Cheap 4x4 Car Rental Rwanda: Self drive Car Rental Kigali

Affordable car Rental Rwanda by Maranatha Tours and Travels. Cheap and reliable car rental services in Kigali for 4×4 self drive or driver guided road trips and safaris. We also offer airport pick-ups and drop-offs, short term and long term car rental Rwanda and many more.

Our premium car rental services cater for travelers coming to Rwanda for safaris or taking a brief vacation, exploring Rwanda’s hidden gems. That means, we provide best car rental Rwanda for both 4×4 self-drive road trips or car rental with driver guide.

Book one of our reliable car rentals and take your road trip to another level on your gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking safaris in Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park respectively.

Car rental Rwanda with Maranatha Tours and Travels will help you on your explorations of Rwanda’s remarkable tourist spots. 4×4 self-drive or with driver allows you to discover top attractions including the Akagera National Park for a spectacular big five game safari, visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, taking city drives in one of Africa’s most developing cities (Kigali) and experiencing local and traditional culture of Rwanda.

Hire a reliable car for short-term or long-term car rental Rwanda i.e., rent a car for days, weeks, or months. Renting a car on long term allows you to enjoy some of our special discounts, and save money for your trip. Whether you are looking for economy, estate or luxury car rental Rwanda, we will offer you a reliable car for your trip at an affordable price. The services also include 4×4 self-drive or 4×4 car rental with driver guide, airport transfers (pick-ups and drop offs), and guided self-drive safaris.

We also offer fully equipped 4×4 self drive car rentals with ground tents or roof-top tents in Rwanda as well as customized tour itineraries for both guided and self-drive safaris. Rent a fully equipped 4×4 self drive car Rental Rwanda or with driver guide services at an affordable price and explore Rwanda’s top attractions such as Volcanoes National Park, Genocide Memorial Centre, Kigali city markets, and art galleries, among others.

Our fleet of Rental Cars

Our fleet of rental cars comprises regularly serviced and well-maintained on-road and off-road runners to ensure a complete travel experience, tackle any situation, and allow you to have comfortable travel. Our reliable car rental Rwanda includes the following:

7 seater 4×4 Land Cruiser Extended for hire Safari Car Rental Uganda
Land Cruiser Extended

The Land Cruiser Extended is a popular 4×4 car rental Rwanda used for safaris in Africa. It has sufficient space to seat up to seven people with luggage on the rear. Its raised suspension allows for smooth maneuvering on extreme terrain, while the pop-up roof allows for breathtaking views while on safari.

Toyota 4x4 RAV4 Car Hire Cheap Car Rental Uganda Services
Toyota Rav4

The versatile Toyota Rav4 is a four-wheel-drive multipurpose SUV you can hire on car rental Rwanda. Its raised suspension allows for driving both on-road and off-road. It has enough leg room for occupants as well as luggage, and it is more likely to transport your family or group on long country road trips.

Land Cruiser TX/TZ

Hire a Land Cruiser TX/TZ on car rental Rwanda. It is a luxury vehicle driven on most African roads. Because of its strength, it is widely used for road trips. Its airmatic suspension makes the driving experience smoother. It has a seating capacity of between 5 and 8 individuals, suitable for family trips.

Toyota Land Cruiser VXV8 4x4 Self drive Car Rental Uganda
Land Cruiser V8/VX

The Land Cruiser V8/VX is an all-terrain SUV you can hire on car rental Rwanda. It is reliable and durable, and it has huge popularity in Africa for safaris and adventures. It is fully powered with four-wheel capability and offers unrivaled comfort, making it a great choice for both on and off the road. It has a seating capacity of 4 to 7 passengers with their luggage at the rear.

Nissan Patrol 4x4 Self drive
Nissan Patrol

Nissan Patrol is one of the mightiest off-roaders and a perfect choice when going off the beaten track. It has a seating capacity of five to seven people with enough leg room and luggage space. It features a powerful engine that allows it to cover long distances, maneuvering the most adverse terrain in all weather conditions. Hire a Nissan Patrol on 4×4 self drive Car rental Rwanda.

