Renting a car in Uganda for self drive safaris is absolutely a recomendable road trip where you optionally hire a car and privately drive to and around your preferred destination without the hustle of a designated driver or strict itineraries, also very impontant hiring a car and camping gear or the intended Self drive safaris. Self drive safaris are an opportunity to observe and be amazed by the joys of a safari from the driver’s seat. Uganda, blessed with endearing and picturesque scenery, is favorable for self-drive safaris not only because of the enchanting flora and fauna but also because of its hospitable natives and infrastructure.
On arrival in Uganda, you can’t help but notice the usability of the road networks which beckon you driving through Uganda on your own and be part of the activity on the road as you observe whats going on at the same time. Uganda’s major roads which connect Kampala to other regions such as Mbale in the east; Masaka and Mbarara in the south west; Gulu in the north; Hoima in the west are well surfaced and maintained highways that can enhance your self drive experience in Uganda.
Traffic is less intense the farther you drive away from the city center, which eases travel to your destination if it is in rural Uganda, however construction of the northern bypass has made it easy to self drive across the city as well. Most of the other roads such as Masindi to Murchission falls or Nsanga to lake Mburo national park are unsurfaced. Unsurfaced roads usually change according to the season as they are usually dusty during the dry season and slippery mud during the wet season, depending on the soil type in the locale. You should be wary and careful as firm steady soil can abruptly turn into black cotton quagmire. Watch the road if other cars are using it easily or being challenged; if taxis are using the road comfortably so should a 4×4 car.
This is why 4×4 Rental cars are recommended for self drive safaris in Uganda, because they can adapt to most of the terrain they are used in. while on a self drive safari in Uganda, there are destinations you should endeavor to tour such as game parks teeming with rare animal species; and Bwindi impenetrable forest which is home to 70% of the world’s mountain gorilla population. If possible you should hire a car with excellent camping gear to enable you experience bush camping in Uganda’s thrilling savannas. For a small fee, you can park and camp in a game park with the help and oversight of a park ranger. Park rangers can be booked in advance or got from the entrance. Camping in a game park is similar to letting nature engulf you and being part of the unbuilt environment to enjoy its thrill as our fore fathers did.
Nonetheless when self driving in game parks, drive slow and absorb all the beauty of the Savannah grasslands as you watch out for game. If you have a guide, don’t be afraid to ask them to show you whatever animals you want to see. Alternatively, you could decide to go gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable national park. Bwindi is approximately 450 kms from Kampala and its about a 6 hours drive although there are multiple routes to get there. The self drive safari can even be more interesting if you use the route passing through Queen Elizabeth national park via Ishasha where you could catch a glimpse of Ishasha’s tree climbing
lions before your encounter with the magnificent endangered mountain gorillas in the equatorial paradise that is Bwindi impenetrable forest. Therefore, if you are in search of a refreshing but unconventional tourist holiday experience, a self drive safari through Uganda is ideal for you