Road Distances to note on a Uganda Self Drive

While on a Uganda Self Drive Vacation, take note of the driving distances between Entebbe, Kampala and the different destinations within the country. Note that the generally accepted speed limits on the road include; 80km/h on a highway, 50km/h in all major towns and 40km/h in all National Parks.

The most common of the distances that connect to the tourist destinations include;

Entebbe to Kampala:

Entebbe is an important town in Uganda as it is where the airport is located while Kampala is the capital city of Uganda. The driving distance is about 45km and the driving time can be anything between 1 hour to 3 hours depending on the traffic as well as time and day of the week.

Kampala to Masindi:

Kampala is the capital city and center of all the major happenings plus also the point of start for most journeys while Masindi is the town with close proximity to Murchison Falls National Park. The driving distance is about 211km and the driving time is between 3 to 4 hours. This might depend on the traffic from Kampala as well as the stops you could make on the road. You might decide to have breakfast at Kabalega Diners which would also play a part in increasing the drive time.

Fort Portal to Kasese:

Fort Portal is an important tourist town in Uganda due to its close proximity to Kibale Forest National park, Amabere caves, and the various crater lakes while Kasese is the closest big town to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The driving distance is about 77km which could take about an hour and a half driving time.

Kampala to Fort Portal:

As earlier stated, Kampala is Uganda’s capital while Fort Portal is the town with close proximity to the crater lakes, Amabere caves and most importantly the Chimps in Kibale Forest. It has been recently been dubbed the Tourism City. The travel distance is about 290km while the driving time is about 5 hours.

Kampala to Mbarara:

Mbarara is the second largest city and closest to the smallest savanna park in Uganda that is Lake Mbura National Park. The travel distance is about 260km and this can take you about 5 hours’ drive because this is one of the busiest routes from Kampala.

Kampala to Jinja:

Jinja is the adventure capital of Uganda where most of the water sports to include; white water rafting, tubing, boat rides, as well as quad biking can be done. It is also where the source of the mighty River Nile is situated. The travel distance is about 80km but can take you between 2 to 3 hours to drive via Mukono town depending on traffic. This is the busiest highway in Uganda as it also connects Uganda to Kenya.

Mbarara to Kabale:

Kabale is one of the major town in the country which has close proximity to the Rwanda border of Katuna and also is home to the famous Lake Bunyonyi whose scenic view and location make it one of the number one places of relaxation. The travel distance is about 145km and drive time is about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Kabale to Kisoro:

Kisoro is the town located at the extreme south western part of Uganda. It hosts the famous Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes that can be hiked and at a certain point, it is easy to have a foot in DR. Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. It also has Lake Mutanda close by. While in Kisoro it would be possible for you to trek the gorillas in either Bwindi or Mgahinga National Parks. The travel distance from Kabale is about 76km, but due to the terrain of the area, it could take about 2 hours’ drive.

Kasese to Buhoma:

Buhoma is the first sector that was developed for gorilla tourism activity in Uganda, and as such, it is the most developed area for gorilla tourism compared to all the others. This places has most of the luxurious lodges, and due to further developments, there is the Bwindi Community Hospital which is one of the best hospitals in the country. The travel distance is about 175km, and can take between 5 to 6 hours’ drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Buhoma to Mbarara:

Mbarara is the town located close to the middle between Entebbe and Buhoma. It offers an important stopover because of its close location to Lake Mburo National Park in case you need to add that to your itinerary or a stopover for lunch on your way to Kampala or Entebbe. The travel time is about 200km and drive time is about 5 to 6 hours.



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