Self Driving Uganda – Quick Tips & Information

Are you planning for a self drive in Uganda? Many travelers today opt for self drive vacations in Uganda and many other countries. Here are the top tips for those opting to drive themselves for the entire stay of their holidays within Uganda;

  • The minimum age for visitors renting a car in Uganda is 18 years. Car rental companies typically require between 2 and 5 years driving experience. Drivers over 70 years of age require a medical certificate.
  • Bring your drivers license with you. You need this to be allowed to start cruising on Ugandan soil.
  • Hired cars can be easily recognized by the ‘H’ on their license plate.
  • Remember that in Uganda we drive on the right side of the road. The vast majority of vehicles are right hand drive but this does not rule out the fact that you will encounter road users with left handed vehicles so take care and drive safely with a lot of diligence.
  • Wearing of seatbelts is compulsory in Uganda for both drivers and passengers. Children under 5 years of age must use an appropriate child seat, which can be rented from local car rental companies.
  •   Speed limits are posted in kilometers/hr rather than miles/hr. 1 kilometer = 0.62 miles. Typical Uganda speed limits are: city areas – 40 km/h, rural areas – 60 km/h, major highways – 80 km/h. Always check the signs to be sure you’re not exceeding the limit.
  • Always park in well-lit areas and avoid leaving valuables in your car.
  • In Uganda the honk of a car horn is often used as ‘hello’ to a friend or ‘thanks’ for giving way. When a driver flashes their lights at you it generally means that they are giving way to you.
  • Local rush hours are 7:00 – 8:30am & 4:30 – 5:30pm. Plan your travel times accordingly.
  • Never try at any one moment to sit behind the steering wheel when drunk. Obviously excessive drinking then driving is not wise! If you plan on drinking have a designated driver or take a taxi instead because if at all you risk, you won’t survive the breathalyzer police men that are scattered all over the roads.
  • Roundabouts can be a bit confusing at first. Approach cautiously and follow the signs & road markings carefully. At roundabouts always give way to vehicles that have the right of way.

Booking a Self Drive Rental

Check if your car rental company offers or includes GPS units in their vehicles. Uganda has an excellent system in place that will be very useful especially if it’s your first visit to the country. Maps are available from car rental companies, hotels and many locations that matter.

In the unfortunate event of an accident, call your car rental company immediately. Do not admit any liability. The emergency service numbers are: Police 999, Fire Service 112.



Planning a Honeymoon Holiday in Uganda

Your Honeymoon is just as important as your wedding day and it should be the trip of a lifetime. With so many different options in so many stunning locations, it can be hard to choose the honeymoon that’s right for you. Do you want an adventure or maybe you are looking for a romantic escape, are you feeling exotic, or perhaps you just need to relax after months of wedding planning? Ugandan Holidays have hundreds of honeymoon options, and of course, it’s not just about the places we offer, it’s how we offer them, which can make the difference. From a website jam packed full of holiday options and travel advice, to our expert sales team who can arrange something a little bit different; we’re pleased to offer you a wide choice to suit all budgets and tastes.

If you love your beaches then you’ll love our wide selection of worldwide beach holidays! From a fun filled family beach holiday to a tranquil escape in paradise we’ve got it covered. All of our holidays offer superb service, great facilities and exceptional value for money and depending on your budget some even may say cheap. Beach holidays are perfect if you really want to unwind and escape from day to day life – so check out our holidays and start planning your holiday.

Dreaming of a self-catering holiday in Uganda? Let us guide you on the many attractions that this land locked country has to offer for beach holidays and apartment stays. Uganda is the pearl of Africa which is one of the top choices for African holidaymakers. With English as the national language, a strong English heritage (Uganda was an English colony and only gained full independence in 1962), beautiful beaches, sunshine and clear, turquoise waters, it’s easy to see what makes Uganda a destination of choice.


This country is also rich in wildlife and it’s possible to see wonderful sea turtles, tropical fish, monkeys and even hummingbirds during a holiday here. Uganda is a great place for a wildlife watching holiday. Staying in a holiday villa or apartment could be an excellent choice with the flexibility that this type of holiday offers.

Uganda has relatively improved its social infrastructures especially the road sector making it easy to get around in a hire car whilst on a self-catering break. Driving in Uganda should be relatively easy for the greatest number of tourists as they drive on the same side of the road and with the laid back pace of elite life, the locals don’t tend to rush around and are quite patient with foreign drivers. Although a small country, the different parts of this nation all have their own unique character, making Uganda an exciting, fascinating place to explore. Hiring a car gives you the most choice and flexibility when it comes to discovering the different flavours of a country endowed with rich heritage

Most visitors choose to go gorilla tracking in the Bwindi impenetrable forest and chimpanzee trekking in the Kibale forest or opt for game drives to view the different wildlife from the National Parks that are scattered all over the different parts of the country. The waters of the Ugandan lakes and rivers are usually calmer so the visitor can tentatively enjoy them.

Whilst on a villa holiday discover the Nile expedition at Jinja popular with surfers where you can watch the waves crash against the shore. White water rafting can as well be enjoyed here plus kayaking.

The western region of Uganda is worth the visit as it is commonly referred to as the fountain of Uganda’s tourism sector as it harbor almost 90% of the country’s tourist attractions which include; game drives,wildlife,bird watching, boat cruises, gorilla tracking and chimpanzee trekking.

Uganda has a host of different attractions and although the beaches can be sublime, there is much, much more to see. Go wildlife watching at the UWEC centre, visit one of the historical sites in the city especially the Buganda kingdom and learn about their cultural norms and different clans and how their wealth was built amidst the wake of slaves trade, slavery and all it’s related atrocities. There is so much to see and do.

If privacy is important to you, this is something that can sometimes be found with opting for a camp option. All the necessary camping gears can be obtained from self drive Uganda at a reduced rate if hired with a vehicle at prices as low as 10 USD per day. Similarly apartment stays may appeal to those looking for the flexibility to cook when they want and eat out as they wish. Some apartments are serviced with security, ask owners for details of any services provided. You may find a villa with a swimming pool that you can enjoy at your convenience.

Uganda has plenty of fresh waters where you can swim, and enjoy at ease.