Subscribe to SmallPlanet

We Need Your Help

Five stars on Amazon! Don't miss Talesmag's first book of essays, on cross-cultural food experiences from Mexico to Mongolia (plus recipes!)
Submit a Real Post Report


What kind of car do you recommend bringing to post, given the terrain, availability of parts, burglary/carjacking risks, etc.? What kind of car do you advise not to bring?

Bring a four wheel vehicle. The pot holes have gotten crazy and you will likely want to go on safari. - Sep 30, 2017
Many people import secondhand from Japan. Cheap but difficult and expensive to maintain. We have one 4WD and one sedan. - Jul 6, 2017
Bring a four wheel drive SUV for the pot holes and safari. - Jul 5, 2017
4-wheel drive is best for the potholed roads and trips out of town. - Apr 16, 2016
SUVs give you the most versatility, however regular sedans are sufficient and equally as common. Plenty of diesel and unleaded fuel is available. - Dec 8, 2013
This is a RHD country, cars drive on the left side of the road. If you plan on only driving in the city, any type of vehicle that can clear large speed humps is suitable. Most game parks/drives require something with excellent (8"+) ground clearance, if not a 4wd vehicle, especially in rainy season. If you can manage two vehicles, and plan on keeping one for local commuting and use the other for everything, get a city car and a 7+ seater for extensive road trips. If you can equip your SUV with a roof rack ahead of time, do so. After-market equipment is available, though heftily expensive. Think roof racks, bike racks, etc. Bring a spare set of tires in your shipment, they are US$250/each usually, up to US$350/each. - Jul 29, 2013
I highly recommend a vehicle with high clearance, w/4WD if possible. Bring parts with you -- everyone orders things from "South" (South Africa) and that can take a few weeks. - Jun 21, 2009
Bring a well serviced car. Parts and service are scarce and expensive. - Dec 5, 2008
Roads are ok in town and major roads connecting towns are also OK alhtough there can be sections falling apart for long periods before they are fixed.some roads into residential areas are only gravel or dirt now. 4x4 is great but NOT necessary. Carjackings are rare - smash and grabs are more common. - Sep 26, 2008