local travel experiences.

How to enjoy local travel experiences safari in Uganda with 4 must Rules.

You want local travel experiences . You start researching destinations. You discover that so many countries in Africa mostly Uganda offer a lot of local travel experiences though others say it may not be worthy visiting. It’s true. There are a lot of destinations in the world that have a lot of tourists/travelers in them and have got more to offer than Uganda. So, if you prefer to stay away from mass tourism, it can seem like a real challenge to find an ideal destination to visit, however Uganda has got almost a piece of everything not only Africa but the world has to offer. There’s nothing wrong with visiting the main sights or the most interesting national parks as well, or eating the local delicacies made by the real women and men in Uganda.

 

Most people fear the real local experiences in Uganda because mainly of our back ground and mostly people think we are so poor and the only place they must sleep or visit is the national parks and the lodges there, Uganda has moved far away from what you think we have got all the world has though some not on larger scale and not fancy like those in your countries. All you know about us have to be concluded here in Uganda with the local travel experience

But if you want local travel experiences, all you really need to do is follow 4 simple rules.

The 4 simple Rules for Local Travel Experiences

If you aren’t into visiting touristy destinations, you might feel the urge to flee from Kampala city within a few minutes of your arrival. You will not get all the authentic experience if you do that.

If you follow these steps you will get the best local travel experience in Uganda.

 

Have it planned

Planning is the basic and first step ina safari. Be it the local travel experience or the normal safaris in any destination. Talk your travel agent about what you want and let it be planned earlier so that by the time you arrive in Uganda all the authentic local tours are planned and all set for you to go.

 

Must have a guide

Stepping out of our comfort zone to the locals you do not know or even sure about their behaviors may be little scarily. Here we must get a local travel experience guide. Uganda travel guides are trained and they know which button is better to press and at what time.  You do not need to have a personal guide you may get a guide book or a Google guide (Google maps) or a local real person guide.

What and where to eat

As much as we have plenty of fruits and foods in Uganda, we do not have a lot of those allergies and watching weight as most of the tourist we get. Our local travel experience guide should well know what and where to eat. You can talk to him/her about how you feel and if you do not want to please do not eat.  Our delicacy is a luwombo this is a must do and eat thing.

No pictures without consent

There is no fun in a safari without pictures at all, no fun at all.  Taking picture to go home and show what was it all about and reminding yourself of the good memories and light about it is fun. Taking pictures is allowed and very ok with it however these are local travel experiences the ones you may be doing alone on a self-drive safari where no one has warned you about it. Some people may not take it as much fun as you to take them a picture or their surroundings. Take pictures of the people who allow or sceneries or those you may have befriended and may be the only places that are allowed to.

 

The Rewarding Results  on local travel experiences.

Using these few steps, will help you end up with the local travel experiences that you prefer.

I travel in Uganda doing the local travel experience myself but I had to follow the 4 steps above, we end up at cozy local restaurants down quiet lanes, with doors that are not plastered with TripAdvisor stickers. There will be no English spoken, the customers will all be Ugandans and the prices will be a 1/4 of the tourist restaurants nearby…and the food usually much better!

We also end up at cool places few people seem to know about, such as local homes, markets, museums that are small with almost the local information you need about Uganda, a local hangout with an incredible view and local drinks.

We get a glimpse of real Uganda life, in quaint parks full of locals hanging out, in hidden squares abuzz with everyday activity, in shops where the fruit and pastries are of the highest quality and the cheapest prices and in beautiful neighborhoods that don’t have well-known attractions to draw a crowd.

It’s that simple. Local travel experiences can always be had…at any time, in every destination around Uganda. It’s just up to us or you to have them because they are authentic and at the end of it all the fun and disappointment’s you get are very much rewarding

What’s your local travel experience in touristy destinations?

 

 

mountain gorillas

NOTHING COMPARES TO A GREAT ENCOUNTER WITH UGANDA MOUNTAIN GORILLAS.

Uganda prides its self in these mighty and the same time mystical apes- the mountain gorillas. Yes we own almost half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. As you plan on your next travel destination Uganda should be on your list. Getting up close to these great apes is an exceptional feeling that wills warm up your life for good.

What are the mountain gorillas

Mountain gorillas are descendants of ancestral monkeys and apes found in Africa and Arabia during the start of the Oligocene epoch (34-24 million years ago).

