I borrowed this photo from Wikipedia (and cropped it) after a Google search on where in the world you drive on the right side of the road and where you drive on the wrong, sorry, I mean left, side of the road.
This was quite interesting to see – I haven’t actually given it much thought until we started talking about this trip. I guess when you think about other countries, or about travelling there, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t which side of the road they drive on there.
At first glance it looks like it will be quite easy for us: we’ll start off on the right side of the road and just after halfway down we switch and from there on we drive on the left side. But we will actually have to keep a bit more alert as to what side to be on, because after driving on the right all the way we switch as we come into Kenya. Then we only have a little bit of time to get used to being on the left side as we drive through Kenya and into Uganda, because then we have to switch back to the right side again through tiny Rwanda, before going left again as we cross the border into Tanzania! Could be slightly confusing.
I think, for me, it will be good in a way. I don’t have much experience driving in left side traffic or driving the cruiser for that matter. I’ll get to get used to driving the cruiser, a right hand drive vehicle, on roads and in a traffic system I’m used to and can get used to its size and where I need to be on the road without having to worry too much about keeping to the left and all that. I can then come into the left side traffic area of southern Africa knowing the cruiser by heart and can focus on switching side. Provided Brian lets me drive at all, that is.