People would want to ask why would you choose uganda for a self drive safari?.

Uganda, deservedly dubbed the Pearl of Africa, is located in the Great Lakes Region in central Africa and boasts an ecological diversity that rivals many larger countries. Here, Eastern Savannah meets West African jungle – Uganda really does offer visitors incredible diversity with its multitude of varying ecosystems. In no other African destination can one see a comparable variety of primates with so little effort – not just the great apes, but also more than ten monkey species, a thousand bird species, rich culture and most especially the Ugandans,- we were recently ranked one of the top friendly countries in the whole world.

For most, the highlight is found amongest the forests in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where coming face to face with Endangered Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat is one of the most profound wildlife encounters you will ever experience. Discover tree climbing lions around Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National Park, trek chimps in Kibale Forest or khambura Gorge, or taste on a massive Nile Perch or the Uganda delicacy the luwobo, up north at Murchison Falls where the mighty Nile cascades through a gap just 7m wide. Adrenaline junkies will find Jinja simply exhilarating; with its white-water rafting, kayaking and bungee jumping activities Jinja is rapidly emerging as East Africa’s answer to that more southerly “adrenaline capital” Victoria Falls.

We invite you to explore Uganda, a diverse landscape with abundant wildlife, plenty to discover and unique experiences you’ll struggle to find words to do justice to when recounting your time in this jewel of a country. however we are much sure of one thing one will only need to get a tour/ vacation just to relax and get off the busy schedule of our daily working line, to wake late in the morning on the sounds of the yellow tinny birds in lake Bunyonyi singing for you and you take in the fresh breath of the waters. Talk to your service provider and arrange the best trip that creates room for relaxing at the same time enjoying the thrilling nature Uganda has to offer on a self-drive safari. Taking dinner at the lodges may be a little more like home because it is usually on time you can choose to take up on bed and breakfast arrangements to create enough room for you when you need to eat or not.

Choosing a self-drive safari in Uganda is the best option to relax on a vacation because you plan your day and activities that will follow in your days, you can choose to stop and sleep or eat or see some things off the itinerary. This in most cases helps us as human beings mostly if you’re traveling with your children to bond or with your wife to amend more of your love life and learn to do things together on a self-drive safari in Uganda.

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Self driving Car Rental Uganda to the tree climbing lions of Ishasha

Self driving Car Rental Uganda /Car Rental in Uganda provides a vast range of self drive Uganda safari cars for hire while on an adventure trip through the beautiful terrains of the Pearl of Africa. This enables you to encounter rather  rewarding and exceptional trips in the comfort of being your own driver , when to make a stopover, the ideal route to use and above all when to set off and stop.

A self drive Uganda safari introduces you to the remote Plains of Ishasha in the southwestern part of the Queen Elizabeth National Park that ranks with the most breathtaking game viewing areas in the country, as much for its unhampered mood as its varied wildlife. This endowed habitat for wildlife and wilderness is easily accessible on a self drive safari Uganda especially as one travels between Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi National Park.

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By road, one can access the endowed plains of Ishasha while on Self driving Car Rental Uganda courtesy of car rental Uganda Agency through three directions.Kabale and Bwindi National Park in the south, from Rukungiri to the east, or from the north via Katunguru on the main Mbarara –Kasese road. It is thus easily visited en route between Bwindi and Mweya in the north of Queen Elizabeth National Park, though given the road conditions and terrain, it would be tricky to explore the game viewing tracks thoroughly without spending a night there

Ishasha is famously known for its incredible Kings of the jungle that have taken it a notch higher and can climb the giant trees of the park. It consists of around 40 individuals split across three prides which is unusual elsewhere in Africa. An existing hypothesis is that the tree climbing behavior of the lions can be witnessed throughout the year but quite more frequent in the rainy seasons. The lions frequent the sycamore fig tree and sometimes the Albezia trees and this is often during the hot hours of the day and they descend back to the ground before dusk.

Given the vast composition of nature’s treasures in the famous habitat of the climbing lions, one would definitely consider spending a refreshing night within the park premises to prepare for another quite adventurous and intriguing day in the park kick started by breathtaking morning breezes of the park. The slumbering grounds are of three kinds that is luxury, midrange and budget.

