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Top 4 Exciting Uganda Self Drive Safaris To Try Out In 2023

Top 4 Exciting Uganda Self Drive Safaris To Try Out In 2023

A self drive safari is one of the most exciting overland trips in Africa- a car rental option that offers you unlimited privacy and freedom to travel to whichever destination you like at your own pace and time. Exploring Uganda’s cities, suburbs, national parks and remote regions in a private rental car allows you to personalize your itinerary offering you that travel flexibility you deserve. You will require a string and reliable 4×4 car or SUV to explore these destinations and don’t forget to rent a car that suits your budget as well as personal needs like space and insurance.

All you require to book self drive car rental in Uganda is a valid driver’s license (International Driving Permit for non-East African residents), a passport or National ID  aged over 23 years plus driving experience of more than 3 years. Find out more on how to book a rental car in Uganda before you start planning your road trip.

Planning to self drive Uganda this season and wondering which places to visit for a full feel of Uganda’s wildlife, culture and history- we proudly resent to you the best self drive adventure safaris in Uganda to try out. Find information about destination attractions, best route, time & distance to get there

1- Bwindi safari – Regarded as the most popular national park in Uganda, Bwindi forest is home to around 400 mountain gorillas which is almost half the population of remaining gorillas in the world. A chance to encounter these unique primates is regarded as one of the best wildlife encounters by many ardent travelers and thats why a gorilla permit is very expensive. A gorilla trekking adventure can last between 2 to 6 hours depending on the location of the gorillas and you afre only allowed an hour in their midst to take non-flash pictures and observe them play, feed and rest.

Getting there – Bwindi forest is situated 499 km southwest of Kampala with a road trip lasting about 10 hours using the Mbarara-Masaka road and Kabale-Mbarara road.

2- Murchison falls safari – Another exciting Uganda self drive safari destination is Murchison falls park- one of the most visited tourist destinations in Uganda and renowned for its diversity of wildlife that include up to 76 mammal species and 451 bird species. Morning game drives and afternoon launch trips to the bottom of Murchison Falls are two of the most popular activities in the park. Other activities include hiking to falls top,  bird watching, chimpanzee tracking in the adjacent Budongo forest, nature walks and community walks. You can also make a stop-over at the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route to the park.

Getting there – Murchison falls national park is situated 305 km southwest of Kampala and the road trip lasts about 4 and half hours using the Masindi road entering through the southern gates of Kichuambanyobo & Masindi gate.

3- Jinja tour – The beautiful riverside city is regarded as the Adventure Capital Of East Africa and rightly so given the numerous exciting adventure activities on water and land. White water rafting is the most popular adventure sport in Jinja with grade 5 rapids regarded as the safest for rafting in Africa.  Other popular activities you can enjoy when in Eastern Uganda’s top destination include bungee jumping, quad biking, source of the Nile tour, cycling, sundowner cruises, speed boat trips, horseback riding, kayaking among others all available for solo travelers, couples, families and small groups.

Getting there – Jinja is situated 80 km east of Kampala city with a road trip lasting only 2 hours using the Kampala-Jinja highway.

4- Kibale safari – If you can t afford the heavy gorilla trekking permit fee, then you should try out some other primate and which better substutue than the Chimpanzees. Kibale forest is home to over 1500 chimpanzees making it the best chimp tracking destination in Uganda. Other primates you will find in Kibale include red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, black & white colobus, and L’hoest monkey not to mention numerous bird species.

Getting there – Kibale forest is situated 313km west of Kampala city  with a road trip lasting about 5 hours and a half to get there using the Kampala-Fort Portal road that passes through Mubende


There are lots of other exciting Uganda self drive safari destinations but the above 5 guarantees you will get the best of Uganda’s wildlife, nature and adventure. To rent a car for self driving in Uganda, simply get in touch with us by sending an email to or call us now on +256-779232316 to speak with our reservations personnel. Enjoy cheap and trusted self drive car rental in Uganda when you book a rental with us, we promise to get you a car that suits your budget and personal interests.

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