Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Budget travel tips to Uganda

Memorial Days kick off the summer travel season, and according to travel booking websites more than three-quarters of people in the world are planning to take a summer/tour vacation. To ensure your hard-earned travel dollars go as far as they can, here are some under the radar money saving tips that will be much more helpful most especially traveling on a self drive in Uganda.
  1. Call before booking online. Making travel arrangements through the Internet may be convenient, but it doesn't always guarantee you the best deal. Calling the agent you’re a going to use and talking one on one may be an added advantage for much more discounts, they will think you’re a serious client who really needs to use their services thus discounts and money saving on your side. Ask to speak to a tour consultant in charge the reception may not be able to cut you this deal but the in charge should be able to give you the best deals.This strategy can work with airline tickets, hotel reservations, and car rental and activity bookings. Usually all the things are available if you dig deep into it even if they say they do not availability on line, A call may be another expense but it saves you a lot more than 10 buks for a call. A Call for a booking is a secret deal for your travel.
  1. Go against your traveler type. Another way to save on hotel stays and car rental is to choose properties that are less crowded and thus have an incentive to discount their rooms. Choose hotel that are much crowded in the weekends for weekdays and vice versa. Here you will get good deals , however there are places with not much options because they are the only ones in those places like game parks , in this case use your tour agents to book for you as they get discounts, offer to rent a car from them so that they pass on the discounts for the lodges. They're always looking for clients so they'll offer really good deals. In cases of a car rental move out of your comfort zone and choose something cheaper like the Toyota rav4  instead of a Toyota land cruiser, they all offer the same confront just that the cruiser is big. Traveling during off-season is another way to capitalize on lower hotel and car rental prices thanks to supply and demand.
  1. Ask about re positioning flights or cruises.Airlines use re positioning flights to move aircraft from one airport to another, and the same applies to cruise lines, which typically re position ships twice a year. These flights or cruises tend to be cheaper but provide services similar to traditional offerings,
  2. Follow the disaster. Most tourists think that traveling to places where there was some disaster is risky, yes this may be risky depending on the type of disaster that happened there, however this may be the best place for you to travel cheaply because of the disaster they had they want to move back on track thus offering cheap facilities as good as at the original price. Government subsidized the trips to encourage tourism for example for years gorilla permits in Uganda were at 450 dollars in the low season if someone used this opportunity this would reduce your coast of permits by 150 dollars. People take Africa to be much more back ward and violent precisely Uganda where a lot has been said about it given to our history however this is not true and we have a lot to offer you cheaply.
  3. Consider alternate airports.Instead of defaulting to the closest – or biggest – airport, consider others nearby. Flying to different destinations straight may be expensive but if you go through other it may e cheaper given the fact that you will have stop over’s in different countries.
Moving on a self-drive or guided trips to Uganda may be very cheap if you follow some of the tips above, this is as cheap as 600 dollars per person for 7 days.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Self Drive in uganda

Self Drive  in uganda tours are the perfect way to see visit the highlights of uganda at your own pace in a limited amount of time.  Fly from each major destination to Entebbe, then tour their local sightseeing attractions by driving a rental car.
Some Ugandan destinations that are perfect for local road trips are along the famous Road in uganda.

Self-drive holidays are a satisfying way to travel around uganda. Travel as you please, plan your own itinerary and explore as far as you want. uganda has a good network of well-maintained roads and highways and, for the more intrepid, quite a few dusty tracks to take you into the wilderness jungles of Bwindi, Isasha and the must dusty and dry roads of kidepo.

Driving laws

Ugandan drive on the left hand side of the road. The maximum speed limit in cities and towns is from 30 km/h (32mph) and 80-100 km/h (62mph) on country roads and highways, unless signs indicate otherwise.  Speed limits are strictly enforced.   Strict drink-driving laws apply and it is compulsory for drivers and passengers to wear seat belts at all times.