Safari van Drone van Safari 4x4 car rental Uganda
Safari Vans

The Toyota Hiace is one of the best car rental options for families and groups. It is perfectly customized to suit your travel experience on car rental Rwanda with a carrying capacity of up to 8 passengers. The pop-up roof allows you to have breathtaking views on safaris. It features a 2.5L or 3.0L powerful diesel engine with enough towing capabilities to carry passengers or luggage.

How to Rent a Car for Self-drive Car Rental Rwanda

Hire a 4×4 self-drive car rental Rwanda in these four simple steps.

Step 1: Browse through our website.

Browse through our user friendly website to find some of the best car rental Rwanda deals. Search through the services we offer to decide on what will definitely suite your travel style and budget.

Step 2: Choose a rental car

After searching through our website and seeing a wide range of car rental Rwanda services we offer, you can choose the rental car rental you wish to book with us. Go ahead and fill out the contact form provided on the ‘Contact Us’ page of this website. Fill in all the required fields such as name, WhatsApp number, country and message and click the send or submit button. Alternatively, you can chat directly on WhatsApp with one of the members of our reservations team.

Step 3: Haggle

You can wait between 20 minutes and an hour after you have submitted your inquiry before the reservations team can give you a response. They will provide you with a number of cars available in different price ranges. You can share with them your car type and car rental Rwanda style of travel or road trip and go on to negotiate the prices.

Step 4: Deposit and Confirm booking

After negotiating, you will be required to make a 30 to 50% deposit of the total car rental amount in order to confirm your reservation. An invoice is made against your deposit, containing all the details you provide plus a bank account where you can deposit the money. Once the deposit is registered by the accounts department, the reservations team will give you a notification and confirm that the car has been reserved for you.

Find the best car rental Rwanda for your next 4×4 self drive road trip. To rent a car for self drive or with driver guide tour, simply contact us today by sending an email to or calling us now on +256- 701 800149 to speak with our reservations team.

Requirements to Renting a Car: Car Rental Rwanda

Wondering what you need to rent a car in Rwanda? No worries; car rental Rwanda requires that you meet certain requirements. As one of the leading car rental companies, here are the requirements to renting a car for your next 4×4 self drive Rwanda road trip.

Minimum age

18 years is the minimum age for driving a car in Rwanda and 21 years for renting a car. On this regard, most car rental Rwanda companies usually rent out their cars only to people over the age of 21. Younger drivers below 21 may incur an extra surcharge, when renting cars although this may vary from one company to another.

A valid driver’s license

You will need to show a valid driver’s license with your name on it to be eligible to rent a car in Rwanda. It should be a hard copy of your driver’s license, valid throughout the period of renting the car, and should be issued by an authority in Rwanda or any state that meets the car rental company’s requirements.

Acceptable driving record

The driving record policy for car rental Rwanda usually covers a number of issues, such as no reckless driving convictions for the past 3 years, no record of failure to report accidents, or leaving the scene of an accident in the last 3 years among others.


For car rental Rwanda, you should possess a valid passport whose details clearly match those of the driver’s license, and this also applies to passports from another country or state.

International driver’s permit

You will be required to present a valid international driver’s permit together with your original local license from your home country. This is usually asked for if you do not have the local driver’s license in Rwanda.

Self-Drive Rwanda Car Rentals Services

Self-drive car rental Rwanda

Rent a car on 4×4 self-drive and explore Rwanda in the comfort of your own car. It allows you to take control of your trip at your own pace. Our fleet of cars is well-maintained and reliable for both on-road and off road trips. Renting a car for 4×4 self-drive car rental Rwanda is way cheaper in a long run and can take you to your preferred destinations without a hassle.

Car rental Rwanda with driver

We have a team of professional, dedicated, and experienced drivers who you can hire if you are not interested in driving yourself or if you are not well acquainted with the roads in Rwanda. Car rental Rwanda with driver guide means you have someone who not only knows all the routes but also deals with fixing issues in case of breakdowns as well as recommending top places to visit.

Car rental with roof top tent

Rent a reliable car with a rooftop tent for your car rental Rwanda trip. We have a wide range of rental cars such as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado TX/TZ. It is a reliable 4×4 luxury vehicle driven on most African roads. The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado TX/TZ is widely used for road trips because of its strength and durability. Its airmatic suspensions make your driving experience smoother and also features a seating capacity of between 5 and 8 individuals. The rooftop tents are often mounted on top of the vehicle with one double-seater rooftop tent or sometimes two tents for four people on budget camping.

