Do I need a 4wd for Uganda?
It depends on what you intend to do. If you are based in Kampala and only going on safari once a year then a two wheel drive vehicle will suffice. You can always hire out a 4wd. The main roads in Kampala are mostly tarmac although can be pot holed.
What you have to bear in mind is the driving standard in Kampala and Uganda as a whole is poor, to say the least. Therefore, if you are concerned about the safety of your occupants in the event of an MVC then a large, strong 2wd (not many available) or 4wd is necessary. If you are intent on seeing as much of Uganda as you can during your stay then a 4wd is essential.
What is the most common 4wd vehicle in Uganda?
The answer to this question is market related based. Organisations and individuals alike go for price, availability and availability of spares at a good price. The market leader would have to be Toyota; followed by Nissan, Mitsubishi and Land Rover.
What is most important feature to consider when buying a 4wd for this area?
Availability of a good spares and service back up is essential. What we have found is that a simple, robust vehicle with a live axle suspension system works well. Although, you lose some of the creature comforts of some of the more up-to-date models you will find that you will have less problems with wear and tear and service costs.