Why need a roof-top Tented Vehicle on Your Self-Guided Camping Trip in Uganda

Roof-top tented vehicles have become a popular option for self-drive Safaris in Uganda. They are normal safari vehicles mainly Land cruiser brands of TX, TZ and GX fitted with a tent on top of their roof, thus the name roof top tent. The rooftop firmly fits on the roof rack that is built like a tank or rigid metallic panel on the car top.

Rooftop tented vehicles are mostly preferred by tourists that ought to go for Self drive Uganda camping trips. Therefore if you are planning to rent a car in Uganda and other camping gear for your next camping experience, here are some of the reasons why you should look into consideration of a roof top tented vehicle first.


There’s nothing worse than struggling your way through setting up a camp especially when you are on extended trips that are largely on the move. However, hiring a rooftop tented vehicle for this case would be more beneficial to you. It is much flexible with your needs.  A roof top tent is very easy to set up and time saving. Zipping it on and pegging the corners require not more than a minute.

A roof top tent is easy to set up, and enables ca,ping any where at any time.

We all know that there’s nothing worse than having to un-make your bed every morning when you pack your tent up! With the roof top tent, that’s a thing of the past. You can secure your sleeping bag and pillows up in them while they’re folded away. That makes setting up and packing up camp even quicker and keeps your storage space inside your vehicle free for other things.

The flexibility of these tents also makes them ideal for those doing overland trips through rough terrain and high alpine areas. For example, in Eastern Uganda, most of the interesting spots such as at Sipi Falls on the slopes of Mountain Elgon, camping in a ground tent would be annoying to find a good flat ground for a tent. With the ease of setup and take down of roof top tents, camping in the roof tented car would be get you out of such.

Weather Proof

You will never worry about the unlikely changing weather conditions if you have a roof top tented vehicle. Car top tents are prone to any weather condition. They would be perfect for poor camp grounds that are prone to being affected by nasty weather since you are always lifted up from the ground. This also secures you from packing or moving with a dirty tent for instance when it has rained or been pitched on a muddy ground.

These tents are always tested to withstand winds in excess of 50 mph. This also assures you of being safe from being blown away as many would assume at first since Uganda’s winds are always below that.


Rooftop tents create a flat surface to sleep on, and you will wake well rested compared to the ground-tent. The heavier materials of the roof rack allow for thick mattresses and great weather protection.

Another reason where the rooftop tents hits the mark is about their dramatic system that allows you more space in the vehicle such as that of the car trunk that would have been used to carry the tent itself and other bedding like mattresses.

You can always carry your beddings inside a top roof top

Some claim that rooftop tents affect fuel usage and vehicle handling but this isn’t true. They do neither! As long as it is fitted correctly to the rear of the vehicle and on its rack, it’ll sit down nice and protected out of the wind buffer zone. You won’t notice any difference to vehicle fuel consumption as well as handling.

In conclusion, if you haven’t used a rooftop tented vehicle for a camping trip to Uganda, better do. After just one night’s camping, you’ll never want to go back to any other type of campsite accommodation! From the ease of setup and pack up, how comfortable they are, the flexibility and just how good a night’s sleep you get, you’ll fall in love with this style of Self-drive safari camping.


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