Uganda Transportation

  • Transportation
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Transportation
    by muguruki
  • Transportation
    by muguruki

Uganda Transportation

  • Ferry at Laropi

    Crossing the Nile at Laropi on the new ferry is easy enough. Security here is pretty strict you make have a quick search before you board the boat.Out of all the places I have been to in Uganda Laropi is definately the hottest place. I arrived here at 6 in the evening and it was swealtering!Once on the 15 minute crossing it got slightly cooler.

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  • Choosing the right vehicle for the trip

    (work in progress)Often when you're travelling in the developing world, the most important consideration when choosing a vehicle is not necessarily whether it's four wheel drive (4WD), but rather whether it has high enough clearance to deal with potholes and uneven road surfaces.When travelling in Uganda, your key considerations should be the...

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  • Motorbike taxis are a good way to beat...

    In most Ugandan towns and cities, the quickest way to get around is to grab a ride with one of the many motorbike taxis. As the motorbikes can weave (sometimes alarmingly) in and out of gridlocked traffic, they can short circuit the legendary congestion of particularly the larger cities like Kampala and Entebbe, which makes them to transport of...

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  • Keeping kids occupied on long road trips

    This links to my earlier tip about road travel in Uganda taking longer than you think.Some people - myself included - can happily stare out the window for hours on end and not get bored as the landscape unfolds. I find it quite a hypnotic experience, and - unlike air travel, which I consider to be a 'necessary evil' - I like the sense of continuity...

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  • Traffic jams

    Imagine mzungu (white man) who is first time visiting Uganda and who rented a car in Kampala. The car is in a "perfect" conditions (as I was told) but it is automatic car and has a steering wheel on a wrong side. But it wasn't all, my nightmare was completed when I found out that have to drive on the wrong side of the roads! It was my first...

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  • Matatu rules in Kampala

    Matatu is the fastes public transportation in Uganda, also it is the cheapest one too. This guys undoubtelly rule in the city centres, finding way out even in the biggest traffic jams, which is usual situation in Kampala. I always insisted to be sitting on the front sitts and was observing their incredibly high driving skills. They move around as...

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  • On 4WD over country

    We traveled around Uganda on 4W drive car that belonged to mamaland safari tour operator with our guide Tony. Most of the roads were unpaved and hard to drive especially after rains.But we got to all our destination Murchison falls,Kibale,Bvindi,Quin Elisabeth NP,Mburo lake.

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  • Boda-boda

    Motorcycle taxisBoda - boda the name comes from a time when to cross no-mans land between borders/bodas of East African countries bicycles were used and still are last time I came through Busia border crossing.Next time you are sitting around a table in a bar in Kampala ask anyone there to show you their scar from falling off a boda - boda everyone...

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  • Look out for hippos

    On my last trip to Uganda there was a spate of bus crashes. several in one week. most were buses crashing into eachover or other vehicles. But one bus travelling from Karuma to Nebbi hit a hippo!Several bus companies had there buses impounded while checks were being made on the vehicles. Gateway had for a few days all 40 vehicles off the road.

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  • Akamba Bus

    Kampala to Nairobi by bus is easy. A full list of prices and times of departure are on the uganda travel planner site. - http://www.traveluganda.co.ug/businfo.asp Akamba bus are mind numbingly slow. And here is a nice picture of yet another puncture being repaired. They are one of the many bus companys that operate on the Kampala - Nairobi route....

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  • Cracks in the dam

    The 54-year-old Nile Bridge at the Owen Falls Dam in Jinja has developed serious cracks and is on the verge of breaking, an occurrence that only spells doom for a land locked country that heavily depends on its functioning to survive.Any closure of the bridge would effectively cut off the south-eastern part of the country, the main import-export...

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  • Every road has road works!

    Every road has road works! Well it seems like that at the moment in May 2008. The road from the border to Kampala has improved since last year but there are a few dodgy areas around Iganga still. The road between Soroti and Lira is a right mess and is supposed to be 5 years before the road is surfaced between the 2 towns. The road directly north at...

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  • Gateway Bus

    A lot of people moan about gateway Bus. You often hear how the conductors are rude, the buses are in bad condition, and that the drivers are crazed miraa chewing mad men. But if it wasn't for Gateway bus a huge part of Uganda especially the east and north would grind to a halt. They may not be the best but do provide an invaluable service.

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  • Uganda / Kenya border

    Crossing this border to and from Kenya at one time used to be a right pain but over the years it has become easier and easier. These days they don’t even seem to bother looking at your vaccination certificate.I've crossed the border here at Busia many times always coming by public transport. If you are travelling on a through bus such as one from...

