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A Tourist Guide To Renting A Car In Uganda

A Tourist Guide To Renting A Car In Uganda

In Uganda, your next destination is always just a short drive away and so renting a car is the best way to explore the Pearl Of Africa and also neighboring Rwanda, Kenya & Tanzania. Whether you are visiting for a sightseeing safari, business trip, family vacation, research project, filming or photography- there is no denying that you will need to rent a car in Uganda for self drive or with a driver.

In this article, i will give you some advice on renting a car in Uganda including tips and requirements needed, so continue reading below.

Who can rent a car in Uganda?

In Uganda, people above 18 years are permitted to drive a car but the majority of Uganda car rental agencies only accept people between the ages of 21 to 70 years to rent a car. Young drivers may incur extra charges and limited rental car options. Internationals and non-East African residents must present a valid International driver’s license will Ugandans must have a valid Uganda driver’s license.

rent a car in UgandaWhy rent a car in Uganda?

Renting a car in Uganda is the ideal solution for tourists looking to explore Uganda’s cities, national parks and remote villages. However, it’s very important to consider your travel budget and personal needs before making the final decision. You can easily use public means if you only plan to explore the city but if you are interested in visiting national parks and remote attractions, a rental car is the way to go.

Renting the car at Entebbe airport

You can pick up and drop off your rental car at Entebbe airport but this may incur an extra charge depending on the Uganda car rental company you dealing with. Entebbe airport is a great pick-up location for those who would love to explore Entebbe before heading to Kampala city and exploring other destinations. The reservations team will request for your flight details so the rental car can be delivered in time.

Car Rental Companies in Uganda

There are a variety of car rental companies and each offers different rental car options and varying prices, terms and conditions. Don’t just go for the first car rental company you find online through Google, Facebook or any other media, always take time to evaluate and compare prices before making the final booking decision. Look into their past reviews to get an insight of who you are dealing with.

Types of rental cars in Uganda.

The type or category of rental car you choose highly depends in your needs and budget. You can choose from a wide range of cars including small sedans, family-size cars, SUVs, luxury cars, minivans and buses with the option of manual and automatic gearboxes available. They are all well-serviced after every road trip with functioning air-conditioners, but its advisable to always double-check for good measure.

self drive in ugandaSelf Drive or Driver Guided Trip.

A self drive trip is the cheapest and most flexible way to explore Uganda, the privacy and freedom you get when you decide where and when to visit is what adds spice to the road. However, its advisable to travel with a driver especially if it’s your first time in the country- you will feel a lot safer and comfortable with no worries of getting lost or falling victim of robbers. If you prefer to self drive, then you will have to rent a car and GPS in Uganda for easy directions and distance estimations.

Legal Requirements

1- Minimum age to rent a car in Uganda

The minimum driving age in Uganda is 18 years, however the majority of Uganda car rental companies set a limit of 21 years and anyone wishing ot rent a car below the age limit will incur an extra fee.

self drive uganda2- Driver’s license requirements

You will have to possess a valid Uganda or International driver’s license in order to be able to rent a car in Uganda for self drive adventure. Some of the rental companies require you to have held the license for 2 to 3 years as a precaution of not giving out a car to a novice driver.

3- Insurance

Basic comprehensive insurance is always included in the car rental price. The rental car insurance will cover collision damages to car in case of an accident, theft coverage incase the car is stolen and third-party liability which pays for damages or injury you may cause to another person or their property when driving the rental car.

4- Deposit Requirements

Every Uganda car rental company will ask for a deposit ranging from 30 to 50% of the total amount agreed on depending on the rental car and duration. Deposits can be paid in cash within Kampala city or via Credit card using platforms like Pesapal & Paypal. The remainder of the balance is paid upon arrival just before the trip begins.

So if you planning to rent a car in Uganda this season for safari, leisure or business road trip, we hope the above Uganda car rental tips and requirements will help you make the right choice. To book a rental car in Uganda today, simply contact us now by sending an email to or call us now on +256-779232316 to speak with our reservations team.

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