Transportation in Uganda has been made very easy due to the improved road network most especially to areas reach in tourist attraction, thanks should go the government of Uganda and the tourism industry for the effort they have put in making tourist reach Uganda’s attraction spot. Uganda is one of the richest countries when it comes to tourist attraction, that’s why it’s called the Pearl of Africa, many of these attractions are located in remote areas which needs comfortable 4×4 vehicles.
Each part of Uganda has its own attractions and to meet these attractions in each region, requires a drive of about 3-10 hours driving on the open roads, dusty roads and game parks trails on a self drive vehicle is a great experience as you will be in position to explore each and every area of interest, and this will be much better most especially when you know which route to use. Most of the time it requires someone going for a self drive safari in Uganda to know more about the route to take, the distances to cover in order to plan for the fuel, and also stopover for lunch. You need also to know the lengths and advise on the possible routes plus also the accommodation to stay in during the road trip. Most of Uganda roads are tarmacked with sign post and clear demarcations. Here are some of the most used routes by travelers
1: Entebbe Kampala- highway (45 km)
The Entebbe –Kampala high way is one of the most Uganda used route by travelers, this route connects Uganda to the rest of the world, and it links all Uganda main routes to the main airport Entebbe international airport. Hence all visitors to this pearl of Africa use this main route as an entry or exist. From Entebbe to Kampala it’s about 45km that’s around 1 hour and 10 minutes if you don’t find traffic jam on the way. However this route is endowed with very many attractions as it takes you to the Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) one of the most protect area for various species of wildlife, botanical gardens, resort Hotels, over 20 beaches are available on the Lake Victoria, many craft shop and many other stimulating places around, so depending on your itinerary you can visit one of these places or having an overnight at one of the beautiful hotel around the Entebbe.
2: Kampala -Masaka -Mbarara- Kabale Roads
KampalaMasaka-Mbarara is regarded as one of the busiest and the most routes leading you to most of Uganda’s top national parks found in the south western region of the country. It stretches about 148km in distance; from Kampala to Mbararait’s about 278km which is approximately 3-4 hours’ drive depending on the traffic jam. And from Masaka to Mbarara it’s a drive of about 1 and half hours. Using this route you can be connected to a number of popular tourist attractions in Uganda, you can have a stopover at the equator in Kayabwe for photography and snacks; visit the LakeMburo national park Uganda’sclosest park with a lot of attractions.The park offers various tourist attractions like game drives for opportunity to view various species of wildlife like giraffe, buffaloes, antelope species, zebra, bird species among others, the park also offers nature walk to nearby lakes, bird watching and launch cruise on the lake Mburo. Still also the road can connect you to Kibale forest national park a home to over 13 species of primates including chimpanzee the man’s closest relative sharing almost 98% of human DNA Make up, the park offers chimpanzee tracking activities, and other primate species like the black and white colobus monkey, baboons, civet monkey among others. Nature walks, and community walks are among the activities you won’t miss.
with your hired vehicle you road can connect you to Queen Elizabeth national park the most Uganda bio diversity park for various species of wildlife including the tree climbing lions, buffaloes, elephant, antelope species among many others, all these can be spotted during a game drive in your hired 4×4 tourist vehicle. From queen to Bwindi impenetrable national park takes about 3-4 hours transfer. The park is a home to the rare mountain gorillas, the park offers gorilla tracking activities, nature walk and community walk. On this route you also can connect to Ssese islands and many other attractions and more so it can link you to Rwanda.
3: Kampala- Jinja highway about (80 km- 2hours)
This route takes you to the Eastern part of the country to Jinja town known as the most industrialized area in the country. It’s about 80km which is about 2 hours’ drive from the capital Kampala to jinja depending on the traffic jam. You will have a scenic drive throughout with so many attractive spot on the way like Mabira forest, you may spot out some primate species and birds, see tea and sugar plantation. At jinja there is a lot of adventurous activities you can’t miss ounce you visit this park of Uganda. Go white water rafting at the source of the Nile River, nature walk, spot fishing on the river, tour the jinja city, quad biking, cycling, boat rides and many more. Be the first to visit this place with a self-drive car to tour around at your own pace. The Kampala Jinja high way can connect you to mountain Elgon and Mt.Kirimanjalo the third tallest mountain in Africa.
4: Kampala – Masindi road (285 km)
This is another route connecting you to the main Gulu highway in the northern part of the country, and it’s known as the shorter route connecting you to Murchison falls national park located in the north eastern part of Uganda. Murchison falls National Park is known as Uganda’s top most and largest national park housing a wide diversity of wildlife species including the big five mammal like lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hippos, others small species include various species of antelopes, giraffe, warthogs among others. The park also houses primate species like chimpanzee in Budongo forest, the black and white colobus monkeys baboons the list is endless.
Many activities at the park make your safari breathtaking like game drive, launch cruise on the river Nile, bird watching among many others. From Kampala to Murchison falls is about 285 km which is about 4 hour and 20 minutes. The Kampala-Masindi Road can connect you to Kidepo Valley National Park the most remote national park in Uganda with a lot of tourist attractions untouched. So with our self-drive cars you can connect to all of these Uganda’s tourist spot.