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Self Drive Uganda has tailored the best Self-drive Safaris to Uganda without missing gorilla watching experiences in Bwindi forest or Mgahinga national park. The Fleet offered for Self-drive are 4×4 Fleets.

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Whether you’re visiting Uganda or East Africa for a few days or a few months, getting started with the planning is always hard. At Self Drive Uganda we try and give you ideas to help you plan your African self-drive adventure.

Take a look at these inspirational insights for East Africa including Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania to guide you on safari planning on self-drive adventure. Choose trips to suit your interests and how much time you have. Here are some insights:

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Long Term Car Rental

Self Drive Uganda offers the best car hire services on long term for projects and travelers wishing to explore Uganda national parks

Car Hire With a Driver

Rental with Driver in Uganda is also ideal for all travellers interested in adventuring Uganda’s safari destinations at your own comfort.
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One Way Car Rentals

One way Car rental cars include the most reliable 4×4 land cruisers , Toyota LandCruiser Prado , LX and GX that have been tasted by our Team.
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Self Drive Safaris are popular within the east African Region and many travelers now day select car rental with rooftop tents for great experiences.

Short Term Rentals

Whether traveling around Uganda for Safari or weekend break, escape the Complicated Kampala or Entebbe City and visit the surrounding areas.
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Travel Tips

Practical travel information of driving in Uganda or East Africa at large as well as other tips such as where to sleep, eat among others.

Few facts About Travelling in Uganda


Self Drive Uganda is offering free Gorilla and Chimpanzee permit booking. Gorilla permits are on the basis of first come first serve. Availability of gorilla permits for a required date is not guaranteed. There is a lot of competition for the gorilla permits, which makes it hard to get one yourself. Any delay in confirmation and or payment may mean that you will be unable to obtain the permit on your preferred date. So pick your dates asap and let us know if we can help out!

Where to See the Chimpanzees

There are two National Parks in Uganda where you can see the Chimpanzees. These are:

-Kibale National Park

-Queen Elizabeth National park

One of the best tips for the gorilla trekking is to bring gardening gloves. The rainforest an be a little thorny. Before the trek they will also hand out walking sticks, which can be fairly useful to have.

UWA offers porters which can help you carrying your backpacks/cameras trough the Impenetrable Forest. You’re not only making it easier for yourself but also helping out the local community.

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Where to See Gorillas

There are two National Parks in Uganda where you can see the Mountain gorillas. These are:

-Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest

-Mgahinga Gorilla National Park


Without a visa you cannot enter Uganda. You can simply apply at the immigration desk at the airport (50USD/Shilling in cash) and make sure you have a Yellow Fever Vaccination. It’s also an option to apply online.

Without the proof of a yellow fever vaccination you are egible to apply for a visa.

A creditcard can be really useful to pay at fuel stations, lodges and restaurants. But consider taking enough shillings/dollars with you since not all places accept creditcards.

Make sure to bring plenty of sunblock and insect repellant to minimize the risk of getting sunburned and receiving mosquito bites.

A yellow fever vaccination is necessary for an entry visa. Make sure to bring proof of the vaccination with you.


English is widely spoken, especially in Kampala and by those working in tourism.

Of over 50 local languages, Luganda is most common. Swahili is also spoken by many people as a second language.

Don’t hand out things to the kids along the
roads. We try to discourage handouts, it can encourage kids to skip school and start begging. Try and play and talk to them instead. If you wan’t to bring or hand out items, try and contact a local organisation to see what’s the best way to organize this.

Homosexual activity is illegal in Uganda and can result in arrest and imprisonment. Please be very discrete in public.


The Ugandan Shilling is the local currency of Uganda. As Uganda is a cash based economy we advise to withdraw money from an ATM, almost every bigger town has an ATM, Stanbic Bank and Barclays are your most reliable banks accepting MasterCard, Maestro and Visa. We advise to bring some EURO’s or Dollars with you on your travel, you never know where you will need it for. It’s easy to change Dollars and EUROs to Ugandan Shillings at any Forex Bureau in the bigger towns. It’s also recommended to bring extra cards, as the daily uptake with a foreign card is limited at the ATMs.

Stanbic Bank and Barclays are your most reliable banks accepting MasterCard, Maestro and Visa.


Uganda is a photographers heaven! Offering amazing landscapes, tremendous wildlife opportunities and it’s a birders paradise. Get up close and personal with one of the great apes or watch the tree climbing lions snoozing in a fig tree. Uganda has it. All.

Uganda is very strict about the use of drones. Especially in National Parks since poachers also tend to use them.  You have ask the authorities first for permission for the use of drones. Find more info about it here.

People are not keen to photographed without permission. We advise to have a chat first and ask if it’s allowed to make a picture.


Uganda is sunny most of the year with an average annual temperature of about 26 degrees Celsius (78° Fahrenheit). The temperatures rarely rise above 29 degrees (84° degrees Fahrenheit). Uganda has a rainy season from March till May and October till November. During November and December Uganda’s having a light rain season. December to February and June to August are the dry seasons.


The yellow fever vaccine is currently required for travelers visiting Uganda or Rwanda due to yellow fever in neighboring countries. Please check with your gp or travel clinic which vaccinations you need. Anti malaria medication is also a necessity since malaria is present throughout Uganda.


If you book with us, we can help you with your accommodations bookings free of charge! You can find a selection of the park’s accommodations here.

Tap water is generally unsafe in East Africa. But around every corner you can buy bottled drinking water.


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