June 12, 2024
Self Drive in East Africa

We offer 4×4 Cars for Rental on a self-drive basis for holiday tours in East Africa. Opt for Camping with rooftop tents on our 4×4 Land Cruisers and save on your trip. Drive-in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda on Cross Country Road trips.

Take on a road trip in East Africa with a single rented car where you have free mileage and insurance. We keep our vehicles serviced making them roadworthy.  This is because they go off-road and longer distances. Go camping with a Rooftop tent on a 4×4 Land Cruiser on your road trip. Choose to have one or two double tents on the rooftop.

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Below are our top self-drive destinations in East Africa.

UGANDA

Uganda is a relatively small country; it is a little destination that is often toured by road! With some sealed highways radiating from Kampala, the capital of Uganda to regional towns, there is a growing number of travelers who explore the country on self-drive adventures!

A self-drive holiday in Uganda amazingly offers the best and the most flexible road trip to holidaymakers who prefer traveling independently. When it comes to self-drive trips, no better destination beats Uganda within East Africa. It is a safe and secure country to explore and experience as a family, a group, solo traveler on a self-drive tour. The friendly and hospitable people also make it easy for travelers to explore the country on self-guided vacations.

Kampala city

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.

Jinja

Jinja is incredibly one magical destination worth visiting while on a self-drive holiday in Uganda. Best known as the adrenaline adventure capital of East Africa, Jinja is an exceptional place where you can find the only world’s source of the River Nile. Your exploration in Jinja begins with an en-route visit to explore Ssezibwa Falls, Mabira Forest where you can engage in forest hike, zip-lining, bird watching, and others.

While in Jinja, you have plenty of thrilling adrenaline adventures to keep you busy throughout the day. They range from kayaking, bungee jumping, speed boat cruise white water rafting, and quad biking to horseback riding. A complete self-drive tour in Jinja requires at least 3 days, 4 days, or 5 days and there is the possibility to extend it to the Sipi Falls or Kidepo Valley National Park in Eastern Uganda.

Southwestern Destinations

If there is the one most endowed part of Uganda when it comes to nature then it is the Southwestern. Imagine of a place to find the world’s rare mountain gorillas in the wild and think not beyond a self-drive holiday in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a small park in South Western Uganda that is home to two rare primates; the mountain gorillas and the golden monkeys. These two primates can be tracked in the park through the gorillas are known to roam “out of bounds” into Rwanda and Congo.

Still, as an enthusiastic primate lover, Kibale Forest National Park and Semuliki National Park have you sorted. To enjoy the amazing view of East Africa’s rare tree climbing lions, a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park is worthy of your self-drive holiday.

Other magical places to visit include Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Bunyonyi (one of the deepest lakes in Africa), and Kisizi Falls.

KENYA

A country of great diversity, both physically and culturally, Kenya is one of Africa’s most popular destinations for very good reason. With blissful Indian Ocean beaches, craggy mountains, lush forests and wildlife-rich savannahs, there are endless beautiful places to visit in Kenya.

Nairobi city

Kenya’s capital and largest city, Nairobi is the base for many tourists visiting Kenya for their African safari experience on the Masai Mara or other protected area. As the city’s main tourist attractions, there is even the Nairobi National Park within the city boundary, Giraffe center, Nairobi National museum among others.

The capital, Nairobi has changed immensely over the past decade transforming into a cosmopolitan city with western style shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants and specialty stores offering everything from hip designer shoes, traditional German sausages to artisan bakeries.

Mount Kenya

At 5,199m/17,057ft high, the largest mountain in Kenya is also the second highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania. The strato volcano was created around three million years ago when the East African Rift (part of the Great Rift Valley) opened up. Today its lower slopes are covered in forests of bamboo and African rosewood trees and the mountain runoff provides water for over two million people. With its rugged snowy peaks and glaciers along the upper slopes, Mount Kenya is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kenya. Travelers hoping to summit can either hike to Point Lenana, one of the three peaks, taking the world’s highest via ferrata route, or climb to the highest point, Batian Peak, though this requires experience of technical climbing.

Ol Pejeta

A Big Five conservancy in the foothills of Mount Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is known for its conservation initiatives. It was where the last male northern white rhino, Sudan, died in 2018; the last females of the sub-species still live at Ol Pejeta, protected around the clock. The Sweet waters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is in the Laikipia conservancy, too, providing a home for chimps rescued from the black market. One of the most interesting places to visit in Kenya, Ol Pejeta is a great destination to learn about the relationship between people and wildlife and the challenges faced in the conservation industry. Come for the day or enjoy a longer stay for lion tracking, bush walks and night drive.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is home to a vast number of bird species, most notably huge flocks of flamingos – they have been known to number in their millions, though the lake has seen a decrease in the last few years. Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley lakes, and the birds are attracted to the high levels of algae in the water. Pelicans, cormorants, the African fish eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, the Goliath heron and hammerkops are also seen around the lake. In addition, you can spot black and white rhinos, Rothschild’s giraffes, lions and cheetahs throughout the national park.

TANZANIA

From vast wilderness to lush green islands, and from the Big 5 game to colorful corals, the East African country of Tanzania is known for its vivid wildlife, and rich aquatic life. Home to numerous islands, and monumental structures, the tropical town of Zanzibar also boasts of some of the most thrilling adventure sports, and alluring places to visit in Tanzania.

Dodoma city

Situated in Tanzania’ heartland, Dodoma is the nation’s seat of government and political capital. Economically and commercially, it is less vibrant and developed than the country’s port city and commercial nerve, Dar es Salaam. But what Dodoma lacks in glitz and glamour it perhaps compensates with its rich agricultural highlands and has many places of interest for any passing visitor. It is also the centre of Tanzania’s wine growing industry. Other attractions are Parliament building Bunge, the lion rock, Gaddaffi mosque, Disco, Playing parks among others.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Measuring 5,895 meters tall, the prodigal mountain of Kilimanjaro is the highest peak of the African continent and also the tallest freestanding mountain on Earth. This mountain is a part of the Kilimanjaro National Park which is famous for its unique faunal variety. This peak is also one of the most popular Tanzania tourist attractions amongst adventure enthusiasts as it is the base to some of the most arduous hiking, and trekking trails.

Mahale Mountains – spectacular scenery and habituated chimpanzees

Nestled on the Lake Tanganyika shoreline with its forested mountains rising up from the lakeshore, mesmerizing Mahale Mountains National Park boasts stunning scenery and close encounters with habituated chimpanzees. The mist-covered peak of Mount Nkungwe stands sentinel in the background and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika lap against white-sand beaches. Without road access, many safari stalwarts regard 1,613km2/623mi2 Mahale as Tanzania’s most remote park, but also one of its most enthralling.

The Holy Grail for most visitors is the 60-strong Mimikere or ‘M’ group of chimpanzees, which has been studied by Japanese researchers for more than four decades. While the M group is well habituated, finding our closest relatives can be a challenge. Be prepared for some sweaty, steep climbs through dense vegetation, but the final reward is well worth the trials and tribulations of getting there.

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