And so we found ourselves leaving sleepy Entebbe for the hustle and bustle of Kampala.
Fortunately we left on a Friday morning meaning that traffic into Kampala was relatively quiet, even though it was wet. The road between the two cities is tarmac but very much single lane and rough, with quite a pronounced drop off from the tar on each side. Traffic on each side tries to bully the oncoming vehicles to move over.
It also means that the congestion can be quite severe as drivers stop whenever and wherever they wish, most times ensuring the following traffic cannot pass. So a trip from Entebbe to Kampala can take an unpredictable amount of time – anywhere between 45 minutes to several hours depending on time of the day, day of the week, weather conditions and anything else you can think of.
Kampala has very high congestion on its roads as well as loads of roadworks happening, so travel around the city is generally a challenge for the driver and an exercise in tedium for any passenger. (A suggestion: keep eyes firmly shut if you are in any way a nervous passenger)
Although there are the normal road rules that apply to any left hand drive country, and these are obeyed most of the time, there is always someone who decides that they can do their own thing. So self driving can be hazardous to your health -unless you have nerves of steel and perhaps some previous experience of driving in chaotic circumstances.