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NSENENE: A MUST TASTE ON A SELF DRIVE IN UGANDA

 

Uganda offers more than the gorillas and the plenty wildlife animals on a self-drive safari let us introduce to you the ensenene: Nsenene is the Luganda name for Ruspolia differens commonly known as grasshoppers a bush cricket that is a central and south-western Ugandan delicacy as well as an important source of high nutrition value.

It is believed that Africans have been eating grass hoppers since Biblical times. Apart from being so tasty, these edible insects are actually a high value source of nutrition on the wings, researchers have found. They contain exceptionally high amounts of proteins, fat, dietary fiber, and ash. Also grass hoppers provide a cheap and often free source of food as they are freely available in the wild for anyone willing and able to trap them.

This delicacy if you are to eat, nsenene are plucked and washed before cooking them.The insects are a cheap food since you do not even need cooking oil to fry nsenene. The insects can fry in their own fat. Apart from being fried and flavored with onions, nsenene could also be boiled or sun-dried and eaten on their own or served alongside other dishes.

These most loved insects are seasonal and it is believed that even if the come in a season when your husband is not their at home the wife must keep for the husband even if he takes years to come back.they are well preserved in a glass bottle with a tight cover.

Nsenene in Uganda is not only a delicacy but also a totem abe nsenene_ Cone-headed Katydids. The Nsenene clan has a very important ritual it performs in Buganda every grasshopper season. The eating of the first grasshoppers which are delicacies in Buganda and beyond used to be cleansed by an Nsenene clansman who was required to jump over his wife or consummate with her to initiate the eating of these seasonal delicacies. This ritual was meant to increase their prevalence and also to stop any family member to fall sick.
The Nsenene royal duties included supplying the king with a wife,  with construction poles. They also have the honor of presenting the wooden milk pot to the ascending king during the crowning ceremony and the king sips.

You do not want to miss this opportunity to taste these delicacies in Uganda on your self-drive safari or guided safari in Uganda with a budget Rav4 that can easily take you to all these places where you can taste the Nsenene.

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Is it possible To Get The Most Out Of Your Self Drive?

 

Self drive safaris or holidays are usually thrilling due to the fact that you are mostly your own tour guide with the liberty to choose your destination and how to get there. Self driving in Uganda is growing in popularity primarily because of the multiple options of tourist attractions to choose from, from game reserves filled with Africa’s rarest animals to dense equatorial forests that are home to over three hundred bird and plant species; Uganda has offers a little something for everyone that bothers to go through her surreal beauty. The experience of self driving in Uganda is further enhanced by presence of good road networks and hospitable natives. But as much as self driving in itself is fun, there things you could do to make it even more thrilling. Without further delay allow us to share with you tips on how to get the most out of your self drive holiday.

Drive slow.

Self driving is an activity that is best enjoyed leisurely. Driving at fast speeds not only endangers your life through accidents but also robs you of the opportunity to take in all the scenery and buzz of life framed by your windscreen. So in order for you to appreciate the detailed beauty of Uganda’s varying landscapes and motley of lifestyles, drive slow and soak it all in.

Use less popular routes.

As mentioned earlier on, self driving affords you liberty to choose your routes. Good car rental companies usually provide a map to help you navigate around the country on your own reducing your chances of getting lost. With map in hand-and GPS in phone- you can choose to drive on less used roads and explore more of the country on your own. This caters for your curiosity as you won’t know what to expect after the next turn and it allows you to formulate your own opinion of the region as compared to using designated routes that emphasize only certain features of the region biasing your opinion.  However, be sure to inquire why the route is not used often; sometimes it may be impassable due to the weather or unsafe in which cases you should avoid it.

Camping.

Self drive safaris are very much similar to long road trips. You will need to make occasional stops to fill up or get some rest. Some car rental companies offer quality camping gear at discounted rates once you hire from their fleet. This gives you a chance to set up camp in any one of the game parks as they have designated camping spots where your safety is assured.

Stop every once in a while.

While self drive safaris is mostly about driving yourself, it is nearly impossible to understand everything you see on your own without help from the natives. If you are charmed by a picturesque sight or setting, do not be afraid to stop for a moment and take a brief walk around with one of the natives who will indulge you in tales of lore, myth and legend about that which made you stop. Ugandans are renown for their hospitality and will definitely not mind showing you around.

Carry a camera.

And of course, what would a safari be without a camera to capture all the beauty of your journey and remind you of the fun you had self driving in Uganda.

 

Car Rentals Uganda and Driver Guides.

 

Car Rentals in Uganda are travellers’ favorite option of late because of the alluring combination of convenience, flexibility and comfort that come along with these hired 4×4 cars from car rental companies in Uganda. Lovers of adventure always love to embark on self drive trips with these cars but there are all kinds of limitations especially on your adventure since it is very hard to concentrate on two things at ago.

We offer an amazing offer to the travellers where we give you an option of hiring an insightful driver guide that can show you around Uganda just like an open book and since they are fond of these routes, they drive through with more ease and understand the perfect spots for the unique wildlife to visit on your trip.

How to book a driver guide.

