The dry season is yet to come and this means Uganda safari time for all kinds of travelers. Many travelers will hopefully want to undertake self-drive safari car hire in Uganda for their trips because how its pocket friendly. However, many travelers could not be aware of what driving on a self-drive safari in Uganda means or how it must be therefore; here is an ultimate guide to driving in Uganda for a safe ride through the country;
When planning to choose self-drive cars for hire in Uganda, always remember to choose the right cars for your group. Always choose 4×4 cars for hire in Uganda since they are very convenient for driving up country. Most of the Uganda tour parks are in remote areas and if it’s not a 4×4 land cruiser especially if it rains, you could get stuck on the road. For instance, if you are driving to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or Kidepo Valley National Park, look no further than a 4×4 safari vehicle. Choose a safari vehicle that is large enough and will keep you comfortable enough for the long drives.
Uganda just like any other destination has driving rules and guidelines. To make sure you have smooth self-drive safaris in Uganda, ensure to always follow the driving etiquette and some of these include;
If you are a first time driver in Uganda and not aware of where exactly you are driving to, it is important to have some driving directions. A GPS, road maps and help of Google maps can be useful. However, even with all of these you could still lose your way since some roads are not yet mapped by Google and in some places the locals have set up short cut routes that could confuse you. In such cases, just be polite enough and ask from the locals, they will always help.
Uganda is one less restricted country when it comes to driving, people drive throughout the night however it is not recommendable. As a traveler to any part of the country, it is advisable to drive and connect to your destinations during the day. Driving at night is risky and could land you to thieves and lose of property.
Outside Kampala, there are lots of people walking and running on hard shoulders after dark, and it is almost impossible to see them with head lamps as they typically don’t wear any reflective gear.
Even for the traveler, since you are driving long distances resting in the night is good to ensure you rest and are ready to drive the next day.
Safari car hire in Uganda always comes with the cost of fueling the car on the traveler. Gas stations are available frequently on major highways throughout the country though scarce in rural areas. It’s advisable to always fill up your tank in each major town where you pay in cash and then after continue with your drive. If it’s a long drive, carry some fuel in a jerry can to avoid getting stuck and spending more.
Recommendable safari tours in Uganda for self-drive tourists
For any kind of traveler whether luxury, Mid-range or basic planning to come in for Uganda tours, these packages offer the best safari memories;