Self Drive Cars for Hire 4X4 Cars for Hire

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and DR Congo

Are you dreaming of an epic overland journey across the stunning landscapes, abundant wildlife, and rich cultures of multiple East African nations? Make your adventure a reality with Kofi Travel Safaris’ cross-border self drive 4×4 rental services. We make it seamless to explore Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo at your own pace from behind the wheel of a rugged and reliable 4×4 vehicle.

Cross Border Car Hire services

To tackle any terrain East Africa can throw at you, we maintain a fleet of well-appointed and capable 4×4 rental vehicles. Choose from a variety of makes and models to suit your group size and needs:

  • 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser 78 Series: This iconic off-road beast offers plenty of cabin and cargo space for up to 7 passengers and gear.
  • Extended 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser 78 Series: With an extended truck bed, this version provides even more room for expedition equipment.
  • 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser TX: A premium Land Cruiser model with luxurious amenities for exceptional comfort on long journeys.
  • 4×4 Toyota Hilux Surf: A go-anywhere midsize SUV suitable for smaller groups and rougher terrain.
  • Toyota Van: For larger groups, our vans offer spacious transportation for up to 12 travelers.

All our 4×4 rentals come outfitted with long-range fuel tanks, roof racks, and other essential expedition equipment. For camping adventures, we also rent rooftop tents, camping chairs and tables, cooking gear, and refrigerators to keep you cozy and well-provisioned.

What is included when you book with Us

  • Unlimited mileage across all rentals – no surprise overage fees
  • Comprehensive vehicle insurance with coverage across borders
  • Convenient free pick-up and drop-off at airports and hotels
  • 24/7 emergency roadside assistance anywhere your travels take you
  • No hidden fees – our quotes are straightforward cash prices

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Seasonal Considerations for Self Drive Safaris

The seasons can greatly impact road conditions and accessibility to certain areas when self driving across East Africa. Here’s what to keep in mind as you plan your cross-border 4×4 adventures with Kofi Travel Safaris:


  • Dry Season (June – October): Ideal for self driving, with very little rain and roads in good condition across most national parks and reserves.
  • Green Season (November – May): Some roads can become impassable, especially in the wettest months of April and May. However, lush scenery and newborn wildlife make this a special time.


  • Dry Season (June – October): Excellent self drive conditions with minimal rain and easily navigable dirt roads in parks like the Serengeti.
  • Green Season (November – May): Expect heavy rains from March – May, making some roads inaccessible, especially in southern parks. Navigate northern areas with care.


  • Dry Seasons (December – February, June – August): Optimal times for self driving with little rain and good road conditions across parks.
  • Rainy Seasons (March – May, September – November): Some park routes may have impassable sections during the wettest periods. Careful route planning required.


  • Dry Seasons (June – September, December – February): Generally good self driving conditions with minimal precipitation.
  • Rainy Seasons (March – May, October – November): Heavy rains make some roads difficult, but Rwanda remains navigable for experienced self drivers.
CountryBest Months for Self DriveRainy Months (Expect Challenges)
KenyaJune – OctoberNovember – May
TanzaniaJune – OctoberNovember – May
UgandaDec – Feb, June – AugMarch – May, Sept – Nov
RwandaJune – Sept, Dec – FebMarch – May, Oct – Nov
South SudanDec – MarApril – Nov
DR CongoDec – MarApril – Nov

No matter when you choose to explore East Africa by self drive 4×4, our team at Kofi Travel Safaris will ensure you have the proper guidance, equipment, permits, and documentation for your adventure. We’re here to help you plan an incredible and safe journey across any borders!

Unlimited Cross-Border Exploring

With Kofi’s cross-border rental services, the epic overland journey of your dreams can span Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, and the far reaches of the Democratic Republic of Congo. We’ll provide the proper vehicle permits and documentation to ensure seamless border crossings as you venture from country to country.

The Ultimate in Self Drive Freedom

Choosing a self drive 4×4 rental gives you unparalleled freedom to craft your own unique East African overlanding experience. You’ll have the ability to:

  • Discover off-the-beaten-path destinations most tours miss
  • Linger as long as you’d like at each amazing location
  • Immerse yourself in local communities through authentic interactions
  • Adjust your route spontaneously to pursue unexpected opportunities

The open road awaits to take you on an unforgettable, customized journey through the diverse landscapes, wildlife, cultures, and bucket-list adventures of East Africa!