Getting around and about on East Africa safari
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Today, even the remotest regions of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania can be reached. If driving yourself, it is recommended that you seek local advice on the duration of a journey, the most appropriate route, and type of vehicle to use while the four-wheeled drive vehicles are the best for most rural terrains. Fuel stations are available in all main towns and on many major routes. When driving long distances it is advisable to take spare fuel and to confirm the location of fuel stations. A good road map is essential.

Car Hire
The majority of the cars are right-hand drive, and drivers keep to the left on the road. Drivers require a recognized international drivers license. Some Kenya safari companies offer chauffeur driven cars only. Those offering self-drive cars may require the driver to be aged between 23 to 70 years and have held a valid driving license for a minimum of anywhere between 12 months and tow years. Other requirements may include insurance, identification documents, and health certificates. Rates may be worked out based on monthly, weekly, daily or unlimited mileage terms.

Taxis are available at the airport and in all main towns. Confirm the fare before setting off as the fares are not regulated by mileage meters as seen in most western countries.
Bus Services

There are many minibuses, matatus, and share-taxis. Fares are fixed and vehicles leave once full. Both short and long distance bus services are available. For long distances, you may be required to cut a ticket at a booking office while for short distances; a conductor will take the fare on the go. Remember to confirm with the driver or conductor if the bus or minibus is the right one for your route!

Rail Services
Uganda operates passenger services between Kampala, Jinja, Tororo, Mbale, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Parawach and Kasese in Western Uganda, and a weekly service to Nairobi. Kenya has railway services within the city and to Mombasa.

Ferries to the Ssese Islands start the journey from Bukakata in Uganda. In Kenya, you will find ferries at Mombasa and in Tanzania between the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and mainland Tanzania.

Light Aircraft
Many towns and some of the national parks, have airstrips suitable for light planes. Air taxi and charter services are available
Light aircraft flying into national parks’ airstrips from neighboring countries should arrange local immigration clearance in advance.

Motorbikes, tuk-tuk, and bicycles.
For those who wants to experience an African safari ride through Motorbikes, tuk-tuk, bicycles, they are readily available.

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