Driving licenses

A vigilant  tourist may drive in uganda on a valid drivers license for the same class of vehicle. Licenses must be carried when driving, in addition to a valid passport. If the drivers license is not in the English language, the visitor must carry a translation with the permit. An International Drivers Permit is not sufficient by itself and must be accompanied by a valid drivers permit and a passport.

Tourism police

The Uganda tourism Authority is affiliated with motoring organizations in most countries of the world. This entitles visitors to  roadside emergency breakdown service, travel guides, route maps, information books and touring information. For information and assistance contact the uganda tourism police or the police directly in case of anything the police may be near you and of help as first as possible.

Petrol (gas)

Petrol in uganda comes in leaded and unleaded grades and is sold by the  a liter. Petrol costs between $1 - 2 per liter. LPG gas and diesel is also available. Petrol stations are very many and can be found in most of the major cities and they work 24/7. Most will  not accept major international credit cards will prefer uganda shilling and some may take dollars though this is the smallest number.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018


A lot of tourists who visit Uganda usually desire to visit at least one of the numerous game parks in the country, mostly to get a glimpse of Africa's big five. The African big five are the lion, buffalo, white rhino, elephant and leopard. Although most people fear they will miss seeing the animals while they drive, the thrill of driving ones self in a game park teeming with wildlife is unparalleled.  Uganda is one of the countries you can freely rent a car to drive yourself within and around the country wwhich includes inside the game parks with abundant wildlife. Game parks and wild life reserves however, are not conventional places to self drive through and hence demand caution and special protocol to be followed, especially if you are to see and observe the wildlife. Below are some tips and pointers you will find helpful when self driving through wildlife.

Time of the-day

Different animals are active at different times of the day so it is useful to know what animals you want to see and what time they are most active. Some animals like lions hunt in the night time so it is advisable to wake up at dawn if you're to catch sight of them finalizing their hunt. Night time game drives are recommended because animals such as hippos, leopards are active then. Afternoon game drives provide incredible opportunity to see and photograph animals such as elephants and giraffes.
Drive slow and be-alert

If you are on holiday and casually on safari in Uganda, drive slow to get the most out of your time in the park. Not only will the animals be less intimidated to run away if you drive slow, but also your chances of spotting wildlife is increased. As much as you are driving slow, you should also stay alert to increase your chances of seeing any movements because the wildlife in the park has evolved to camouflage in its habitat making it harder to spot them.

Carry a decent pair of binoculars

Savanna grass with scattered trees is the most dominant vegetation covering the panoramic plains of Uganda's game parks and reserves. The topography and open space in the game parks accommodates and favors the use of binoculars to comfortably see wildlife which is far away without having to drive further and aimlessly. The most suitable binoculars for seeing game in the parks are 35, 8×32 and10×42.

Switch off your lights and engine

If you happen to see an animal or a herd and do manage to get closer without startling it, switch off your engine and radio. Mechanical sounds for example engine revs and radi
tend to attract the animals attention if not scare them. Scared animals usually feel threatened and can attack you to defend themselves so its advisable to switch off your engine while you’re at a sighting and preferably use your binoculars instead of driving closer to the animals. Nocturnal animals are adapted to see excellently at night time and flashing lights at them can be distracting and scare them away.

Try the watering hole

In case you have had a not-so-successful self drive through the park, you can always go to the watering hole and wait for the animals there. In the dry season, most of the animals share water sources and it is at this location that you not only see the animals but also get to witness how the different species in the parks relate to each other. The watering hole also provides opportunity for some excellent photography.

Camping opportunity

It is barely possible to exhaustively enjoy all that Ugandan national game parks have to offer within a day of self driving. One way you can even be more thrilled is if you set up a bush camp with a bonfire. As much as you can camp in the game park, you have to use your own camping gear. Nevertheless, if you did not carry camping gear you could simply rent a car with fantastic camping gear to use while on your safari. This way, you can sit around a bonfire with friends or family listening to the sounds of nature while enjoying the ambiance of the game park. Once you've made the choice to camp in the game park, be advised  to  carry  enough  food  and  drinks  although  you  shouldn't  leave  any  leftovers outside your camp as they could attract scavenger animals.