Ishasha wilderness camp, Uganda’s finest wilderness facility located on the banks of Ntungwe River in the thick of the wildlife action is a luxury camp with elephants regularly crossing the river and lions, leopards, heard from close by the camp. The place is alive with sights and melodies of birds and the beautiful camp cottages towering into the atmosphere with large mesh ventilation bringing the soothing river views right inside.Savanna Resort Hotel is an infinitely smart midrange 46 room slumbering ground, set in large, park like grounds 4km from Kihihi town and with an attractive country club façade, representing a solitary oasis comfort between Bwindi and Ishasha gate that are 30min drive  away from one another.

Another exciting shelter that is basically budget is to go camping and spend your night in the cool breezes of nature under a tent with sparkling lights that make the views and the environment quite relaxing at @The River Camp site that lies off Kameme road, beside the Ntungwe River in the wedge of public land between Ishasha Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Kigezi Wildlife Reserve that is directly across the River. The site has a fully stocked bar that looks out over the river and allows you max views of birdlife and monkeys in the riparian forest beyond.

The Ishasha safari on a self drive  in Uganda  is one that is worth taking as it provides you with a wide range of activities and breathtaking views throughout your travel time like witnessing the incredible tree climbing lions, discovering the unique flora and fauna of the Pearl of Africa and also getting knowledgeable about the vast treasure of the beautiful Uganda.

Self Drive Car Rental Uganda

Self Drive Car Rental Uganda & 6 Safe tips for self driving.

Self Drive Car Rental Uganda is absolutely one of the best magical ways to experience Uganda and one of the easiest way connecting to different attractive destinations in Uganda. Most of the roads radiating out of Kampala are just as perfect as “Maybe” home road or closer to the same however the biggest problem and surfaced roads are on the countryside. Hiring a car for self drive would be of no challenge if you kept on the paved roads throughout, but trust me there is more fun and more rewarding getting off the beaten off tracks and yes, these are the unpaved roads sometimes slippery because of rain or dust.

When finally opting for Self Drive Car Rental Uganda, there are many considerations taken before opting for which car to use and as well as the climate changes. Talking about climate changes: Uganda’s climate is surely unpredictable, It will decide to rain cats & dogs or opt to shine and all gets warm. The main interest in hiring a car for Self Drive Car Rental Uganda considering if you can be able to drive through the Ubrupt heavy rains on the unpaved roads whether using a Toyota Rav4 or Toyota Prado land cruiser, the most sought cars available for self drive in Uganda.

Auto Rental Uganda Team shares with you some few basic Tips for Self Drive Car Rental Uganda through the unpredictable heavy rains in Uganda during your anticpated self drive car rental uganda journey through these beautiful lands. You will side with me when I say its surely scary and dangerous driving in heavy rains, but following these 6 safety Tips during for Self Drive Car Rental Uganda in rainy seasons or unexpected rains can be helpful to drivers in handling any storm.

Be Patient & take Your Time
Driving patiently is absolutely one of the best tips to avoid accidents while driving in the rain or surely slowing down. In reality some drivers don’t enjoy the idea of slowing down just because of a little rain, but it actually helps. Also remember that the most dangerous moment to drive is right after the rain started, as the water mixes with roadway oils, results in the ungrippy surface.

Guarantee Your Vision
Driving in Uganda may not necessitate having headlights on as it is for other developing countries, but look this is the best thing you could do when driving the rain or storm. Driving in the rain requires headlights in order to provide vision for the driver and other roadusers. No one wants to be penalized and no police wants to go out in the rain to penalize you for that reason. So for your own self drive in Uganda safety , turn on those headlights. You may not find it impontant but trust me you will appreciate it as well as the other road users.

Make sure you give Space To Others
Driving in Uganda and Chasing the front cars ahead is absolutely a very unacceptable idea. Not only does it get risky but it also makes other drivers nervous and panic. The best option while driving in Uganda through rains or storm is to keep a distance 3 times the normal distance gap so that you can have space to break or stop if such a scenario occurs. The same goes for you to give other vehicles more time and space to react to traffic especially in heavy rain.

Always Observe And Analyze
Terrible and crazy drivers are common in Uganda as most of them control their cars by instincts and habits, not by their thoughts. However, when it is raining cats and dogs, the conditions are less than ideal and it requires drivers to focus on their surroundings and stay alert every moment and most especially in Rainy storms.

