Uganda Self-Drive Tours

At Roadtrip Africa, we offer a unique and flexible way to experience Uganda's wonders. Our adventurous self-drive tours include 4x4 car rental and accommodation, combining freedom and flexibility with comfort. Our well-planned routes and Uganda safari tours take you through the most breathtaking landscapes and the most beautiful lodges, all while giving you the freedom to explore Uganda at your own pace.

Are you not so keen on driving yourself? Then rent a car with a local driver! Our team at Roadtrip Africa works with well-trained and truly lovable driver guides, who can give you all the insights on the ‘Pearl of Africa’. 

At Roadtrip Africa we do not work with intermediaries, so rest assured that we handle all hotel reservations, car rentals, and roadside assistance ourselves, while offering the most competitive rates.

Uganda self-drive tours

  • Reliable 4x4 vehicle 
  • Best price-quality lodges
  • Carefully designed itinerary
  • Gorilla and chimp permits
  • Airport pick up & drop off
  • 24 /7 roadside assistance
  • Driver-guide (optional)
Uganda 15 days 1675 km

Uganda's Finest

This circuit is an all-time favourite and still among our most popular tours, including gorilla - and chimp trekking. See the mighty river Nile explode in Murchison Falls, and enjoy plenty of wildlife spotting on your self-drive safaris in Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls. Gorilla and chimp trekking permits included.

Uganda 12 days 1210 km

The Primate Express

Start from Kampala or Entebbe and get up close and personal with your hairy relatives during this exciting road trip through southwestern Uganda. Trek gorillas and chimps in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Kibale National Park, and enjoy game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Gorilla trekking permits and chimp permits are included.

Uganda 24 days 2373 km

The Grand Circuit

This self-drive tour embodies exactly why Uganda is nicknamed the Pearl of Africa! The southwest is known for its green rolling hills, lakes, chimps and rare mountain gorillas. Plenty of game drives can be done in Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and - the grand dame of all game parks - remote Kidepo National Park. Visit a traditional Karamojong manyatta in the wild northeast, go wild water rafting on the Nile and relax at lovely riverside lodges in Jinja.

Uganda 14 days 1500 km

Wild North East

This self-drive tour is great for those looking for an off-the-beaten-track adventure with their rental car in Uganda. Watch the river Nile explode in Murchison Falls National Park, experience the thrill of pure isolation in Kidepo Valley National Park, discover traditional tribal culture in Karamoja, cool off in the highlands of Mount Elgon and finish off with a blast in Jinja while wildwater rafting on the Nile.

Uganda 16 days 1565 km

Uganda & Rwanda

Discover both Uganda and Rwanda on this 16-day East African road trip. If you're interested in nature and culture alike, this itinerary is the one for you. Trek gorillas and chimps in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Kibale rainforest, and go on a self-drive safari in Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Discover why Rwanda is the land of a thousand hills and let yourself be moved by its captivating history. Chimp and gorilla trekking permits included.

What to expect on a self-drive tour in Uganda

Uganda is home to some of the most diverse and stunning landscapes on the African continent, from lush rainforests to sprawling savannahs, all within relatively easy driving distance from one another. This makes Uganda the perfect destination for a self-drive tour. For many travellers, the highlight of any Uganda tour is seeing gorillas up and close in their natural habitat. With only a few hundred left in the world, gorilla trekking in Uganda is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you'll never forget.

At Roadtrip Africa, we design well-paced and varied itineraries for your Uganda self-drive tour. We take care of all the details, including the reservation and payment of accommodations and - if desired - gorilla and chimp trekking permits. We handpick outstanding small-scale and eco-conscious lodges and offer the best price-quality ratio. Our team of experts has lived in Uganda for several years and knows the country inside out, so you can trust us to guide you to the very best spots in the country.

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Planning your self-drive tour in Uganda

Are you keen on exploring 'The Pearl of Africa' in a 4x4? Uganda is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, and we understand why. Keep these tips in mind when planning your self-drive in Uganda: 

  • When travelling during the peak season (July - Sept, Dec - Feb), you must confirm your car rental, gorilla trekking permits and hotels well in advance. When booking a self-drive tour with us, we will of course help you with that.
  • Make sure you read through our Practical Information Guide before visiting Uganda. Here, we try to cover all the essential information and practical tips for independent travel in Uganda. We share the spec sheets of our safari cars so you know which vehicle to choose, we tell you about visa and entry requirements, what the road conditions are, how to drive safely, which parks to visit, how to arrange your permits, and much more.
  • If you like to read up on things to do in Uganda, before committing to a certain itinerary or tour, then check out our Uganda Travel Blog. Here you'll find many destination guides about fun things to do and the best places to visit in Uganda. 
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Uganda on scenic dirty routes

Amandah (Sweden) - Two friends on self drive trip

Uganda is a fantastic country for a roadtrip and we would love to come back! Roadtrip Africa is easy to communicate with and having the operational team available for support 24/7 during the full trip adds an extra level of safety to the trip. The...
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Definitely the best company to rent a car with in East Africa

Erik (Spain) - Solo traveller on self drive trip

Definitely the best company to rent a car with in East Africa. I made a two week trip alone. I recommend renting the camping equipment so that you don't need anything during your trip. I will definitely repeat with them.
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Fantastic trip, above expectations

Family Breevaart ( NL) - Private guided tour with accomodation

We have booked the 15-day tour "Uganda finest" at Roadtrip Africa. The package consisted of a Landcruiser Troopy with pop up roof, reserved lodges and a driver/guide. Everything was perfectly arranged from the first minute, the driver was right on...
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How about other self-drive destinations in Africa?

Tanzania

Tanzania is Africa’s ultimate safari destination and a road trip paradise. The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar are justifiably popular, but there are so many more hidden gems to explore, which we are keen to share with you. Hire a 4x4 with Roadtrip Africa and follow the roads less travelled. 

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Kenya

There is no better place in the world to watch herds of elephants than in Amboseli National Park. And did you know that Masai Mara is home to one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet? While travelling on your Kenya self-drive tour, make sure not to skip the beautiful coastline. A stunning blend of African, Indian and Arabic culture, the Swahili coast feels wildly different from the rest of Kenya. 

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Madagascar

Few places on earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature and cultural heritage than Madagascar, and getting there is half the fun. Enjoy endless white sandy beaches, rain forests, baobabs, the remarkable Tsingy, and national parks that only see 100 visitors a year. Combine this with a melting pot of mixed African and Asian cultures and French cuisine, and you can understand why we happily obeyed your wishes of adding Madagascar as our latest Roadtrip Africa destination.

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