Uganda is one of the leading famous safari destinations in Africa loaded with several local and internationally acknowledged tourist attractions scattered across different areas with the majority located in some of the multiple local areas of Uganda. Driving to these destinations carries approximately 2 to 10 hours relying on the road you take but don’t forget to book a book a 4×4 car in Uganda when you choose to self-drive in Uganda this season as most of the off-road routes need a car that can manage the road.

Some of the famous tourist attractions in Uganda include wildlife, mountains, lakes, rivers and cultural tribes, all of which you can visit through well-paved roads and dusty off-road routes. There are different routes to get to the Uganda national parks, cities & villages but the ones noted down are some of the most famous Uganda self-drive roads mapped out on the GPS with direction signposts.

6 Most Popular Self-Drive Routes In Uganda

1- Kampala Entebbe Highway – The 51 km distance from Entebbe city to Kampala city is one of the leading famous self-drive roads in Uganda that links the city to the major airport. The road trip can last almost 1 and a half hours if there are not too many traffic jams on the road. Famous attractions this route links you to include The Entebbe Zoo, the City centre, beaches, botanical gardens, resort hotels and reptile village and many other tourist attractions.

2- Masaka Mbarara Road – Which makes up to 138 Km attached centrally to western Uganda is another famous self-drive route that will bring you to some of the multiple well-known national parks in Uganda. The road trip from Kampala to Mbarara takes approximately 2 and a half hours while if you travel from Masaka, it will only be an hour’s drive. Top tourist attractions on this road include Lake Mburo national park, Isingiro centre, and Kibale forest, among others attractions.

3- Kampala Masindi Road – This 213 km road takes you to Uganda’s multiple famous wildlife parks like Murchison falls national park and the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Most tourists love to self-drive to Murchison falls national park for an opportunity to experience the Big Five animals. Other famous attractions this road brings you to include the Budongo forest, Polish cemetery, and Masindi crafts village.

4- Kampala Jinja highway – Jinja is ranked positively among the greatest Uganda self-drive destinations and provided its quantity of adventurous sports activities as well as favourable weather & welcoming people. The 80 Km highway brings you to some of the multiple famous places in eastern Uganda including the River Nile which hosts several falls including Itanda & Bujagali, Lugazi sugar cane farms, Fish landing sites, the Source of the river Nile, Jinja city centre mention but a few.

5- Masaka – Mbarara – Kasese road – If you are preparing to visit Queen Elizabeth national park for a game drive & boat cruise along kazinga channel or you want to visit the great Mountain Rwenzori or do some chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national, then the connected Masaka – Mbarara- Kasese road is guaranteed to bring you to these destinations. The driving period from Masaka to Mbarara is roughly 1 hour while travelling from Mbarara to Kasese is nearly 2 hours and 42 minutes.

6- Kabale – Mbarara road – Joining Mbarara city with Ntungamo, Kabale & Katuna is another well-known road used by travellers preparing to visit Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for an opportunity to track the mountain gorillas in their wild home. The Bwindi national park is a designated UNESCO heritage place, home to about half the inhabitants of surviving mountain gorillas with some of the leading enchanting plant and bird species as well. The road takes approximately 125 km beginning from Mbarara and finishing at the Rwanda border in Katuna.

So if you are preparing to self-drive in Uganda this season and still haven’t selected which destination to visit or road to use, you can check out some of these famous roads. You can rent a 4×4 car in Uganda and drive on a self-drive trip by just sending us an email at or call us now at Airtel;-  (+256-707457134 ), MTN;-  (+256-774784213), WhatsApp:-  (+256-775694186) to speak or chat with our reservations team.

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