What to bring

Packing list when traveling to Uganda

Our Roadtrip Uganda rental cars have a cigar lighter to power your devices, but you have to bring your own audio and USB cables. If you use Spotify, do not forget to download your favourite road trip songs so you can listen to them offline. Audiobooks are also great fun to listen to during long drives, or whilst sitting around a campfire or laying in your tent (try a thriller…!). Do not forget to download Maps.me on your phone before you travel, so you can drive and walk around using GPS. 

Furthermore, have a look at the camping gear list posted on this website to see whether it contains all you need. A Power Bank comes in handy if you will camp a lot. A fleece blanket is nice for chilling on the grass or to cover up during the chillier nights. Definitely bring insect repellent and sun block, as this is also more expensive in Uganda. The interior highlands are cooler in the evenings, so bring a fleece or jumper. Kampala and to a lesser extend Entebbe and Jinja have well-stocked supermarkets and pharmacies, where you can buy a lot of stuff in case you forgot something. Obviously, this is not the case for the provincial towns.

Any travel literature you advise me to read?

Your roadtrip rental car is equipped with the latest Bradt Travel Guide. As for Uganda, we think the Bradt Travel Guide is the best. Mammals of East Africa and Birds of East Africa are also great guides on your safari.

Stocking up supplies for some serious bush cooking

We notice that not many roadtrippers cook their main meals when camping. Or you just clean the utensils very thoroughly ;) Understandable, as food at the lodges is generally good and cheap. We are personally a great fan of cooking in the bush and the messing about, and buying all these groceries is half the fun.  

Uganda is very fertile and you can buy a lot of tasty vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini and tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, and passion fruits from small food stalls along the road. Many people use Swahili spices in their food, so you can easily stock up things like coriander, ginger, black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon etc. Kampala has many well stocked supermarkets where you can buy all kinds of western products. Variety is obviously less in the provincial towns. But there you will also find canned and dried items like beans, rice, pasta, noodles, as well as eggs, milk, water and…. Coca- Cola. Impressive, how they have organised their distribution with outreach to the smallest villages deep down Africa…

From Kampala, I always bring chicken stock, canned tuna, olives, capers, coconut milk, parmesan cheese and chorizo ( stays well in warm temperatures for quite some days). Good olive oil and truffle oil ( make every salad or pasta taste good. Couscous is easier to prepare than rice. For breakfast, I bring filter coffee, muesli, jam and nuts. Pancakes are a good substitute for bread and milk you can buy everywhere. Bon appetite!

Baking pancakes along the way to Mombasa on a self drive safari in Uganda.jpg
Baking pancakes along the way to Mombasa on a self drive safari in Uganda.jpg
Bush cooking at Lake Nabogabo while on safari with a roadtrip Uganda rental car.jpg
Bush cooking at Lake Nabogabo while on safari with a roadtrip Uganda rental car.jpg
Stocking up supplies on a self drive safari with a rental car from Roadtrip Uganda.jpg
Stocking up supplies on a self drive safari with a rental car from Roadtrip Uganda.jpg
The Happy Wallet Pub in Kazo, Mbarara, during a self drive safari through Uganda.jpg
The Happy Wallet Pub in Kazo, Mbarara, during a self drive safari through Uganda.jpg
Roadtrippers bush camping during their self drive safari in Uganda .jpeg
Roadtrippers bush camping during their self drive safari in Uganda .jpeg