Uganda’s Roads

Drive Uganda Yourself! On the main tourist routes the roads are tarmac and fairly good. Notice should be taken of the frequent use of speed bumps in areas that one would not expect them to appear and often without signposts.

Almost every small village en route to the attractions has speed humps of varying height- from rumble strips to differential breakers!

Throughout Uganda there are also numerous murram (dirt) roads in varying degrees of condition, from good to plain awful, and this will also depend on the season- wet or dry, and also to the traffic.

Infamous examples being the Ishasha road in southern Queen Elizabeth National Park which can have as many as 5 or 6 trucks stuck along it until the mud dries, and so can take 4.5 hours as opposed to the normal 2.5 hours for the 72 km.

Truck and coach drivers must be avoided at all costs, as the adage “bigger is better” is taken seriously here and avoidance is definitely preferable to valour. Driving at night is never recommended as too often broken down trucks are parked, with out reflectors, on the sides of the road and are a major hazard.

Driving in 4WD – High Range is recommended on wet murram roads as this gives better traction. For those using a Landrover we recommend driving it with the centre differential locked.

However, under no circumstances should differential lock be engaged whilst on tarmac (paved) roads otherwise serious and expensive damage is done to the front differential and/or the transfer box; and its time to get that cheque book out!

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