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Best Tips for Better Photos on Safari

A lot of people including me save not only money but also the best we have got TIME for a safari all around the world and this comes with us preparing on how we will keep the memories and tell stories to our friends and family better yet great and grad children in future. In hope of getting better shots of the wildlife and nature care full planning on how to archive this is of vulnerability.

Here are the 5 tips for getting the most out of this once in a lifetime experience on a safari

Auto rental uganda shooting from  the Ashnil samburu lodge in Kenya

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Photograph by Guma Alex T

Choose the best equipment’s/ cameras

Cameras may be a little bit expensive together with all the coasts you will incur on the safari, however if you choose wisely and spend once on a gadget that will give you the best for a long time it can be less cheap in the long run. You will need a camera that will give you the best shot in the longest space possible; here you will need most probably a zoom less around 400mm and a lens for wide landscape shots. To avoid changing lenses you can carry two cameras with each a lens to avoid the time you spend on changing them. Carrying extra batteries and memory cards and camera stands could be of an added advantage. Since you will have a few chances for a shot.

Giraffe grazing on the finest trees in Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

 

Photograph by Guma Alex T

 

A must to have a safari driver /guide

A self-drive safari is way cheaper that a customized or arranged safari. Yes It’s very tempting to try and save money, though this may not give you the best on a safari most especially in a country like Uganda where wildlife is not so much in plenty. It’s worth it to go with a travel specialist, like AUTO RENTAL UGANDA. Quality travel advisors can offer small or private tours so you are not fighting for a good view or moving on before you get the shot. A good guide will also have the knowledge and experience with wildlife to ensure you’re in the right place at the right time to capture stunning images..

 Time And Where to for for a safari

Planning a safari before you travel is the greatest key to having the most adventurous trip in Uganda and Africa as well. Because you need plenty of time to take as much shots as possible knowing where to and from would work greatly before anything else. Talking to your drive guide every evening to agree on the next day’s plan and how best you can get nice picture.

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Photograph by Alex Guma T

 

 Patience

It is tempting to move on from the herd of elephants after snapping a few photos to a lion, but patience pays off. In order to get spectacular images, you have to spend time watching the animals. Over time, you can better understand the animal’s behavior and relationships, which will lead to better photos before moving to another animal.

 

Get it in a Different Way.

Walking safaris provide opportunities to get on the ground and see things that might be overlooked in a vehicle most especially if you are into culture and people though Game drives are by far the most common way people see wildlife in Uganda but there a number of other options .Flying safaris will give you a whole new view of Uganda though not very much common and a little bit expensive but it will give you a unique view of the landscape and animals while on route to your destination. Trying out the a variety of different animal  guide experts, from cheetahs to African wild dogs, are on hand throughout your safari to provide priceless insight into each animal’s behavior and what actions are being taken on the ground to preserve the species and its habitat. The specialized experts will come with a little more dollars but it worth it.

Photograph by Alex Guma T

 

 

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Self Drive Uganda Safari and Discovery of Kibale National Park.

Opting for Self drive Uganda safari is absolutely with no doubt one of those Uganda safari experiences every independent but still adventurous traveler wouldn’t trade for anything?. Throughout your trip, you will be your own driver, deciding your next stop, deciding what time and day to be where because you have hired a car in perfect condition to take you anywhere you ever wished to visit in the beautiful Pearl of Africa with a reputable car rental Uganda agency. We take you through the likelihood of your experience on your travel to the Primate capital of the World – Kibale National Park.

Just so you know, this park stands as the most magnificent of Uganda’s tropical rain-forests located in the south western Uganda and it is one of the most rewarding areas to explore with the major attraction as the human’s most closest relatives, chimpanzees in its shadowy depths. Very much and easily accessible on a self drive Uganda safari

How to reach Kibale National Park.

Talking self drive Uganda safari, it definitely suggests that a traveler is opting for road transport though there is also a possibility of air travel or public means by bus if you opt for this. Depending on where you’re coming from, the Kibale National Park park can be accessed from different routes but the nearest town to the park that is central for all directions is Kamwenge therefore you choose the route to  take you faster to Kamwenge depending on your current location. Make use of our detailed Uganda road map or even our Car & insightful driver guides option if you so wish to have one that are well versed with these routes and can help you choose the best option available.

What to do and see in Kibale.