Car rental with camping gear

Rent a car in Rwanda with camping gear and enjoy your adventure while connected with nature. It is a low cost option for travelers since you won’t have to pay for an established hotel or lodge. You can set your camping gear on a designated location and enjoy spectacular views, wake up to the sound of birds and the rustling of leaves while taking a cup of coffee.

Airport transfers

Car rental Rwanda offers you both airport pick-up and drop-off before or after your 4×4 self drive Rwanda road trip. That means you don’t have to book a rental car when you have landed. It’s easier for you to reserve a car upfront and we will be there to pick you up from the airport once you have landed or drop you off at the end of your trip.

Rwanda safaris

Maranatha Tours and Travel offers the best safari itineraries and car rental Rwanda services to enthusiastic travelers who want to explore Rwanda at their own pace. On a self-drive safari, you are in total control of your trip and you decide how much time to spend on a particular place. Whether you are visiting Rwanda or Uganda for an ultimate self-drive safari, we will curate for you a perfect itinerary as well as reliable rental cars for your safari.

One way car rental

Looking for one way ca rental Rwanda? We offer easy and convenient one way car rentals between many locations in Rwanda. You can choose from a great selection of vehicles ideal for trips across Kigali or the country and save time by not returning to your original location.

Cross border car rental

Embark on an exciting cross-border road-trip by renting a reliable car rental Rwanda from Maranatha Tours and Travels. We make it easy for you to rent a car for your cross-border road-trip so you can have the best travel experience. With our wide range of we-maintained cars which are in great condition, you can rent one that suits your travel needs. Rent a car and travel to neighbouring countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda at an affordable price.

Hotel and lodge bookings

Our car rental Rwanda services extend to hotel and lodge bookings for travelers once they reserve with us. The booking process is easy and seamless. So you don’t have to worry about booking a convenient accommodation for your trip.

Car rentals with extras

We offer best car rental services with extras such as additional drivers, child seats, fuel options, additional covers and hand controls among others

VIP car rentals

Our luxury fleet comprises some of the best VIP car rental Rwanda such as Mercedes Benz models, Range rover series, VIP vans (Alphard, Hiace), Chrysler, Jaguars, Convertibles, G-wagens as well as vintage cars. You can rent a car for business trips, conferences, wedding or other important functions at an affordable price.

4×4 car rentals

Book a 4×4 self drive car rental Rwanda. Our cars are regularly serviced and well-maintained to handle any kind of terrain in any weather condition. You can rent one of our reliable cars and take trips off the beaten track.

Long term car rental Rwanda

Booking a long-term car rental Rwanda can be a lot easier and cheaper than buying a new car for your trip in Rwanda. Renting a car for a month or more is the perfect option if you have long term travel plans or simply need a replacement vehicle. You can rent a car from us for your long term car rental trip at an affordable price.

Tips for Car Rental Rwanda

The following tips for car rental Rwanda could save you from all the complications involved as well as a pitfall-prone experience.

Choose the right vehicle for your needs.

Choosing the right vehicle for your needs ensures a well-planned and successful 4×4 self drive car rental Rwanda road trip. You will have everything prepared for whether you are heading off the beaten track or sticking to the city, or you have lots of luggage and family or friends.

Compare car rental prices

Prices vary widely from one car rental model to another. Small or sedan cars are generally cheaper than SUVs or VIP car rentals. So, depending on your travel needs, it may be cheaper to rent a sedan for city rides or 4×4 Toyota RAV 4 for cross country road trips although a 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser TX/TZ could be a better option.

Read the car rental company’s terms and conditions.

Reading the car rental company’s terms and conditions before renting a car is important because it is on these T&C’s that the car rental contract is based. Reading the small print means that you’ll always know where you stand when renting a 4×4 self drive car rental Rwanda.

Inspect your rental car before getting in the driving seat.

