Self Drive Uganda – Drive Your Uganda Adventure
We offer self-drive tours in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. Our tours can be taken in different types of car rental that we offer for car hire! Just specify whether you need a car with or without the driver so that we can reserve the best choice for you.
Explore Uganda’s natural wonders at your own pace – visit the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi, track the chimpanzees, enjoy wildlife safaris in Uganda etc. Our self-drive tours include rental cars, accommodations, maps, GPS, cell phones and more!
There is no better way to tour Uganda than on a well-organized self-drive itinerary and our team of Uganda specialists can help you find and create the perfect self-drive tour or holiday, attaining memorable escapades. So if you want to explore Uganda’s remarkable national parks, the paradisiacal Ssese Islands, the source of River Nile in Jinja, relaxing on the beautiful Entebbe beaches, venturing into mountaineering on some of Africa’s highest mountain peaks, and cultural adventures then you should definitely let us show you the perfect way.
We have been creating great holiday packages for visitors from all over the world for over 12 years and so if you want to make sure you have a great time, see the best places, stay in the best accommodations and get the best value then call us to start planning your Uganda Self Drive Tour or Holiday.
What to Expect – driving in Uganda
There are few things to be aware of if you’re visiting Uganda from overseas. Driving in Uganda is like driving in the USA and the UK with some adjustments. The biggest of which is first on the list:
- In Uganda, we drive on the left. That means the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. If you’re from the UK you’ll be right at home. But be aware that the windscreen wipers and indicator levers might be on different sides of the steering wheel. Visitors from the US will have to adapt to driving on the other side of the road. But don’t let this discourage you. It really only takes like 30 minutes of careful driving to get accustomed to driving on the left. The key is to take your time and focus. Once you’ve become comfortable with it, you won’t notice the difference.
- In Uganda, the legal way to park your car at the side of the road is with the car pointing in the direction the flow of traffic. Remember that most people abide by the road signs so just follow the general direction that other cars have taken. But if you park your vehicle the wrong way around (facing the oncoming traffic) you risk a fine.
- The open roads are very inviting and speeding can be a problem. Don’t give in to temptation and put your foot down. There are many speed cameras in some parts of the country, especially in Kampala (capital city). Over speeding in Uganda is very dangerous and it can lead to serious punishments, it’s thus better you follow all the road rules and regulations.
- Everyone must wear a seat belt, and that means everyone – backseat passengers please buckle up!
- To drive in Uganda you will need a valid driver’s license. Of course, it can be from your country.
What to Take on Your Uganda Road Trip
You can pick up a lot of the items on this list in most towns around the country but there’s a chance the item you need won’t be in stock. It might be more expensive in smaller towns. Buy what you need in a major city and you won’t need to worry about finding essential items later on.
Some essentials for a road trip:
● Long-sleeve shirt to protect your arms from sunburn even through the windscreen – the sun in Uganda is sometimes strong.
● Energy-giving snacks
● Enough Drinking Water
● Maps – print maps. Don’t rely on cell phone coverage or your phone battery lasting.
- Yellow Fever Vaccination
- Driving permit/license
Why a Self-Drive Itinerary?
Why plan a self-drive itinerary? Not everyone will agree but sometimes the freedom to choose your own destination, driving pace, stopping points, rest durations, and routes make a road trip far more enjoyable. Once you have a clear idea of where you want to go, a tour guide dictating every minute of your day can feel restrictive. Uganda is an easy country to navigate; after all you even have a map or GPS. It’s a very safe country and the infrastructure is modern and well maintained, especially in the major cities and towns. Why not be adventurous and set your own pace?
Of course, there’s no reason why you’d have to follow our suggested itineraries to the letter. And that’s the beauty of self-drive. You choose your getaway – where to go and how long to stay.
Keep in mind that we’ve done our fair share of driving in Uganda, so you might want to start with a suggested plan and then mix it up with your own preferred style. Whatever you do, we can guarantee you that your trip will be unlike any you’ve ever experienced.
Uganda is a unique country in a special part of the earth; to remind you a bit the country was christened as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ by Sir Winston Churchill due to its extraordinary beauty and uniqueness. So you now know the country you will be exploring; how magnificent and special it is on the African continent!!!
The country comprises beautiful snow-capped mountains like the Rwenzori Mountains, amazing national parks, eye-catching lakes like Lake Victoria (Africa’s largest lake), breathtaking waterfalls like the Murchison Falls, charming Rivers like the Nile River (world’s longest river), beautiful valleys, beautiful birds, varied wildlife, vivacious and welcoming people, and world-class cuisine just waiting for you to drive by.