The self drive safaris are becoming so popular in Uganda and many tourists especially the first time visitors’, driving in Uganda is so challenging due to the old cars on market, the insecurity, poor and the narrow roads and many more. Below are the tips to help you get a successful self drive.
Always check the car thoroughly well before starting your journey. The tyres must be in good conditions and always make sure you have a spare tyre in good shape as well. For the long trips, we also recommend 2 spare tyres and its worth checking the water level, oil, wiper blades and for any leakages. The service tag will show you when the car was last serviced.
Always don’t drive at night; most of the roads don’t have streets lights in Uganda and some areas have got high way robbers which means some places are not safe. You might fail to get assistance if you get a problem.
Always use road maps and the GPS; since you are driving a foreign country, we also advice that you use a road map and the GPS navigation system. The credible car rental companies like the 4X4 vehicles since they provide cars with GPS and road maps at an extra charge.
Always follow the traffic laws, these will save you from much dangers on the roads. The don’t drink and drive law, the read road signs, to always wear a seat belt and get your passengers to wear theirs to avoid charges.
Always take breaks, eat and fuel the car. You should take breaks to refresh, eat, buy enough supplies and fuel the car. Don’t leave town without filling your gas tank since you may not know the distances to the next gas station. There are no fuel stations in the national parks. This means that you need to go to the park with enough fuel.
The Mobile networking coverage; some parts of the country don’t have clear network coverage
Always don’t drive when you are tired; Avoid driving when you are tired, you can either park or rest or you can switch you a friend if she or he has got a valid driving permit.
You must take care of the weather changes; the driving speed will change with the weather and always control your speed when it’s raining since the roads can be so slippery. The murram roads are the worst, very dusty with potholes and so impassable when it rains. That’s why we recommend a 4×4 wheel vehicle.
Always pay attention to other road users; Ugandan roads are so narrow and some don’t have pedestrian walks. This means the drivers should be attentive to observe other road users like the boda boda riders, cyclists, students and cattle crossing among others.
Always know the park rules and regulations; you must observe park the park rules and regulations for your safety, don’t feed animals, don’t walk alone in the park, stay inside your tent because, animals like hyenas and lions can smell it. You will pay a fine of 100.000 for over speeding in the park, and $150 for off track driving.