It is with no doubt that there are a vast range of activities one gets involved in at Kibale National Park with the main activity as a guided chimp tracking & chimp habituation and getting  a chance to get closer to these incredible primates at their most natural being witnessing them breastfeed, feed themselves, hunt, de nest, rest and so much more. There’s no better experience than the intimacy in the connection that exists in our eyes meeting with theirs since we share a 98.8% DNA. Park guides are always readily available to take tourists through this experience, therefore book yourself a permit through your car rental agency Uganda and encounter these amazing creatures.

Kibale national Park is also a good place for bird watching as it is a habitat of 372 bird species and these can be watched alongside other activities like chimpanzee tracking and also in the night nature walks. Cultural heritage walk from Kanyanchu to Sebitoli or vice versa is also a great way to discover typical African way of living especially in a forested area. Did we mention the Bigodi swamp walk that is endowed with abundant wildlife and different primates in the swamp to witness with chaotic accompaniment in the irrediscent morning light.

Where to stay.

From Budget, midrange to slumbering in Luxury accommodations after a long day,  Kibale forest national park  has a wide variety and choice of lodges to stay. With no doubt, the kind of lodging or where you stay in the night is absolutely part of spicing up a self drive uganda safari. Like I mentioned, Auto Rental Uganda has a wide range of recommended Nice lodges mentioned in the Car Rental & Accommodation pre-arranged trips. Make use of our detailed itineraries to help you book a lodge or even our travel consultants whom you can explain your preferred conditions of a lodge and help you choose since they are better informed about these places. For a traveler interested in camping experiences, Auto Rental Uganda offers car & quality camping gears to use in the different camps in the park and help you commune with nature making your stay in the park memorable.

Lastly, Kibale Forest National park can be doubled with a connection visit either way to other amazing destinations like semuliki National aprk, Queen Elizabeth National park or to and from the Incredible Murchison falls national park for vibrant wildlife to encounter.  Be Rewarded & Be Inspired on a self drive Uganda safari.

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Self Drive Uganda & Discovering the Spectacular Murchison falls

Self Drive Uganda, just like the name suggests simply refers to being a temporary owner of a car you’ve hired from a reputable car rental agency and as a matter of fact, reputable suggests that you are guaranteed a car in good mechanical condition to maneuver the tough terrains of the Pearl of Africa and also to mention, comprehensive car insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance and commendable services from the car rental Uganda agency team.

The Murchison falls, also previously known as Kabalega falls named after the late Omukama Kabalega are the waters of the Nile cutting through small slits of rocks to fall furiously to the ground causing a spectacular sight as the waters hit the ground with so much force creating a mist that mixes with the sun rays to form a beautiful rainbow giving it all a breathtaking view.

How to reach Murchison.

The falls are within the Murchison national park that derives its name from the falls. It is located in the northern region of the Albertine Rift Valley. This is the area where the huge Bunyoro escarpment joins together into the vast Acholi plains. One simply needs a clear Uganda road map or one of our insightful driver guides that are well versed with these routes and can assist in choosing the best alternative available or more so make use of our well planned Car rental & Accomodation pre -arranged trips. To note though, the route to the Murchison is determined by the direction from which the traveler will be coming and also what exactly he or she would like to see while on the journey because they have different kinds of nature endowments.

What to do and see in Murchison.

The most spectacular view of the waterfall is on the top of “where the sight & sound of the Nile crashing through”, wide chasm make a mind blow on everybody’s senses. Itcan be reached either by car a 45 minutes climb, leaving the Paraa launch. The Paraa launch trip is the most popular activity on this part of the Nile as you are able to get countless memorable and spectacular views aboard this cruise with variety of wildlife both on the river banks and in the waters themselves. The top prize here is the shoebill stock that is a very rare sight elsewhere. The launch trip starts 9am and 2pm every day and it lasts approximately 3hours which is all adventure of all that nature has hidden. It is advisable to book your space on this cruise with the help of your Self Drive Uganda car rental agency to avoid disappointment on arrival. Forest walks, fishing, game drives, visiting the Paraa museum are also alternative exciting activities you can get involved in to crown your day while in Murchison and make memories in the Pearl of Africa. There are different cultural set ups around the park and cultural walks to these unique cultures always offer insight into the different cultures in Uganda.

Where to stay in Murchison.

It is only inevitable for any normal human being to spend an entire adventurous day in the park to be tired and worn out therefore you will have to consider a place and time to have yourself refreshed and relaxed in preparation for a fresh and exciting day in the incredible Pearl of Africa. There are different lodges within the park premises that cater for all budgets whether luxury, moderate or even budget that still allow you the extra time to commune with nature and also have some rest from the long walks and drives for example the Chobe safari lodge, Murchison river lodge, Red chili rest camp, to mention but a few, with excellent bar and restaurant facilities. You can also make use of our Car & quality camping gears to get more intimate with nature and spend a night all in the wild without built structures obstructing the fresh and cool breezes of the air.

