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6 hours ago, 17x7 said:

Here is Norseman's answer.  Skip ahead if not interested.

 

No, it's not really possible to just drive around off-road.  There is very little public land.  Basically, just some National Parks (where the photo was taken) and a few forest reserves.  Those are highly regulated and have nearly no roads.  The parks have LOTS of rules.  No off-road is one of them.  That said, if 4x4 is your thing, I have to lock the hubs to get to my house about half the year (during rainy seasons) as I live on a pretty steep hill.  Last night we were coming back from some traveling 'up country' and got stuck in traffic as we returned to Kampala.  We left the main road and took side streets to get around "the Jam".  Only the main roads are paved.  Even in the city.  Everything else is just dirt.  My 'cruiser has a 4" lift, aftermarket coil springs all around, and gobs of wheel travel.  I had a wheel in the air 2 or 3 times traveling those streets.  These streets are on Google Maps, mind you.  The bad parts are when you meet another car and have to cross a ditch or rut.  The folks in 2 wheel rigs and small cars can't manage and so it's me that ends up jumping the ruts to get by, just because I can.

 

There are no guns allowed for anyone except military, and some police and security guards.  In fact, even pocket knives are considered concealed weapons and are illegal.  There are lots of military and security around.  Military provide a good amount of security presence and are almost all carrying AKs.

 

There are lots of fuel stations, as long as you are on main roads.  The issue is fuel quality.  The international chains are Shell, and Total.  The rest you have never heard of.  You can guarantee that there is at least kerosene mixed into the diesel at local stations to increase their profit.  Shell and Total are supposed to be pure fuel, but you never really know.  I do know the car likes their fuel better.  The farther from main towns you get, the farther between good stations.  Sometimes 50-75 miles.  One town I go to about twice a year, is at least that and you have to go back to the station because there is no good fuel in the town there.  We carry a jerry can or two to make sure we can get back without having to buy bad fuel.  My 'cruiser can run rougher fuel, but I hate pushing it.

 

Big animals are pretty much just in and around the National Parks.  Lions are there, but nowhere else.  Crocs are more common, but still pretty rare.  People kill them anytime they find them.  Parts of the Nile have them, and sparsely populated areas of Lake Victoria and other lakes.  You can sometimes find hippos outside the parks, but it's rare.  If you see a critter, it's usually monkeys, snakes, or a Nile Monitor.

 

Come on over.  We'll go for a ride and see the sights.

17x7

 

Great info! Thank you!

 

And I would return the favor anytime yer in my neck of the woods bud!

This is why I like diesels.

 

 

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On 7/8/2019 at 11:07 PM, Catmandoo said:

17x7, are air cooled diesels used in the African vehicles?

No, not to my knowledge.  Years ago, I saw an air cooled diesel motorcycle.  Probably about 100cc???  Sounded like rocks in a spray can.  Never seen another.

 

17x7

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