Preparing for your travel to Uganda

Uganda travel tips & practical information

Take a moment to read through this page before you travel to Uganda. It contains travel tips, important information and frequently asked questions related to self-drive and independent travel in Uganda. Can't find the answer to your question here? Drop us a line - we're experts on self drive safaris and travel in Uganda, and we'd be happy to help. 

Is Uganda a safe self-drive destination?

We occasionally get this question. The answer is yes! Uganda is known to be one of the safest countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, with very friendly people. Most Ugandans speak good English, and armed attacks on travellers are unheard of. We would not have gone into the self-drive car hire business in a country where it isn't safe. 

Nevertheless, we trust you to travel sensibly. That means taking the following precautions: 

  • Always travel with cash, a charged phone with airtime, enough water and some food.
  • When you fuel up your car, know where the next gas station is. 
  • Always park your car at a private parking lot.
  • Do not go wild camping. 
  • Do not travel after dark (6PM) - fellow road users in Uganda often have no lights or put on their high beam lights so you can't see a thing. 
  • The biggest mistake travellers make is wanting to cover too much ground in one trip. Travel is a great deal slower than you are probably used to, and being on the road is much more tiresome. Use one of our suggested routes as a starting point to assess whether your travel plans are realistic.