It is absolutely with no doubt a trip worth taking for someone that would love memorable and spectacular views of the Nile, furious falls and so many wild animals within the park in the amazing Pearl of Africa. We would be glad to have anybody experience all these incredible and exciting encounters here in Uganda and let nature deal with our fatigue from the extremely busy schedules away from the holiday.

Opting to rent a car for self drive Uganda holidays is absolutely an adventurous experience in Uganda, Not Only does it offer flexibility and independence but also rewarding with the freedom to visit amazing and spectacular destinations in Uganda – includes the famous Murchison Falls National Park.

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Self Drive car rental Uganda & Batwa Cultural experience

Self-drive car rental Uganda is undoubtedly a magical and inspirational option to discovering the hidden treasures of these beautiful lands including authentic local experiences and with no doubt the Batwa cultural encounter is one of the most rewarding experiences. Yes, I agree no more, Uganda is a small beautiful detailed landlocked country, with over 50 tribes and cultures made of several norms and values.

The Batwa are an exceptional tribe living in the southern part of the pearl of Africa with a rich cultural heritage. They were and still are (not a big number) forest-dwelling hunter-gatherers based in the great lakes region of Central Africa, and are widely accepted as the original inhabitants of the region. As times went on forests were encroached on by conservation agencies’ claims which made the original owners, the Batwa, squatters. In Uganda they lived in the Bwindi impenetrable forests and Mgahinga forests that were gazetted in 1991 hence the eviction of the Batwa. However, the government tried fitting them in the society but up to today, their rights as indigenous peoples are neither recognized nor respected

Who are the Batwa?

Commonly referred to as the God fathers of the Forest basically in Bwindi impenetrable National park before it was gazetted into a Unesco site. For Conservation measures, the Batwa who still live the ancient life and who shared the forest with the mountain gorillas were taken out of the forest and allocated land on the boundaries of the Famous forest but still live their Ancient life.

They are one of Uganda’s uniquely cultured people you cannot afford to miss while on a self-drive car rental Uganda safari in the magnificent south western rainforest areas of Uganda. Wondering why, right? Here is the thing, the Batwa stand out as the shortest group of people with an adult male rarely growing beyond 1.5m height and their livelihood is forest based. Look, we are talking human beings not animals surviving entirely on what the forest has to offer, right from the food they eat to the homesteads they set up. Interesting!

For food, the males engage in hunting while the women gather fruits and edible plants to supplement the meat. Their houses are majorly made of bamboo and leaves or grass all got from the forests and they are set up in a small area that they cleared the vegetation of.

Where to visit them:

These Exceptional and ancient God fathers of the forest can be found in a few destinations in Uganda. The biggest number lives on the Boundaries of Bwindi, Mgahinga and Semuliki in western Uganda. It is absolutely possible to reach out to the Batwa in their original homes while on a self-drive car rental Uganda safari.

How to visit them

Different communities can be accessed on a self-drive car rental Uganda safari with the help of a local site guide or make use of an insightful driver guide to easily access the Batwa people. Please be advised that the Batwa are very naughty but interesting people to visit and in this case a site guide or a driver guide comes in handy

What to expect with the Batwa

Considering that the Batwa are very naughty people, it is very much advisable that you should make use of the local site guides but, the visit is extra ordinarily rewarding. Expect traditional dances, a visit to their local ancient homes, their ancient way of living, their ancient health system that clearly portrays the ancient lifestyles of a typical forest survivor. The experience is breathtaking as you get the feel of nature taking care of its people like a mother taking care of her child, where she provides the food and even feeds the little baby but cannot chew for it. Same way, all the Batwa need to do in the forest is put to use all the forest components to survive.

So, that’s just for the eyes, how about we shake off the body fatigue from sitting in the car as we drive through these places? Talk of the Batwa music dance performance as entertainment to the guests. You can join in and free up your body as you enjoy the unique tunes and moves of Uganda’s amazing forest dwellers.

However much the Batwa experience is a doable and interesting activity on a self drive car rental Uganda safari, there are so many other cultural encounters that can be experienced around Uganda and these are, the Karamojong culture on the Eastern corridor of Uganda, the Sebei public male circumcision, the Tooro culture, Buganda culture, to mention but only a few of the 52 tribes in Uganda.

