Uganda top tourist destinations for self drive safari in 2019

Uganda being blessed to be a landlocked country, it has almost every attraction that comes along in its nature in our national parks. The land is gifted with too much fertility that all that grazes on it is at its best. Mountains, that acts as a home of the great gorillas with creator lakes on top, trees and vegetation birds of all types not to mention the food that gives you the great tastes to wind up your day. Uganda has a lot of tourist destinations some of which are in the book of records.

Kidepo valley national park.

Kidepo Valley National Park is apparently the most isolated national park in Uganda but still stands out to be one of the best virgin places every wildlife viewer can ever visit in Uganda. This virgin national park is undoubtedly among the best wilderness areas in Africa, harboring a couple of extinct species of wildlife that can’t be found in any other Ugandan national park. Kidepo is right at the core of a Savannah landscape right next to a few mountainous bodies. The reasons for planning your safari here are endless, something you will definitely see when you set foot on Uganda’s soil. Besides the exceptional wildlife safari experience, this national park is another great spot for a cultural trail especially to those who would like to see the Karamojongs

Bwindi impenetrable national park. Gorilla tracking experience

Down in the south with good enough roads.This park is mostly the home of the endangered impressive mountain gorillas. There are also 346 bird species and more than 200 butterfly species, about 324 species of trees, ten of which are only found in this areas in the whole of Uganda. This is really a destination to explore. Habituated Gorillas living in park have been trained to withstand human presence and not likely to attack giving you a clear and heads on with these giant creatures. This 331sq.kms is a unesco site in Uganda and is the main tourist activity to Uganda. You have not visited Uganda unless you have visited the great apes of bwindi impenetrable national pack, be of a guided safari or self drive car hire.

 

Kibale National park, chimpanzee tracking experience.

Human closest relatives lie in this rain forest of kibale national park.located in the western part of Uganda, this top tourist site attracts a big number of tourists on guided tours and self drive car hire travelers. At the kanyacu site is the assembly center for the starting of the chimpanzee tracking experience. Being wild primates, and a need to track them, there’s always a big possibility to meet these great apes. 99% chances that you can see these human closest relatives in their natural habitats. There are other places to track these primates but the chance is not as of kibale. The kyambura gorge in queen Elizabeth national park and the budongo forest in the pabidi southern sector of the Murchison falls national park. Prices for the permits are a little cheaper compared to the kibale permits which on top require booking in advance. The kibale has more Eco-tourist site like the bigodi swamp walk and a birders paradise and incredible scenery from the mountain of the moons. There’s is always something to keep you occupied in this area of kibale national park on your self drive car hire in Uganda.

Murchison falls national park

In the northern part of Albertine Rift Valley lies the park that is the most visited in Uganda.  With a dense population of lions, patas monkey, buffalos, elephants, Uganda cobs and the Rothschild’s giraffe, spotted hyena which graze in the palm studded grassland.  A big number of hippos and crocodiles are seen with about 460 birds that can be watched mostly in the evening, these include shoe bill stork. Wildlife drives, launch trip to the falls, nature walks, sport fishing, walking trail is good for watching from the boat all year around. All roads to this park are well maintained to enable you access it well.

Queen Elizabeth national park

Near Rwenzori Mountains, lies Uganda’s most popular tourist destination because of the diverse eco system that has savannah, humid forests with sparkling lakes that provide fertile lands and wetlands with over 500 bird species. A lot of enormous craters, kazinga channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants. Ishasha plains that have not only good trees for a shade but also attracting  lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob. Not only the outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has an enjoyable cultural history. Meeting with the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more.

The mighty river Nile

The Nile river runs approximately 6700 kilometers long giving it a good amount of water it carries along its path to create high grade rapids that are currently used by White Water Rafters for thrill adventures. The waters also have many activities to be done on the Nile for instance bungee jumping, Kayaking, boat rides as well as fishing, a golf course unwinding along the banks and the source of the Nile provides a pretty focal point to the flow of water. A boat ride out to Samuka Island is another trip of itself, not counting the beautiful fauna you will see along.  This adventure at the nile takes you to a different kind of life outside the real life. Located about 80kms east of kampala, jinja, the tourism capital of Uganda is another place to un-wind up your self drive safari.

 Lake mburo national park

Lake Mburo is one of the smaller national parks of Uganda. With Some animals only be found there. Zebras, topis and lately the introduction of giraffes to the park. Many different species of antelope, and even the very shy Eland antelope, giraffes, these were recently introduced, game driving, boating and adventure at its best awaits there. A self drive car hire in Uganda is a perfect and top tourist destination for those that love nature and animals. Its one national game reserve with the biggest number of animals per sq.km. the game tracks are perfect match and well posted for clear direction.  A number of lodges that give you a perfect definition of safari lie on most of the hills around the park.  You have no excuse with this park as far as safari is concerned.

 

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NSENENE: A MUST TASTE ON A SELF DRIVE IN UGANDA

 

Uganda offers more than the gorillas and the plenty wildlife animals on a self-drive safari let us introduce to you the ensenene: Nsenene is the Luganda name for Ruspolia differens commonly known as grasshoppers a bush cricket that is a central and south-western Ugandan delicacy as well as an important source of high nutrition value.

It is believed that Africans have been eating grass hoppers since Biblical times. Apart from being so tasty, these edible insects are actually a high value source of nutrition on the wings, researchers have found. They contain exceptionally high amounts of proteins, fat, dietary fiber, and ash. Also grass hoppers provide a cheap and often free source of food as they are freely available in the wild for anyone willing and able to trap them.

