Bujumbura - Post Report Question and Answers

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?

Four wheel drive with high clearance is required for life in Buj. Your big beautiful house will likely be off of a pothole filled dirt road. Currently motor pool is free and available 24 hours per day. I don't have a car and I get around just fine with motor pool. - Mar 2021

You can get by with near any vehicle. I would suggest a Toyota, as parts are more readily available (there is a licensed Toyota dealer in the city). I recommend a 4x4, however all vehicles can generally get around in the city. Anything you need can be found on the economy in general, though I brought tires, filters and fluids from the U.S. to ensure quality. - Nov 2017

SUV with some clearance. There are a lot of RAV4s and Land Cruisers on the road here. - Aug 2015

SUV with high clearance and the ability to handle rugged roads. Toyota is great for these parts of Africa because it is serviced throughout the area. - Aug 2009

A high-clearance, 4WD vehicle is best. All car parts are expensive so bring whatever you can with you. - Oct 2008

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