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.

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.

 

 

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Self Drive Uganda Quick, simple & Basic Travel Tips

Self Drive Uganda safaris is absolutely rewarding especially for the independent travelers that would like to adventure on their own. Remarkably, Self drive Uganda safari adventures is one of the most convenient and exciting travel options through the scenic and magically Jaw dropping terrained Pearl of Africa that presents an opportunity to adventure and discover all the hidden treasures of Uganda  with a rental car in Uganda from a reputable Car Rental Uganda Agency. Our rather insightful travel experts avail you with quite essential knowledge about traveling more particularly to the alluring and scenic Pearl of Africa, Uganda.

What do you need prior travel?

As you consider traveling to Uganda for a self drive Uganda safari, it is important to ensure that you book a flight that perfectly rhymes with the dates of your trip around Uganda because most car rental Agencies in Uganda charge according to how many days you spend with the car therefore to arrive a day earlier is perfect for relaxing in preparation for a whole new and exciting day of adventure.

Also, ensure that you pack all the necessary documents like international driving licenses since you will be required to present them on some journeys especially on the highways where traffic officers are stationed on various points to ensure correct road usage by the drivers to curb unfortunate incidents along the road.

Ensure to confirm with your car hire Uganda  agency your arrival time and date to avoid last minute plans and over waiting at the airport and also in case of bookings, ensure to confirm that they were made to avoid inconveniences when you arrive. Confirmations are very vital.

What to expect in Uganda.

The Pearl of Africa, a small land locked African country is a very culturally rich nation with rather hospitable people and warm equatorial conditions given that she is blessed with an equator in the southern part therefore the temperatures are always reasonably high but not too high to cause discomfort hence it is important to park light clothes, basically Uganda has some of the best weathers in Africa .

While in this scenic and rather nature endowed land, you will notice that the people like to dress up decently and cover up a better part of their body and therefore it is quite important to pack clothes that do not reveal too much skin so the light clothes will work best because they will save you the too much heat from covering yourself.

Like earlier said, Uganda has a vast range of tribes with respective cultures like the incredible Karamajong of northern Uganda,Baganda of central Uganda, Banyankole of Western Uganda, Batwa, Batooro, to mention but a few. All these amazing people have unique and tasty cultural dishes for example Baganda have the tasty Luwombo, Banyankole have Eshabwe and Kalo, Batooro have Firinda and so many more. Have I mentioned the over 10 unique national parks in Uganda and soaring mountains and ending savannah plains dotted with vibrant wildlife? The Uganda water bodies spiced up with a huge population of wildlife and resorts to relax. therefore, brace yourself for not just a tour of nature but also a taste of the mouthwatering typical African dishes.

Necessary things to pack.

While you prepare for a self drive uganda safari, it is crucial to carry as little luggage as possible because everyone would like a bulk free trip that allows you the opportunity to fully enjoy your travel time and move to all destinations of your choice with the least of inconveniences. Since these trips are usually getaways that close you from the rest of the world and have a refreshing time of your life, it is wise to pack only the necessities like just enough clothes and leave alone things like electronics that are likely to steal your attention and you end up distracted while on your trip hence missing out on some of the magical views and memorable experiences.

While you pack, it is quite important to ensure that you carry the personal things you are not likely to find in a foreign environment like, personal medication, Vaseline and lotions to avoid irritations from random products different from what you usually use.

A self drive Uganda safari trip is with no doubt an experience worth having for any person that would like to make memories for a life time because in this Pearl of Africa, there is such a wide range of activities to get involved in like visiting the different habitats of nature’s unique flora and fauna like the endangered Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi, the fresh water bodies including the world’s longest river, R.Nile and the stunning heavy waterfalls like Murchison falls, hiking mountains, and so much more. Get your shoes on and Let Auto Rental Uganda Show you the country that  We Know!

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Self Drive Uganda & Discovering the Spectacular Murchison falls

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

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

How to reach Murchison.

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

What to do and see in Murchison.

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

Where to stay in Murchison.

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

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

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

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Self Drive Safari Uganda & 4 Reasons why you should go for it

Self drive Safari Uganda is one great decision to make and what to expect  while on the trip is is another. Before we attempt anything or embark on a journey, we more usually than not have expectations of what will happen after we do it. In the case of self drive car rental Uganda, you would expect to see, hear, feel and experience new sights, sounds, sensations and cultures. Well, as much as no two places in earth can be alike, Uganda is quintessentially different from any other country on the globe in terms of weather, geography, wildlife, and  most importantly the people so you you wouldn’t know what to expect on a self drive safari Uganda but that’s why you are here reading this article. So without further ado, we will give you a sneak peek of what to anticipate on when you opt for a self drive safari Uganda through the beloved Pearl of Africa.

Welcoming people.

