Camping

Camping gear rental with Roadtrip Uganda

Want to experience the ultimate freedom? Explore Uganda with a set of camping gear in the back of your car. 

Covered in this section: 

  • Camping gear equipment for rent at Roadtrip Uganda 
  • Safari in Africa - rooftop tent or dome tent? 
  • Why you should go camping in Uganda 
  • Practical tips and things to know when camping in Uganda 

Camping gear equipment for rent at Roadtrip Uganda 

We can equip your Hilux or Landcruiser with a rooftop tent, or you can hire a dome tent. Both options come with a full set of quality camping gear, at a cost of € 20 / day for the rooftop tent or € 5 per person / per day for the dome tent. Taking an electrical fridge is an optional add-on, and costs € 5/ day. Kindly note that we do not provide camping gear rental as a standalone service. 

The ample storage space in the Toyota Hilux makes it the perfect vehicle for bush camping, and the custom canopy with side drawers gives you easier access to your camping equipment and personal luggage.

A full set of quality camp gear consists of the following items: 

  • Tent (dome tent or rooftop tent)
  • Folding foam mattresses
  • Blanket or sleeping bag, pillows and bedsheets
  • Table and chairs
  • Cool box (non-electrical)
  • Gas tank and burner, BBQ roaster
  • RVS cups, plates & bowls
  • Cooking pots and frying pans
  • Cutlery set with forks, knives, spoons, can opener, cork screw
  • Coffee percolator
  • Cutting board
  • Dish towel, detergent, washing line & pegs
  • Headlights and solar table lamp.

A roof top tent is easy to set up. Just watch this instruction video. 

How to decide what is best: a rooftop tent or a ground tent?

Taking a rooftop tent or a dome tent with your rental car both have advantages and disadvantages and there are a few factors that will determine which one will work best for YOU.

The pro's & con's of a rooftop tent
A rooftop tent is the easiest way to sleep off the ground. This is helpful when your campsite is uneven, the soil is wet or rocky. In wilderness areas, people tend to prefer rooftop tents for putting some distance between themselves and wild animals lurking around at night. However, this is a FALSE sense of security and you will be just as safe in a ground tent that is properly zipped up. Although we understand that perception of safety plays a role here as well….

Pro's:

  • You feel safer, which is an argument if you camp inside a game park. Yet, many beautiful campsites are nowadays privately owned sites outside of the safari parks. 
  • Rooftop tents are quick and easy to set up ( although the ground tents are also set up in a blink of an an eye), just check out this instruction video.

Con's: 

  • You need to wrap up your rooftop tent every time you want to use your vehicle.
  • Hiring a rooftop tent is more expensive than the ground tent, and requires going with a Toyota Landcruiser. 
  • How is your mobility? For rather stiff people, getting up and down the stepladder of a rooftop tent can be uneasy.

Enjoy the dazzling star lit sky when camping in Uganda

Why you should go camping in Uganda 

Whether you are on a budget, love the outdoors, or just don't want to have to book your accommodation ahead of time, roadtripping with a full set of camping gear in the back of the car gives you a great sense of flexibility.

Uganda is a very suitable country for camping, and this can greatly reduce the cost of accommodation on your trip. There are numerous campgrounds all over the country ranging from basic bush campsites inside the parks to private campgrounds operated by lodge owners, enabling you to stay at a secured site with good amenities whilst sleeping for a dime. The opportunities for camping in Uganda are year round thanks to its warm climate. The more fancy lodges will charge about USD 10 pp. Basic nature camp sites cost as little as USD 5 / tent. Wild camping is not recommended.

Planning for your camping safari in Uganda 

  • Contrary to such countries as Namibia and Botswana, campsites in Uganda do not require any advance arrangements - they even can't be booked in advance. You just arrive at the park entrance gate, and mention you want an overnight permit. 
  • When you arrive at a campsite next to a river, look for any animal paths from the river. These are most probably hippo trails. Hippos leave the river at night along these paths to graze. Make sure not to get in between the hippos and the water: when hippos get scared they run for water.
  • Don’t set up your tent under a thorn tree, they don’t go well with airbeds..
  • Hard to believe, but keep in mind that animals, yes even lions, elephants and hippo’s, are as afraid of you, as you are of them. They will never do you any harm or even get near to you, if you just let them be. If an elephant approaches you whilst sitting in camp, resist your instinct to flee. Just stay put. Always keep your tent close at all times, and you will be fine.
  • To avoid attracting animals, make sure that you do not leave food lying around and never leave food in your tent. Also, do not throw your leftover food in the bush, thinking that you are doing the local animal population a favour. If there are no bins in the area where you are camping, you should pack the rubbish and take it away with you in the car.

Rent a car with rooftop tent and go on self drive safari in Uganda

Our top 5 favorite campsites in Uganda:

5. UWA campsite near Paraa, Murchison Falls National Park
4. Camping on top of the world viewpoint at the Crater Lakes, Fort Portal area
3. The camping facilities at Enjojo Lodge, Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park
2. Camping with elephants and hippos at Mweya Campsite, Queen Elizabeth National Park
1. Roaring lions in the background at Nagusokopire Campsite, Kidepo Valley National Park

Refer to our accommodation page for a complete list of our favourite campsites in Uganda.

The Bradt Travel Guide that comes with your Roadtrip Uganda rental car has detailed and updated information about most campsites in Uganda.

Do drop us a line, in case you have discovered a new jewel!

Landcruiser with rooftoptent at Sipi Falls on self drive safari in Uganda
Landcruiser with rooftoptent at Sipi Falls on self drive safari in Uganda
Roadtripper preparing dinner on a self drive safari in Uganda
Roadtripper preparing dinner on a self drive safari in Uganda
Setting up camp in Murchison Falls National Park with a rental car in Uganda
Setting up camp in Murchison Falls National Park with a rental car in Uganda
A Roadtripper's unique view from  Kidepo National Park Uganda
A Roadtripper's unique view from Kidepo National Park Uganda
Camping in Karamoja during your self drive safari through Uganda
Camping in Karamoja during your self drive safari through Uganda
Cheers at Moses Campsite, Sipi Falls Uganda during your self drive safari
Cheers at Moses Campsite, Sipi Falls Uganda during your self drive safari
Camping at lake Bunyonyi
Camping at lake Bunyonyi
Waterfall at Moses Campsite
Waterfall at Moses Campsite
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Toyota Hilux with roof top tent, at Lake Mburo campsite
Toyota Hilux with roof top tent, at Lake Mburo campsite