Practical Tips for securing your car on a self drive Uganda safari.


Hiring a car for a selfdrive safari is made easier with the many reputable car rental agencies in Uganda that operate on legal licenses. Travelers to Uganda hire a 4×4 car of their choice to take them through an inspirational road trip across the Pearl of Africa with lots of stuff to discover like amazing African wildlife species, both birds and animals, fresh water bodies, the world’s longest river, River Nile and stunning sceneries on the road.

All these great memorable experiences could be brought to a stand still by a very unfortunate and unexpected incident where you realize your 4×4 car is missing and you have no idea who could have taken it. Our expert team is glad to bring to your knowledge some of the tips to keep your car safe from such ill intention-ed persons that can ruin your safari in Uganda. However, take note that these cases are rare but like the saying goes, it is safer to prevent yourself from something than waiting to deal with the wounds of the occurrence.

Always remember to lock your car.

Most of the times when driving on a selfdrive safari step out of their cars with the intention to relax for a bit or take snapshots of some beautiful places and continue with the selfdrive Uganda safari. However, we cannot guarantee that where you are leaving your car is safe enough from danger since we cannot understand people’s motives. Especially knowing that they are more conversant with the area than yourself therefore could escape with so much ease. Make it a point to lock your car at any time you are away from it to keep it safe from being vandalized.

Put an alarm

However inconveniencing the noise of an alarm can be on your self drive safari, your car is better off safe from being stolen or vandalized than avoiding noise pollution and you lose your car on a self drive Uganda safari. With the nature of these alarms that keep lighting when the car is in parking, they are a sigh that the car owner is conscious about thieves and vandalizes which some how keeps the latter away since they notice that this may not be an easy job to take on.

Keep your valuables out of sight.

Sometimes people do not commit crimes because they are part of their day’s schedule but because they were tempted to do so. Leaving your goodies out there in the open could be tempting to passersby that have been longing to get hold of some of the things you own for example electronic devices and money. It is therefore advisable that you move with your valuables and also brings us to the point of limiting your luggage as you embark on a self drive safari Uganda. Carrying too many things can not only limit your sitting space but also get bulky if you are to move with them without the car.



Carefully choose where to park.

Cars are more often stolen when they are parked and the owner is away. It is therefore rather important to be very keen and cautious about where you park by looking out for security measures in that particular area like perimeter wall, security guard, gate to ensure closure ,surveillance cameras, etc.


Self drive in Uganda with a rav4 (Nile)


Uganda /Rwanda are one of those great places in the world people tend to escape and make a trip on their own/ self drive in uganda. Hiring a car on a self-drive in Rwanda and Uganda enables the traveler to explore all the top tourism destinations. Sally Day and friends hired a car form us Auto rental UGANDA to adventure Uganda, and Rwanda on a self drive after giving us their interests in camping and car rental we chose for the a small car Rav4 and their journey started.


We meat in Kampala in the evening I delivered the car and gave them all the briefing they need to know about the car, how they should take care of it and the best way to drive in Uganda and a few things of the road in Uganda and Rwanda, they had not made up their minds in when to cross to Rwanda but this was ok because I told them to take their time and forwarded the car documents when they made up their minds.

Their self drive trip started in Uganda, through kabale, lake bunyonyi, rwanda- kigali, kivu, queen Elizabeth national park, kibale, Murchison, and jinja. We kept in touch all the days of their trip, they got a small problem after hitting a pothole and a car got a small dent in queen Elizabeth on their way to Fortpotol but all was good and their journey continued.

At the end of the  self drive in uganda trip, I asked how was the car, how did she work  and that whole experience, They replied: Actually it is a he to us , we named him Nile he was our only man on the trip, he was so helpful and never complained about anything at all for the 20 days.This is the best trip we have ever had on a self drive in a big car, they said he is big because they drive very small cars in their home country.

Due to the small size of Rwanda makes driving easy between destinations and made their self-drive holiday more interesting by get a glorious opportunity to stop in the middle of some good serene natural environment and make some meditation.