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  • Public buses

    I was very close to use local public bus for my trip to Jinja, which is only 76 km's far from Kampala. The return ticket is very cheap, if I remember well it was around 3000 shillings, which is something more than on euro. I was told to get in the bus and to buy ticket there. There was guy in front of the bus whom I asked how long it takes to...

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  • Boda Boda

    Boda Boda is very popular transportation among the locals, but not only, some whites use it especially inside the city areas. It is the cheapest transportation that exist in Uganda, average ride cost much less than half an euro. Besides, by Boda Boda locals can reach all those distant destinations in the outskirts of the towns which matatus usually...

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  • Renting a car

    First u need to know, it is left sided rule of driving in Uganda and you need couple of days to get to use on it. Second thing, all cars have authomatic system, another problem if not used on it. I missed one pedal down there and pressed breaks too strong most of the times.The biggest problem you'll meet, however, are the conditions of the roads....

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  • Entebbe Airport

    Entebbe airport is the international airport of Uganda. The airport is around 40 Kms from the heart of Kampala, in Entebbe. There are various international operators flying in and out of entebbe viz. Emirates, British Airways, Sabena, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airways,South African Airways, Air Tanzania and Egypt Air. The destinations connected...

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  • Call Taxi

    The best way to travel around the city is to hire a call cab. It is expensive, but the drivers are friendly and they tend to know most parts of the town. The charges are fixed and there is a meter in the car which keeps showing you the reading. You can call up the taxi and ask him to pick you up from your hotel or home and it definitely is cheaper...

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  • boda boda's are fun, but be careful!

    boda boda's are like little motorcycles that local kids use to take people around, they are the cheapest (u have to bargin,... but like them give you Mazungu (white person) price), and make sure u agree on a price before you get on.

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  • Trek on feet!

    In the high elephant grass; local people have no choice, but for the “tourist” it is the best way to feel what is happening around; walk on feet, even not all is safe around and you may do some weird encounters. . .

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  • Boat trip on Lake Albert

    The local wooden fishermen boats are the best transportation mean for exploring the shores of the lake ; many parts of the shores are not accessible by foot (high grass in swampy areas at the foot of the Rift escarpment , or cliffs at the fault escarpmment), and a boat was necessary to reach some parts of the shores.The fishermen boats proved very...

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  • The Land rover

    The purpose is not to place an ad for this vehicle; the Land 110 was very efficient and reliable in many terrain conditions; to cover long distances there was no other mean than to use these 4x4 vehicles; and access to many areas would not have been possible without the vehicles. There were very few petrol stations operating in the country and we...

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  • Save money on Visa (UK example)

    I rang the Ugandan Embassy in the UK before I left, they said that Visas should be applied for before you go and that they cost 30 pounds (UK).We arrived at Entebbe Airport without Visas but then found out the price was only $30 (US) which is much cheaper with the exchange rate (about a 1/3 off!)Obviously a good idea to get a Visa before hand to...

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  • Taxi's around Kampala

    When you get a taxi, we noticed three things that might be worth sharing1. When you hire one, expect to go straight to thepetrol station - they don't keep any fuel in the car and always use the money for the fare in advance on the fuel.2.When you say where you are going, expect a really low quote and then to be taken to a different place. They will...

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  • Hiring a car

    If you need to hire a taxi, it's sometimes called 'Special Hire', or 'Special rental'. I heard this confuse some people as they thought they were going to drive the car as well, but your not - It does have a driver as well.

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  • Bikes

    If Boda-bodas are for adventure people, this kind of transport are for people that are willing to have new experiences...There are some "taxis" in Kampala that are bicycles!! I never tried it, but I guess that it is for going to a place located just some metres away, cause Kampala is located between seven hills.. so it is not easy to carry people...

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  • Boda-Boda

    This is another way to move inside Kampala, but it is only for people that like the adventure...Boda-Bodas are motorcyles like Vespinos, that are used as taxis. It is a good way to avoid the traffic jams in Kampala, but they are quite dangerous, cause people in Kampala drive like mad.

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  • Transport in Kampala

    The best way to move inside Kampala is picking a taxi. There are two kind of taxis, private and shared. Shared taxis are vans where there may be even 12 people inside. They used to be very packed, and they go to predefined destinations. These "taxis" are used by local people.Private taxis, are like taxis all over the world, with the exception that...

