Driving in Uganda is on the left. All drivers are required to carry a photocopy of a valid driving permit. The law however allows 24 hours within which an original permit must be produced. Third party insurance is compulsory. Speed limit within high population areas is 50kph and 100kph on open roads. Speed limit for heavy vehicles and public service vehicles is 80kph. Drink and driving is an offense.
Self Drive Safaris in Uganda
Driving in Uganda is exciting and is surely the best way to enjoy the wildlife and scenic beaut of the country side. Check the maps and guides section for some maps of Uganda, specific areas as well as maps of major towns. Driving in Uganda is on the left side. If you have a recognized and valid license, you can drive up to 90 days with out applying for a Ugandan or International license. Visitors with out experience of African roads are advised to organize a vehicle with an experienced driver rather self drive.
Despite regional variations, the rainy seasons are usually in the months of March – April and October – November. During these periods many of the roads become impassable. Also when in the National Parks and game reserves four wheel drive vehicles are recommended.
Check out some our recommended tour operators that provide experienced drivers as well as well maintained 4 x 4 WD vehicles.
Be warned: Uganda is a major transit route for heavy trucks going to and from Southern Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda.Be cautious when over taking these trucks as they are bigger and may not see you.