Uganda is a rich destination for safari props, and a self-drive has scooped a position for many travelers to the Pearl of Africa. Many travelers have opted to rent a car and handle the rest of the trip themselves. The biggest part to play here is finding the perfect cruise or car rental.
When going for a self-drive safari to Uganda, it’s a wise decision to use a safari customized vehicle. Safari vehicles are customized with either a rooftop pop-up for perfect game viewing or a rooftop tent for wilderness rooftop camping. Your travel requirement determines the kind of the car you would require for the safari. And for safaris cases, we only the 4×4 safari customized is the deal.
The selection of 4×4 safari vehicles includes the land cruiser TX/TZ, the VX8, the Nisan Patrol, and the 4×4 safari land cruiser (land cruiser 70 series). The Land Cruiser TX/TZ and the V8 are great for rooftop tent camping.
Wishing for a camping self-drive safari! Hiring a car with a rooftop tent is a sounding adventure experience you may not need to miss. So, ongoing the accommodation fare and taking a camping trip with your car rental comes with benefits here include limited costs, flexibility, and freedom of driving, among others. Taking a car with a rooftop tent means no pop-up.
Perfect time for a self-drive safaris to Uganda
The dry months of December to February which also double in the months of June to September is the best time. The dry months presents intact roads for driving through all year around. The dry seasons are perfect for wild game viewing, especially in the Savannah parks.
And the rainy seasons is presented by slippery, and wet grounds and sometimes it takes a full day to rain. All tourist destinations are open to visit, but travelers are few. And for travelers wishing to travel in the less crowded seasons, the wet months are perfect. Wet seasons surface from March to May and from September to November.
Destinations to visit on a self-drive safari to Uganda
Murchison Falls National
Murchison Falls National Park is located in northern Uganda. It’s bisected by the Nile Victoria, which meets Lake Albert to make the amazing Albert Delta. This is the perfect place in the parks of Uganda to watch the highest concentration of wildlife. A safari leading to Murchison Falls National Park offers the opportunity to watch the big five at once, considering the inclusion of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
The best destination for travelers on a self-drive safari is Uganda. The park is today’s best place to drive with ease. Due to oil development around Lake Albert, roads accessing the park are paved. This park presents the best safaris in Uganda, with great views of wildlife.
Among the adventures to do when taking a self-drive safari to Murchison Falls National Park are game drives, boat cruises, hiking to the top of the falls, nature walks, and visiting the top of the falls. Taking a community visit to experience the lifestyle of people staying around the park, forest walks at Budongo, and chimpanzee tracking.
Kidepo Valley National Park
A self-drive to one of the remotest destinations in African is among the most rewarding. Kidepo Valley National Park is located in northeastern Uganda and is one of the remotest of all tourist destinations. It’s termed “the True African wilderness,” offers the widest opening in the savannah landscape in Uganda.
A road trip by car takes about 10 hours on a scenic drive. There are two sections of the Kidepo Valley and the Narus Valley that persist with water even in the driest season. These two sections have the highest concentration of wild animals. The eco-biodiversity of Kidepo consists of over 74 mammal species, including some of the big five mammals, antelope species, zebras, cheetahs, and wild dogs.
There are about 470 bird species, including ostriches and secretary birds, among others. In 2019, CNN named Kidepo Valley National Park among the most attractive destinations in Africa. And in 2021, the park will feature in the World Tourism Awards list of the best safari parks in Africa, and safari bookings in 2019 listed the park at number 11 among the best 50 national parks in Africa. Adventures to engage in mainly include game drives, nature walks, birding, mountain climbing, and Karamoja cultural visits.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Uganda It offers one of the best road trips on a safari to Uganda. A road trip safari at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park leads to watching some of the remaining endangered mountain gorillas. Located in southwestern Uganda, seated in the lines of the Albertine Rift Valley, it covers an area of 331 sq km. It’s characterized by tropical rainforest covering volcanic landscapes, favoring the existence of mountain gorillas.
With about one habituated gorilla family, the park offers the highest opportunities for trekking. Also, gorilla habituation is available for trackers in the Rushaga sector. Bwindi Impenetrable has four tracking sectors: Nkuringo, Buhoma, Rushaga, and Ruhija. Gorilla trekking at Bwindi is the best experience and relatively easy for all classes of travelers.
Besides being an endemic destination for mountain gorillas, the park is home to various species of flora and fauna. These include about 300 species of birds, elephants, buffalos, and other primate species, including red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, chimpanzees, bushbucks, about 400 species of plants, and many others.
Adventure activities done at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include gorilla tracking, nature walks, bird watching, mountain biking, Batwa cultural experiences, etc.
The East African capital of adventures with greater rewards Jinja is located east of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The adventure capital is globally known for hosting the world’s longest river, the Nile. When visiting Jinja, you can take adventures like boat cruises, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, nature walks, hill hiking, and quad biking, among others.
These magnificent waterfalls are set just at the foothills of Mount Elgon in Eastern Uganda, in Kapchorwa district, in Sipi village. The villages are split into three phases and separated from each other.
Sipi Falls are astonishing features that have amazingly attracted several travelers from across the world. The best part of the falls is the cool and warm climate and a walk through the coffee and banana plantations.
The three overlooking splashes are 100 m below; the next falls at an elevation of 85 m; and the other falls at 75m below. The breathtaking Sipi waterfalls are raised at an elevation of 1600 meters above sea level.
The Sipi Falls are an en-route stop for travelers going to hike Mount Elgon and even those driving to Kidepo Valley National Park through the eastern route.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
The park where one visits and has a longer stay when engaged in several adventures Uganda’s oldest national park and the most famous, as well as the second most visited tourist destination in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in western Uganda, along the radiations of the western arm of the Great Albertine Rift Valley, at the foothills of Mt. Rwenzori.
The park features savannah, woodlands, and the tropics. Unique for the rare tree-climbing lions and the highest concentration of birds, with over 600 species of birds. Subdivided into Kasenyi savannah, open for game viewing, and Mweya peninsula, common with Kazinga Channel that connects Lake Gorge to Lake Edward, for game viewing on a boat cruise. Ishasha Sector is popular for tracking tree-climbing lions, and Kyambura Gorge is a tropical paradise unique for accommodating chimpanzees.
Adventure experiences done on a safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park include Wild game viewing on both game drives and boat cruises, bird watching, tree climbing, lion tracking, chimpanzee tracking, community visits, and visiting Lake Katwe, a salt mining lake. Also hippo census, mongoose tracking, and lion experiential, among others.
Kibale National Park
Kibale is the East African capital of primates, with about 13 different primate species. This is the best place to track chimpanzees in East Africa. Chimpanzees here are fully habituated, and trekkers have the opportunity for a close-up encounter with the chimpanzees, which is rare in the rest of the forests where the apes are tracked across east Africa.
This Eco-biodiversity forest is located in western Uganda, about 26 kilometers off Fort Portal. It’s only at Kibale Forest in Africa that tourists can take part in the habituation process. So, tourists at Kibale can do either tracking or habituation. Chimpanzee tracking here costs $200, and chimpanzee habituation costs $250. You spent almost a full day with these giants.
Kibale National Park has two chimpanzee tracking sessions a day: the morning session starts at 8 a.m. and the afternoon session starts at 2 p.m.