There are many good reasons to self drive around Uganda, but it is a good idea to come prepared. Uganda’s car rental agencies have vast knowledge regarding what to see, when to see it, Ugandan road conditions, accommodation establishments, camping sites, vehicle rental and anything else you may want to know about. We will help you plan your self drive route and will recommend (and book) accommodation in your destinations, organize the rental vehicle you require, and generally take all the hassle out of the planning process. Planning other peoples self drive itineraries is the favorite part of our job; as it gives us an outlet for all the knowledge we have accumulated.
Self drives are sometimes referred to as ‘fly drive safaris’. This refers to getting to Uganda in a plane and then driving yourself. Anyway whether you prefer to call them fly drive safaris or self drive these are by far the best way of exploring Uganda.
We offer several itinerary suggestions for those wishing to drive themselves around Uganda and the neighboring countries considering cross border packages, these are divided into categories according to the type/price of accommodation they use. These can be booked as a package but we do appreciate that everybody is unique and has their own likes and dislikes so what we really like to do is design an itinerary tailored to our client’s needs; the more you tell us about your interests and requirements the better we are able to match you with the perfect Ugandan or cross border self-drive experience.
There are different types of cars that you can get for your Uganda car rental. These range from small SUV to big jeeps suitable for safari. Our cars are 4×4 and can manage very well African roads. Once you send us an inquiry, we shall send you sample photos of different cars we have depending on what exactly your interests are
What is it like driving in Uganda?
Self-drive holidays are flexible and cost effective way to discover a wonderful destination like Uganda. Self-drive trips offer you reliable and affordable 4WD car rental for transportation options. Most of Ugandan self-drive 4×4 vehicles on offer are available either with or without camping gear for a group of four to five people.
There are two alternatives to choose between a self-drive and a chauffeur driven car rental in Uganda. Each has its own advantages. When you decide to have chauffeur driven, you have experienced driver guide who will assist at destinations and lodges and take care of all travel requirements.
One big advantage of self-drive trip without a guide is that you have the flexibility to determine the time you spend visiting places.
Experience a real African adventure by traveling around western Uganda tourist circuit and include national parks like Bwindi impenetrable forest for gorilla tracking experience and Kibale forest national park with chimpanzee tracking. There’s also game viewing in Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park and Murchison falls national park.
It’s recommended that for most Uganda car rentals, it is important using 4WD most of the terrain and dirt roads between national parks require four wheel drive cars.
Don’t be scared off by the thought of driving in Africa; this isn’t a country where the roads are more pothole than tarmac, or indeed not tarmac at all. Uganda’s highways are well maintained, smooth and enjoyable. This is not a country of tricky navigation. You’ll need to be aware of your speed though
There’s no doubt that self drive adventures give families much needed freedom. Teenagers are going to find more to appreciate what Uganda have to offer, even children of different ages.
GENERAL TOURISM AND ROAD SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVING.
- Ensure that your vehicle is checked thoroughly and in good condition before embarking on a journey
- Check your vehicle at the start of each day check the oil and water that all indicators and lights are functional and that tyre pressure is adequate.
- Plan your journey beforehand to avoid unnecessary stops.
- If you need directions it is best to stop at a petrol station and ask the attendants.
- Always maintain a safe following distance and switch headlights on when visibility is poor, ensuring that you are visible to all road users.
- Always respect the warnings on road signs, be aware that the roads are not fenced, so you could find dogs, chickens, sheep and even horses or cows on the road, so it may be dangerous to drive at night.
- Large antelope crossing the road can also be a hazard in certain areas watch out for the road signs depicting a leaping antelope, and take it slowly, especially towards evening