Self-Driving in East Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda
Self-driving in East Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda; Driving in East Africa with a Foreign License, Road safety in East Africa, East African road rules and Regulations, Self-driving across East African Borders, Hiring a car in East Africa
Self-Driving is a convenient way to drive at your own convenient pace and time to see and encounter all the main attractions East Africa has to offer as well as appreciate the breathtaking landscapes and scenery.
All tourists wishing to get behind the wheel should ensure they have a valid license to drive in East Africa and familiarize themselves with the local motoring regulations of both the rural and urban areas.
Essential information for driving in East Africa safely and legally, as well as advice for renting vehicles and self-drive tours.
Driving in East Africa with a Foreign License?
To drive in East Africa, foreigners must come in handy with a full license from their country of residence. All Licenses printed in English are valid, and an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) must be obtained if the license is written in other languages.
All licenses must obtain the holder’s signature, including a printed photo.
Self Drive clients should carry their driving license as well as travel documents such as passports and visas while driving on the road. Travellers are also urged to make a copy of the permit as a backup.
When hiring a car with 4×4 Self Drive Uganda, or other car rental companies, strictly follow the guidelines concerning how long the license must be valid. Customers should check with the car hire company in advance.
Road Safety in East Africa
East Africa is a safe destination for self-driving, provided they take into consideration some essential road security tips and drive accordingly.
Dealing with wildlife on the roads in East Africa
Seeing animals in their natural habitat, especially the famous gorillas, the Big 5 such as Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Elephants, and Buffaloes is one of the major reasons why tourists visit East Africa. Motorists need to be prepared for encounters with wildlife on the roads.
Most clients self-driving in East Africa, are urged to along with a tour guide, on any wildlife safari experience, because the animals can be aggressive, in case they get threatened.
All visitors must avoid driving at dawn or dusk in the East African National parks, which are the main feeding times for many animals the times of day encounters are most likely. However, all East African parks are open at 7:00 am and then close at 6:00 pm.
All clients on self-drive driving along the animal tracks, in the National parks or along the road are urged to drive at a required speed of 40km/hr in the National Parks, and turn off their engines when they are up close with the animals, otherwise, the horns of the vehicles are not allowed to be made at the park.
Avoiding roadside crime in East Africa
While Self driving in East Africa, all visitors are urged to keep the doors and windows locked at all times to avoid roadside theft, mainly in crowded areas like the city centre, most especially during a high traffic jams.
Store all valuable items out of sight when self-driving and parked
You don’t need to pick up hitchhikers along the road, while on a self-drive safari or tour in East Africa
Always Park in well-lit areas and always lock the vehicle, when not in use.
East Africa Road Rules and Regulations
Rules and regulations differ from one country to another. Travellers heading to East African countries need to be aware of some regulations which may be different from the laws back home, which include the most important rules to consider are:
All clients on a self-drive are urged to drive on a specific-hand side of the road in any of the countries in East Africa.
Everyone in the vehicle, including the driver and the passengers must wear a seat belt
A valid driving license must always be carried, on any occasion.
Drinking and driving is not allowed for any self-driving client in East Arica
Speeding is taken seriously in East Africa. Speed limits in the city are 80kph on the highways and 40kph in busy centres, road signs alert drivers if the limit in a particular area is different from this.
Hiring a Vehicle in East Africa
4×4 Self-drive Uganda offers numerous car rental services in East Africa, including; Long term car rental, one-way car rental, Car rental with a driver, car hire with rooftop tents, and Car hire with camping gear through all its sister branches of Self Drive Kenya, Self Drive Tanzania, and Self Drive Rwanda.
We also allow most tourists to pick up a car at the airport and drive directly to their destination and then return it at the airport, while others who would prefer to pick it up from one country/destination to another are also given priority through the one-way car rental option.
Self Driving across the East African border
Travellers on self-drive driving within East Africa must have their valid passports and visa ready for inspection at any time of the day while driving.
4×4 Self Drive Uganda offers cross-border services, where a client can cross from one land border crossing to another nation by use of COMESA insurance issued for the specific number of days given (at an additional cost).
Road Conditions in East Africa
East African road conditions are generally good in urban areas, while gravel or dirt paths are common in rural areas. Highways between major towns and cities are paved; bad sections of road may or may not be signposted. Extra care should be taken when navigating these rural surfaces as well as in self-drive National Parks.