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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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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.

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Self Drive Uganda Safari To The famous Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Self Drive Uganda safari stands out as the most convenient means of travel through the scenic and nature rich East Africa’s number one tourist destination. Nicknamed the Pearl of Africa, #Uganda is well known for the virgin wilderness waiting to be discovered and her tough terrain roads that make your road trips exciting and worth trying out.

The Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the south western part of Uganda, well known as Uganda’s most popular and accessible savanna reserve lying beside the Lake Edward with diverse ecosystems that include humid forests, sparkling lakes, fertile wetlands, vast range of wildlife both animals and birds.

How to reach the park.

On a self drive Uganda safari, it is obvious that you’ll reach the Queen Elizabeth by road utilizing our perfect condition 4×4 Car rental vehicles that are strong enough to maneuver the tough terrains of the Ugandan soils. There are different routes to the park depending on where one is coming from or even the traveler’s priority in terms of stop overs he intends to make or even opting for the shortest route available. Our detailed and clear Uganda road maps come in handy to assist you choose a road that seems to meet your preference of travel to the park or better still, our insightful driver guides can help you choose a better route that suites your preferred interests while on your journey to the park. Both routes range between 410 -425 km stretches from Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. Air flights can also be arranged to the existing airstrips of Kasese.

What to do and see in Queen Elizabeth.

For any traveler aboard a self drive Uganda safari to this western nature endowed park, brace yourself for an exciting and adventurous stay in the park because it is a habitat for most of Uganda’s unique wildlife and the most beautiful sceneries from the mountains,plains,valleys and the sparkling water bodies like the famous kazinga channel connecting the two great lakes George and Edward. All these facilitate a memorable game drive that allows you quality time in the wild on just four wheels to get sights of elephants, warthogs, lions, antelopes, baboons, to mention but only a few. The exciting launch cruise along Kazinga channel is one you can’t afford to miss as you get to discover some of Africa’s unique water animals like hippos, crocodiles, water birds and so many other birds in the vegetation on the banks of the waters which is perfect for bird watching. Also, enjoy a rewarding nature walk around the park  and encounter the unique cultural heritage for example the energetic dances of the Kikorongo  Equator cultural performers, locals harvesting salt at Katwe, traditional Banyaruguru hut and different African agricultural practices at Mubuku. There is just so much more to discover in the Queen Elizabeth park than we can put in writing .Any travel diehard wouldn’t give up this trip for anything.

Where to stay.

The park has got plenty of lodges that offer you great accommodation, restaurant and bar services and still allow you the chance to still enjoy spectacular views across your relaxing point. These cater for all budgets ranging from luxury, midrange to budget .Through a reputable car rental Uganda agency, you will be able to book yourself a hotel or lodge of your preference with advice from our travel experts to get you a perfect place to match your descriptions. Also, you can make use of our quality camping gears to be able to commune more intimately with nature and the wild. Even easier, our well detailed itineraries can be of great help to book a fully pre-arranged self drive uganda safari and save you the burden of researching about lodges in a foreign area.

Our Car rental team are always happy to serve you in the most commendable way possible for you to have a memorable trip to the Pearl of Africa.

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

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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.

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6 Simple Tips to Avoid Sleep when self driving in Uganda.

Uganda Self Drive is quite an easy way and can be managed by many travelers who opt for self drive or hire a car with a driver which seems to be the best solution when you rent a car in Uganda with one reputable company like Auto Rental Uganda. As it is, you always have many options at disposal of how you can make best of the car rental services in Uganda, the real decision usually belongs to the car hirer considering his/her tastes and preferences.

When one opts for a uganda self drive, then you are covenant of your driving skills and yes you believe in your perfection in driving on the African roads which Yes to say, can be challenging. Hiring and driving in Uganda is absolutely the best way to discover these beautiful lands but question is, How best are you familiar with the Uganda Self Drive and still be well considering that sometimes you could end up napping on the wheels.

Napping is a very healthy thing to do while on a Uganda Self Drive but yes we insist not on the wheels as you drive through the countryside or on one of those nice paved roads in Uganda. On the other hand, the big benefits of bumpy countryside roads is keeping you awake as you drive, You cant be bumped into a water-filled pothole and still keeping dosing on the wheels, however these smooth/paved roads will take you off and get your self dosing off especially when you have to drive a long distance with same vegetation and scenery. One of the longest same vegetation landscapes is the Murchison – kibale journey that takes 10hours but worry not, it’s a bumpy road.

Auto Rental Uganda Team shares with you some few tips for driving in Uganda and that can avoid sleep especially those that hire a car for self drive safaris; And if you prefer not to keep the tips and also prefer the comfort of your rental car, we advise that you hire a car with a driver for your trip through these beautiful lands.

Avoid driving when you are too tired.
Considerably, the first rule of staying safe on a self drive journey is not to hit the road when you are too tired. Since you are driving independently and not on a fixed schedule, take time to sleep little, relax enough and avoid being stressed. If You have been busy the previous day, how about use part of the next day to relax? Trust me this will do wonders for a long journey ahead and yes for your safety when driving in Uganda.. You need a strong mind to enjoy a Uganda Self Drive.

Avoid driving & Rushing
Supposedly, most self drivers drive at night without stopping for breaks or would rather make the most of the holiday weekend or holiday journey. But, there’s a limit to the amount of stress and labor that your body can take without taking rest or breaks. So, don’t cut the resting time to rush to the destination. Plan accordingly, like have an itinerary or travel plan with time. Some car rental agencies like Auto Rental Uganda will definitely draft you a very perfect itinerary with travel time.. Planning is a very important aspect and especially long journeys.

Make use Caffeinated products
Driving with the help of Caffeine helps in keeping you awake when self driving and especially for sole traveling self drivers in Uganda, believe me your mind will keep alert. So, drinking one or two cups of coffee whenever you feel sleepy when driving will help to avoid falling asleep at the wheel. Keep caffeinated mints and gum in the vehicle in case you can’t buy beverages on the way as you drive past.

Make use of Breaks/driving intervals.
You control the car and yes control Time of travel too. Taking a break at every two to three hours or 100 kms will give you a time to relax and refresh your mind. Usually park the vehicle somewhere safe with people in vicinity and enjoy a snack or listen to a song. Start the journey after 15 to 20 minutes. If you want, you could make use of a small jog just behind your rental car and allow blood in you move fast, this way you have the sleep under control.

Remember to take a Nap
Driving a rental car in Uganda for long distances at some point requires taking a nap. This could be the last resort if nothing mentioned above works. A 20-minute of nap will keep you alert for the next couple of hours. So, if you are sleep deprived and caffeine seems to have no effect anymore, park somewhere safe and take a short nap. Trust me This will def work for independent self driving travelers in Uganda

Travel and share driving with a buddy or spouse
Is is not nice and good accompaniment? This is also one of the most efficient way to avoid sleep when driving and yes, not loose time when self driving in Uganda. This is helpful when you are set for a very long journey. Hire a car and drive with someone else so that you can take turns. It’s the best way to avoid falling asleep when driving on Uganda roads because you can take rest when the other person is driving and surely works out just so perfect. Trust me even sharing self driving memories is just paramount and memorable.