White Water Rafting with 4×4 Car Rentals Uganda.

Uganda, known as the Pearl of Africa is best experienced on a fun filled road trip as travelers get to enjoy stunning  white water rafting sceneries on their self drive safaris. A self drive is made possible by hiring a 4×4 car from a reputable car rental agency in Uganda strong and stable on the tough terrain roads of these beautiful lands.

A safari to Uganda without experiencing the Nile  for white water rafting from its source is never a complete Uganda safari since you would have missed out on the fun filled activities at the source of the world’s longest river in the Eastern part of Uganda, Jinja. One of the activities that visitors can’t afford to miss is white water rafting, a thrilling adrenaline activity that gets you to the peak of all joy and happiness.

Where to do the  white water rafting.

While on your self drive safari Uganda, the perfect spot for a thrilling white water rafting experience is at the source of the Nile in Jinja which has giant and rapid moving waters to facilitate an exceptional and fun time on the Nile. There are experienced  white water rafting companies always ready to take you through this exciting activity like Nalubale Rafting and Adrift Adventures that pride in all time professionalism from guiding your water experiences to ending the day with delicious meals and luxurious accommodation.

How to get there.

The best way to reach the famous source of the Nile  for the white water rafting is by driving the 70km journey but this does not mean you have to come to Uganda with your own car. Instead, car rental agencies in Uganda are a perfect option where travellers hire 4×4 cars that are strong enough to maneuver the tough terrains of Ugandan roads. In case you are coming from a different destination within Uganda, it is important to make use of our detailed Uganda road map or better still an insightful driver guide that understands the routes better and can use the best option available to Jinja town. It is about 15 minutes to reach the source of the Nile from Jinja town therefore from any direction, you can find your way to Jinja and you will just be a few minutes away from the magical place.

Why  white water rafting.

White water Rafting is not just a game or activity to pass time but rather the kind that will give your wild self a chance to explode at all grades from 1 to 5. Rafters burn all the fatigue and stress as they get wet in the violent waters of the Nile which is an experience worth having.

The source of the Nile also offers other fun filled adrenaline activities like bungee jumping and kayaking with guidance from the professional team.

8 Tips For Saving Fuel While on Self Drive in Uganda

Renting a car for self drive safaris in Uganda is undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore the beautiful lands in Uganda. Commonly preferred by independent travelers, Self drive is obviously something that can be done by many travelers who opt to visit Africa and in particular Uganda. Being realistic, don’t you personally just hate it when your car’s fuel gauge starts warning warning orange lights for fuel re-fill? Have you ever seen or encountered a scenario where you have to get out of the vehicle and rush on a bike to a nearby gas station or have you considered the safety of rental vehicle and your property? Time lost in such arrangements tends to ruin your travel plans and budget in Uganda. You don’t seem to like this, Do you? Just like we always recommend at the start and briefing when handing over the rental vehicle to you, Don’t wait until your car stops moving or until your fuel gauge starts warning. When self driving in Uganda, not only is it important to constantly fuel your rental car, but it is also important that you keep monitoring the fuel gauge to find out how much fuel you have left so you can always top up at the next recommended gas station. (Total or Shell gas stations).

More so it becomes more important not to keep your fuel gauge empty or warning even when hiring a car & Camping Gear for camping experiences. Some camping grounds like the Uganda National parks are always far from any nearby fuel stations or any nearby gas supply… So basically, its sound logic or lets say a must to keep your rental car gas up. We understand this comes with a cost but how to maintain and save this fuel is part of the Auto Rental Uganda Tips and tricks we would love to share with you. Here are some basic  Tips on self drive travel in Uganda for saving fuel but still maintain Your budget and good of your rented car in Uganda. Thank us later.

1. Accelerate smoothly
The perfect way to save fuel is to self drive at a steady speed. We recommend a speed of 50km/h, and in the highest gear so if you are patient while driving, you will make less trips to the gas station during a self drive in Uganda.

2. Don’t push the accelerator too far down
Usually not just because of what gear your in. You maybe in a high gear and traveling at a steady speed but if you are pushing the accelerator down a long way to avoid changing into a lower gear (for example into third from fourth) then you’re using more fuel not less. This is of course if you are driving an automatic car, the car will do a better job than you of choosing which gear to be in so it’s not a problem for an automatic.

3. Turn the air-conditioning off
it’s acceptable and enticing to drive around while the air-con is on and yes,I agree it can get very humid in African countries or in the summer for some,. However the problem with air-con being on all the time while you drive is that it uses quite a bit of fuel, so we’d advise you turn it off when you can and drive with your windows down if it’s not raining.

4. Maintain enough tyre pressure.
Be advised that the lower the tyre pressure of your car is, the more fuel the car needs to move it down the road. We recommend that you take it part of your morning car check list before your start your next journey. You can normally find the right figures near the lock inside the driver’s door or you can drive to the nearest gas station and have your tyre pressures checked.