Booking a driver guide for your road trip across the beautiful lands of the Pearl of Africa is not such a hard thing to do. Simply let your car rental agency Uganda be in the know that you would like an Insightful driver guide to take you through this beautiful country and while they get your car ready, an expert driver will also be assigned to your car to make sure your experience with renting a car to discover Uganda is memorable. You only need to note that these driver guides come at an extra cost that is really worth it.

Roles of a driver guide.

A driver guide on a road trip with a rented 4×4 car in Uganda will be of two major roles that is driving the tourists and also guiding the tourists. The two might sound the same but the difference is that one who is just a driver will just do the driving and may not give satisfactory explanations about the different African wildlife species. However, most car rental companies in Uganda offer driver guides that are well trained and have vast knowledge of the different wildlife species like birds and many other animals like lions, zebras, elephants ,hippos and so much more. Also, the drivers are happy and determined to take the tourists to anywhere they would like to go and move at their desired pace and also share every little knowledge they deem important for the visitors to know.

Why opt for a driver guide.

Driving through the tough terrain roads with the 4×4 cars may not be as easy for a new person in Uganda since it needs one to have experience about the roads and directions to different destinations across the beautiful Pearl of Africa. This is where an insightful driver guide comes in handy because they are well trained and very conversant with Ugandan roads and with vast knowledge about the wildlife and vegetation in the areas you will be visiting. Also, a driver guide is a great option as you rent a car to explore Uganda because driving as you tour can be rather disrupting. You may not be able to concentrate on the steering wheel and also view the beautiful places and lots off African wildlife species.

 

 

White Water Rafting with 4×4 Car Rentals Uganda.

Uganda, known as the Pearl of Africa is best experienced on a fun filled road trip as travelers get to enjoy stunning  white water rafting sceneries on their self drive safaris. A self drive is made possible by hiring a 4×4 car from a reputable car rental agency in Uganda strong and stable on the tough terrain roads of these beautiful lands.

A safari to Uganda without experiencing the Nile  for white water rafting from its source is never a complete Uganda safari since you would have missed out on the fun filled activities at the source of the world’s longest river in the Eastern part of Uganda, Jinja. One of the activities that visitors can’t afford to miss is white water rafting, a thrilling adrenaline activity that gets you to the peak of all joy and happiness.

Where to do the  white water rafting.

While on your self drive safari Uganda, the perfect spot for a thrilling white water rafting experience is at the source of the Nile in Jinja which has giant and rapid moving waters to facilitate an exceptional and fun time on the Nile. There are experienced  white water rafting companies always ready to take you through this exciting activity like Nalubale Rafting and Adrift Adventures that pride in all time professionalism from guiding your water experiences to ending the day with delicious meals and luxurious accommodation.

How to get there.

The best way to reach the famous source of the Nile  for the white water rafting is by driving the 70km journey but this does not mean you have to come to Uganda with your own car. Instead, car rental agencies in Uganda are a perfect option where travellers hire 4×4 cars that are strong enough to maneuver the tough terrains of Ugandan roads. In case you are coming from a different destination within Uganda, it is important to make use of our detailed Uganda road map or better still an insightful driver guide that understands the routes better and can use the best option available to Jinja town. It is about 15 minutes to reach the source of the Nile from Jinja town therefore from any direction, you can find your way to Jinja and you will just be a few minutes away from the magical place.

Why  white water rafting.

White water Rafting is not just a game or activity to pass time but rather the kind that will give your wild self a chance to explode at all grades from 1 to 5. Rafters burn all the fatigue and stress as they get wet in the violent waters of the Nile which is an experience worth having.

The source of the Nile also offers other fun filled adrenaline activities like bungee jumping and kayaking with guidance from the professional team.

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Self Drive Uganda Safari To The Scenic Lake Bunyonyi.

Self Drive Uganda safari is adventurous and yes is very rewarding especially to the scenic and jaw dropping scenic lake bunyonyi. The fact and desire of being behind the wheels in a foreign country making use of brains and flexibly deciding where you prefer to go and stay makes the whole self drive Uganda safari Top-notch adventure. Self drive Uganda safari presents an adventurous traveler an option to hire a car in Uganda with a reputable car rental Agency enabling him or her discover the various alluring and spectacular nature inspired sights and views across the scenic Pearl of Africa_Uganda. Focusing on Uganda’s deepest water body in the scenic and most hilly area in the country, our travel experts share some Travel Tips & Through some of the most spectacular views in Uganda that you won’t trade for anything.

 

How to reach Bunyonyi on Self drive Uganda Safari.

Opting for a self drive Uganda trip automatically means we are using road transport to reach the beautiful lands of Kigezi. From Kampala to kabale is about 7 hours drive and just so you know, these areas have tough mountainous terrain that by all means needs a 4×4 car rental in perfect condition to maneuver these terrains. Depending on your previous destination, the central town that leads you to the Lake is Kabale therefore you will use a convenient route as guided by our detailed Uganda road map or our insightful car & driver guides if you opted for one to be able to reach Kabale town. Bunyonyi is about 8kms and about 15mins drive from The town in a stunning and meandering road up the hills of Bunyonyi. Branch off to the left on the kabale kisoro road with well marked sign posts 500metres from The town and make the final left turn to the road that leads you to the Scenic lake.

