Self drive Car Hire Experience in Kampala – Uganda

Land Cruiser Prado with Pop-up Roof for hire on self-drive

Last time when I traveled to Kampala, like 4 years back, I didn’t really consider self drive car hire, because I had less time to stay in the city (less than 24 hours) and it was the first time for me to visit this busy city. I choose to hire a car with a drive for just hours to just roam around the city.

This time around, things were totally different. I was to spend some long time in the city, more distance to cover, and even more confident than prior with regards to driving around all alone. So I started searching for the self-drive car rental agencies in Kampala.

One of the main self-drive car hire company in the city is Self Drive Uganda Ltd. They have a wide variety of vehicles small cars, sedan, and SUVs both in automatic and manual transmission. They have a Land Cruiser Prado, at USD80 per day, Nissan Patrol at USD95 per day, Toyota Rav4 at USD45 per day among other cars. Since I had to visit different destinations in the country including remote upcountry areas and I had already read on the internet that some roads in the country are in the bad conditions, I was enticed to try a 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser, but unfortunately, they have an odd timing policy of Midnight to midnight is considered a day, meaning if I want the vehicle from 8:00 AM today till 8:00 AM tomorrow, I have to pay hire for 2 days. This didn’t make sense. I wouldn’t be able to utilize the vehicle ideally between 00:00hours and 23:00 hours. So I dropped them then and searched for another company and I came across Rental Cars Uganda Ltd it’s a new company in the business but their services are excellent they are quick in replying to the emails and the staff is friendly. They have the billing I wanted where they charge 25hour for example when your hiring for one day and you get a car at 8:00 am you a expected to return it at 8:00 am and its one day.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado with Rooftop Tent for Campers

When I asked them how I will get the car, they told me the agent will be awaiting me at the airport and sign some papers and then pay the balance and get a receipt then he will handle the keys of a good-looking black Land Cruiser Prado. It had tinted windows and back glass, which was great in heat however made back view mirror visibility poorer. The vehicle didn’t have a first aid kit, with big exhaust pipe like that of Subaru cars making a lot of noise. No other complaints on the car and I drove off.

All things considered, the drive was fun on the curvy roads of Kisoro about 480km from Kampala and I managed to reached there after a 6hours drive because the road was good and the car was able to reach a top speed of 140km in 1minute since it was petrol.