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  • You will probably need a 4WD

    We travelled around Uganda in this Landcruiser complete with driver Robert, and were very glad of the 4WD as the roads were often not much more than a sandy track.

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  • Ripe bananas - wrong season

    First off -- have a local driver drive you in this country. Second -- watch what you have hanging from the rear view mirror.

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  • RENT A VAN

    I think the best option in Uganda is to rent a mini van or a 4x4 with a driver (you can drive by yourself but due the conditions of the roads is would suggest to get a driver too).There is a massive quantity of matutus (mini vans that operate in between the main cities and towns) but they are over crowded and it seems thier horary schedules are way...

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  • book safari in uganda

    to see any of the famous beautiful National Parks it is best you go by a local tour agent..I found a very reliable agent which is real worth the money and help you very much in anything..ask for driver Joseph

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  • Transportation around Uganda.

    Domestic Public Buses:These 70 seater buses ply between the larger towns in Uganda to and from Kampala. There are many bus operators but usually only one operator on a particular route. .The bus park is between the old and new taxi parks in Kampala. From outlying regions buses pick up just about anywhere in town and will circle the town touting for...

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  • Hitchhiking

    If there's no means of transport around, don't worry, just sit down and wait, someone will pass by. In National Parks and very remote areas you might be forced to tramp if you don't want to hire a private taxi for a lot of money. I was told that people usually want some money if they give you a ride, however, all my rides ended up to be free.I...

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  • "Taxis" (Matatus)

    The cheapest way of getting around (within one city as well as between different cities, towns and villages) is by a so-called "Taxi" or "Minibus". (Tourists call it by its Suaheli name "Matatu" as it's easy to get confused with the Western understanding of a taxi, which in Uganda would be a "Special Hire")."Taxis" take a predetermined route and...

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  • Flying from Europe

    Flying from Europe is now much easier than it was. You now no longer need to fly via Schiphol and Nairobi as British Airways are now flying direct to Entebbe from Heathrow. They fly 3 days a week (Mon, Wed and Sat I think) and the return fare is about 650-700 pounds for a normal seat. Availability is for some reason a bit of a bother so book early.

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  • Safari and more

    Its advisable to rent a car in order to ease getting around especially upcountry where all National parks are to be found. This practise is not only cheap but also very comfortable. Cross country vehicles are apt for such tours and can be rented at the above addresses. Among other rental companies are 2 international ones, Hertz and AVSI. Fairs for...

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  • Special hire

    Alternatively you can take a special hire. These are moreless taxis with the difference that they don´t operate with a counter. For this matter you must bargain on the price before setting off.

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  • Taxi in the ugandan terms

    Having landed at Entebbe international airport, 40 Km away from the capital, the most common means of getting away is by road. Public transport is available in form of privately owned vehicles which operate on all roads in the country. Such vehicles are usually 14 seater mini-buses locally called "Kamunye". They are marked with a blue checkered...

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  • I flew from Amsterdam to...

    I flew from Amsterdam to Nairobi (Kenya) with KLM, then with Kenya Airlines to Entebbe in Uganda. The roads in the part of Uganda that I was were ok. No problem getting around. Near the borders in the north and in the south-west on the other hand you should be carefull considering the ongoing armed conflicts in those areas.

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  • I travelled from Asia - long...

    I travelled from Asia - long trip via Amsterdam and Nairobi. No problems at all. Fly Kenyan Airlines if you can - superb service and a damn comfy plane too! Kenyan, KLM, Emirates and Ethiopian Air fly from Europe to Nairobi, then its just an hours hop to Entebbe. The fare can be expensive from Europe I think, but there are always deals around to be...

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  • The primary airlines from...

    The primary airlines from Europe are British Airways, Air France, and Sabena (Belgian). There are also other possibilites, such as Ethiopian and Gulf Air, which will route you through their countries. As of Summer 2001 it was possible for US citizens (I don't know about others) to get visas at the Entebbe airport upon arrival - check with the...

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  • I was lucky to get a very...

    I was lucky to get a very cheap flight with Ethiopian Airlines. From Frankurt to Entebbe with two stop-overs, one in Athens and the second in Addis Abeba.In Addis Abeba I had to leave the transit area, escorted by a soldier, to search for my lugage because they were not sure if it was brought to the right aircraft. Because at the check-in in...

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  • One day we were renting two...

    One day we were renting two motorcycles, a Yamaha DT 125 and a 200cc Honda, from private owners to do a trip out to the country side. It was a very interesting experience to see real country life.

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