04 Fun Road Trips Outside Kampala

Uganda is a perfect destination in Africa ideal for unforgettable road trip adventures any time of the year. It is of great importance to note that most of the breath-taking destinations loved by many tourists are situated a bit far away from another, though this is a unique thing that makes Uganda road trips amazing.

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Take off to Jinja from Kampala. While this road is congested due to it being the main pathway for exports and imports of the country and beyond, the road is one of the best for a road trip because of what nature has to offer along the way.

Just remember to open the windows of the car when you reach Mabira forest because the breeze from the trees is a joy to the nostrils and to the skin.

The feeling you get as your vehicle cuts through the forest through a straight road in the middle of an avenue of trees is something special. We won’t even mention the Jinja Bridge and the grandeur of the Nile.

There are many attractions in Jinja because of the River Nile and the fact that it is one of the most scenic towns in Uganda. It is located in Eastern Uganda and its only two hour’s drive from Kampala. Jinja town was once the leading industrial town because of the hydro-electricity dam along the Nile.

White-water Rafting is arguably one of the top things to do in Uganda and Jinja town particular. The Grade 5 White-water rafting experience in Jinja is the best in Africa. It is a scary activity but also very exciting and thrilling like nothing else. White-water rafting is organized as a half or full day activity.

The activity not only involves navigating through the rapids but also making stops at some of the islands. The islands have an amazing collection of green vegetation, birds and primates like vervet monkeys.

Enjoy the rowing with some of the most experienced crews in the world. The crew will pick you up each time you are thrown out of the raft. You do not need to be experienced to take part in the activity.

It occurs throughout the year and costs between $140 and $150. All white-water rafting companies take safety seriously. Participants are given protective gear and escorted by several rescue kayaks. So why not go for white-water rafting in Jinja? The memory of floating down rapids of the longest river on earth will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Visiting the source of the Nile: Using a speed boat, tourists can go to the point where the river begins its journey to the sea. John Speke was the first European to discover the source of the Nile in 1858.

The site where Speke stood and first spotted the source has been turned into a park with beautiful garden that are perfect for relaxation and marveling at the river Nile.

It is one of the most visited places in Uganda. One needs to take a boat to go up to the exact place considered the source of the Nile.

Go for the Kampala – Entebbe expressway. This speedway needs no introduction. It is a new road that connects the capital Kampala to the only International Airport in the country in Entebbe. The road is considered the first true highway in the country and it offers a driving experience like no other road in the country.

The road leads to the most popular get-away town for the dwellers of the capital, and that is the beaches of Entebbe town. It is the only road that you must pay to use but it is worth it. One thing you will notice is that it feels extremely safe to drive on this road because the danger of crush into the oncoming traffic is totally eliminated. It is a high-quality road.

Go for Kabale – Kisoro Road trip. Of all the mountainous roads we have mentioned here, this one beats them hands down. A 4×4 road trip with rooftop tent through this road is bound to make your heart skip a beat because of the views and nothing beats the beauty of human activity here. The terraced farms of Kigezi are a marvel to behold when you see them in person.

The cliffs, the 45-degree angle corners, the back-and-forth formation of the road is simply epic. Then at some places, you see beautiful lakes and mountain ranges. A road trip to Kisoro is a must.

Canoeing at Lake Mutanda is an adventurous activity to do. Lake Mutanda provides space for relaxation at any point in time. Canoeing at Lake Mutanda can be done at the southern side of the Mutanda Eco Community Centre.

Masindi – Murchison falls road trip. This is the only unpaved road of the lot, and yet it is the best road one to have a road trip on. The particular stretch that makes this road special is the one in Budongo forest. The canopy over the road is something out of a fantasy world.

The road is always in good condition even when it is a marram road. It is so good; it forces you to slow down just to take in nature. The road also affords you a chance to see herds of buffalo and giraffes on a good day.

The primary attraction of this road trip is the glorious Murchison Falls. Tumbling down from the narrow ridges of rocks, this extension of Nile River crowns the surrounding region of the Murchison Falls National Forest as it cascades down some 140 feet, landing into a water body also known as ‘The Devil’s Cauldron’ and then, subsequently merges with the serene Lake Albert.

Its captivating scenery and luscious greenery make your visit worthwhile. Usually, tourists tend to book their accommodations in the vicinity to hear the fierce roars of this waterfall.

It’s a great experience camping near the falls with a gorgeous view over the fast-running river. You will sleep under a protected shelter with the loud and relaxing sound of the gushing water.