Our car rental fleet
The fleet of Roadtrip Uganda consists of Toyota Landcruisers and the Toyota RAV4. Toyota 4WDs are the most reliable and widely used 4WD cars in Uganda and perfect for a self-drive safari. We own all our rental cars and never subcontract from third parties. Each car is fully serviced at our workshop after every single trip, and we can rely on a close network of upcountry workshops for minor on-site repairs. In the unlikely event that you have a breakdown, rest assured that we offer 24/7 roadside assistance and always have a replacement car ready. Please refer to our policies, published on this website, for more information.
All our cars are equipped with:
- Air conditioning
- Radio with connection port for your USB and iPod
- Spare tire, car jack and jumper cables
- Detailed roadmap
- Latest Bradt travel guide
- Car information booklet
- Mobile phone with a local SIM card
Toyota RAV 4: a sturdy 4x4 rental car
The Toyota RAV4 is sporty, compact and robust, as well as being easy and economical to drive. In our experience, the RAV4 is able to take you to the four corners of Uganda in nearly any season. The RAV4 has a four-speed automatic transmission and is in continuous four-wheel drive, an excellent feature given the hilly terrain of Uganda. The fuel consumption is very low compared to other 4x4 models, giving you the best value for your money. The RAV4 has a gasoline engine and a fuel capacity of 60 litres, with a calculated range between 650 – 700 km depending on the terrain and driving behaviour.
Our fleet consists of two models, both with the same engine and transmission specifications:
- A smaller 3-door Rav4, suitable for up to two people with camping and a reasonable amount of luggage.
- The standard 5-door Rav4, which can fit up to four people. Please note, when you go camping with four adults, the Landcruiser would be the car to choose.
Toyota Landcruiser: the ultimate 4x4 safari car
The ultimate safari car, the Toyota Landcruiser is a very sturdy and reliable car. It has a powerfull Diesel engine and high ground clearance. This car is a must have on rough roads to such places as Kidepo. In case you are planning to hire a car with more than three adults and camping equipment, the Landcruiser is a better fit than the RAV4.
Landcruiser with rooftop tent
We are very excited to add these beautiful and sturdy rooftop tents to our services, to offer the ultimate safari experience to our clients! These sturdy rooftop tents are made in South Africa and made of the highest standard rip stop canvas. It fits a family of 2 adults and 2 children, or 3 adults. You can rent the rooftop top together with the Toyota Landcruiser. Rates start at 109 USD for the full package landcruiser + rooftop tent.
Self drive tips & tricks
Rest assured that all the primary roads radiating out of Kampala to all the four corners of Uganda are asphalted, and will bring you comfortably to your safari destination. Road conditions are good for African standards and ever improving. The road from Fort Portal via Hoima to Masindi, from Masindi to Murchison Falls Park and north beyond Gulu towards Kidepo National Park are unsurfaced. This will greatly reduce the travel speed, and driving a Landcruiser is more confortable. The condition of these roads and some minor B-roads (around Bwindi National Park, the gorilla tracking area) tend to be variable from one season to the next, and are most difficult during the rainy season.
We have been exploring Uganda by road for many years and have found that the experience is rewarding and safe as long as the following precautions are followed:
- Drive at or below the speed limit (100 km/h on the highway, though we would advise 80 km/h; and 50 km/h in urban areas).
- Beware of unmarked speed bumps, which are plentiful in many parts of the country, especially at the entrance to towns.
- Drive defensively.
- Avoid driving at night; the potholes are difficult to see and fellow traffic often uses blinding high-beams.
- Always carry some cash, water and a charged mobile phone to handle any situation.
- Keep in mind that a flat tyre can happen easily! It is part of the adventure and can be fixed quickly at almost any service station.
- As you will discover soon enough, traffic in Uganda drives on the left side of the road...