Welcome to Uganda. I hope you’re looking forward to beginning your journey. Here is Essential Information to help you plan a road trip in Uganda.
Where to Go
There are so many great places to visit on your Uganda driving holiday! Give yourself enough time to see everything on your wish list. Before you set off, be sure to stay a night in your arrival city which can be Entebbe or Kampala to ensure you are well rested after your flight.
There are many great places to include in your itinerary so it’s important to plan in advance and give yourself plenty of time to see everything on your wish list.
We have put together some suggested tour packages and itineraries for you to choose from. If you intend to visit Uganda below are some planning tips. Here are the most popular places to visit in Uganda.
- Plan to spend your first night while Uganda in your arrival city to ensure you are rested after your flight. This can be either at Entebbe airport or Kampala city.
- Contact your local transport authority to arrange an international driver permit if your licence isn’t in English or organise a translation.
- Plan to drive only 1-2 hours at a time, with regular breaks. There is a lot to see in Uganda that ranges from the rich wildlife, cultural tourism, acquatic tourism and many more, so stop often, stretch your legs, take some photos, or enjoy a bite to eat with the locals. With this interaction, you will learn more from them.
Important Things you should know before you visit Uganda
- We drive on the left-hand side of the road so keep left please.
- Always wear your seat belt. Everyone in your vehicle must wear a seatbelt, and children must be secured in an approved child seat. Car rental Uganda Company can rent child seats to you if you didn’t bring your own.
- Keep to the speed limit and always stop at STOP signs and always slow down to observe recommended speeds around bends.
- Overtake other vehicles only when it’s safe to do so. Use passing lanes whenever possible, and never cross a solid yellow line on your side of the centre line.
- Stay well-rested. Plan to only drive 1 – 2 hours at a time, and take regular breaks during your journey to stretch your legs. This should be followed by tourists to distant tourist destinations including the national parks.
- Uganda has different weather conditions so drive to the conditions. You’ll need to reduce your speed if it’s raining. Or if you’re in a road works area.
- Normally use a GPS to estimate driving times while planning your journey. Driving in Uganda can often take longer than expected depending on the road conditions.
- Do not drink and drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime in Uganda and strictly enforced by police, with severe penalties for offenders.
- It’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in Uganda. If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over at a rest area or in a safe place.
Planning a Road Trip
On average a Luxury hotel will cost about US$ 110 p.p. full board, depending on the season.
Budget accommodation will cost about US$20-50 p.p.
However, if you are a Camping enthusiast then this is your Mecca- all the essential ingredients for a camping safari are here in Uganda for you to enjoy!
Self Drive Tours
Planning a journey around Uganda, Here are a few things you’ll need to know before your Uganda driving holidays begin. Driving in Uganda is permitted if you hold a current valid driver licence in the English version. Any restrictions or conditions on your license will continue to apply in Uganda.
If your license isn’t in English, you must obtain an international driver permit or an approved translation of your license. You must also carry your original driver licence with you when driving in Uganda.
Driving Times: Uganda is a small country, but driving times can often take longer than expected due to the different road conditions you may encounter on the Ugandan roads. We recommend you use this Driving time and distance Calculator to get an accurate idea of driving times in Uganda. While planning your trip, allowing additional time for rest stops is very important.