Self-Drive Overland Tours Across Africa


This unforgettable guided self-drive safari from the Serengeti plains, to Kenya, Uganda and then to Rwanda is a once in a lifetime journey. You’ll traverse four diverse countries: Kenya, Serengeti, Uganda, and Rwanda. Being in Africa alone is a special feeling. There’s nothing quite like it. But for those who know Africa well, having the freedom to explore at one’s own pace sets a self-drive safari apart. Being totally free from anyone else’s agenda is bliss.

Imagine an easy process of hiring a strong safari vehicle from 4×4 Car hire Uganda equipped with camping gears and you in the driver’s seat and driving through the most amazing wildlife parks on the planet. You also have the ability to camp, and sometimes nights camping is the most special.

There’s nothing quite like sitting under the stars around your camp fire, having a cold drink – from your onboard fridge whilst enjoying the wilderness; these are the memories you will cherish.

It’s a 4×4 one way rental that offers the best of East Africa, including game driving through the animal dense and diverse plains of Serengeti National Park to see the world’s biggest whole, witness the Great Wildebeest Migration then visit Kenya’s Masai Mara and know more about the nomadic way of life of Masai tribe, pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in Cape Town and many others. and to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and then to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park’s Mountain gorillas.

If you want to rent a 4×4 with rooftop tent to overland across Africa from 4×4 Car Hire Uganda, you have a lot of options to fit your budget and style of traveling. Among the most common vehicles used for overland in African include the Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Double Cabin Hilux, Nissan Patrol and other models. All our vehicles are reliable and widely used in the continent and they are perfect for self-drive safari and over landing in the African continent.

Get ready to start your adventure because 4×4 Car Hire Uganda is now offering a chance for you to book a strong and well-maintained vehicle with camping gear to take across Africa at very affordable rates in the market.

Visit Serengeti National Park and Lake Manyara National Park

We begin in Arusha, Tanzania, where we meet our trusty 4WD Land Cruiser over this week we will track African wildlife across the wild plains of the Serengeti National Park and look for tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park.

Visit Kenya’ Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru

We have the entire day to leisurely game drive through Kenya’s premium game park. During the months of June to December we are rewarded with the Great Wildebeest Migration millions of zebra and wildebeest on their annual pilgrimage. The Masai Mara is a rewarding park anytime of the year with its vast concentration of resident wildlife calling this area their home.

Lake Nakuru National Park is most famous for its high concentration of black and white Rhinoceros. It will not be long before entering the game park that we spot Rhinoceros families grazing in the open plains. It is hard to believe these creatures are critically endangered. The park also boasts tens of thousands of pink flamingos, leopard, lions, rare Rothschild giraffe, bush buck and many more.

Visit Uganda’s Kibale Forest and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks

Today we visit Kibale Forest National Park a dream of every primate fan. 80% of its area is covered with evergreen forests. The rest of the park consists of swamps and grasslands. Due to the high proportion of forest, more than 1.000 chimpanzees live here, of which a group of around 80 animals are habituated, which means they are accustomed to the presence of visitors. There are also some easily observed monkey species such as the Black and White and the Red Colobus Monkey, as well as the Red-Tailed Monkey. With a little luck you may even find the rare forest elephants here.

A visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Before checking into your accommodation, go hunting for gazelles, warthogs, water bucks, lions, hippos, elephants and buffaloes, but only with your camera. Start the day with another game drive through the national park. Keep your eyes open and the camera ready – the chance of meeting a group of lions resting in the sun, after an eventful night, is very big.

We enjoy the Kazinga Channel boat cruise, we experienced the scenic Explosion Crater Drive. This route winds 27 kms through one of Uganda’s most picturesque areas and is well worth a visit.  There are many photo opportunities of dozens of breath-taking craters, some filled with grass, forest, fresh water or salt water. With a little bit of luck, you will even see herds of elephants and buffaloes. Because Explosion Crater Drive is not on most safari itineraries in Uganda, you will most likely not meet many other travelers. Finally, we enjoyed the wonderful view of the western Rift Valley.

In the afternoon we experienced a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, connecting Lake Edward and Lake George. We school of hippos and buffaloes than you can imagine. More birds than you can count. Bathing elephants are also regular guests here. This boat safari will undoubtedly be another highlight of your tour.

We also visited Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The roads are somewhat bumpy, but the many impressions through the wonderful landscape, past banana plantations, lakes and islands, with unique panoramic views, will certainly compensate you. You will also pass extensive hilly landscapes and tropical rain forests before the impressive Virunga volcanoes finally appear in front of you.

Today is the big day, get ready to meet the rare mountain gorillas.  For most visitors, this is the absolute highlight of our Uganda safari.  The gorillas you will see today belong to one of the few habituated families that are used to the presence of humans. Your tour will be a very special and exciting one the wooded slopes, through winding vines, past bushes and bamboo trees before you finally see the gorillas.

En-route your ranger will show you traces of previous gorilla activities such as droppings, nests and nibbled bamboo shoots. You will learn a lot about the Ugandan gentle giants and if it gets slippery, a ranger will lend you, his hand. It is an emotional, touching and very impressive experience to see a gorilla face to face.

Visit Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Golden Monkey Tour

As we cross over to Rwanda which was our last destination, we did a short city tour including a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial then checked in at Five Volcanoes Hotel.

Early in the morning after breakfast, we transferred to Volcanoes National Park for our first gorilla trek. We arrived at the main office at 7:00 am for a short briefing and coffee break before going on your trek. Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is often described as life-changing and for a good reason. With only an estimated 1063 gorillas left in the world, to see these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is a truly unique moment.

Tracking usually takes between 2 to 4 hours depending on the gorilla group you are visiting. Mountain gorillas survive on vegetation as their daily food, which comprises leaves, buds, shoots, fruits, bed straw, celery, stinging nettles and flowers among others. The young gorilla babies survive on their mother’s breastfeeding milk till at the age of three after which they start feeding on vegetation just like the grown family members. Unlike other animal species, mountain gorillas do not drink water but only survive on the water within the vegetation they eat.

The golden monkey trekking tour in Volcanoes National Park is one of the top adventures to do in Rwanda. The activity involves a relatively easy trek through the bamboo jungles in the lower zones of the Virunga Volcanoes to find and spend an hour with the striking golden monkeys. I highly recommend 4×4 Car Hire Uganda to anyone interested in trekking to see the gorillas and golden monkeys safari in Volcanoes National Park.


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