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Self Drive Car Rental Tips and Travel Photography in Uganda

 

Traveling for photography and opting for a self drive car rental in Uganda is definitely a rewarding adventure option and trust me is absolutely an inspirational journey. Ordinary physical features you see frequently in your locale such as hills and lakes tend to look picturesque and memorable in places you are traveling on a self drive car rental safari or Pre arranged Self drive safaris, which is why you are advised to carry a camera as you opt for a self drive car rental travel. Self driving through Uganda’s graceful landscapes coupled with the spirited wildlife makes it an ideal nature photography hot spot.  Uganda, also known as the pearl of Africa boasts of a varied topography that ranges from frozen snow capped mountain peaks to thick rain forests teeming with over 500 bird species, mountain gorillas and other wildlife. Self drive car rental safaris and travel photography is an exhilarating craft because it captures moments of your self drive car rental safari travel that you will always refer to when recalling the beauty of your travels. Nonetheless, travel photography should be undertaken with care and passion so as to avoid production of plain flat and emotionless photographs.  It  is in this spirit  of encouraging emotion provocative photography that we share with you some tips on how to improve your travel photography during a self drive car rental safari in Uganda.

Carry The Right Equipment.

Photography as an art evolved from painting, which could be done with rudimentary tools like ochre,  feathers  and  fur.  The  essence  of  this  primitive  art  was  to  express,  capture  and captivate human emotion thus these are the conditions photography has to satisfy. Those attempting self drive car rental safari & travel  photography in Uganda tourist destinations for  the  first  time  are  often  misled  to  think  they  need professional high end cameras, lenses and flashes-which are expensive and bulky by the way-to  capture  really  nice  travel  photos.  Truthfully,  due  to  technological  advancements ordinary digital cameras or good smartphone cameras are capable of taking beautiful nature shots long as the picture is taken with care, consideration and knowledge. So save that money you’d have used to buy an expensive gadget you’re clueless about and spend it on self drive car rental safari travels.

Take your camera with you everywhere.

The reason most people opt for self drive car rental travel is to see and experience places they have never been to at their own pace. But one should not be afraid to explore beyond their campsites or scheduled destinations since those are also new places. You can go for a short unguided nature walk or roam the streets of a town and see if there is something of interest that will capture your eye or remind you of the locations uniqueness. What better way is there to immortalise such a memory of place and time than a photo? Therefore, its advisable to always carry a camera on you because there is a possibility that your next travel memory is around the corner from your hotel or camp.

Opt for Car rental & Driver Guide

We do Agree that self drive is magical and also gives you the ample time to take photos at your own pace, however there is magic and a rewarding self drive guided safari when you opt to have a driver take you every destination you like and yes, they will direct you to the right places for capturing great memories. Driving at your own pace is great but can also be done with a driver as he negotiates all corners as you sit back and lookout for those photo opportunities.

Rule of thirds.

One of the fundamental rules of photography is the rule of thirds which helps create a balanced or asymmetrical composition. For any photograph to be considered beautiful, it has to create a composition usually legible by the viewer. The rule of thirds involves using the grid lines on your camera to balance out the elements being captured. Digital cameras come with these three by three grids which divide the screen into nine squares. To create a beautiful composition, you can decide whether to balance all the elements in all the thirds or to make one third visually stronger to draw the viewers attention to a detail or element. For example when taking a landscape photo, its advisable to place the horizon on the lowest third such that the contrast between the sky as a backdrop and landscape in the foreground is emphasized.

Lighting.

One of the most important considerations for taking photos is the lighting; saturated or diffused; natural or artificial, soft or hard. Lighting is one of the things that can be decide a photos quality. Travel photography usually entails capturing nature and animal subjects which is why the early hours of the day or late evening hours are recommended. Most animals love resting during the hot noon hours so the pictures taken during this period are blunt and boring, not to mention the hard light reflecting off every surface which makes the photos worse. The golden hours (one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset) have been found to be the best hours for nature photography because of the soft golden bluish hue created.

Learn about your destination.

To produce more informed and intelligent photos, you have to learn more or research about your travel destinations. For instance, you can take time to know what areas or places are photo worthy or you can look up on photo blogs for types of pictures taken in that place. If you’re visiting a popular tourist destination, you might as well go earlier than other tourists and get to experience and click away at the camera shutter before other people come in to interfere. Alternatively, you can inquire as to whether private tours are given such that you can take your time and take photos as you please without having to worry about other tourists.

