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Family Self Drive Tours

Family self drive tours are perfect for people traveling to Uganda with children and great grandparents as well. Be in control of your time and explore all the best a Uganda safari has to offer. Family self-drive tours include various activities for the whole family as well as little something to keep the young ones occupied while driving.

The best way to fully experience the world is by traveling through it. Family self drive tours bring you closer to amazing places via iconic and scenic road routes through the highlands and low lands of the pearl of Africa.

Just because you settled down and had kids doesn’t mean your adventuring days are through. Family makes our big planet small enough for all.
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Key benefits of a Family Self Drive Tours

Self-drive tours in Uganda have become increasingly popular as it offers ultimate freedom and flexibility to explore Uganda’s natural wonders and cultural attractions at your own pace. Iceland ring road is ideal for a self drive vacation with magnificent scenery.

– Freedom and flexibility
– Family activities included
– Children friendly self drive tours
– Safe destination

Here you can find a variety of Uganda self drive tours or road trips of various duration that include a pre-booked accommodation and a rental car of your choice.  Detailed itineraries are provided with all family self drive packages as well as a GPS unit for easy navigation and a map of Uganda travel, where the route has been highlighted.

The family self drive tours are the ultimate way to travel around Uganda for the independent traveler, family tours, guided tours as well as pre-arranged safaris in Uganda.

Family adventures speak to travelers of all ages

On family adventure vacations, it’s a slow pace, minimize long drives, carry snacks, and make frequent stops for cultural interactions and easing. Local guides and drivers, often teachers or parents themselves, combine a mastery of their profession with personal experience to create interesting, fun activities that will thrill kids and adults alike.

Take camel horse rides in jinja and Lake Mburo national park, You can ask your travel agent to reserve you a gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking here or just relax and lake bunyonyi to the singing  of weaver birds. Explore wildlife and archeological sites with easy trails and stimulating learning opportunities during the day, and then head back in the evenings to your family-friendly accommodations with flexible room arrangements, menus, and a pool wherever possible!

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Family self drive tours or travel is truly fun for the whole family

i know from experience that my kids are stimulated, having fun, and feeling safe, I am usually having a good time too! The better prepared you are, the more you’ll get out of your trip, ask your car rental agency packets to your children that include colorful posters, laminated field guides, diaries, reading lists, and language and geography primers. You can as well pack for yourself some.

Take a designated family trip where you’re matched with a family with similarly aged children to yours, or work with our experienced Uganda safari team to plan a customized family adventure to Uganda or East Africa.

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Mom Vacations: What It Is and How to Make It Happen on a Uganda Safari.(mumcation)

 

What  are  mum vacations or mumcations?

 

mum vacations is A break from one’s motherly duties.

Since becoming a mom and never been on vacations. I have experimented with taking time away to refresh, recharge and process life In my research, I’ve landed on a 8 days Uganda impressions frame for my mommy vacations I believe is doable a one time in a year without breaking the bank or making my husband go running for the hills.

Unexpected Benefits of Mommy Vacations

I can tell that the need for leaving dodge is coming because I start exhibiting odd symptoms I simply can’t account for.

1.     Patience returns

2.     Delight returns

3.     Brings you back to your own identity

4.     It’s for catching up too

 

 

 

The responsibility of motherhood can be overwhelming at times. Knowing that one or more human lives depend completely on you can be stressful on a level you never even imagined before becoming a parent.

And for all its joys and rewards, it’s vital to step back sometimes and remember who you were before you became ‘Mama’ to a tiny person.   Speaking to Fox5, the psychology professor emphasized that the time and financial stresses involved in rearing a family can take their toll. ‘I think it’s really important for mothers to be rejuvenated and refreshed,’ According to Dr. Nava Silton, you need a ‘mumcation’or mum vacations

The mental health expert also spoke about the benefits your children will reap from having a parent who’s more relaxed and present as a result.

‘It’s very important for kids to see that balance that ideally needs to be achieved in a family situation,’ she added.

“Motherhood can be very stressful. Whether it’s financial stresses, time stresses, just trying to get a whole lot done in a very short period of time,” she told Fox5. “I think it’s really important for mothers to be rejuvenated and refreshed.”

The best way to do recharge your mum-batteries? Grab your besties and head off for a mum-cation. It’s a chance to hold conversations without being interrupted eat meals in peace and reconnect with your tribe.

