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profile member asked on Aug 25, 2013

The car with or without driver?

Hi,

I want to rent a car in Abidjan and probably we need to have a driver, even if Iike more to drive self, but heard it is better to have one. I tried to find on line but it is impossible. Rent a car company I found so it is one problem less, but the driver ... Can someone advice me how to do to find one? We will travel in 14 days approx around the country.

I would be even happy to know approx the prices for the simple accomodation (not luxury in anyway). The same even about how much we can expect the expensis - food etc.

How it is with ATM machine outside Abidjan and Yamoussoukro? Is it possible to pay at hotels with credit card?

Thank you an advance!

Cote D'Ivoire

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answered on 8/25/13 by
a VT member from Hesperia

A bit of a tricky question. More information is needed. You said 14 days. Any intentionof crossing borders?

Easy to rent a car, but you are not going to find a driver to drive your rentacar. You can ask the rental agency, but it will require a bunch of additions, including insurance for the driver. Pretty sure that he/she will have to have a transport licence. Not a viable thought.

The other choice is to rent a car with a driver/guide, but in Abidjan there just are no real privte guides. remember this country is not exactly on a tourist beaten path, for various reasons.

I remember having to obtain transport for my tours from Accra in Ghana, so it was bad then and appears to be the same now.

First, consider what it will cost in non car money. You will have to pay for the driver's room, which has to be as good as yours, and all his food as well which should be what and where you eat. Plus a daily tip paid at the end.

OK, I looke for his guy on line and I had to go in circles before I found mention of Mr. Konan, but I glimpsed a mention of him on a Lonely Planet page, with a phone number and a place he parks his Merc. His prices are reasonable as well. This guy is a popular choice for journos, who come to report on the situations in Cote de Ivorie.

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I am afraid that is the best I can do, and I do have my fingers on the worldwide pulse of private care/driver/guides........d:o)


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answered on 8/26/13 by
a VT member from Stockholm

Hi Odinn,

thanks for your answer. Yes, I know that it is not exactly on a tourist beaten path with tourist infrastructure. Because that we want to go there and learn us more.Anyway, we land and leave from Abidjan. Then we want to do some round trip.

I read on LP about Mr. Konan but the car is not problem. Problem is our ignorance of French. And also it would be more easier if the car is going broken which happened more times in Cameroon, with police controls LOL etc. In Cameroon we paid for the driver total 40$ for 16 days, we not paid for his food or the room. So I was thinking in Cote d'Ivoire is approx the same.

So we will see, maybe we try to find some first when we are there. And if not, we go alone. We are accustomed to travel even in unknown parts, so to speak. :)


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answered on 2/5/14 by
a VT member from Stockholm

I self can now answer my question LOL
We rented a car and it was very good decision. We drove self, through the country from ABidjan to Grand Bassam, then Yamoussoukro, Daloa, toward Man and after that to Soubre, San Pedro, Sassandra and back to Abidjan.
We had no problems everything was done only fine and it was interesting and nice trip.

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