‘All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware’ a quote by Martin Buber. Did you know safaris are a million-memory activity in which many would love to undertake? I conquer with this because as a Uganda tour operator company, we witness big numbers of travellers that come in for Uganda safari tours. However, if you choose Uganda as your next Africa safari destination, you must first establish a way to best explore it during your tour in Uganda. Could be by road or by air?
Yes, there are many means of transport in which you have the choice to choose what you can afford, comfortable with or that which fits into your schedule. For Uganda safaris, you can choose to use air transport organized by your Uganda tour planner with the different aircraft in the country or get there by road. Some tourists always opt for flights to distant parks because some safari parks are really distant from the others but here is to why you need to go on a Uganda trip by road for all tourists on a safari in Uganda.
The cost of hiring a 4×4 safari vehicle is definitely cheaper than that of a chartered flight. The popular destinations that tourists opt to go to by flight are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park.
However, I still prefer to go there by road. On the route to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by road from Entebbe International Airport, you get the chance to be driven through the bustling capital of Kampala where you get to have a sense of what capital means here. Continuing with your drive you go past several landscapes, see people do their daily activities just beside the road. Just 80km from Kampala, you have the chance to stop at the equator line in Kayabwe. This is the centre point of the world; the equator divides the world into the northern and southern hemisphere. Here you undertake a geographical experience on the forces of the earth like how you lose 3kg when you stand on the equator line and regain them on either side of the line. You will also enjoy a polar water experiment in the two hemispheres that will shock or amaze you. Here you can also have time to view crafts in the shops at the equator as well as take a cup of coffee.
Continuing to the southern hemisphere, you are welcomed by a beautiful peneplain of the Kigezi highlands and the long-horned Ankole cattle. 12k to Mbarara town, you stop at Igongo cultural centre where you have traditional lunch as you taste from the different dishes of western Uganda. You then continue on a drive along with beautiful backdrops on a good tarmacked road to your safari accommodation. There’s no better way of getting closer to these beautiful en route stop points and have close views of the people than by road.
On the long hours 12 hours’ drive to Kidepo Valley National Park, if you take the Eastern direction, you have the chance to drive through Kampala city, Mabira forest and the beautiful road to Jinja with sugar and tea plantations on both sides. Towards Jinja town, you cross the newly stayed Source of the Nile Bridge. Here you can stop for a Jinja source of the Nile tour, at the source of the world’s longest river-River Nile before continuing with your drive east. In Kapchorwa district, you visit the Sipi falls which are known as the most beautiful falls in the country. After the Sipi falls hike you can break your journey by spending a night at a preferred lodging facility close. You continue with the drive to the heart of Kidepo National Park going past Moroto town where you can have a Uganda cultural tour to the Karamojong people and discover more on this “untouched” culture.
If you opt for car hire in Uganda, book your safari vehicle from a trusted safari company like Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd. It will come along with a Uganda safari driver guide who takes you throughout the trip. These guides are fluent in English and in any need for a translator one can always be hired. Their knowledge and professionalism make you’re being at the close view of different features more meaningful because you get to know the little details of your safari Uganda whether you’re on a Uganda gorilla trekking safari or a Uganda wildlife tour; these little additions are what make the trip in Uganda more colourful. Amazingly for courageous travellers, you can opt to go for a self-drive safari in Uganda around the country as long as you hire the right car for your trip during your tour in Uganda.
Our safari vehicles are designed with maximum possible comfort on Uganda’s upcountry bumpy and dusty roads. A 4×4 safari Land cruiser for hire Uganda is the best option for tourists travelling upcountry for a Uganda wildlife safari or even for a gorilla trekking safari.
Safari vehicles are equipped with comfortable seats, a first aid kit, windows, and storage for your luggage. This makes your travel more comfortable rather than travelling by public means. In addition, every passenger has their own window seat for proper aeration and comfort.
For wildlife viewing, safari vehicles have a pop-up roof that allows a 360-degree during your game drive on your and making photography easier. Whether you go to the park by air, within the park, you will still use road transport to connect to the park and hotel. Connecting there by air then use road transport within can be vital only if it like a 3 days gorilla tour Bwindi.
Each safari vehicle is equipped with an inverter and extension so you can charge your electronics while on the move. Safari vehicles go through regular maintenance checks that include oil checks, fluid checks, electronics checking, new tires (if necessary), and any additional maintenance. This makes travel safer.
Discover details about the Pearl of Africa by choosing to get to your destination by road.