Self-drive in Uganda is the best way one can experience Uganda’s outstanding landscapes, abundant wildlife and manifold cultural and historical attractions. In regard to African standards, Uganda’s major roads/routes are generally in good state and hence safe for any traveller planning for self-drive Safari in Uganda. Primarily Surfaced roads originating out from Kampala- Uganda’s Capital city run to all four regions. Therefore visitors on Uganda self-drive safari can easily connect from Uganda’s entry point Entebbe/Kampala to different Uganda Safari destinations.
As a matter of fact, Uganda’s unsurfaced roads tend to be seasonal and chance change from one season to another, with some being impassable during rainy season. The most affected are those in the village areas or Up-country. Even in the dry season were they are bit fair, an isolated or little downpour can change the condition of the road that early on seemed to in perfectly good state.
Self -Drive in Uganda is very fascinating to any traveller on Uganda Safari but also challenging than other East Africa and Southern Africa countries and hence this offers an experience of its own .Therefore to all visitors planning for self-drive safari in Uganda, you perfectly need to be a defensive driver and when on the road, Just drive defensively when busses and minibus-taxis are around as their drivers are crazy. These are now the major dangers on Ugandan roads apart from unforeseen pot-holes. Minibus-taxi drivers in particular have for so long been sighted as the major over overtakes even on blind corners, and speed limits are commonly ignored except when road conditions are bad.
We have been exploring Uganda by road for many years and have found that the experience is rewarding and safe as long as the following precautions are followed:
- Drive at or below the speed limit (100 km/h on the highway, though we would advise 80 km/h; and 50 km/h in urban areas).
- Beware of unmarked speed bumps which are plentiful in many parts of the country, especially at the entrance of towns.
- Drive defensively.
- Avoid driving at night; the potholes are difficult to see and fellow traffic often uses blinding high-beams.
- Always carry some cash, water and a charged mobile phone to handle any situation. Purchasing a local SIM card (mobile number) is an inexpensive and advisable option for better coverage.
- Keep in mind that a flat tyre can happen easily! It is part of the adventure and can be fixed quickly at almost any service station.
- As you will discover soon enough, traffic in Uganda drives on the left side of the road.
Having the above in mind, a coasting speed of 80k/h in the open road is recommendable without being over cautious, and it’s not a bad decision to slow down and cover the brake in the face of oncoming traffic. In urban areas , especially downtown Kampala, right of way mainly belongs to he who is read to force the issue – a considered blend of defensive driving tempered by outright assertiveness is most need to get you through safely without becoming stuck in traffic.
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