Self Drive East Africa, Driving in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi & Congo
Self Drive East Africa. Driving in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Congo gives you the freedom of self driving to explore East Africa at your time and pace.
Self-driving in East Africa Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda is becoming increasingly popular, as adventurous travelers devise their itineraries and set out to see the incredible nature by themselves.
What self-drivers don’t realize, however, is that the driving conditions in East Africa are pretty good as well as the rugged landscape and weather which pose incredible moments.
If you’re planning to drive around East Africa during your stay, it is important to be aware of the following information.
Booking Your Rental Car
Most East Africa self drive travelers book their rental car early prior to the day when their rental starts, so they can choose the kind of car that suits their rental needs, and know what to expect when they arrive.
Deciding on what type of car to hire in East Africa, depends on where you’d like to explore in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda and the time of year you’ll be there.
The most popular types of car rented in East Africa are 4×4 Land Cruisers, 4×4 Toyota Rav4s, 4×4 Toyota Hiace, Safari vans, Toyota Hilux and Double cabins among others. They’re the most practical choice if you’re exploring beyond the Golden Circle, navigating through rough/rugged roads, through wet and dry months or driving long distance safaris.
However, if you plan to stay within the East African cities, for example, and you aren’t travelling in the tourist destinations, a smaller car might be more suitable.
Having the right License
All standard driving licenses issued and printed in English are valid for driving in East Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda. If you have an international driving license, you can also use it, as long as it has a license number, features your photograph, hasn’t expired, and is printed in English characters.
Driving in East Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania Kenya
Driving in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo is undeniably the spectacular views, breathtaking landscapes, and with many viewing points along the road.
An added bonus is about the National parks, along side its major attractions like the Mountain and Eastern lowland gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo; the great wildebeest migrations in Tanzania and Kenya’s Serengeti and Masaai Mara; the “Big Five” in all savannah parks and beyond.
Dealing with the weather
East Africa’s weather is very unpredictable. You can run into all kinds of weather in the space of a day (or even an hour!). So make sure you’re prepared for whatever the skies throw at you.
While driving in East Africa, be prepared for both rain and sun: Self Drive Rwanda 4×4 rental vehicle options come with all terrain tyres fitted.
East African Roads
Navigating through East African roads takes you different experiences from smooth, wide and tarmacked primary roads to bendy, narrow and untarmacked local access roads.
With all our self drive Rwanda 4×4 rental options, you can drive safely, however it is always a good idea to stay under each road’s speed limit. Apart from giving you enough time to react to anything unexpected, it’ll also help stop your tyres being punctured by gravel.
Fueling Your Car
It is important you fill up every at each fuel station, regardless of your planned trip type. While driving in East africa, You may cover some serious miles without passing another car, let alone a petrol station, so planning your fuel stops is a great idea.
Whereas, the main cities and big towns contain plenty of many fill up stations including Nairobi, Dar-es-salaam, Dodoma, Kampala, Kigali, Nakuru, Zanzibar, Moshi, Arusha, Mwanza, Nakuru, Mombasa, Malindi etc, which is rare as you head towards the remote areas
The vast majority of Self drive rental cars in East Africa come with a fuel policy. This means your car will have fuel when you pick it up, and you return with the exact amount of fuel in the tank at the end of your rental. If there’s any fuel missing when you drop the car off, the rental Self Drive Rwanda will charge you for the fuel they have to put in – and sometimes an extra fee on top of that.
Key Facts of Driving in East Africa
Petrol stations unlimited in the towns and cities, while it can be hours apart, especially when you’re further away.
There’s much traffic in the city, and roads are pretty well-maintained, throughout the year, while remote areas are still having rough/rugged roads.
East Africa has undoubtedly hundreds of viewpoints along every road, so you’ll always have a chance to take a break and admire the incredible view.