One of the things most people on Uganda safaris miss out on is the opportunity to drive themselves around the country and explore on their own. It can be such an exciting and memorable experience if you are brave enough to do. And Uganda traffic does require bravery.
What could possibly be so interesting about driving in Uganda?
Self-drive in Uganda will test your nerves beyond anything you have ever experienced especially if you are driving in Kampala the capital. Kampala streets are the busiest and most crowded in the country. You not only have to contend with other vehicles, but with pedestrians, and Boda bodas. Then there are the taxis which at first seem to be almost immune to traffic laws. Kampala traffic is not for the faint hearted.
It’s almost always a battle to get tp where you are going, but if you are a visitor to the country, it can be quite interesting and exhilarating. It’s almost like learning to how drive all over again.
While driving on open road, you might be over taken by close to 50 passenger taxis driving at excessive speeds. On coming vehicles seem to be headed straight at you leaving you wondering how they could possibly have pass by rather than ran into you!
The easiest way to enjoy a drive in Uganda is to hire a vehicle and a driver who can also act as a guide. Be sure to test drive and see how comfortable and efficient the vehicle is. The driver will help you out on the tough spots, which is pretty much most of the way. So you might not have a typical self-drive experience because you might not drive much, but the private vehicle will give you access to parts of Uganda you might not otherwise get to see. And you will enjoy the ride across the city and the country without worrying about the right side of the road to drive on, and how to maneuver the traffic.
Traffic laws in Uganda are broken by most commercial drivers, if you are safety conscious do your best to find a driver who follows at least most of the traffic laws. You do not want to be stopped by the traffic police, you safari might end right there.
Many tour and travel companies in Uganda, n recommend or offer you both a good vehicle and a good driver that you can count on; you just have to let them know what you want to do, and where you want to go.
So before or after you go gorilla trekking, and visiting all the national parks, rent a vehicle, self-drive, or have a driver, get a map of the country and enjoy a ride around the pearl of Africa. Be sure to fill your gas tank too. It might be nerve wrecking but you will enjoy the experience. Do try it on your next safari in Uganda.