Various elements come into play when planning a successful self-guided safari in East Africa. Safari planning is the most important factor in making your trip enjoyable. Our planners are here to ensure that you have the best trip possible in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Planning a self guided safari on your own can leave you wallowing in logistics, like a hippo in mud. Will you opt for the big skies and big game of the Serengeti or a close encounter with your distant hairy cousins, the Mountain Gorillas, in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Volcanoes National Park, or Virunga National Park? Perhaps you’re looking for something more refined – a few days at a chic bush lodge with fine wines and silver service – or is roughing it in a tent with a campfire more your thing? Other factors to consider are the seasons, what to take, the costs, modes of transport, package trip versus tailor made and, whether you really need all those items for Gorilla Trekking.
If you are looking for reliable safari planner for your East African self guided safari please contact us at Self Drive Uganda? A self guided safari is for independent and adventurous travellers who enjoy their privacy and prefer exploring Africa at their own pace. Our team of knowledgeable expert are waiting to help you.
Self guided safaris allow you complete freedom of choice and movement, with none of the restrictions or limitations that a scheduled safari might impose.
Where should I go in East Africa?
Best for first-timers: Self drive Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania, Congo?
Why, Uganda ranks high as a wildlife destination in East Africa and mostly attracting independent travelers to visit the region for wildlife game drives and nature walks.
Why? Rwanda is known as the land of thousand hills and the place where Volcanoes National Park is located. Virunga National Park is home to the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Akagera Wildlife Park, another national park is home to other types of primates and many other species of wildlife.
How? For the best introduction to wildlife in Rwanda book a safari that combines the Volcanoes National Park, Akagera Wildlife Park, and Nyungwe National Park. A Gorilla safaris in Rwanda will require booking a Gorilla Permit in advance to assure you will not miss a chance to trek to the Mountain Gorillas on your trip.
When? Avoid the rainy seasons by traveling July to October or January to March but Self Drive Uganda’s 4×4 Fleet is worth and Possible.
While you’re there. Spend a few days in forest parks and visit Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and enjoy the nightlife in Uganda national park.
Also consider: Mgahinga National Park in Uganda
Best for gorilla-watching: Uganda
Why? Uganda has 14 families of well habituated mountain gorillas that offer a good rate of successful encounters.
How? Book well in advance for a Gorilla Permit, Contact our team to help you in securing Gorilla Permits to be make sure you can go Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park (independent gorilla tracking is not allowed). Then don’t forget your boots and prepare for the experience of your life.
When? Throughout the year.
While you’re there: Look out for chimp and colobus monkey – just two more of Uganda’s 19 primate species. Queen Elizabeth National Park is also good for traditional game safaris, while Murchison Falls is renowned for the Nile crocodile and hippo.
Top picks: Mountain gorilla and chimpanzee.
Also consider: Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park for more mountain gorilla or Kahuzi Biega National Park for Eastern lowland gorilla.
We offer you Self guided itineraries complete with detailed information and advice, giving you the confidence to go on your own safari. This includes accommodations, park entrance and Gorilla permits.
Self guided tours are possible anywhere in Uganda although road conditions and parts of Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya plus Burundi require 4×4 or high clearance vehicles.
Uganda, with its good infrastructure and roads, offers you the widest selection and availability of accommodation, vehicle hire, and activities. Prices in Uganda are generally more affordable.
Whether you are truly adventurous and eager to tackle the rough and remote wilderness areas, curious to explore the bumpy back roads or prefer comfort and luxury, we can accommodate your needs.
We will plan your Self Guided Itinerary according to your requirements, hire your vehicles and book your accommodation and activities.