This delicacy if you are to eat, nsenene are plucked and washed before cooking them.The insects are a cheap food since you do not even need cooking oil to fry nsenene. The insects can fry in their own fat. Apart from being fried and flavored with onions, nsenene could also be boiled or sun-dried and eaten on their own or served alongside other dishes.

These most loved insects are seasonal and it is believed that even if the come in a season when your husband is not their at home the wife must keep for the husband even if he takes years to come back.they are well preserved in a glass bottle with a tight cover.

Nsenene in Uganda is not only a delicacy but also a totem abe nsenene_ Cone-headed Katydids. The Nsenene clan has a very important ritual it performs in Buganda every grasshopper season. The eating of the first grasshoppers which are delicacies in Buganda and beyond used to be cleansed by an Nsenene clansman who was required to jump over his wife or consummate with her to initiate the eating of these seasonal delicacies. This ritual was meant to increase their prevalence and also to stop any family member to fall sick.
The Nsenene royal duties included supplying the king with a wife,  with construction poles. They also have the honor of presenting the wooden milk pot to the ascending king during the crowning ceremony and the king sips.

You do not want to miss this opportunity to taste these delicacies in Uganda on your self-drive safari or guided safari in Uganda with a budget Rav4 that can easily take you to all these places where you can taste the Nsenene.

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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.

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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.

TIPS FOR YOUR SELF DRIVE IN UGANDA

 

 

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

 

Speed restrictions.

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

Traffic Police.

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

Keep left.

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

Guidebook.

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

Regular stops.

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

 

 

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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.

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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6 Tips for Self Driving in Rural Areas of Uganda

Self drive Car Hire uganda: Like Uganda,, christened the pearl of Africa by sir Winston Churchill during his visit, is a land Un-doughtably filled with astonishing still fresh, untouched and natural beauty Contained within its boundaries are hospitable people with flora and fauna which awe you with such majesty and grace that you cant help but be amazed. Even more inspiring is the fact that most of the self drive car hire uganda tourist hot spots such as Bwindi impenetrable forest, Murchison falls national park are pure nature with little or no urban influence. And because this happens, they can only be accessed through the rural parts of Uganda which have mostly murram access roads. However, this should not discourage you from self drive car hire uganda independent travellers touring the wonders of Uganda on a private self drive car hire safari.

On the contrary, this should only arouse your adventurous side to rent a suitable car and self drive through the Uganda countryside. To connect even more with nature, you could hire a car along with quality camping gear and set camp in one of the national parks with the guidance of a park ranger. The ideas shared below will not only guide you on how to
self drive safely through rural Uganda, but also help you enjoy your experience in Uganda. Here are some tips for self drive car hire we share you could find interesting when driving upcountry in rural areas.

Watch the speed
You should watch your speed limit as you drive on feeder roads just the same way you watch it while on a main road. Most of the access roads in Uganda are narrow with hardly any speed limit signs. As much as the road might seem empty, its advisable to be
careful and drive at a speed which you can easily brake or maneuver in case there is another car using the road. As a matter of fact, speeding on murram roads could damage some parts of the car since you can never be certain what lies on the road.
Thus you should observe the speed limit and slow down which will give you time to observe what is on the road and drive or react accordingly.

Be Cautious
A lot of access roads in rural Uganda, are fed by other smaller murram roads and some may not be visible until you reach them. If another user is coming into the road, you may nor realize it until they are in your way which could be fatal. This not only emphasizes the earlier point of watching your speed, but also calls for caution and attention on the road. when approaching a junction where other cars or people join the same road you’re using, you should hoot once or twice to let others know there is a car on the road, it sounds funny and wiered but yes it will save you a heck of trouble.

Always Inquire
Asking or inquiring about your location could make the difference between getting lost or reaching your destination. There places whose names sound similar or which share a name but are located in different regions. If you are not certain about which direction or road to take to your preferred destination, you can always inquire from the hospitable locals or hire a car and driver guide to keep you on the right path or keep you insightful. In the same spirit of Self driving in uganda, you should also ask where a road leads before you proceed when on a self drive safari as it would be unfortunate to waste fuel driving to and from a dead end.

Look out for Tractors or heavy turning vehicles
It is uncommon to find heavy duty cars such as tractors or ATV’s using the same roads as you are in the rural parts of Uganda. In case you encounter such vehicles, please remember to drive at a safe distance even when they appear to be slow. If you
intend to overtake, make sure there is enough space on the road for you to maneuver and remember the truck driver might have restricted view of the road and other users so make him aware of your presence on the road as well either way by flashing lights.

Watch-out for many livestock
Some of the indigenous tribes in Uganda keep animals such as cattle, goats and sheep. This implies that you’re bound to run into herds of animals during a self drive safari in Uganda. Occasionally, livestock will be seen crossing from one side of the road to the
other in search of pasture or water and in such a situation, you should stop the car, keep calm and let the animals cross. You should also avoid startling the animals by hooting or revving your engine because scared animals could attack or run amok.

Plan for the fuel
The further one goes from an urban center, the less the fuel/ gas stations they will come across. Further more, fuel from rural areas usually contains impurities which can reduce your rental car’s efficiency if not spoil it. Due to this, we recommend that you fill your tank from the urban centers and if possible carry extra fuel in a jerrycan because you might not know how far your sense of adventure will take you. If possible, inquire about the distance to your destination and compare this data with your car rental Agency consumption to give you an idea of approximately how much fuel you’ll need to go and return.

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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.

Uganda Self Drive

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.