Self Drive Around Lake Victoria – 4×4 Car Hire in East Africa: Car Rental Tanzania.

looking for Self-drive around Lake Victoria? Don’t miss a road trip throughout East Africa starting from Tanzania to Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda on a self-drive holiday.

In the Lake Victoria drive, we recommend that you start with your rental car in Uganda and end in Uganda to enable enjoy a visit to some of the islands on the lake found within Uganda’s side.

Brief facts about Lake Victoria.

The British explorer John Hanning Speke was the first European to find the lake in the 1850s during his expedition to find the source of the River Nile and decided to dedicate his discovery to Queen and country. Speke believed that the lake was in-fact the source he’d been looking for, and this is now widely accepted as being true (at least, it’s considered to be the main contributor to the ‘Fat River’)

Lake Victoria covers a gigantic area of 26,600 square miles and has a coastline that runs for over 2,000 miles around three countries. It contains approximately 1,000 islands, ranging from tiny spits of land to larger inhabited islets. Each inhabited island has its own character, customs, and history – visitors to Mfangano Island, for example, will be able to see ancient rock paintings made by the Twa (Batwa) people.

Lake Victoria is a haven for wildlife. Alongside a spectacular array of birdlife and wetland animals, such as the clawless otter and sitatunga, the lake has fostered a number of native species. Among these are several types of cichlid, many of which are notable by their vibrantly colored scales. More elusive – or, possibly extinct – is the Lake Victoria Deepwater Catfish. Dwelling at the bottom of the lake, which is 82 metres at its deepest, this little-known catfish is thought to have been brought to near extinction by the introduction of the Nile Perch.

What Makes Lake Victoria Self Drive Special?

Alongside its rich history, cultural wealth, and spectacular wildlife, Lake Victoria is special for being one of only two places in East Africa where it’s possible to watch the sunset over water without being on the coast! Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya is the other.

Standing in the heart of East Africa, Lake Victoria is an enormous mass of water that stretches across countries, cultures, and histories. A visit to the lake offers the chance to explore the diversity of local communities, as well as sight some of Africa’s most prized wildlife. Take a look at how Governor’s Camp can shape your Lake Victoria Experience.

Where to find the bookings

We can also advise you on where to find discounted Safari lodges and camps in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and National Park campsite reservations, as well as how to make National Park reservations and how to find the best flight options at discounted rates to airports in East Africa.

What Type of Vehicle do you need for Self-drive around Lake Victoria.

Budget is often a factor in this and if you are on a very tight budget a cheap 2 wheel drive will not get you around Africa, however, some game parks may not be accessible. If you are on a lodge touring program however where the game viewing is handled by guides from the lodge in their own vehicles then it’s possible to get away with a 4×4 wheel drive vehicle.

Be aware that some lodges can have sandy and rough approach tracks but the lodge will often make a plan to meet you and escort you to them.

Vehicle Insurance

The Terms and Conditions need careful checking. The best companies will have clear simple outlines that make it clear what you are and are not responsible for. Beware of the loss of deposit and liability increase if no other vehicle is involved in an accident. Some companies can double your liability in this case. Other areas to check are damage to the underside of the vehicle, clutch damage, and water damage. There are special excess insurance policies that you can buy to protect this.

You should take out a supplemental vehicle insurance policy before leaving home to cover loss of deposit, but ensure this is valid for the type of vehicle you are hiring and the roads that you intend to drive on.

Finding low-Cost 4×4 hire

There is a lot to be said for not spending a large part of your budget on a top of the range 4×4. Instead, use one of the small private suppliers of vehicles that may be older and showing signs of a hard life yet still remain serviceable. The sources of these vehicles can be hard to find and if you are not careful, of dubious quality so there is a definite warning here. You may end up with a breakdown in a remote spot with no backup!