The endangered impressive Mountain Gorillas in Uganda don’t live in any zoo across the planet since they cannot survive in detention and there, they get their name the mountain gorillas they only survive in the mountains with a very think vegetation that ie. The think tropical rain forests. These can only be found and seen in Africa, in just three countries including Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.  There are more than 1000 Mountain Gorillas remaining in the world with approximately half of them staying within Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park plus the Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

When you talk about Gorillas most people go wild in thinking, what is that? With some thoughts of Tarzan movies and King Kong. Mountain gorillas weren’t known about by the western world until 1902.  Rwanda then a German colony, Captain von Berenge was mountaineering Mount Sabinyo on the side of Rwanda together with his friends and at 9300 foot-level where they camped, they spotted a group of Mountain Gorillas and there he shot 2 of them although managed to retrieve just one.  The victim was a young-male approximately five years of age, not too big at 220 pounds, however larger than all apes the Germans had ever seen.  The Bones plus skin were later forwarded to Berlin and there it was acknowledged as a mountain gorilla.

Nobody had imagined that gorillas could stay in a high and colder environment than West -Africa.  The news of gorillas attracted hunters to the region, especially within Congo where most of these apes lost their lives including the 14 that were shot by Prince Wilhelm.

Later Mountain Gorilla preservation’s program was launched by the Belgians which in a short time were joined by the Americans; this was done in Uganda and within this time on one was visiting the gorillas. Walter Baumgärtel was offered permission to establish visits for tourists. He wrote an interesting Book “Up among the Mountain Gorillas” which actually is about his personal encounters with the tranquil giant apes in southern Uganda.  We have seen people opening our eyes on protecting the great gorillas and Uganda will still pay a lot of gratitude to them. People like Dian Fossey to George Schaller a many other renowned personalities.

Where and how to find and see mountain gorillas

Within Uganda,mountain gorillas trekking is conducted in Bwindi National Park or in Mgahinga National Park. But because of the inconsistency of gorillas in Mgahinga, majority of the sold permits are for Bwindi NP and most habituation done in mugahinga because they will be their few ad you get time to visit and learn us much as you want about them. In Uganda, every gorilla permit goes for US $ 600. On a single day, nearly 90 people travel into Bwindi to see gorillas and only 8 people are allowed to see a gorilla family we have got 6 families. We strongly encourage you to book your  gorillas permit with a safari agent; the most prominent mistake is to book a gorilla family which is far away from your choice of accommodation! The routes to Bwindi and its various regions are often tricky; this is a remote area. If you would like to do the gorilla trek on your own so as to save costs, you might end up incurring more. Safari guides have been trained to help you with this All the gorillas are the same so visiting them will require your provider knowing which accommodation you need and then reserving a pert in that side of the forest.

Several travelers intending to trek mountain gorillas have found this process tiring and they have opted to the quicker less tiring option of reserving their trekking permits through a local safari operators. This is because you cannot pay for the gorillas on ground the bookings and money are paid at the Uganda wildlife authority offices in Kampala, if they do not have your booking and you do not have a permit you will not see mountain gorillas no matter how much you try. These tour operators normally add an extra fee of US$60 to US$100 for each permit. These gorilla tour companies won’t charge you for purchasing a gorilla permit in case you are going to use their other tour services such as transfers however if you simply want only a permit from them then they will put an extra charge of up to US$100 per gorilla permit they book, since they need to make calls, pick the permit, deliver it to you and other administrative costs.

Steps to get a mountain gorillas permit through a tour operator.

You inform them of mountain gorillas trekking dates and month and the number of permits you need,

They will inform you if your preferred dates are available or not and let you know which ones are available for trekking and also temporarily book them.

An invoice will be sent for you to make payments when payments are done you will need to forward your passport details that are used to register and acquire the permit.

The permits will be printed a week to your arrival or some days to your trekking date depending on the season.

Important to note is that tour operators in Uganda through their joint organization of AUTO are all registered and on their website you can check the operator to be sure before you you’re your money. You do not need to be scammed.

 What to Wear?  Choosing the right Clothing for mountain gorillas

Mountain gorillas trekking gear guide, Good quality walking boots if trying any hikes or even climbs, warm layers of cloth for the cold evenings and clothing for wet weather remember it becomes cold and wet at this high altitude.

The best place to visit and enjoy your journey is in Uganda with the great apes the mountain gorillas for an exceptional feeling.

Need to book a gorilla permits.

vacations

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.

 

 

rolex

THE ROLEX: IN UGANDA WE EAT IT AS WELL AS WEARING IT.

Rolex watches  the timeless style recognizable at a glance hmm : On a self drive safari in uganda you will recognize it yes at just a glance because its different, tasty and not only is it good for the eyes but also mouth watering for the stomach but this is not the Swiss watch to style you up- this is food as in real and ready to eat snack or meal as you may want it.