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Benefits Of Hiring a car and Driver Guide in Uganda

car rental and Driver in Uganda: For as long as tourism in relation to Safaris in Uganda as an industry- has existed, guided safaris involving car rental and driver Guide has been one of the most common forms of insightful travel through these beautiful lands. One can never be too certain or knowledgeable of the places they are visiting, so guides always seem like the best or safest way to traverse new or unexplored areas like Bwindi  national  park in south west Uganda, a sanctuary for over half the  world’s endagoured mountain gorillas.

Guided safaris  have  evolved  from rudimentary  walks  with natives of the safari destination to more elaborate and detailed drives covering large areas with experts on flora and fauna directing your attention to things you shouldn’t miss. Guided safaris can be compared to self drive safaris in uganda where you are at the liberty to rent a car for an agreed time to tour and travel as you please on your own. While a self drive safari might offer a lot more freedom during your tour compared to a guided safari, you can not be guaranteed answers to your questions and neither will your curiosity be quenched with knowledge of the wildlife immediately.

Conventional car rental and driver guide safaris include customized or preset itineraries that cover your whole safari from the day of arrival to your departure. That way, you know your destinations and what  to look out  for  prior  to setting off.  In this article, we intend to discuss and share the pros of opting for car rental and driver and try and inform your decision as you debate on which form of travel to pursue while on a car rental safari holiday in Uganda.

Navigation.

One of the prime advantages of car rental and driver is that you do not have to carry maps or worry about where to take the next turn. You are provided with an insightful driver guide who will not only drive you to and from your desired attractions, but also keep informing you about your location and constantly brief you.  This leaves you with only the task of looking out for animals and drinking in the raw panorama unfolding before you.

Trained, insightful and knowledgeable guides

It is very common for the undisciplined eye to miss sight of animals or things that could be part of interest but, for a trained guide, it is easy to point out a leopard camouflaged in tree branches or to track the location of a herd of animals. Local guides usually know the areas thoroughly and always know where to find which animals. This saves you a lot of time driving around just hoping to see an animal by chance or luck.

Safety

The tour guides who accompany you are not only with you to drive you and point out animals but also to ensure that both you and the animals are safe. Some tourists who embark on self drive safaris  engage  in  behavior  which  is  considered  risky  to  either  the  animals  or themselves, albeit unknowingly. Tour guides can advise you on how to act in the presence of the animals since they are supposed to be knowledgeable on animal behavior.

Interaction

Somewhere along the car rental and driver hired safaris, you could be interested in the culture or norms of indigenous people in the area. For example, many tourists who come to Uganda during an even year are thrilled to witness the imbalu(circumcision)  ceremony held by the Bagishu. Now, if you were on a self drive safari your chances of interaction would be slim due to problems ranging from language barrier to shyness of indigenous people. However, if you happen to have hired a car and driver Guide,  your  guide can be of  help and either  translate or  take you to places where  your interactions would be made easier and more interesting.

Self Drive Car Rental Safaris in Uganda.

Renting a car in Uganda for self drive safaris is absolutely a recomendable road trip where you optionally hire a car and privately drive to and around your preferred destination without the hustle of a designated driver or strict itineraries, also very impontant hiring a car and camping gear or the intended Self drive safaris. Self drive safaris are an opportunity to observe and be amazed by the joys of a safari from the driver’s seat. Uganda, blessed with endearing and picturesque scenery, is favorable for self-drive safaris not only because of the enchanting flora and fauna but also because of its hospitable natives and infrastructure.

On arrival in Uganda, you can’t help but notice the usability of the road networks which beckon you driving through Uganda on your own and be part of the activity on the road as you observe whats going on at the same time. Uganda’s major roads which connect Kampala to other regions such as Mbale in the east; Masaka and Mbarara in the south west; Gulu in the north; Hoima in the west are well surfaced and maintained highways that can enhance your self drive experience in Uganda.

Traffic is less intense the farther you drive away from the city center, which eases travel to your destination if it is in rural Uganda, however construction of the northern bypass has made it easy to self drive across the city as well. Most of the other roads such as Masindi to Murchission falls or Nsanga to lake Mburo national park are unsurfaced. Unsurfaced roads usually change according to the season as they are usually dusty during the dry season and slippery mud during the wet season, depending on the soil type in the locale. You should be wary and careful as firm steady soil can abruptly turn into black cotton quagmire. Watch the road if other cars are using it easily or being challenged; if taxis are using the road comfortably so should a 4×4 car.

