July 20, 2024

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Top 6 Things You Need To Know About Driving In Uganda

A self drive road trip is arguably one of the most exciting overland trips in the world. The privacy coupled with the freedom to drive to any destination are two aspects that make a self drive trip more exciting but what lures most travelers to this option is the cheapness since you cut out driver hire costs.

Uganda is among the top tourist destinations in Africa admired by adventure seekers and a self drive trip is always on the cards when it comes time to visit the Pearl Of Africa. This guide contains 7 important things you should know if you plan to drive around Uganda by yourself, read through for a safe and comfortable road trip.

1- Is Uganda a safe destination to visit?

Yes, Uganda is a safe destination in terms of security and health status. The disciplined army forces and police ensure all roads and destinations are safe from armed robbers and fraudsters. However, you have to take some precautions like avoiding night driving among others. Uganda was recently hit by Ebola in late September 2022 but yesterday it was confirmed by WHO in news report that indeed the Ebola outbreak in Uganda has ended. You can find out more on World Health Organisation site.

2- What side of the road do I drive on in Uganda?

Up to 15 African countries permit driving on the left side and Uganda is one of them. If you have been used to driving on the right-hand side, then you will need to concentrate a lot or hire a Ugandan driver to avoid any traffic problems.

3- What is the general condition of the roads?

All the primary roads especially those leading to major tourist destinations or attractions have a smooth asphalt surface with several speed bumps and the usual potholes that dot. You will find gravel roads in remote destinations like national parks and local villages but that shouldn’t be a problem if you hire a 4×4 car in Uganda for the safari. The grave road conditions will vary depending on the weather with the rainy season being the most difficult to drive in.

4- What are the speed limits for different roads?

  • Major highways – 80 km per hour.
  • Town roads – 50 km per hour.
  • National parks – 30 to 40 km per hour depending on track conditions.

5- Can I cross Uganda borders with my rental car?

Yes, it’s possible to cross Uganda’s borders to Rwanda, Kenya & Tanzania and some Uganda car rental companies allow cars to go beyond East Africa. You will require your passport, International Driver’s License or Local driver’s license plus a COMESA sticker that indicates you are a foreigner. The company will also give you signed & stamped vehicle registration documents to show that you a driving the car legally.

6- Is comprehensive insurance covered in my car rental deal?

All our rental cars are comprehensively insured against accident or fire damages and cover injury to a person or property caused by a car. However, injury or damage caused by oneself is not covered in the car hire insurance policy as well as tires, windows and underbody. The car hirer will be liable to pay damages if he/she is overspeeding, improper care or maintenance of the car, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and using restricted roads. Read more about self drive terms and conditions for more info.

So if you planning to drive yourself around Uganda on a safari adventure, business or leisure trip, then the above 7 answered questions will give you an insight of what to expect when driving in Uganda. To hire a car for self-drive road trip, simply get in touch with us by sending an email to info@ugandacarrentalservices.com or call us now on +256-700135510 to speak with the reservations team.

Bryan Muhoozi


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