 

What to see and do in Bunyonyi.

This incredibly scenic lake and the surroundings offer quite a variety of activities you can do both on the water and on the shores but even the views themselves are immensely beautiful and mind blowing. The area itself is beautifully curved with heels soaring into the air with valleys complimenting them. Tourists in this area like to compare it with famous Switzerland for its mountainous nature and it is advisable that you visit this place ready to climb some steep hills as you adventure and learn more about mother nature.

The most exciting and famous activity is the canoe safari on the lake where the local canoe operators take you on a cruise where you get to see the few of the 29 islands and learn their different historical backgrounds for example the famous Punishment island where the traditional African girls would be dumped in case of premarital sex and pregnancy from where they starved to death as a punishment for breaking their cultural norm. So many more islands stand on this incredibly scenic deep water body and you can be sure to learn about every single one of them. The lake does not habituate any animals because of its depth and it is important therefore, to make sure you wear a life jacket before going on the boat.

The Bunyonyi surroundings, specifically the Ruvuma swamp is also a great place for bird watching hence perfect for passionate birders complimented with a hike to the Batwa cultural community for local authentic encounters.

The surrounding resorts offer places for recreational activities like museums, gardens, swimming pool and so much more. You can be sure to have a blast while on your trip to Bunyonyi.

 

Where to stay In Lake Bunyonyi.

The different resorts and lodges on the shores of the lake offer classy accommodation facilities and restaurant and bar services that are top notch. Who wouldn’t crave this after a long day on the lake and around? Be sure to relax and freshen up in these places and they cater for all budgets ranging from budget, to moderate to luxury. Enjoy spectacular lake views with sweet melodies from the birds in your hotel of preference and make your trip memorable. There are also camping sites where you can make use of our Quality car & Camping Gear in these places for anybody that would like to commune with nature to spice up your stay in these beautiful soils of Kigezi.

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Camping Uganda Safaris Doubling With A Self Drive Safari In Uganda

Camping Uganda safaris & Self Drive Uganda safari simply reflects a foreseen incredible adventure meaning to travel through Uganda where you take on the wheels on a self drive safari tour to any of  personal preferred destinations across the Pearl of Africa rather than the use of public means or even travel by air. The whole great deal lies with hiring a car with a reputable car rental agency Uganda where you acquire a 4×4 car in perfect mechanical condition suitable for the number of persons on board and how much luggage you would like to travel with and yes with the right Quality Camping gear to spice up your adventure in Uganda.

Camping Uganda Safaris is one rather exciting way to commune with mother nature in the beautiful Pearl of Africa as you make your bed and shelter in the wild enjoying the sweet melodies from birds and fresh breezes from the vegetation around your campsite. These campsites are mainly limited to campsites & Resorts therefore you cannot just set up a tent on any free area you come across but rather you ought to book space with the different campsites that have provisions for this incredible way to spend your time in the scenic Pearl of Africa.

What to prepare.

Opting for a camping Uganda Safari & self drive Uganda safari  to experience this exciting time of  blending with nature, you ought to secure a quality camping gear with a reputable service provider that is usually a car rental Uganda agency that also deals in camping equipment on top of the 4×4 cars. Ensure that the camping gear has all the necessary equipment to use as it may not be easy to find some of these things while you are already in the wild since the shops may not be accessible enough or may not even have some of the things you need. You can also pack some fresh foods like meat and enjoy a barbeque while you watch beautiful sunsets or any other food of your choice and make yourselves a meal in the wild.

Also remember to carry mosquito repellant and other insect repellant to protect you from the biting insects of the wild and let mother nature be a blessing or a new adventurous surrounding for you .

What to expect

It is with no doubt one exciting and memorable experience to spend a night away from the usual shelter of permanent structures but rather put yourself to sleep in a mobile and self set up tent with the natural fresh breezes and sweet wild melodies. A night on an island in the middle of a lake or on the rim of a volcano surrounded by forest and watching your neighbors, mostly monkeys, and other human friendly animals is one you will never trade for anything. To watch the sun go down and rise again without any barriers of a wall is simply relaxing and you cannot afford to miss such rewarding experiences all in the wild, away from the manipulated life that interferes with nature’s gifts.

How to book

It is advisable to book in advance with your preferred campsite to avoid inconveniences on arrival. The car rental Uganda agency is in position to assist you do the bookings with these sites and usually at no cost or where there is an extra cost, they inform you in advance therefore there won’t be unexpected costs to be incurred. You can also book with them a quality camping gear prior travel so that it is all set upon arrival.

On a camping Uganda safari & self drive Uganda safari, we don’t recommend simply setting up camp anywhere and urge you to restrict yourself to established camp sites in the Pearl of Africa. This is for your safety since there are snakes and other potentially dangerous wildlife throughout Uganda and a solitary tent in the middle of no where leaves you vulnerable to unfortunate occurrences. Trust us with much care and safety not forgetting to have a ranger guide in your wild campsite will absolutely leave you with great and an adventourous &memorable lifetime camping Uganda Safari adventure. Thank Us later..

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