Be Aware Of The Flow
Driving and being expectant of the Flow on the roads whether paved or graded is something self drivers out to lookout for when driving in the rain or storm and yes it is very horrible to underestimate the pond of water created in rainy day. Even the large size cars can be moved by water flow. Places like the karamoja stretch and the kidepo valley areas are common with water flow created by seasonal rivers. And if you have no other choice but to go through the water, be aware 2 factors:
The depth: You might know the road very well, but if you have no idea how deep the water is, the best solution is to find other way.
The power: The force of water flow can sometimes sweep away the biggest car, so it is wisely to avoid large puddles if possible.

Car Examination
Driving in Rainy rainy seasons or storms requires giving the rental vehicle a quick check to make sure your trip is safe. Examine the tires tread, windshields and headlights are necessary. Self drivers should also consider to bring food, water and equipment in case of emergency or they are stuck in the middle of flows or stuck in the mud.

Hiring and Driving an Automatic Rental car in Uganda for self drive

Renting and driving a car in Uganda is one of the major and growing modes of adventure in exploring these beautiful lands but the question here is, Have you driven an Automatic car before, A common mode of car hired in Uganda for self drive safaris? Oh if you haven’t, Here is From Start to end tips on how to drive an automatic car. It is easy if you have driven a manual car before and of course if your holding an international drivers license.

Driving an automatic car? Well, you will be happy to know that hiring and driving a car in Uganda on self drive with an automatic transmission is easier than the one that uses a manual gearbox. However, it does not mean you can learn to drive automatic without any practice. It’s mandatory to learn how to drive either in a school or under a private instructor. However, learning the basics beforehand will help you big time on your self drive car rental in Uganda.

How to Drive an Automatic Car: The Functions of the Gears
Ever wondered what the letters and numbers on an automatic gearbox mean? It’s crucial to know their role and functions so as to ease with driving test.
In the automotive world, these letters are known as PRNDL (pronounced as ‘prindle’). What they stand for are:

P (Parking): to park the car.
It locks the transmission shaft and does not let the car to move anywhere. The only thing that can rotate in that condition is the non-driving wheels. Although, it will completely lock down a four-wheel drive.
R (Reverse): for reverse driving
Shifting to this gear allows you to drive the vehicle backward. To do that, stop the car completely and choose the R gear after pressing the shift-lock button. There’s no need to do anything while moving from R to N or D, but shifting to the R again will require the use of the shift button.

N (Neutral): no gear
It means the vehicle is using no gear. In this state, the transmission will have no connection to the driven wheels and the car will move using the momentum only. You should use it only for pushing or towing the car unlike many that use it on slopes while driving thinking they are saving fuel). This is very Wrong

D (Drive): to start and move
Understanding the functions of this gear is the most important when you are planning on hiring and driving an automatic car in Uganda. Putting the car in this gear means driving normally. But, the transmission uses some other variations including D1, D2, and D3 to adjust to the speed at which you are driving the vehicle. The D1 means the very first gear and you can gradually move up to the higher ones. Using the highest gear could be fuel-efficient when you are driving long distance on the highway. Otherwise, these gear ratios are suitable for unusual conditions only such as getting the car out of the ice or mud.

When you set the gear at D1, it means that the transmission gets locked in that position and won’t change on its own. Setting the gear at D2 means locking it in the second gear. In some models, the gear automatically shifts from the 1st to 2nd when it reaches a particular speed limit, such as 30mph, to protect the engine from damage.

L (Low): to set a gear at low
Hiring and driving an automatic car changes the gears automatically with the increase and decrease of the speed. Manually shifting to the low gear will decrease the speed but not the torque. As a result, your car gets more towing and staying power.

Some More Gears and Their Functions
Depending on the make and model, your automatic vehicle can feature some other gears too. Let’s have a look:

S (Sport) mode
It’s almost similar to the D mode but with maximum output levels. It enhances the engine performance when you are speeding up. The downshifting will also be much quicker in this position, boosting the braking effects.
OD (Overdrive) mode
It’s the highest gear and turning it on will allow the transmission to go through all the gears including the overdrive. Turning it off will limit the transmission to move between other available modes. It’s helpful for towing, climbing hills, and overtaking.

B (Brake) mode
Some models among our fleet of vehicles at Auto Rental Uganda come with this gear that helps to decrease the speed of a car. It’s also useful in maintaining a certain speed when you are going downhill.