This is why 4×4 Rental cars are recommended for self drive safaris in Uganda, because they can adapt to most of the terrain they are used in. while on a self drive safari in Uganda, there are destinations you should endeavor to tour such as game parks teeming with rare animal species; and Bwindi impenetrable forest which is home to 70% of the world’s mountain gorilla population. If possible you should hire a car with excellent camping gear to enable you experience bush camping in Uganda’s thrilling savannas. For a small fee, you can park and camp in a game park with the help and oversight of a park ranger. Park rangers can be booked in advance or got from the entrance. Camping in a game park is similar to letting nature engulf you and being part of the unbuilt environment to enjoy its thrill as our fore fathers did.

Nonetheless when self driving in game parks, drive slow and absorb all the beauty of the Savannah grasslands as you watch out for game. If you have a guide, don’t be afraid to ask them to show you whatever animals you want to see. Alternatively, you could decide to go gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable national park. Bwindi is approximately 450 kms from Kampala and its about a 6 hours drive although there are multiple routes to get there. The self drive safari can even be more interesting if you use the route passing through Queen Elizabeth national park via Ishasha where you could catch a glimpse of Ishasha’s tree climbing

lions before your encounter with the magnificent endangered mountain gorillas in the equatorial paradise that is Bwindi impenetrable forest. Therefore, if you are in search of a refreshing but unconventional tourist holiday experience, a self drive safari through Uganda is ideal for you

7 More Tips for Safe Self Driving In Uganda.

Self driving Tips Uganda for driving in Uganda is a thrilling task or activity, even more pleasurable when you opt for self driving in Uganda. Be it the hustle and bustle of the city centers or the serene and ragged landscapes in the rural areas, a self drive in Uganda offers you a chance to enjoy all the little pleasures the pearl of Africa offers at your own pace. Nonetheless driving carelessly could be tragic and dangerous. Whether you are going for a quick drive around the city or taking a self drive safari around Uganda, it is always best to drive safely. That is why we would like to share with you some tips on how to increase your safety on Ugandan roads.

KEEP LEFT
Uganda, unlike many other countries, drives on the left side, thus right hand drive vehicles are the most suitable to drive. If you do not have such a vehicle, you should not be worried as you can affordably rent a car in Uganda that is well adapted for use on left hand drive roads. Such cars will make it easier to see what is ahead of you and to avoid on coming traffic. but you should always remember to keep left while driving in Uganda. However, if you are on a self drive safari upcountry, it will be hardly necessary as there will hardly be any cars on the road.

SPEED LIMITS
One of the key aspects of safe driving is speed. You should always be careful not to over speed as this could easily lead to an accident which could be fatal. As you are driving, look out for any road signs as they can always guide you on what to expect ahead, helping you drive more carefully. Most importantly, look out for speed limit signs to regulate your speed. In addition to this, there is traffic police along the road to ensure traffic rules and regulations are adhered to.

WEAR YOUR SEATBELT
Seatbelts are designed to keep you in your seat and make sure you are not hurled through the windshield incase of an accident. That is why it is always in your best interest to wear one. As much as you may be a great driver, you cannot account for the actions of other drivers or pedestrians and thats why it is safer to wear a seatbelt. Inevitably, wearing a seatbelt will increase your chances of survival greatly in case you get involved in an accident when you hire and drive a car in uganda.

CHECK YOUR CAR THOROUGHLY
Before you embark on a journey, make it a point to always check you car’s condition and ensure its safe for driving. Things you should check before you set off include tyre pressure, oil levels, turn signals and brakes etc. Failure of any of the above can result in car failure or a mishap on the road which is a risk you shouldn’t take as it endangers your life. Routine maintenance and checking of your car can save you from the hustles of breakdowns which can end up being costly.

DONT DRINK AND DRIVE
If you plan on driving, do not drink any alcohol or take any drugs. Mood altering substances like alcohol can significantly impair your judgement and your senses which in turn makes you a reckless driver. Further more, driving in Uganda under the influence of alchol is illegal and punishable by law. If you can’t avoid drinking, please make sure you have a designated driver who is sober or find a safe place to rest before you can embark on the task of driving once more.

