What are the basic rules of the road in Uganda? Uganda is a richly blessed beautiful country and a British politician who was known as Winston Churchill recognized it as “the Pearl of Africa”. Uganda is surrounded by wonderful nature, many tourist attractions that attract many tourists in the country from all the over the world. Therefore, if one is a tourist looking for a best country to travel to for a safari/ vacation / holiday, Uganda is the best place one could visit. It has very many beautiful places where individuals can go rest and relax; it is also a country of great food, many different cultures and various wildlife species, which are easily traced with in national parks that act as a natural habitant of these species. However, the wonderful thing about these national parks is that they all have different incredible history and encounter different attractions.

Wildlife Game Drives in Uganda

Therefore, individuals opting to travel around Uganda using road will have the best time of their Uganda safari as they explore through the beautiful landscapes of the country. However, tourists planning to take a drive around Uganda should note that there are rules to follow while driving on the road and these include;

Rules to follow on the road in Uganda.

  • Tourists exploring through Uganda on a self-drive are advised to pay attention to traffic signs and signals and any act of disobeying the signs could lead to pay a fine of about 2,000,000 Ugandan shillings and result into unnecessary accidents on the road, which may lead to loss of lives.
  • Drivers are supposed to carry along their driving license with them, which permits them to drive on the road in Uganda due to the fact it is considered illegal in this country to drive without a license. Therefore, they should take keen of this because failure to have a valid driving licence may cost you to pay a fine fee of about 600,000 to 100,000 Ugandan shillings or one can be imprisoned for six months.
  • Use of mobile phones and computers is prohibited while driving in Uganda because drivers end up causing accidents by running into cars ahead of them due to the distractions from the gadgets and this leads to death of drivers and passengers or terrible injuries. Therefore, drivers are supposed to focus on the driving and failure to do so and cause accidents will cost you to pay a fine of about 2,000,000 Ugandan shillings and one may be imprisoned for one year or two because of driving recklessly.
  • What are the basic rules of the road in Uganda?
    Game drives in Kidepo
  • Drivers are advised to always wear their seat belts while driving on road and take a responsibility of ensuring that their passengers also tighten their seat belts in order to protect their lives in case anything happens. Safety is always emphasized by wearing a seatbelt in order to avoid accidents.
  • Drivers are advised not to drink and drive, use of alcohol while you are going to drive may cause you some brain damages whereby one lacks control over the car hence causing an accident. More so, drivers should take note that being a victim will cost you to pay a fine of about 6,000,000 Ugandan shillings or be imprisoned for about three years.
  • Drivers are advised to limit their speed limits while driving on road in Uganda and being caught a victim of over speeding will cost a fine fee of about 300,000 to 1,200,000 Ugandan shillings or one can be imprisoned for about six months.
  • Most importantly, foreigners driving in Uganda are advised to always from the left side of the road while driving on roads in Uganda especially those that travel from countries that drive from the right side of the road; it is encouraged for them to adjust in order to avoid accidents on the road.
  • Foreigners driving on roads in Uganda are also advised not to park everywhere they find but instead look for places where they are allowed to park in order to avoid paying extra charges or their cars from being stolen.
  • More so, drivers on roads in Uganda are advised to always follow the regulatory signs on the road such as; no entry for motor cycles signs, no entry for truck signs, no entry for tractors signs, slow moving vehicles signs, height limit signs and length limit signs and many others.
  • Drivers also advised to observe and follow the warning signs on the roads for example; crossroads signs, traffic signal signs, sharp curve signs, two-way traffic signs among others.
  • In Uganda, only individuals who are 18 years and above are accepted to be driving as this ensures you are already mature and can take full responsibility of your driving behaviours while on the road.
  • Drivers in Uganda are also required to be having their their third party insurance due to the fact that some roads in the country especially those outside the city are still under construction, and therefore having a third party insurance is helpful on your trip because at any time, it will be needed.

Contact our trusted tour operators in case of more information and inquires about the rules on the road in Uganda and Book with our tours and travel companies such as Achieve Global safaris that offer guests with the best tour packages while on their safari in Uganda.

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