Have we mentioned earlier World over, Ugandans are well known for their hospitality and general character. Nearly all tribes in Uganda put emphasis on welcoming guests and strangers and this is from a micro scale of a family home to the macro scale of the entire county. So definetly expect while on a self drive car rental Uganda to probably meet and make many Ugandan friends instantly. Even while on self drive through the rural areas, don’t hesitate to park ad interact with some locals as they might provide you with some insights about where you are.

Absolutely Warm nice weather.

Given its position on the globe, Uganda is one of the few countries through which the equator  crosses. This makes it closer to the sun and hence hotter, but on the other hand, Uganda is also blessed with fresh water bodies such as lake Victoria (source of the mighty river Nile and largest lake in east sub-Saharan Africa). These geographical conditions blended together create a most suitable micro climate that is both hot and cool without extremes. Truly, you wont find a better equatorial paradise to self drive car rental uganda safari.

Unique flora and fauna.

As explained earlier, Uganda has a rather unparalleled climate which plays a vital role in the Eco system dominated by dense rain forests and fresh water bodies. To no surprise, these conditions end up creating natural habitats that can be shared by different birds and animals. For example the Mabira rain forest on Jinja highway-a popular self drive car rental Uganda route-is home to an estimated 300 bird species, some of which are only found in Uganda.

Spectacular wildlife & Variety

Ugandans are not a homogeneous people bound by one culture and language, but rather a group of different ethnicities and tribes each with their own culture sharing boundaries. This however does not stop us from uniting and believing in our beautiful nation. Hence on a self drive car rental uganda safari through the different regions including amazing Uganda safari destinations, you are bound to come across and hopefully interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures but united by a patriotism. Similarly, the Ugandan landscape is not the same throughout the country; coming from the airport, you wont help but notice the gentle hills along the Entebbe highway but as you travel to the west, the  hills will regularly morph into flat-lands and eventually the Rwenzori mountain ranges; while as you travel north the topography will stretch itself flat into the horizon punctuated by monolithic rocks. All these differences in culture, landscape and so on come together to create the composition we are proud to call Uganda.

A good and welcoming Destination.

With a most welcoming population picturesque landscapes, awe-inspiring geography coupled with glorious weather, you can only expect to have an amazing self drive car rental Uganda safari.

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Self Drive Uganda & Basic Tips for a safe self drive Holiday in Uganda

Self Drive Uganda is absolutely the hype of independent adventure and so is Uganda being a small country located in East Africa endowed with a motley of jaw dropping landscapes exclusively home to over 300 bird and animal species and the famous endangered mountain Gorillas.

From the lush green equatorial forests in the high altitude south west corner (domicile for the near extinct mountain gorilla) to the semi-arid flat landscapes punctuated with monolithic rocks, Uganda is a country with a little something for everyone even for the Self drive Uganda safari adventurers, it is therefore no surprise that it ranks highly among tourist destinations because it is an experience to behold. One of the most popular forms of touring Uganda is self drive safaris which entail renting a car and driving yourself around the country-just like a road trip! In this article, we share some tips and pointers on self drive Uganda Safaris to make your holiday experience more enjoyable.

Quality car rental.

If you have opted for a self drive in Uganda, it is very important that you find a trustworthy and  inexpensive car rental company with a diverse car rental fleet from which to hire. This way, you won’t have to worry about being delayed or frustrated with poor service delivery. A good way to go about this is by doing a quick Google search for automobile rentals and inquiring  from their websites about what they have to offer.

Crash course driving classes.

All over the world, countries follow different road rules so do not be frustrated if Uganda’s road rules confuse you. It is possible to organize a quick driving lesson(s) with your car rental company to familiarize yourself with Uganda’s road rules and networks.

Insightful Driver guides.

Some Self drive Uganda rental Agencies and yes, the good ones just like Auto Rental Uganda offer insightful driver guides for hire along with the car at a subsidized rate. So in case you can’t drive or aren’t making progress with the afore mentioned crash course driving lessons, you can always hire a driver maneuver the terrains as you sit back and enjoy the very best of a seemingly self drive uganda safari as get you around.

An added bonus to this is you wont have to read maps and can rely on your driver to know the fastest and safest way to get you to your destination.

Have a list of emergency contacts.

Uganda is a peaceful country with hospitable people. Nonetheless, it is good to have a fall back option for when things don’t go as planned or in case of an emergency like car breakdown or an accident. As much as we live in the age of cloud storage( icloud, google drive) you will find it useful to jot down emergency contacts like an agent from the car rental company or the hotel number.

Requirements.

If you have made up your mind for a self drive Uganda safari, there are some items that you should carry to make your trip/safari safer. Some of these items include a map of Uganda showing major tourist attractions, a first aid kit in case of minor accidents and an international driver’s permit but many provided by professional Self drive Uganda rental agencies like Auto Rental Uganda and is absolutely an obligation to provide and arrange for all the above once you have reserved a car.

Camera.

Last but not least, carry a camera to capture all your beautiful experiences in this equatorial paradise called Uganda. Now, you are ready for self drive Uganda Safari.

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.