The average mum roughly gets about 17 minutes for herself every day, a study reveals [1]. This doesn’t come as a surprise because motherhood, while a source of joy and fulfillment, is a full-on 24/7 job. So, it’s a given, every mom deserves a healthy retreat — but not just any kind of getaway. What they need is now being dubbed as a ‘mumcation’, typically a two-day to a week’s worth of holidays without the kids, spent with friends or even better, other mums who understand the need for me time.

Psychologists are in on this too. On a segment on Sunrise, they said that mums should be taking regular ‘mumcations’ to recharge from the daily grind of motherhood. Guest Dr. Emmanuella Murray, a clinical psychologist explains, “In a nutshell, happy mum, and happy family. Mums are going on a vacation and then they’re coming back into their family home and they’re dying to see their kids”. This doesn’t only apply to mums, but for dads too. Dr. Murray adds, “Sometimes, dads are the primary carers too”.

With the emergence of solo female friendly destinations and women’s only retreats, mums now have the option to escape in a safe and nourishing environment and do whatever they want or do nothing at all.

WHY MUM VACATIONS IN UGANDA

While most moms would agree they like time alone now and again, I’ve found surprising positive benefits to taking the a full week mommy vacations. It’s not just being able to sleep in or read an entire book, but actual noticeable differences in attitude and emotional well-being result. Here are 5 unexpected benefits I’ve noticed from my times away.

  1. Patience returns

As I take time away I can literally feel my patience returning. My previously intense desire to flee and be alone is replaced with a small (and growing) appreciation for normal life with the kids. Pre-mommy vacations I am snappy, impatient, and irritable. Post-mommy vacations I feel more calm, at peace, and able to handle the daily snags of life.

It seems silly that a time period as short as a weekend can cause such an attitude turnaround, but it’s absolutely true! When you finally have time to relax and get “off duty the feelings that have been stuffed are able to resolve themselves. I’m not saying you’ll feel like a new person, but you’ll feel like you again.

  1. Great pleasure returns

As with patience, mommy vacation brings back the space for my happiness in the kids to return. The truth is, I feel blessed that I naturally delight in them. Maybe all mothers naturally find joy in their children, but sometimes it’s very hard because Responsibilities outweigh cute moments.

Getting away from responsibilities and obligations for a day or two actually forces you to just “be.” And when you are just being you, the delight with your children comes back full force. I find myself anxiously awaiting my reunion with them and delighting in the things that, two days earlier, would have been inconvenient and annoying.

  1. Gives the kids a chance to explore new things

It’s good for your kids to spend alone time with their dad. In fact with you out of the way to your vacations your spouse, family member, friend or babysitter has a chance to spend some time with the kids doing things you’d probably not ordinarily do or accept they should do because you may be thinking of their safety health and most probably just being insecure. New games, new activities, new vocabulary and just a good old fashioned change of scenery.

  1. Brings you back to your own identity

Becoming a mother is a major life change, as in completely changed. If other areas of your life change at the same time as becoming a mother – career, location, etc. – then the transition can really throw you for a loop. When we’re focused on others all day and barely give our own needs or wants a thought we can begin to lose our own identity. Of course we must need our children’s needs all day! Of course we must sacrifice some of our previous habits by necessity!

However, it’s good to take some time and remember who you are as a person outside of being a mother. What you like to do, what you don’t like to do. Time to find your passions and time to do the things you love that there aren’t enough hours in the day for.

 

  1. it’s for catching up too

The last time I had away I used for two purposes. Relaxation and getting ahead on writing projects. I was able to do both successfully which meant that upon returning home I was actually ahead. Ahead and rested! If you have something you’ve been wanting to do for a while, scheduling time away to get it done makes all the difference. There are no distractions or other practicalities pulling away at you.

Most people go on vacations or safaris in Uganda they enjoy nature and all the waters plus seeing the closest animal to our DNA come tell you stories and makes you feels sand. These are some of the things that you may need to catch up too.

 

 

KENYA

OUR HEARTS ARE WITH YOU OUR KENYAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS

In a televised address to the nation earlier in the day, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the all-night operation by security forces to retake the complex was over and that all of the extremists had been killed.

“We will seek out every person that was involved in the funding, planning and execution of this heinous act,” he vowed.

In an attack that demonstrated al-Shabab’s continued ability to strike Kenya’s capital despite setbacks on the battlefield, extremists stormed the place with guns and explosives. Security camera footage released to local media showed a suicide bomber blowing himself up in a grassy area in the complex, the flash visible along with smoke billowing from the spot where he had been standing.

