How To Get Around Uganda


The company’s been operating in Uganda since June 2016 and has grown significantly since its launch. Download the app  and you’ll be on your way to your destination without any hustles.

You might also need.

  • A phone connected to the internet
  • The Uber app


Motorcycles driven by young, often reckless and mostly unlicensed males, Bodas Bodas (or just Bodas) are the fastest means of transport over small distances (average 1- 10 km).

They are more expensive than say matatus, but have the advantage of being convenient (you can get one from almost anywhere) and much, much faster. The drivers are often willing to break any traffic law in the book – they’ll go off road anytime, manoeuvre dangerously comfortably through the traffic and run traffic lights to get you there fast.

Some travellers find them exhilarating, the large number of accidents they are involved in every year notwithstanding.  If you take one and start to feel that the boda-boda rider needs to slow down or ride better, speak up and let them know. They will readily oblige. However, you might have to interrupt his stream-of-consciousness since he’ll most likely be engaging you on politics and current affairs.

For a more controlled experience, you can download an app called SafeBoda. It’s the Uber for boda bodas.

You might also need.

  • A helmet. Some drivers carry extra helmets that they can lend you at no charge.
  • Good bargaining skills – knowledge of a few words in Luganda are a plus
  • Small denominations to pay your fare with. Boda bodas are known for having “no change for big notes”.


Buses are a convenient means to get to places that are several hundred kilometres away. They are also the most used means of getting to Rwanda, Kenya and South Sudan.  They are fairly cheap.

Being crowded in a hot metal box racketing along at a terrible (not that terrible) speed means that you will eventually become a willing or unwilling observer of the lives of the people you are riding with. You can observe them from an aloof distance or you can reach out and make a friend or two.

Stops are made once or twice on a trip, giving you a chance to refresh yourself with some streetfood. For your own sake and for the sake of the street food vendors, carry small denominations of money for this. These small stops make for nice distractions from the monotony.

Always take food or a drink that you yourself have bought, do not accept any from other passengers, especially in the later hours. People are sometimes drugged and robbed. Keep your valuables close as possible.

You might also need.

  • Sleep


These fourteen-seater white vans with a blue and white strip across them are the easiest and cheapest means of moving around in Kampala and rural Uganda. They patrol the streets looking for customers heading to particular destinations and will stop nearly anywhere to pick you up. They are also found in the taxi park. All you have to do is wait by the roadside and one is bound to roll up in a few minutes.  Flag it and board it and you are off!

It is wise to carry small denominations of money in taxis. Taxis that are boarded in transit will always be cheaper than those that are boarded from the taxi park.

Every so often, thefts happen in taxis. If you have a window seat, stay off your smartphone. Every so often, a young man with quick fingers and fast feet will snatch a phone from a distracted passenger during traffic.  The ease with which they do this will astonish you.

You might also need

  • A working understanding of these three phrases- Masa-aw0(“I’d like to alight a few meters from here”), ku-stage, (“I’d like to alight at the next stage”) and muziweleze ( This is used when it is time to pay your taxi fare)


There are various services like AeroLink that charter flights for tourists between parks and certain designated towns (chiefly Entebbe) which flies to parks and places, mainly for tourists. They are comfortable, with really excellent service.

However they are quite expensive.


Airline companies Eagle Air and Mission Aviation Fellowship(MAF) have somewhat more comfortably-priced services. However, most of those towns are not located near Tourist Spots and with MAF, you have to belong to an NGO.

On the whole, flying in Uganda is quite safe and reliable and there have been no crashes reported.  The planes are well-maintained and have excellent Pilots.

You might also need

  • What could you possibly need? You are flying by air.


This is the most expensive means of transport around Kampala and other towns. A good idea is to share the cost with a few other people. Special hire rates are completely dependent on your negotiation abilities, though recently, services like Uber, Yellow and Friendship taxi services have made metered rates more common.

Most hotels have steady relationships with vehicle hire establishments and will readily recommend a trustworthy option.

Many tour and travel companies also offer this service. They will even be willing in most cases to let you drive yourself, not to mention hiring the vehicle out to you for a day or more. Be warned – driving on Ugandan roads can be a bit stressful, what with the boda bodas and potholes.

You might also need (if you are self-driving)

  • As fuel in Uganda is expensive, around 1.00 USD per liter.
  • An International Driver license or your country’s license(but for up to 6 months).
  • A log book and certificate of insurance.