5. Avoid carrying unnecessary weight.
Not even for the Camping gear, Try as much as possible to ask for the least and all you want for the self drive trip in Uganda. Your Rental car needs more fuel to move around more weight. So just as you wouldn’t wear a heavy backpack unless if you really had to, don’t leave stuff laying around in the boot of your rental car. The heavier the item, the more fuel your car will consume on the journey.

6. Don’t drive during rush hours
Plan driving through traffic in No rush hours and your good for the first fuel save. Few things are as frustrating as being stuck in traffic jam. Not only is it an expensive way of traveling, every time you start and stop in traffic, your car needs first gear and a huge amount of fuel to get moving again. Second gear demand too so the best solution is to not travel at all if you can during the rush hours of the day in Kampala or major towns in Uganda. How about plan hours ahead of the traffic. Morning and evening are the common rush hours in Kampala.

7. Request for a NO roof Rack Rental car.
Most independent self drivers like to have roof racks on their cars even when they don’t necessarily use them most of the time, this increases drag and makes your car use more fuel. If you can’t do away with a roof rack.

8. Close your windows and sunroof if driving on the highway
Driving on the highway and moving more quickly, the shape of your car is very important. Car designers call it aerodynamics and make lots of effort to reduce ‘drag’ and make the car go as sleek as possible. Anything that makes noise while your car is moving is consuming more fuel. You can’t do much about the design of your car but you can avoid making it consume more fuel on the highway by not leaving the windows or sunroof open. Use the air vents or air-con if it gets too hot.

6 Things to Avoid when driving an Automatic Rental car in Uganda

Self driving in Uganda is absolutely one of the best ways to travel in Uganda discovering these beautiful lands, and spectating at the amazingly vibrant wildlife however blindly thought, self driving could turn out a menace and spoil the anticipated adventure if you do not know driving Automatic transmission cars. Damaging a rental car for a particular company due to negligence and damages caused by hirer lying under reckless driving would cost your more than the planned car rental Budget. I particularly agree that Automatic transmission vehicle is one of the best invention in the car industry.

Hiring and driving an automatic car opens and makes it easier for self driving in Uganda and yes surely thanks for the safety it provides in Uganda. Just like car rental agencies prefer buying and dealing With Automatic cars as well as many Hirers with automatic transmission preferences, This car type is favored by people with basic driving skills. But the question remains, does hiring and driving automatic cars provide total safety for its driver or hirer? Unfortunately it is not.

Hiring an automatic car for self drive in Uganda amazingly safety, there are a few things you should avoid at any cost while behind the wheels as the driver. Auto Rental Uganda shares a list of 6 mistakes that can absolutely damage yourself drive rental car in Uganda which can in turn save you a lot of reckless driving costs from by your car rental agency

Driving or slidding the Rental vehicle down A Slope in The Neutral Mode
A commonly done and avoidable habbit: This won’t let you accelerate the car except for slowing it down. It cuts the oil supply, so the transmission does not get the proper lubrication for smooth operation. It results in significant wear and damage. Discard his habit because the repair costs don’t worth the negligible fuel savings.

Shifting gears when the car is in motion
It makes your transmission components to change direction rapidly, wearing out the gearbox at an astounding pace. Use your brakes instead to stop the vehicle. Some people shift into the Park without the pushing the brakes, which is also bad for the gearbox.

Keeping in neutral at the red light
Most Self drivers in Uganda do this to save fuel and protect the drive line from unnecessary wear. In fact, the loss is minimal if you push the brakes by keeping the gearbox in Drive mode. The actual damage takes place when you switch into and out of the neutral mode.

Moving the gear lever into parking mode before completely Stopping
Driving and Shifting to the Park mode will cause a locking pin to be inserted into a gear attached to the output shaft of the gearbox. The wheels are also connected to the same shaft. So, when you lock it and keep the vehicle rolling at the same time, there’s a risk of breaking the locking pin.

Driving hard without warming up the engine
It’s a blunder, especially in the cold places like mountainous Bwindi impenetrable National Park and kigezi areas. The oil thickens and moves slowly when the weather is cold. Give the fuel a minute to run into the transmission and all of its parts. If you shift into gear and start driving at high speed from the beginning, it will lead to severe internal damage of the rental car

Keeping the fuel tank low
An automatic transmission car largely depends on fluid pressure to run properly. Fuel also helps a vehicle’s engine and other elements to stay cool and lubricated. So, these will wear out a lot faster if you continuously keep the tank low on fluid.

Conclusion
Most independent self drivers may find these tips no-brainer, but every driver is never an expert on car mechanism. Avoiding these practices is not harder than changing some habits. They will extend the life of your rental car in Uganda and as well for future car rental self drivers opting for automatic transmission cars, keep you safe on the road and save you a lot of money from fines by the car rental agencies.