Of the civilian victims, 16 were Kenyan, one was British, one was American and three were of African descent but their nationalities were not yet identified, police said.

Al-Shabab, which is based in neighboring Somalia and allied with al-Qaida, claimed responsibility. The Islamic extremist group also carried out the 2013 attack at Nairobi’s nearby Westgate Mall that killed 67 people, and an assault on Kenya’s Garissa University in 2015 that claimed 147 lives, mostly students.

While U.S. airstrikes and African Union forces in Somalia have degraded the group’s ability to operate, it is still capable of carrying out spectacular acts of violence in retaliation for the Kenyan military’s campaign against it.

The bloodshed in Kenya’s capital appeared designed to inflict maximum damage to the country’s image of stability and its tourism industry, an important source of revenue.however we will stand with you our bothers in Kenya and work hand in hand to get to the bottom of all this.

Uganda was attacked a few years back which brought a clear setback in our tourism industry, we are very sure and stand proud that uganda,s security is intact and can easily take dawn these inhuman beings.

We are with you our Kenya brothers and sisters, we are strong and you can be strong in us.

selfdrive safaris

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 basic car maintenance checklist.

Car Rentals Uganda and basic car maintenance checklist.

Car Rentals in Uganda are a popular and great way to start on your amazing and exciting road trip around the beautiful lands of the Pearl of Africa. It is such an easy way to explore all the great destinations like national parks, waterfalls, fresh water lakes, forests and so much more since it saves you the inconveniences that come with using public means like having to operate on a public schedule, failure to make a stop at your will and so much more. Renting a car from a reputable car rental agency in Uganda comes with all kinds of advantages like unlimited mileage, insurance, flexibility and comfort in your own car.

It is important to know how to maintain your car in great shape and good mechanical condition to be able to enjoy your road trip without disturbances of car breakdown that could be prevented if you take precaution on some of the tips we are sharing in this piece.

Check your Engine Oil.

It is very important to keep your car engine oil in check while on your self drive Uganda safari for your car to operate properly on the tough terrain roads of Uganda. Engine oil lubricates, cools and cleans the engine of your 4×4 car which prevents heating, friction in the parts where oil should be moving and thermal degradation. All these can be harmful to your engine and we all know that a car runs on the mercy of the engine therefore to spoil the engine is to spoil the car.

Check your tyre pressure.

Tyre pressure is one of the essential car maintenance tips no self drive traveller should over look.  Tyres with less pressure can be harmful to your car because of the friction between the tyre and the ground which results into quick wearing out of the tyres. Low tyre pressure may also lead to tread separation which is a high risk of getting an accident on a road trip in Uganda which is a situation worth avoiding.

Check your windshield wiper blades.

Driving through Uganda in the rainy season is not only challenging because of the slippery roads but also because of the fog forming on the windscreens that make vision difficult. Having your wiper blades functioning well can always save you the trouble of getting completely blocked by the rain water running down the front glass which is rather distracting and likely to cause accidents. It is therefore advisable that you always check the blades and ensure that they are in good condition which is usually being thick enough to wipe the water away.

Vehicle fluids.

Aside from the engine oil, a car runs on several other fluids that ought to be checked regularly to avoid unfortunate incidents that happen when the fluids are lacking. These include coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and windshield washer fluid. Each of these contributes to the smooth running of the car hence making it necessary to have enough.

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.

Self Drive Uganda Safari in endowed Kidepo Valley National Park.

 

Self Drive Uganda Safari in endowed Kidepo Valley National Parki is an authentic and quite adventurous means of travel throughout the beautiful terrains of the Pearl of Africa to the mountain ringed plains of Kidepo valley national park that enables you feed not only your eyes but also the soul as the lands are perfectly molded to give perfect sceneries of lands soaring into the sky with the highest peak being the top mount Morungole of the equatorial region and watered by the seasonal rains, fresh waters of the Narus river of Kidepo. It is kick started with hiring a car with a reputable car rental Agency in Uganda that guarantees you a car in good condition that can maneuver the tough terrains of Uganda and other extra services upon interest for example insightful driver guides, quality camping gear, and so much more.

The Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the most alluring destinations in Eastern Uganda, famously known for its stunning mountain ringed plains with a rich and memorable species of true African flora and fauna occupying approximately 1145sqkm

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How to reach Kidepo.