A self drive holiday is a rewarding and exciting experience in Rwanda/Uganda as it is one of the top Eco tourism destinations in the world. With thousands of hills enchanted with green cover, plenty of game watching opportunities especially gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and the one in virunga  and a country with a well organized road network system makes Rwanda a top tourism destination for self drive holidays.

One of the easiest ways of renting a car for self drive  in Uganda / Rwanda is by going on the internet and search for various cheap car rental agencies. By going to the internet you have a variety of car rental companies to choose from basing on your budget and travel needs that are online car rental companies in Uganda and  Rwanda have family cars, 4×4 and high end cars. So it is up against you to book with any of the car rental agency that best suits your needs and budget.


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Self drive Car hire Uganda & 5 Bad driving habits women should stop on

Self drive Car hire Uganda is quit an easy way to adventuring the pearl of Africa but driving through the countryside is a little complicated for women. No matter how much the driving may seem easy and however much you have poor driving habbits, it  does not mean you are an amateur in driving however, there’s a popular perception that women drivers don’t fare well on the road as their male counterparts. However much Self drive Car hire Uganda in general is a skill that does not depend on your gender, women, in general, practice some strange driving habits that seem irritating or confounding to other drivers. Most Self drive Car hire Uganda Agencies get into agreement with Hirers on how to perfectly handle the vehicle and hirers are sometimes riable for their deeds just incases of unfortunatalities that lie under reckless driving. We would advise that you make use by hiring a car and driver guide for your car rental trip but still maintain your own pace.

Auto Rental Uganda shares with you some of the those bad habits women should give up so you don’t repeat them and ensure the road safety during Self drive Car hire Uganda safaris.

Avoid applying make-up at traffic lights
We understand how it makes sense to many women since the few minutes at traffic lights seem to be the only solution for a light makeup session. Well, we also understand how good you must look during you journey, but if you could stop in a safe place and apply this makeup, would safe you a lot of unfortunatalities. Driving in Uganda and especially Kampala traffic areas requires full attention.

Doing something else while driving
Doing something else other than driving is a common vise by many people and not only women especially the teen drivers, usually text or keep the earbuds in while driving. We agree Self drive Car hire Uganda safari journeys goes hand in hand with nice music but truth is that even a slight distraction can lead to dangerous accidents. If you have to text, park somewhere, and listen through the car’s speakers instead of using earbuds. If you must take an important call, either park the vehicle or use a Bluetooth headset caller which should be the last option if you would not want to loose time.

Avoid driving while feeling tired or sleepy.
This is one of the bad habits women should give up with immediate effect while on self drive car hire in Uganda. While it’s understandable because women have more responsibilities for their hubbys and children when on safari or when travelling in Uganda, it is very important than you take some good sleep so that in the morning you are good enough to take up the journey or the wheels for an amazing Self drive Car hire Uganda safari and yes avoid unfortunaterlities

Avoid Sitting in a bad driving posture
Like said earlier and much done, many self drivers on safari in Uganda don’t know how to position themselves behind the wheel to get the maximum control of the vehicle. Stop slouching while driving or resting the arm on the window sill because these don’t give you the ideal body position to react quickly at the time of hazards. Uganda has a lot of crazy road users not like The disciplined back home, so for you to take control of the vehicle you require to be in good sitting postures so that you’re good to go for a self drive trip with many crazy drivers around the country.

Ignorance about the car mechanism
Most and not all women are clueless about the engine mechanism or other parts of the car. You should be familiar with the basic vehicle problems and check the engine with the levels of water and oil regularly for better maintenance. It is important to know that all rental cars for self drive have been used before by other self drivers and yes all cars are subject to breakdown, however it is impontant to be aware of minor problems which you could also have avoided if you knew something. Remember, you are driving far in the wild and on any help from the car rental agencies require patience as they get you any available and nearest help If you keep ignoring the problems like noise and vibrations while drive, the car may end up with a major problem and hinder the anticipated self drive safari.