Driving Tips In Uganda Up-Country Safari


Uganda’s roads are generally in good condition. The tarmac roads allow for a smooth ride and the dirt roads are usually in good condition though slippery in rainy seasons. However, you are still driving in Africa.

Even though most of the major highways in Uganda are tarmacked and in good conditions, many tourist attractions are only accessible via gravel/dirty roads. Some attractions like the Lake Mburo National Park are open to 2WD vehicles but if you are to venture into the Bwindi Impenetrable, Queen Elizabeth, muchison falls, Kidepo valley National parks, you will need a 4×4 Uganda Car Hire.

You will have to plan your route according to your vehicle and your driving skills. Most maps will classify the roads into tarred major roads, gravel major roads, gravel district roads and 4×4 only. The weather plays an important role as well. The rainy season is from March till May and October till November. Light rain season falls in November and December can make driving a lot more difficult. You might have to navigate along soaked gravel roads.

There are also great distances between towns and many of the roads are less than busy, so it might be a while before help arrives though at Travel 256 we have stationed ourselves in most parts of the country. The best thing is to be well prepared which obviously includes driving the right vehicle.

Essential Driving Tips

  • Watch for Wildlife – There is a lot of wildlife crossing roads in Uganda especially near conservation areas. It is obviously not the most desirable thing to collide with any living creature, but having an antelope crashing into the driver’s cabin might cause more than a guilty conscience.
  • Pace Yourself – Sharp corners, potholes and the wildlife might call for sudden changes in direction, which are even harder to manage on gravel roads. So slow down and enjoy the ride.
  • Mind Your Weight – Clearance and maneuverability are major issues and both are affected by overloading. So make sure you have the right sized vehicle for whatever you need to carry.
  • Tire Pressure – If you go into 4WD terrain it is advisable to slightly reduce tire pressure. Just make sure to bring a pump and restore the status quo when you get back onto tarred roads.
  • Lights On – Driving on dry gravel roads might get you caught in a cloud of dust. Switching on your lights might not increase your visibility but I will allow other drivers to see you.
  • See the Signs – Speed limits and warning signs are there for a reason. So comply with the instructions, it’s that simple.

To hire a car in Uganda for your trip or business, just call our travel experts on +256-701367970 or alternatively send us an email on info@rentacaruganda.com.