While on a self drive Uganda safari, the endowed Kidepo Valley National Park is best accessed on a road trip courtesy of car rental Agency Uganda as it allows you to experience a fun filled journey as you observe and discover more of the hidden treasures with the liberty to decide where to stop and get a clearer view and also the direction to take because in the moment, you are your own boss in your car. Kidepo lies a distance up the mountain Elgon and can be accessed through several routes depending on where one is coming from for example from Kampala, you cross through Gulu, Kitgum, Karenga and finally Kidepo. It is important on this note, therefore to ensure that you are in possession of the Uganda road map while on a self drive Uganda safari or an insightful driver guide that is well versed with the routes to the different destinations of your interest.

What to see and do in Kidepo.

The Kidepo Valley National Park ranks as one with an alluring and exciting game drive and viewing in the Narus Valley ,bird watching and above all adventure of some of the unique fauna for example the black backed jackal, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, cheetah and caracal that cannot be found elsewhere in  the parks of Uganda.The park is endowed with at least 5 primate species, 463bird species, second to Queen Elizabeth National Park. With selfdrive Uganda safari, you can be sure that you will have a memorable and authentic tour round the Pearl of Africa with so much to discover and learn.

Where to stay in Kidepo.

There are several top notch facilities within the park where you can have yourself a time to refresh yourself and relax from the long and insightful trip across the park and they are in three categories of Luxury, Midrange and Budget. The only difference in these facilities is in the cost and maybe some of the services offered but the luxury, like the name states are five star facilities and can go down as the categories change but even their least is up to standard. Feel free to inquire from your car rental agency Uganda to assist you book or even choose a perfect accommodation that suits your preferences here in the Pearl of Africa.

 

TIPS FOR YOUR SELF DRIVE IN UGANDA

 

 

Uganda is a land filled with wonders and awe inspiring beauty in all its corners, so its no wonder its a poplar destination for tourists from all over the globe. One of the most popular ways you can-immerse yourself in Uganda’s beauty is by driving yourself around. With a good car rental company,Self driving is a efficient form of travel mainly because it is all about your comfort zone; and your attention is not split between the attractions and other tourists or guide but rather centered on whats in front of your windscreen, be it graceful beasts in their natural habitats or rhythmic  landscapes against sunset backdrops. Now, driving is in essence the same in every country you go with  a few variations depending on governance and road networks. In case you are planning a self drive safari in Uganda, here are a few pointers that will only make your experience even better and your travels free of any fuss.

 

Speed restrictions.

Speed restrictions are among the most strictly enforced road rules, and for a good reason. More than 40% of road accidents in Uganda stem from a driver over speeding and it would be more than unfortunate if you were to become part of this statistic. Consequently, we advise you to watch for speed limit signs along the highways and other major roads in the country.

Traffic Police.

Traffic police is an arm of the Uganda police force mandated to ensure proper road use and help road users in general, yourself included. So in case something happens while you on the road, do not hesitate to find the nearest police officer in white uniform. In the same manner, do not be alarmed if stopped by traffic police for they are just doing their job of ensuring road user’s safety. Even when you have been stopped for over speeding or other road offenses, do not attempt to bribe the police as this will only worsen your situation.

Keep left.

As stated earlier, driving in every country is basically the same in every country with a few minor differences for instance which side of the road to drive on. In Uganda, all drivers are supposed to drive on the left hand side of the road. In case you are not accustomed to this manner of driving or find it difficult, you are advised to hire a driver from one of the many car rentals in Uganda just to be on the safe side. Hiring a car with a driver guide from the same car rental company will be cheaper than hiring a car and driver separately.

Guidebook.

Self drives are by their description intimate as its usually a family or a couple of friends enjoying each other’s company. Due to this, most of the adventure is mostly visual and the sites visited are normally whats found on the web (and hard to find sometimes). However, that is not all there is to this marvelous country Uganda, as you hire a car,be sure to get a guide book e.g Brandt that will show you where to find the best of what Uganda has to offer and how to get there.

Regular stops.

Some people may beg to differ, but we believe that a journey should be as remarkable as its destination. Based on this impression, we would advise you to set off early every day and drive at a moderate speed to absorb as much of Ugandas beauty as you can through your windscreen and this will also allow you to have regular stops to take pictures or refresh yourself. The main aim of doing this will be to arrive at your destination  unfatigued and ready to be awed by the marvels hidden within the Pearl of Africa.