Self drive tours are the best options for any adventurous tourists who are willing to visit and explore the many amazing attractions in the country. Driving through the lavish green vegetation and rolling hills is stunning and memorable adventure. This likewise accompanies hiring a car for self drive this must be a 4×4 safari vehicle because most tourist destinations in Uganda are found in remote places where the roads are in bad conditions most especially during the rainy season. A self drive tour can become a menace in case you go on such a trip without making enough research on the natural environment of the destination you going to travel to.
This also applies through the countryside Things can really turn out badly and yes your most valuable time, money to travel, hired vehicle and further adventure would come to a halt. We are talking about at driving the middle of dangerous wild animals and not domestic animals, wild animals at a time they can be dangerous and destructive and It is quite a vital aspect formalize and be safe before you choose self drive trip thus here we share a some of the tips for a self drive trip in Uganda.
Hire a park ranger: It sound like a way of wasting your planned money or somehow costly but that would be the basis of your safety. The ranger guides are always armed and also informative about the national park and most of the animals. It is the wild where you should expect anything and the ranger who is well informed with the park can be useful. Cases are when visitors attacked by a wild animal or getting a mechanical issue in the wild in the midst of wild animals or driving through the right spots for better wildlife seeing most especially for those coming for the first time in the country.
Consider the rhythm of wild animals: While driving in the park with your like on a game drive, every time passes there is a lot different. Since you’re in the territories of wild animals they always have the right of the way, never try to rush or drive beyond 40km per hours wild animal can cross the road at anytime and it is a crime a crime to knock down the animal in the park. Always allow wild animals the freedom to move along at their own pace. In spite of the fact that driving below 40km/h in the park may take patience on your side but it also rewarding with a wonderful view of wildlife and safe interaction between you and the animals in the wild.
Keep a distance: Like mentioned in the last paragraph, animals in the wild have a right of way which needs you to stay about 90m away from these them and particularly the Big Five animals – the African lion, Cape buffalo, African elephant, leopard, and rhinoceros. Driving nearly to these animals may push them for self defense against your vehicle the thing which put your life and your hired vehicle in danger. In this situation in case that it is a hired vehicle, such incidents lie in heedless driving which thusly require you to take full responsibility.
Expect Narrow and windy roads: Like most of the roads upcountry and off the beaten track, these are always so narrow and there is less chances of overtaking another vehicles more especially in national parks. In case you really need to overtake, consider driving slow and hooting in the park is not allowed. Hooting scares away animals and limits the odds of seeing a lot, keep it quiet and overtake the vehicle ahead slowly without interference. Look forward and beyond the corners with expectation of a crossing animal and other road users.