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Getting around East Africa on Self Drive

Road tripping in Africa is one of the best adventures to try for those who seek something unique. Africa is a big continent and it has multiple tourist spots in its various corners.

It divides itself into different regions and these include South, North, Central, West and East Africa. Several travelers pack for this part of the World.

If you are not sure of where to start make sure to prioritize the eastern part. This side has a lot to include in your travel plans. It consists of over nineteen countries each with something unique to explore. To have an unmatched experience make sure to start with Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. You can choose one, two or combine three countries. Since these nations share borders, a combined self-drive trip is more possible.

A drive through East Africa exposes you to lots of adventure that will make your trip memorable

Tourists travel around by two options such as a customized safari or go self-driving. For something that is not only rewarding but also cheap, hiring a Car for a road trip is the best way to go. The best mean for this option is to get your self a good 4×4 Car Rental from car rental agencies around. This option will treat you with lots of things including a chance to drive on the rugged and muddy roads in different destinations.

Planning your trip

This trip requires numerous things. It’s more pleasing when you make arrangements and book everything in advance. It starts with the travel documents. Before you think about anything else ensure that all your travel documents are valid and with you.

The list of these documents include a valid passport, tourist visa, yellow fever and the covid-19 vaccination card. After that, next to secure is the flight ticket. Try to search around for some discounted prices on the tickets.

If your ticket to Africa, travel dates and trip itinerary are confirmed then I see no reason why you shouldn’t pre book your 4×4 Car for an incredible self-drive holiday. Multiple Car rental companies provide different 4×4 Car Options for you. The most suitable cars available are Toyota Rav 4, Land cruiser Prado, V8, Vx and Nissan patrol.

How to hire a Car

This is simpler especially when you have internet access in your country. Various car rental companies showcase online all what they have for you. Try to search on Google.

Don’t hesitate to send message detailing all what you need. Reservation agents are ever online to give prompt responses. Cars for self-drive are also displayed for you to choose the one you best prefer on these companies websites.

After negotiations you are good to go on and confirm. For certainty, it is better to make a deposit on your rental and pay the balance on arrival.

Other details

There are some terms and conditions that govern Car rental in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Make sure to read through these regulations and understand them before you reserve. You can use a soft copy but on arrival a hard copy is presented for you to sign.

To be given a jeep for your holiday you must sign and follow them. Any mistake results into penalties and extra costs. My advice is you have to be careful with everything. Besides the terms and conditions, a photocopy of your passport and driving permit for the driver are major requirements.

Moreover, before you drive on first day, try to check and take photos of all existing damages on the car. This is meant to avoid disagreements on return.

Countries to visit

East Africa has different nations to explore but first start with Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya or Rwanda. These destinations have a lot for you especially if you are addicted to Wildlife, Nature, mountain hiking and culture.


Renowned as the pearl of Africa, Uganda is a destination like no other. It is located near Kenya in the east, Tanzania in the south, Rwanda in south west, DR Congo in the west and South Sudan in the north.

Murchison Falls National park
There is alot to explore during your trip in any of Uganda’s wildlife parks such as Murchison Falls National park

Its unending charm starts in Kampala, the capital. A city tour alone will expose you a plethora of things including the historical sites like Kasubi tombs, religious sites, local markets, craft shops to name but a few.

After the capital, there is another interesting stop for you and this is Jinja. This tourist spot in eastern region packs plenty into a traveler’s itinerary. While in this area you can enjoy different thrilling activities like white water rafting, bungee jumping, boat cruise, quad biking, tubing the Nile and more.

From here you can extend your adventure to other parts of the country to uncover the protected areas like National parks, Sanctuaries and game reserves. Don’t miss to places like Kidepo, Murchison, Queen, Lake Mburo, Kibale and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.


Another interesting destination for you is Tanzania. Adding to the vast wilderness areas, this nation differs itself unique with diverse wildlife, marine parks, and the tropical islands of Zanzibar.

It is home to the highest mountain in Africa. This nation has multiple vibrant cities and airports which welcome several flights from various parts of the World. Make sure to arrive at Arusha airport. You can arrange to rent a 4×4 car in Arusha that you can use to explore other places in Tanzania.

There is a lot to explore in Tanzania such as the Rhinos of Samburu, Wildebeests of Serengeti, the Kilimanjaro ranges among others

Starting from Arusha in the north eastern Tanzania you can explore different Interesting places in Tanzania and possibly others outside the country. Make sure not to miss Serengeti, the hub of wildlife encounters.


Next on list is Kenya, a country in East Africa with a coastline on the Indian Ocean. It delights tourists with mountain highlands, Lakelands, rich culture, Savannah grasslands and the dramatic great valley.


A self-drive tour in Kenya will take you to different interesting place including Masai Mara national reserve, a prominent place that is known globally for the annual great Wildebeest migration.

What do you think?

Written by Kalema Lawrence

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