From Airport pickup to your drop-off, we can meet your need. In and around Kampala, or driving to any other point in Uganda, Rwanda or Tanzania.
At Prosper Africa we aim at providing effective car hire and best services to our customers. When traveling to Uganda, there are many opportunities of getting a car at your disposal. The country has good roads with road-signs and traffic guides. We have a wide range of affordable cars including 4×4 Station Wagons like Land cruisers, 4 seat Saloon cars like Corona, Corolla and Caldina, 7 seat, 10 seat vans and 12 seat 4×4 Omni buses, 50 up to 60 seat coach buses as well as 25 and 28 seat Costa buses, which are equipped with air conditioning, a sliding roofs, swivel seats, and plenty of leg-room for the guest’s comfort.
At Prosper Africa we provide in experienced drivers and guides who have had exciting and safe driving expeditions as experts. All vehicle rates are inclusive of a driver/guide.
Our vehicles are Comprehensively/fully Insured, its however important that clients take Personal Accident Insurance inclusive of Medical Repatriation. We rent out vehicles with our drivers but also rent out to those who wish to self-drive but must be 23 years of age or above. They must possess a valid Full driving license for a period of more than 2 years and must have a valid International License.
Uganda Driving and car hire Information, advice & tips
Driving in Uganda is on the left hand side. Visitors need to possess a valid international driving license to drive. Uganda has good passable roads, with road-signs (but not to all of them). There are several car hiring services in Uganda, however, it is convenient for visitors to have an International Driving License. Valid road licenses are endorsed at the Road Transport Office/revenue Authority offices in Kampala before hiring a car for self drive.
Most car hiring companies recommend that the client take Personal Accident Insurance inclusive of Medical Repatriation, from the point of departure. This is because this is not covered under the vehicle Insurance. Car hire services are also available with several companies providing car rental services. Due to robbery and car, hiring companies prefer renting them with drivers, but self drive services are also available though still very limited.
Kampala Motor bikes taxis/Boda-Bodas infomation/ tips
Motor bikes taxis normally below 125cc locally known as “Boda-Bodas” are supposed to help you move from point to the other in and around Kampala. The charge for a about about 1km is around 1500 Uganda shillings ($ 0.6 USD) but when they notice that you are a visitor and probably don’t know your way around they will always want to take advantage of you and charge a higher (almost double or even more) price.
The trick is to always bargain. They are very helpful in places where taxis do not exist and beating the the Kampala city traffic jam. However, generally speaking, Boda-Bodas are very risky, claim lives the biggest causality turn over in Kampala hospitals and in case of any accident your body is hurt and bike broken. Its one great experience to ride on one but its also a different experience and time you are likely to spend in hospital. My personal advices to Uganda visitor to avoid and only use them when they have to, otherwise whoever uses them let it be at their own risk.
Tips For Self Drive Safaris In Uganda
It’s important to note that driving in Uganda is done on the left hand side. Valid road licenses can be received from the Road Transport Office/revenue Authority offices in Kampala. We cover services for airport transfers, tours, Safa conferences and project transport. Avoid unnecessary delays and disappointments. Always be in the right place at the right time. Plan your Kampala/Uganda or East Africa journey with us right now…break the attitude: “Africa no rush” or “Africa we have plenty of time” …book your African ride today.
The following are the tips;
- Check the vehicle thoroughlyPrior setting off, it is advisable that you check on the vehicle to be used thoroughly. Take a look at the tyres and find out if they are in better conditions and if there is a spare tyre in its better shape. For longer journeys, you will need at least two tyres. As well make sure that you have checked the water level, lights, oil, wiper blades and for any linkages. The service tag will indicate you when the vehicle was previously serviced.
- Avoid driving at nightIn most areas in Uganda, you may not find streets lights and this means that such areas are highly risky. You therefore need to be early enough to the area of interest so as to help you stay safe. Darker areas are too challenging even when it comes to accessing any kind of help.
- Use Road maps and GPSDriving in a foreign destination is very challenging and chances are you can easily get lost because you not familiar with the directions of the area. To help you get out this stressing factor, you will need a road map and GPS to help you find the appropriate direction in the remotest areas that you not be popular with. Hiring a four by four safari car for self drive in Uganda allows you to access GPS and the road maps at lesser or no extra cost.
- Obey the traffic Laws while on roadLike any destination, traffic laws are worth following if you are to stay out of dangers on the road. Make sure that you can read road signs, do not drink and drive and at all times, put on your seat belt and get make sure that the rest of members on board are all on their seat belts.
- Have breaks, eat and fuel the vehicleRefreshing the mind after a long drive is very important factor when you are on self drive. Have adequate eats and fuel the vehicle. Never leave a big centre without filling your gas tank, otherwise you may not find any fuel station in the next area especially the protected areas in Uganda.
- Avoid driving when you are tiredIf you are feeling tired, it is advisable that you park aside and have a rest or give your colleague to also take up the wheel, provided he or she posses a valid driver’s license.
- Understand the weather patternsTake note of the weather changes and know what speed to use. Try to limit down on your speed since the roads can be muddy or slippery. Murram roads are worst, very dusty with potholes and you might find it challenging to navigate when it has rained and it’s a reason you need to hire a four by four vehicle.
- Mind about the rest of other road usersMost of Uganda’s roads are narrow and there can be some pedestrian walks. You need to be attentive and take note of other road users like boda boda riders, students, cyclists and cattle as most of them can be crossing the road.
- You need to know the park rules and regulationsLike any destination, following rules and regulations is very vital if you are to enjoy your safari in Uganda’s national parks. Do not feed wild animals, or walk alone in the park, be within the tent and do not keep food items in the tent otherwise you will attract hyenas and lions that can easily come and attack you. If you make a mistake to over speed, you will be charged shs.100000 and $150 for going off track.
- Mobile Network coverageIn some of the areas in Uganda, there might be no clear network coverage. This means that you need to have a satellite phone.