How to Go Self Driving in Uganda
Uganda Car Rental – Hire a Car in Uganda & Camping Gears for a Fantastic Self Drive Safari
Uganda is popularly known for its Wildlife in parks which includes Mountain Gorillas the mostly wanted, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys which are only found in Mgahinga National Park, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, African Big Fives which include Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes and the Rhinoceros, Vervets, Red tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Giraffe, Zebras, Kobs, Elands, Bush babies and more.
It is located in the Eastern part of Uganda bordering Kenya in the East, Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, South Sudan in the North, Rwanda and Tanzania in the South, its characterized with montane, rain forest, dense and bamboo forests.
It is rich with attractions which include National parks, game reserves, thick forests, falls, hot springs, landscapes, rift valleys, lakes, rivers, cultural sites and tribes, Sanctuaries and more.
The best way we used to discover and adventure Uganda was hiring a stable and strong 4×4 Safari jeep Toyota Land Cruiser from 4×4 Car Hire Uganda at a cost of $70 USD per day and traveled all over Uganda. When you hire a car with 4×4 Car Hire Uganda for a long term holiday like from three weeks up to any number of months a discount of 5% is given off the prices.
How we booked the Car?
We inquired with 4×4 car hire Uganda via their website specializing the type of the car we want and we received a quick response indicating the quotation sent by their reservationist “Konde Moses”.
We had a couple of Questions asked and Moses was available to answer all the questions plus suggesting us a suitable itinerary as per as our number of days.
After negotiating about the quotation for the rental we confirmed and Moses advised us to go through the terms and conditions to be followed as per the rental which is provided on their website.
Our money for the rental was paid in cash on arrival after agreeing with terms and conditions on the agreement presented in hard copy by the car supplier at the airport; a receipt is issued for confirmation of payment on arrival.
How we did go Self Drive in Uganda
After receiving a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado from Moses at Entebbe airport we transferred up to a certain hotel in Entebbe for some resting, dinner and overnight stay.
Next day early in the morning after break fast we checked out for our Journey to the great Murchison Falls National Park located far in the North western part of Uganda via Kampala- Masindi- Gulu highway, en-route stop over in Nakasongola is a way to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you can find one of the African Big Fives named “Rhinoceros”.
The tracking activity costs $45 USD per person and after we continued with the Journey up to Murchison Falls National park where we reached almost in the evening time.
We checked in at our hotel of residence for some relaxation and refreshment after a long drive journey from Kampala to Murchison. Next day we started with a morning game drive in Murchison where we managed to sight different wildlife primates like Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffe, different bird species and more.
In the afternoon we went for a launch cruise along the waters of Murchison falls and we were able to sight different aquatic species which include crocodiles, lizards, aquatic bird species and others animals like elephants seen moving near the shores of the falls in need of some water.
After the two days in Murchison Falls National park we checked out and continued with the drive up to Kibale Forest National park where the great Chimpanzees are residents, this park is characterized with ever green vegetation and it can be better accessed via foot.
It has a wide range of different primates which include Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Vervets; different bird species which include the rare shoe bill found in Bigodi wetland, Red tailed Monkeys and more.
Tracking Chimpanzees costed us $150 USD per person which involves visiting the Jungle in search of these primates very excited to sight them while feeding, swinging in the tree branches, playing with young ones plus taking photos of these primates for memories.
One night spent in Kibale Forest National Park and then continued up to Queen Elizabeth National Park very excited to see the famous Tree Climbing Lions in the Ishasha sector, we did two game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and sighted different wildlife primates which include Elephants, Buffaloes, Kobs and more plus a launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel where we spotted different aquatic species which include bird species, crocodiles, lizards and more.
Boat cruise and game drive costs $30 USD and $20 USD per person respectively, our major interest in Queen was to see the famous Tree climbing Lions in the Ishasha sector which is part of Queen Elizabeth national park. Park entrance in all the National Parks costs $40 USD per 24 hours.
After Queen we continued with our Journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park very excited to see the shy endangered Mountain Gorillas in the mist, this park is characterized with a strong thick impenetrable forest.
Seeing these Gorillas in the mist you must buy a permit which costs $600 USD per person and this money is paid in advance to book for your permit in advance before the trekking dates, this permit is presented at the park headquarters and it should be reading your names, after you are briefed about the dos and don’ts while in presence of these apes in the jungle.
You are allowed one hour permission to stay with these apes after discovering their location while sighting them playing, feeding, laughing and taking photos of them for memories.
After that session descend back to the park offices for Gorilla trekking certificate award there after proceed to your hotel of residence for some resting & relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.
Next day in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park we visited the Batwa people in their local communities and shared with them through their cultural performances, use of their tools like hunting tools which include bow & arrows and more.
After Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and a visit to the Batwa people we continued to Mgahinga National Park with interest of seeing the Golden Monkeys in the Bamboo forest, tracking golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park costs $50 USD per person.
We ended our self drive holiday in Lake Mburo National Park which is also located in the western part of Uganda near Mbarara town, this park is also commonly for its wide scope of Wildlife primates which include Buffaloes, Elephants, Zebras, leopards and more.
We did our last game drive in Lake Mburo National Park which is one of the best opportunities of sighting all its Wildlife in stock and it costs $20 USD during day time and $30 USD at night.
A boat ride along the Waters of Lake Mburo is another activity you should not miss while in Lake Mburo National Park.
With one night spent in Lake Mburo National Park next day early in the morning we checked out and started our Journey back to Kampala via Kampala- Masaka highway with en-route stop over at the equator for our flight back home at Entebbe airport after handing over the Safari Jeep back to 4×4 Car Hire Uganda.