Frequently Asked Questions
We have taken the initiative to keep records of the frequently asked questions that our inquiries have generated. Most of which have been of great help in their car rental Uganda safaris. Please take a look at some of the questions and the answers, maybe one or two can be helpful.
Qn. When is the high season in Uganda?
Ans. The high seasons in Uganda starts Mid June till mid October and it also tends to be high again mid Dec to mid Feb, though visitors travel to Uganda through-out the year.
Qn. Do i need booking lodges in advance during self drive?
Ans. Yes, if you intend to sleep in the lodges and No if you intend on camping. To reserve you room, many of these lodges will ask for a deposit or full payment earlier to confirm the booking, and yes, Auto Rental Uganda can book for you the lodges of your choice whether on self drive car hire in Uganda.
Qn. Do i need travel insurance?
Ans. Yes, just like any traveler, you actually require travel insurance. The comprehensive insurance only covers the vehicle you hire. The insurance of the car does not cover loss of personal belongings and personal injuries. It’s very much advised to get travel insurance from in your preparation to travel to Uganda.
Qn. Is Uganda and Rwanda safe for Self Drive?
Ans. Yes, for the very steady drivers, Uganda is safe for personal adventure. However you need to look out for some of the crazy drivers you meet along the way and also consider driving at minimum speed due to the unnoticed bumps and not really many signposts. Being careful while driving is the trick to a safe self drive adventure in Uganda. You can also make use of the resourceful drivers if you do not fancy driving yourself around Uganda
Qn. Any Requirements for visa to enter Uganda or Rwanda?
Ans. Yes you actually need a visa to enter Uganda which can be bought on arrival at the airport. It actually costs $50. However for Rwanda, you need to apply earlier and a confirmation code sent to you which you present at the migrations on arrival and pay for your visa.
Qn. When is the best time to visit Uganda?
Ans. Uganda is good to go all year around. Its warmer and dry through the months of June till mid October and then Mid Dec till mid march. However the climate in Uganda is unpredictable, it could decide to rain at any time of the year or month or still stay dry in the said rainy seasons. No matter how rainy or dry it is, there is no much effect on your holiday experience. Considering that the roads are rough and muddy in the rainy season, Our vehicles are fit to maneuver the terrain due to their ground clearance and are full time four wheels.
Qn. Where and how can I buy my gorilla permits in Uganda?
Ans. The Uganda wildlife authority is responsible for issuing the Gorilla and chimpanzee permits. However it is advisable to book the permits for primate tracking earlier in advance and this is done after full payment of the fees. Gorillas at USD $600 and chimpanzee USD $150. Auto Rental Uganda team is more than happy to organize and buy these permits on your behalf and all you need is add a little USD $15 that caters for taxi transport to and from the UWA head offices. A scanned copy of these permits will be sent to you in proof of purchase and you will absolutely get the permits the day you arrive, whether you will be on self drive car hire or guided trip.
Qn. What is the Fuel consumption of the Rav4 while on Self drive?
Ans. About 11kms for every 1 liter, the toyota Rav4s consume 60litres of fuel at full tank and these could take you between 650kms -700kms depending on the nature of driving and the terrain you go through. It is also advisable to fuel up the tank in big towns at Total and Shell gas stations as these have good fuel that will last you more mileage
Qn. How much are the entrance fees to the game parks.
Ans. The rates for the financial year 2016 are US$ 40 / 24hr for non residents, US$ 30 / 24hr for foreign residents and UGX 15,000 for East African Citizens . This for your driver in case you have one. You only pay UGX 30,000 just once for whatever number of days you will be in the park. Ferry crossing in Murchison is ugx 5000 per person and ugx 20000 for the vehicle
Qn. How are the road conditions in Uganda.
Ans. For the past 5years, the government of Uganda has put priority on most of the major roads heading to major towns across the country. Even the feeder roads have been repaired to better. However there are some roads that have not been touched and that’s where we advice to avoid them. The roads in the parks are well maintained though they sometimes go bad especially in the rainy season. The rains in the northern part of Uganda especially kidepo being a valley tend to wash away the roads, so preferably we advice you take the land cruisers with a high level ground clearance or with a guide to minimize any hiccups of getting stuck in the middle of nowhere in mud though this is all part of adventure just in case you plan on traveling to the north. These land cruisers will do you a great job.
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