We highly recommend travelers to conduct pre-rental car inspections before they set off on their 4×4 self drive Rwanda road trips. During these checks you should look for things like small scratches on the bodywork, scuffs on wheel rims, and all glass and tyres. Take a video or photos to establish the vehicle’s condition at pickup. You should let us know if there is any damage or document the vehicle’s condition in your paperwork before driving off.

Buy gas before returning the car.

This is usually included in the company 4×4 self drive Rwanda car rental policies or terms and conditions. You can choose the first fuel policy which includes returning the car with a full tank or having the company refill it at our rates, while the second scenario will have you buying a full tank.

Return the car on time.

Depending on our company policy, a day for a 4×4 self drive car rental Rwanda is usually 24 hours from the time you leave the lot. Anything beyond may attract another full day’s charge. Even if you reserve a car from noon on pickup day to noon on drop-off day, you ought to maintain it for 24 hours.

How to Get to Different Destinations

The most convenient way to get to different destinations in Rwanda is by car. Rwanda has a well-surfaced road network linking major attractions and towns such as Kigali, Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, Nyungwe National Park, and Kibuye, among others, and you can unwind in Lake Kivu.

Rent a 4×4 self-drive car rental Rwanda or with a driver guide if you are interested in exploring Rwanda without limiting yourself. You can browse through our website to find the best 4×4 self drive car rental deals and contact us by sending an email to or calling us directly at +256 701 800149

Where to Go Visiting on Self-drive

A 4×4 self drive Rwanda safari is a great way to explore Rwanda’s top attractions and offers you the opportunity to focus on things you want to spend more time on as well as activities of your preference. You can visit places like Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, the city market, and the Art Gallery, among others on car rental Rwanda.

Traffic Rules in Rwanda

Traffic rules in Rwanda are important to observe while on a 4×4 self drive car rental Rwanda road trip. Although driving in Rwanda is relatively safe compared to other countries, it can be daunting and may require some bravery while you are behind the wheel. It is most likely that starters will face a little challenge while driving on Rwanda’s roads, as most of them are not of the same standards as those in your home countries, say the United States or England. To experience the best on your 4×4 self drive Rwanda road trip, you will have to consider significant traffic rules and road safety tips for driving.

  1. You will need an international driving permit in order to drive in Rwanda if you are a foreign citizen. Ensure that you have obtained this permit in your home country before embarking on your trip to Rwanda. You will also move along with your home country’s driver’s license. Driving without a license in Rwanda could result in serious penalties.
  2. While driving on Rwandan roads, you will observe an abundance of traffic signs reminding you of the speed limits in Rwanda. The speed limit in Kigali and other cities is 40 k/m (25 mph), while in rural areas it is 60 k/mph (37mph). Plenty of police officers are deployed on most city roads with speed guns to monitor the limits. Getting caught will result in a fine of RWF 50,000 ($50).
  3. The lawful driving direction in Rwanda is on the right side of the road. So, you’ll be required to drive on the right while in Rwanda. There are plenty of roundabouts in Kigali that are not difficult to navigate. You will also need to drive defensively and make way for others when entering and exiting roundabouts and merging.
  4. Drunk driving in Rwanda is prohibited and considered an illegal activity. Drivers caught operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs are jailed for 24 hours and fined up to $400.
  5. You have to be above the age of 18 years to drive in Rwanda. However, to rent a car in Rwanda, you should be above 26 years or pay a surcharge of around $12 to $15 per day for those who are younger.

Best Time to Rent a Car in Rwanda

The best time to rent a car for 4×4 self drive car rental Rwanda depends on your travel needs or what destinations you want to explore. Generally, in Rwanda, renting a car can be done at any time of the year regardless of how many destinations you are going to travel to whether as a solo traveler or with friends and family.

Rwanda is one of the most visited destinations in the eastern part of Africa due to its easily accessible destinations, welcoming locals, favorable climatic conditions, good road networks, and a wide range of attractions to explore on both guided safaris and self-drive trips.

However, the best time to visit Rwanda for excellent wildlife viewing on your 4×4 self drive Rwanda safari is during the dry seasons from June to September and December to February. These periods are dry and offer the best opportunities to see animals, as well as trekking mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Trekking the gorillas is so far good, as there is little or no mud on the trails especially along steep paths, which may differ during rainy seasons.