Overland trips - distances and transportation
Flying to Uganda
The fastest option is of course flying.
1. KLM (Amsterdam/Schiphol); flying time: about 8 to 10 hours. Incoming (direct) flight: 8 hours, return flight via Kigali (Rwanda): 10 hours.
Cost: €750 - 1300 (depending on season).
2. Departure from Brussels also possible. Cost: €550 - 1300.
3. Cheaper alternatives are Turkish Air, Egypt Air, Kenyan Air. THey are sometimes a lot cheaper, but they usually have long in between stops (Istambul, Cairo, Nairobi etc.).
For all our tours we make use of:
Reliable private transport: a 4-wheel drive mini bus or Landcruiser, that have an open roof during game drives. Maximum number of passengers: 6, so that each passenger has a window seat.
Well trained drivers that speak the local languages. The drivers are well-trained wildlife guides
Local bussesWe advise you not to travel with public transport as this can lead to a considerable amount of stress: where does the bus leave from, what time does it leave, do I arrive at the right destination? etc.
And last but not least, their safety is not optimal. Drivers often drive too fast and reckless. A compromise between a safari vehicle and the bus may be to hire an ordinary passenger car with driver (see our page about car hire).
Some people prefer to cover the longer distances within the country by plane. That is also possible. If you want this, RunguTours can organnise this for you.
Driving in Uganda is on the left side of the road. Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to organise a vehicle with a driver rather than self-drive.
Traveling through Uganda with RunguTours
Uganda is a relatively small country compared to the surrounding countries.But don't be mistaken, it is 6 times as big as the Netherlands. Travelling time from one destination to another can at times be quite long, due to dust roads that are sometimes not in a good condition. For distances, see the table below.
We drive comfortable Toyota minbuses or the comfortable Landcruiser. The latter is somewhat more expensive in use.
For larger groups, we sometimes make use of the so-called coaster bus. It contains 17 passenger seats.
Source: Uganda Maps © Andrew Roberts