We've personally charted some of the best road trip routes in Uganda. This option is perfect if you want to experience the privacy and flexibility of self-drive, but with peace of mind about which route to take and where to stay. Each self-drive trip offers a carefully designed set route with overnight accommodation in pre-booked lodges. All the selected lodges are handpicked by us, and they are the same places we stay when we are travelling in Uganda; small-scale, good price-quality ratio and owner-managed when possible.
You can also use our suggested routes for inspiration, as a starting point to build your own safari in Uganda. The feeling of freedom that comes with not planning in advance and allowing things to unfold when you're there is what vacations are all about for some of us! And, with camping gear in the back of your car, you'll always be able to find a place to sleep. Just make sure you consult our Before You Travel guide for important information on self-drive and independent travel in Uganda.
- Follow a carefully designed route
- Stay in hand-picked lodges
- Airport pick up & drop off
- Detailed roadmap & Bradt Travel Guide
- 24 / 7 Roadside assistance
This circuit is an all-time favourite and still among our most popular, with gorilla trekking in Bwindi AND chimp trekking in Kibale rainforest. See the mighty river Nile explode in Murchison Falls. Enjoy plenty of wildlife spotting on your self-drive safaris in Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls. Gorilla and chimp trekking permits included.
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. Enjoy games drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Gorilla trekking permits and chimp permits included.
The Grand Circuit
You can see why Uganda is nicknamed the Pearl of Africa. The southwest is known for its green rolling hills, lakes, chimps and the rare mountain gorillas. Plenty of game drives can be done in Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and remote Kidepo National Park - the grand dame of all game parks. Visit a traditional Karamojong manyatta in the wild northeast, go wildwater rafting on the Nile and relax at lovely riverside lodges in Jinja.
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 road trip is the one for you. Trek gorillas and chimps in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Kibale rainforest, 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 be moved by its captivating history. Chimp and gorilla trekking permits included.
Wild North East
Great for those looking for an off the beaten track adventure with their car hire in Uganda. See the river Nile explode in Murchison Falls National Park, continue further north and 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, wildwater rafting on the Nile.