EXHAUSTION
It is usually not a good idea hiring a car for self drive or more so driving in Uganda while fatigued or exhausted. Make sure you get plenty of rest if you know you have a long journey ahead. Drivers who sleep or dose off while behind the wheels tend to cause a lot of unrest which could have been avoided if they were attentive and wide awake. In case you have a long trip and need to make pit-stops, you could opt to rent a car and quality camping gear. This will help you get a comfortable rest anywhere you wish without rushing. A comfortable rest will help you get behind the wheel fresher and more focused.

FOCUS
As a matter of fact, driving in Uganda necessitates you to focus on the road and not get distracted by things such as phone calls, text messages, serious conversations, food or events happening on the roadside. Similarly, dont try to wear make-up or put on clothes while driving. All the above activities can distract you from watching the road ahead as you drive which could lead to an accident.

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Self Drive In Uganda; 8 Reasons why You Can Do It

Self drive Uganda is something most discussed on by many intrepid travelers and many sole travelers who intend to visit the pearl of Africa and yes a very recommended option for those that wish to discover the beautiful lands at their own pace. I agree no more Uganda is gifted by nature with the Aww inspiring culture, Jaw dropping landscapes, vibrant wildlife, grade 5 Rapids and getting up-close and personal with the endangered mountain Gorillas.

Considerably, there are many options on how one can travel in Uganda whatever the budget lies in their means. One can Opt to travel through the beautiful lands on a guided tour taking a package from some recommended tour operators and yes one can opt to Rent a car with Driver, Hire a car and camping gear or opt for an inspirational Self drive Uganda safari. Whatever the option one opts for with good tips of travel to Uganda, You will considerably agree with me that your intended journey and adventure is full-packed and yes is magical for many and other travelers.
Talking about self drive  Uganda safaris, Yes it’s absolutely doable in Uganda and east Africa by many sole and independent travelers whether hiring a Toyota Rav4 or Toyota Prado land cruiser that many car rental agencies offer for self drive in Uganda. Our car rental team Shares with you some of the affirmations why you can travel, Hire a car and handle a self drive safari Uganda.

Amazing Destination
Definitely a must visit on one of your many vacation travels. Uganda ranks one of the best and a very still virgin and lush green destination to travel with many attractions that leave you awing, We haven’t mentioned a once in a lifetime opportunity getting up-close and personal with the world endangered great apes, The mountain Gorillas and So is the drive through Uganda. Hiring a car in Uganda and driving your own adventure is as helpful and safe for many other travelers. Connecting to many different destinations requires a vehicle and yes some of these incredible destinations will require the help of a car especially the wilderness and protected areas in Uganda.

The great improved roads.
Hiring a car and driving in Uganda is absolutely one of the many safe ways for independent travelers and yes the many and new constructed roads in and around the countryside would definitely make it easier self driving in Uganda. There has been a great improvement in the road structure for most roads radiating out of Kampala the capital city and as well as the upcountry roads. The same roads have been so perfectly marked and will definitely lead you safely to your next destination each other day.

Nice Friendly and willing to help People
Ranked by many travelers and world travel site like CNN and AG with the world’s friendliest people in the world, this absolutely makes it easy for many sole travelers to take a self drive in Uganda. Uganda people are so friendly and helpful when asked even on the country sides, this can be observed at the different lodges you get to. Trust me or not, you can never get lost when driving in Uganda, A mere asking the locals or a person passing by, are always helpful and will surely show the right ways or even provide more information than needed. Tip is; keep friendly and nice to them too and always greet them before you ask, Trust me you will feel safer than ever before in a foreign land like Uganda.

Great weather.
Uganda definitely has very good and great weather but also important to note that the climates in Uganda and at the equator are not predictable. However the weather throughout the year is very nice and good for driving even in the mountains of Bwindi impenetrable National Park. The roads are always clearly and if slippery due to the rains, they always dry out fast something that makes it easier for self drive travelers who opt to hire a car in Uganda.

24-7 Roadside assistance
As a service that comes with car rental Services in Uganda, most reputable car rental companies in Uganda offer 24-7 roadside assistance, a service that is mandatory with self drive car rental in Uganda. With such a service, always consider being rescued at anytime of the day during a self drive in Uganda.

Planned Routes
For some genuine car rental agencies like Auto Rental Uganda, The home pages usually offer options for very well put together itineraries that travelers who opt to hire a car for self drive in Uganda can follow. These itineraries can give a clue or hint on what to do in different destination during self drive safaris. Some of the itineraries show travel times, recommended stops and recommended destination depending on Your travel days. Be assured to ask the car rental agency if they can offer you a detailed itinerary that you can follow up.

