Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jul 21, 2012 1:24 AM Last Post By: VisitUganda
Jun 2, 2012 8:45 AM
Bus safetyI am sure I have seen it somewhere but when I want it I can not find it!
Can anyone please tell me which are the "better" bus companies in Uganda and which are the ones to avoid. From what I could find the post bus gets good comments. I will be travelling mainly round the South West of Uganda
Jun 3, 2012 2:56 AM
Jun 3, 2012 9:46 AM
2Sorry to say I think they're all about as bad as each other.
Before I went to Uganda, I'd heard that Horizon were one of the better companies, but the Horizon bus we caught from Mbarara to Kabale was hours late, decrepit (admittedly it was a replacement bus for one that had broken down - hence the lateness...) and just as bad driving as the rest.
Link had comfortable newish buses and the scariest drivers, but this may have been down to being on good roads: it's better when the road is not so good because they have to drive a bit slower.
The Post bus was very nice and left exactly on time, but still drove recklessly.
In order of feeling safe and fairly confident of reaching my destination in 1 piece, I'd choose minibuses or matatus over buses (at least you can see what's happening!) and buses over shared cars (you can see, but being wedged into a saloon with 10 - or more - others, including a couple sharing the driver's seat, does not inspire confidence.)
Also more than a few of our shared taxi drivers seemed to have a death wish, not only driving very fast but mostly on the wrong side of the road.
Really, you might as well just take the first transport that comes along, I doubt it makes very much difference, and often there is no choice anyway.
Jun 3, 2012 11:34 AM
3Post bus from Post office Uganda leave early morning every day.
Link is also good
Jun 26, 2012 11:52 PM
4Kaz- I agree, Horizon was not so nice! We sat in the Kampala bus station for about 6 hours waiting for the bus to fill up and then we did not get into Kabale until after dark. We inhaled so many bus fumes. We were pretty destroyed when we got to Kabale. I heard that Jaguar and the post bus would have been better options. Also, we took Akamba bus from Kampala through Nairobi to Tanzania. If you can find something else, try it! Our bus broke down numerous times throughout the night, and there were tons of cockroaches that came out of the wood work every time the bus stopped. We probably killed about 200 roaches during the night. I suggest tucking your pants into your socks. Gross! Also, once we got to Narobi, we were late and missed our connecting Akamba bus. They did help us get another bus and refunded us most of this second leg of the journey. Try to find something else if you are going to Kenya/Tanzania. TIA
Jul 21, 2012 1:24 AM
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