Your safari to Africa is incomplete if you don’t get the opportunity to visit Uganda– also popularly known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ to see so much that you can find within her boundaries. The East African country was recently among the top countries listed by CNN to visit in 2023 and this is attributed to the diverse land scape, wildlife species, the various tribes with each presenting a unique lifestyle experience and so much more.
Whether you are planning for a solo trip, family safari or even a honey moon experience and looking for a perfect destination that will give you that much needed rewarding experience, Uganda is the right place you are looking for. At Uganda Self Drives, we do have reliable cars for hire whether on a self drive or car rental in Uganda with a driver to take you to your preferred destination with ease and these are both 4×4 vehicles and small SUVs available at unbeatable and pocket friendly rates.
Whether its going to going to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking, Murchison Falls National Park to see the world’s most powerful waterfall, Kibale Forest National Park for a primate safari experience and more other locations, we assure you that you will be left in awe with what you will find in these locations.
In Case you are planning for a Uganda Self Drive and looking for destinations you can visit, this article is here to ease that for you by listing the areas you can consider to visit.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This is one of the top leading destinations in the country known to be home to almost half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas that can be seen play, feed and close to man’s closest relative is an unmatched experience but to do so you will need to have purchased a gorilla trekking permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority that does cost only $700 per person for foreign residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000/= for East African citizens.
While doing gorilla trekking, you will also get the opportunity to see other wildlife species that can be found within the park’s premises. These include several species of birds, butterflies, insects and so much more.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
This is a must visit destination while in Uganda as it has a lot to offer. Part of what you can do in Queen Elizabeth National Park include going for a game drive in the Ishasha sector of the park where you can see the tree climbing lions, the Kazinga channel where you will be able to see a number of crocodiles, hippos and others on the shores like elephants, buffaloes and more.
You can as well visit the Kasenyi plains where you can do a game drive that will introduce you to antelopes, lions, giraffes, buffaloes, hyenas and more others. While in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can also visit the Kyambura gorge where you will be able to see chimpanzees. Seeing these primates might be challenges but its rewarding.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison is Uganda’s oldest, largest and most visited national park. The highlight of visiting the park is to see, hike to the top of the world’s most powerful water fall – Murchison Falls. The experience is rewarding as you will get to witness how the Nile River forces its way through a narrow gorge forming a thunderous sound. It’s also here that you will be able to see the famous rainbow that is seen in photos.
You will definitely have to do a game drive in the park that gives you the opportunity to see wildlife species as they roam in the park. Some of the species you will be able to see in the park include; birds, lions, hyenas, elephants, antelopes, buffaloes, among others.
You will need to as well go on a boat cruise up stream where you will be able to see crocodiles, hippos, species of birds and more others species on the shoreline. This also allows you to see the Murchison falls from below giving you the chance to capture the once a lifetime rewarding photo.
A visit to Bundongo Forest that’s situated within this national park, gives you the opportunity to see chimpanzee species as they play and feed both on ground and tree branches.
Kibale Forest National Park
If you are looking for the best place you can go for a primate safaris in East and central Africa, Kibale Forest National Park is the best destination to see these in their natural habitat. The park has over 13 primate species that does include chimpanzees, red tailed monkey, olive baboon, blue monkey, black and white Colubus monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkey, among others. The highlight of your safari in this park is chimpanzee tracking and to do this, you will need to have purchased permits from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
While in Kibale, you can as well visit the Bigodi wetland sanctuary best for birding that can be seen on your nature walk.
Lake Mburo National Park
If you are looking for the closest destination you can visit while on your safari in Uganda then Lake Mburo is that perfect location that will give you so much that you are looking for. A game drive through the park will introduce you to wildlife species like the zebras, elands – lake mburo is the only place in Uganda where they are seen, topi, sitatunga, bush pigs, birds like red faced barbet, pied king fisher and so much more. While here you can as well go for a boat cruise where you can see crocodiles, hippos, birds and capture the beautiful scenic views.
Kidepo Valley National Park
If you are looking for a less crowded place to visit while on your Uganda self drive, Kidepo Valley National Park is a hidden gem that you will definitely need to explore. Situated in the North eastern part of Uganda, this park will present you the real African experience especially on a game drive where you will see wildlife species like the zebras, Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi, klipspringer, Rothschild’s giraffes and many more others.
You can as well go for a nature walk through the Apoka camp which does introduce you to bird species like the ostrich among others. You will as well be able to capture the beautiful scenic views of the different parts of the park.
There other places you can visit while on your self drive in Uganda include; Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – known to be the only place in Uganda where you can see the golden monkeys. Rwenzori Mountains, Mt. Elgon National Park, Semuliki National Park among other destinations.
Fleet of cars to select while on a Uganda self drive
We have reliable cars that you hire in Uganda whether with a driver or self drive and these do include a Toyota RAV4, Land Cruiser TX, Land Cruiser GX, Nissan patrol, safari van, Land Cruiser V8, and more. All these are well maintained and serviced to give you the best experience on and off road.
How to rent a car in Uganda
To rent a car in Uganda, you can fill our request form with your details about your preferred car, number of days, number of people and our team will process your booking upon receiving your request.
Alternatively, you can talk to us directly on +256 759498123 and we will make sure your booking is reserved.