Less traffic upcountry
For many parts upcountry, the roads have less traffic as compared to city roads, yes with crazy driver can make the self drive trip complicated and a hustle, but the upcountry less traffic will definitely offer you an inspirational self drive safari. As you travel upcountry where many interesting destinations are, there are less traffic and definitely makes the self drive car rental trip a walk over and incredible.

Perfect mechanical Rental Vehicles
For many car rental agencies try as much as possible to keep their cars in good shape, As much as the personnel’s at the rental agencies would love to helpful as you travel, They wouldn’t fancy when you keep calling them for a mechanical condition every now and then. Of course they will be helpful but a continuous one keeps on their toes. This is why whenever each car comes back from a trip, it is perfectly maintained to keep up with the UN-interrupted safari in Uganda during self drive.

Car Rental Uganda & 6 Tips for Driving With Kids.

Car Rental Uganda is un-doubtably one of the best and magical options fo discovering the pearl of Africa, You will definitely make it incredible if you consider coming down here with your little ones and yes, to show them what Uganda has got to offer, showing them a whole new life in Africa. Not only does it widen their knowledge but also gives them a completely new approach to African life and traditions.

Car Rental Uganda with children can be rily fun, and for some, pretty much taxing. In either case, it is a task that needs a lot of attention so that your children can be safe and yes love the adventure you offered to them especially when you opt Car Rental Uganda for self driving in Uganda. While most of the rental fleet at Auto Rental Uganda comes equipped with safety belts, children need extra care and attention. As a parent, when you drive with your kids, you need to follow some important children safety advice. When accidents happen, it is only of trivial importance whose mistake it is. All that matters is if you have taken all the necessary precautions for your children, and that they remain safe.

Auto Rental Uganda Team shares with you some few tips that you must always remember when you take your kids in the car when you opt for a self drive car rental in Uganda but as drivers, we do realize that the roads in Uganda can be a nasty so this is why you must do all that is possible to prioritize your children’s safety while they travel with you in Uganda.

Make use of the Apt Car seats
Car Rental Uganda and driving in Uganda with kids requires and surely necessitates Apt car seats not only for the confortability but also the safety of the kids on board and especially for the babies. You need one according to your child’s age/measurements. It is not only the absence of baby car seat that can pose a great danger, but also the inapt size of it.

Do away with using a mobile Phone
With No Doubt Car Rental Uganda and self driving using mobile phones are the biggest distraction when it comes to driving not only in Uganda but also worldwide by many drivers whether with or without kids. If you are driving with the kids in Uganda, it is only far more dangerous than otherwise. Consider it as one of the most important aspect and tip for driving in Uganda you MUST do away with and especially with Kids in Uganda.

Seat them at the Right Place
Self driving in Uganda with Children under 12 years of age, or under the weight and height that is considered average for a 12 year old, must ride in the back seat. Whether it is a child below 4 years, or above 4, the place for car seats and boosters is in the back by all means. This is an extremely important children safety advice for parents.

Secure Luggage
Opting to self drive with kids in Uganda considerably advises that you must never place a heavy or projectile article on the shelf behind the rear seats. Do not even stash light objects there behind the kids’ seat. In case you brake hard, these objects can fall directly onto your children. You may get tempted to stack up things there, especially in the case of camping gears in case of renting a car and camping gear, where the boot space is not as much. Also, if you have heavy objects in the boot, use cargo anchors. Considerably place heavy luggage on the floor as far ahead as possible. Don’t pile up things as they will fly on forward in case of unfortunatalities.

Buckling Up
Car Rental Uganda requires Buckling up kids however this is a simple but important task that you must never forget to do. If you do not, all the car seats, booster, and accessories will come down to nothing. You do make sure to tether and latch the car seats while driving in Uganda with kids, but if you are not using seat belts, it could put your kids at massive risk in case of accidents. Even if you have teenagers riding in the backseat, make sure they use seat belts. It is one of the the bestand safest way to driving with kids in Uganda.

NEVER Ever Leave the Kids Alone
Remember that hiring, driving and then leaving the kids alone inside or around the car can be dangerous. Kids can be helpless if another vehicle hits your car. There have been cases wherein kids have died of heat strokes in closed cars. And, don’t leave them alone around your or anyone else’s car either. They could come in contact with the hot bonnet or exhaust and get hurt. They could also get struck behind the boot while reversing the car in your absence.

Conclusively, make sure that you take this children safety advice very important and very considerate when you opt for Car Rental Uganda and driving with them in these beautiful lands