reputable taxi if you plan to travel at night. Outside of major towns, wildlife and livestock roam freely and therefore driving at nighttime is also not recommended.
In all cases your passport should have a minimum of 6 months left to run and at least two blank pages.
Namibia, Botswana & South Africa - British Nationals can enter these countries for a period of up to 90 days without a visa.
Kenya & Zimbabwe - British Nationals require an entry visa for these countries - these can be purchased from the relevant embassy prior to departure or upon arrival.
Malawi & Madagascar - British Nationals require an entry visa for these countries. Tourist visas should be obtained upon arrival.
Tanzania - All British passport holders require a visa to enter Tanzania. Whilst it is possible to obtain a single entry tourist visa on arrival, it is recommended that you obtain your visa prior to travelling as when done on arrival the process can be quite time consuming.
Whilst in country, it is adviseable to carry identification with you at all times, a photocopy of your passport will suffice.
It is recommended that you seek medical advice prior to travel to ensure that you have had all the appropriate vaccinations and that they are up to date.
Malaria is a risk in many countries in Africa, your medical practioner will be able to advice you on the most effective prophylaxis for you.
If you are travelling from an area where yellow fever is endemic, you will be required to produce a yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival.
All our customers are reminded that they MUST take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance prior to travelling overseas. Please ensure that any insurance you take our includes COVID cover.
For more in depth travel advice visit www.fco.gov.uk