6 Important Tips For Self Drive Safari In Uganda

Self drive road trips have become the most affordable way for tourists and business travelers to explore Africa or any other destination for that matter, the privacy combined with flexibility has made guided tours a relic of the past only chosen by a few most especially the first time travelers. Uganda is a safari destination filled with a variety of attractions scattered across all corners of the country but if you plan on doing self drive in Uganda this season, then you should read through these vital tips for a success road trip around Kampala, local village , park or any other attraction.
Tip 1- Inspect the car -The first thing you should always do when you rent a car for self drive trip is to inspect the whole car before you ignite the engine. Of course the rental dealer will tell you the car is in good condition but that shouldn’t deter you from first checking to be sure. Basic parts and features to check include the tyres, interior cleanliness, engine water levels, headlights functionality, Air conditioner, radio / MP3 player, to mention but a few.
Tip 2- Fuel Up -the first place you should visit when you start driving the rental car is the gas station to fuel up and also get an extra jerrycan of back-up fuel. Based on the type of engine your fuel uses, it will only cost US$ 1 to US$ 1.3 per liter. The back-up jerrycan(s) will come in handy in-case you get stuck in a park or remote village where you cant access a gas station.
Tip 3- Rent A GPS – Given the fact that Uganda is a large safari destination with various routes and intersections , it’s wise to rent a GPS (Global Positioning System) to guide you around. The GPS uses the satelite to show you the best possible route plus distance and time taken to get there hence help you avaoid falling prey of getting lost plus making good fuel estimations.
Tip 4 – Driving rules – Avoid driving when tired, dozy or while speaking on the phone as all these can lead to misjudgement and next thing you know, it’s an accident. Always get road trip breaks or hand over the driving duties to your partner to avoid any road accidents. Do not over speed or over take as you risk getting into an accident or the traffic officers that are situated along most of the popular routes.
Tip 5 – Obey traffic signs – This is by far the most important item to follow during self drive in Uganda, there a variety of road signs you have to adhere to if you don’t want to fall on the wrong hand of the law or even worse get into an accident. Popular traffic signs in Uganda include Stop, No Parking, Zebra Crossing, Animals Crossing, Accident Ahead, Workers At Work, Distance Left (Km), Slow Down Humps Ahead, Sharp Turn Ahead to mention but a few.
Tip 6 – Follow Park rules – If you plan on visiting a national park in Uganda on self-drive safari, then you must be ready to obey the park rules if you don’t want to collide with the wild animals or get fines from UWA guides. The driving speed limit for parks is 40km/hr and other rules include no littering, no hooting the car, no driving off the game track, no over taking plus you should not dare to step out of the car when in the park.
Planning a Uganda self drive road trip and searching for a 4×4 car to rent, get in touch with us today by sending an email to booking@tristarafricaskimmersafaris.com or call us on +256-758540071 to speak with the reservations team.