Leading 6 Things You Need To Know About Driving In Uganda – A self-drive road trip is one of the greatest exciting experiences in the world. The aloneness combined with the freedom to go to any of Uganda’s place is 2 factors that make a self-drive road trip nice and more exciting but what attracts most tourists to this option is the affordable since you cut out the driver hire costs.
Uganda is one of the leading tourist places in Africa appreciated by adventure seekers and a self-drive road trip is always on the checklist when it comes to visiting Uganda “the Pearl Of Africa“. This article has 7 important things you should comprehend if you are organizing to drive in Uganda by yourself.
1- Is Uganda a safe country to visit?
Yes, Uganda is a safe place in terms of security and health conditions. The well-disciplined military forces and police make sure all roads and places are protected from armed robbers and fraudsters. However, you have to take some security such as forgetting dark driving among others. The Ebola outbreak recently hit Uganda in late September 2022 but WHO confirmed in the news that the Ebola outbreak in Uganda has ended. You can find more on the World Health Organisation website.
2- What hand side of the road do I have to drive on while in Uganda?
Almost 15 African countries allow driving on the left-hand side and Uganda is one of them. If you have been hired to drive on the right-hand side, you will need to concentrate a lot or hire a car with a driver to escape any traffic circumstances.
3- What is the condition of the roads?
All of the highways mostly those leading to major tourist attractions have a smooth surface with multiple speed humps and the expected potholes. You will encounter stone roads in remote places such as national parks and villages but that shouldn’t be an issue if you hire a 4×4 car in Uganda for your safari. The stone road states will differ depending on the climate with the rainy season being very challenging to drive in.
4- What are the recommended speed limits for various roads?
- Main highways – 80 km per hour.
- City roads – 50 km per hour.
- National parks – 30 to 40 km per hour depending on track state.
5- Can I cross Uganda’s boundaries with my rental car?
Yes, it’s possible to cross Uganda’s boundaries to Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania and many Uganda car rental companies permit cars to go outside East Africa. You will need your passport, International Driver’s License, or Local driver’s license and a COMESA sticker that means you are a traveler. The Uganda Car Rental company will again give you signed and stamped car registration papers to indicate that you are driving the car lawfully.
6- Is comprehensive insurance covered in my car rental deal?
All our cars are comprehensively insured against accidents and cover damage to a person generated by a car. However, damage generated by oneself is not covered in the car hire insurance policy as well as tires, windows, and underbody. The car hirer will be responsible for paying damages if he/she is overspeeding, inappropriate care or servicing of the car, driving under the power of alcohol or drugs, and using prohibited roads. Read more about self-drive terms and conditions.
So if you are preparing to drive yourself to Uganda on a safari experience, business trip, or holiday trip, then the above-mentioned 7 replied questions will provide you an understanding of what to predict when driving in Uganda. To hire a car for a self-drive safari in Uganda, get in touch with us by sending us an email at;- firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp us now at +256-775694186 to talk with the reservations team.