Rolex is a popular food item in Uganda, combining an egg omelette and vegetables  mostly the onions, tomatoes and cabbage wrapped in a chapati. (dough form) This single-portion dish is quick to prepare, and can be eaten at any time of the day, from breakfast to a lunch or supper meal or snack. The name “rolex” comes from its method of preparation, with the chapati and the omelette  being rolled together to form a rolex.

Mostly the people who make chapatis are easterners form the Nile river side, they are so good at this because even the wheat that makes the dough form (chapati) is planted their., these came to Kampala as other people to look for money and did what they know best, it spread so fast that the whole uganda and neighboring countries prefer tasting it.The delicacy soon spread throughout Uganda. It became a popular food choice for its combination of convenience, low cost, and taste.

It is easy as you enter Uganda for your self drive safari to know why Rolex is so popular, visitors to Uganda often are surprised by seeing signs advertising Rolex – wondering how the expensive Swiss Rolex Watch can be sold here in roadside stands . these omelet with chapati mixed with vegetables is a road side meal that is so nice and can be enjoyed at any time, it takes no time to make and cheaper compared to a full meal. When clients ask me why a Rolex i say” can we taste it for the answers” Yes we go ahead to eat the Rolex and i ask the question as they asked me their response usually is” it is so delicious” its is yummy” The best snack ever” but of course not everyone likes it that much some will say it is just OK.

Uganda is a country with incredible soul that will only be seen if you are in uganda. Aside from the Rolex and  all the egg staff, uganda has over 50 dishes to offer all food lovers and also fresh from the gardens to the pans, this gives our food the unique taste and  texture in the mouth when eating. with over ten national parks in different regions you will be able to taste  different meals as you combine nature, food, primates, flora and fauna and the people them selves.Planning on a self drive safari to uganda or a guided trip in uganda, try a Rolex in the mouth not for the arm and see,

 

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How to choose the right car rental in Uganda

 

Safaris, tours, trips and journeys in general are meant to be enjoyable at the least, that is if they aren’t therapeutic. But, one of the things that could make your trip to the beautiful Uganda unbearable is choosing the wrong car rental. A terrible car rental company can make the difference between a pleasurable self drive safari and a vacation gone wrong. What makes reserving a rental car different from  booking a flight or hotel room is the fact that there are few car rental companies compared to the number of tourists, creating a constant demand which can be credited for the nonchalant attitude adopted by some of the providers. A proper/suitable car rental company should not only respond to your inquiry courteously and enthusiastically/politely but it should also be able to furnish you with all the necessary content prior to your trip in order for you to choose the appropriate car at an affordable cost. In case you are new to how car rentals work or just want to get better deals on your trip, read on as we share with you how to choose the ideal car rental company.

 

Avoid airport rentals.

The first condition to getting a good deal on a rental car is quite simple; avoid airport rentals. Besides their ridiculous fines and base rates, airport rental cars usually come with stringent rules and conditions which will worry you, draining the fun out of your trip. Now, you may be worried about what other options you have if airport rentals were all you knew, but you shouldn’t be bothered because of the next pointer.

 

Check the internet.

The internet is renown for many reasons,but the one I wish to draw your attention to is its ability to speed up communication and how it is a platform for sharing knowledge with others. With just a few clicks or taps(depending on your device of choice) you can search the web for reputable car rentals in the region you wish to travel. You can check out their websites from thereon where you should be able to inquire about their rates or car fleet. An ideal car rental should be able to respond within 24 hours at most, which gives you plenty of time to work out a budget depending on the responses you get.

 

Variety.

A good car rental company should have a wide range of vehicles in their fleet to cater for all types of tourists. Some companies offer only one type of vehicle regardless of the tourist and his/her destination yet you may need a large family van, a 4WD or luxury car  so with your needs in  mind, look through the option of cars availed to you. A good company will always have something that will suit you.

Terms and conditions.

Before you put pen to paper, read through the terms and conditions to ensure the company has no hidden fees or strict conditions. Some companies are deceptive in a way that they may offer cheap prices but insert hidden costs like insurance and fuel policy. However, they are bound by law to let their clients know through company policy and agreements. Thus as you search for a car to rent, ask the rental company for a copy of its policy to acquaint yourself with their terms and conditions of your car rental in uganda.

 

Extras.

Good car rentals offer only cars but the best car rental companies offer extras to make your self drive in Uganda even more memorable and more so at small affordable rates. some car rentals such as auto rental Uganda offer quality camping equipment in case you plan on self driving in the wilderness.

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.