Saturday, 20 December 2014

18 DAYS BEST OF UGANDA ADVENTURE TESTIMONY (Part one)




Envision, exploring, encountering and experiencing.  A trip with Auto Rental Uganda car hire agency that was full of fun and excitement “being in the African shoes” a mixture of culture, wildlife safaris, encountering the great apes, the gorillas, hiking the Uganda mountains, spectacular sceneries, traditional encounters, meeting the most friendliest people in Africa, visited African homes, markets not forgetting tasting the most delicious traditional food cooked by an African woman, Talk of all what Uganda has to offer, simone and Gadi got it all.


This trip was already exciting months before the trip started, Yes these clients from isreal, the birth land of Jesus were excited to coming to Uganda just because of the many things they read about Uganda and couldn’t wait, their supposed guide myself Alex Guma Tibanyendera, they read about as well including my past reviews by past clients on internet before they came to Uganda. They already had all the information regarding their 18 days wildlife and birds guide, it was suprising that they knew how I looked like, they identified me even before they read the post card I was carrying bearing their names.. “yess you are Guma”  they said. 

Myself the guide and the tour consultant, on the 26thnov.2014 met and picked the clients from the airport Simone and Gadi singer. Smiles and excitement were all over their faces as we welcomed them to the pearl of Africa. After a short briefing, we head out to kamapla, just after 6 kms from the airport on the highway to kampala, as i drive and making an introduction to kampala and Uganda just passed the shores of lake victoria, i overheard simone keep saying a word in her language which I never understood well since it was a new language to me, but got hold of the word thou.

We proceeded to kampala where we did several stops around kampala city tour as we headed to bukoto a city suburb to meet school children and to deliver some necessities and school equipments they had brought over just as we find the school on holiday end of year party. This we all joined and enjoyed became part of the school kids, we danced to the Ugandan music, laughed and shared on the kids soft drinks and party cake., it drizzled on us but couldn’t feel the rain and that dint ditter us from partying with the kids in the open drizzling sky. We got cold but couldn’t miss the fun, anyone out there knows how kids can be fun and how you can never get enough of them. This was until 8pm when we decided to leave and check the clients into the hotel at Humura hotel close to the city centre, a hotel that is in the midrange category a double room, dinner, bed and breakfast refered to as half board. But its one hotel worth spending a night while in kampala if you don’t mind spending alittle more.  It was an amazing welcome to the pearl of Africa, for day one. After check in, i brief them about the next day and our most awaited trip that was intended to start moving down to the south of Uganda a place they say is the mother of pearl if Uganda is the pearl of Africa.

For just a simple beginning of a trip, the 12 hours we spent that day was worth a good welcoming, what would you expect for the rest of the trip? It was amazing, spectacular or I will leave you follow me on the next article as I write about every detail of this trip that gives you not only at a low cost with your car hire service.
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KINGS OF THE JUNGLE SAFARI WITH AUTO RENTAL UGANDA






This 7 day safari takes you through Uganda's most accredited national parks like Kibale foerest national park, Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi impenetrable national park that boast of the prominent wild games especially the big four. It will also encompass tracking gorillas as well as bird watching not forgetting cruising on the ecstatic Kazinga channel. The proposed itinerary for this kind of safari brings to you encountering with the king of the jungle, these cats being the highlight of the trees, you will encounter them hunting, in the cactus trees and also hitching the reknown Fig trees in the ishasha sector. Not only the cats but a variety of wildlife to see as well have a genuine once in a lifetime wildlife encounter with the great apes, The Gorillas and the chimpazees our closest relatives.

Day 1: Pick up and drive to Kibale
Wake up very early in the morning with your car rental from Auto Rental Uganda and have breakfast then steadily drive to Kibale national park, a rain forest with the biggest number of primates species in Africa, through Fort portal via the rolling hills of Mubende, you will break up en-route for lunch and then proceed to the park reaching in the evening and check in at your suggested lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking
Early in the morning, you can have an early breakfast then afterwards proceed to the forest headquarters for briefing about the chimps before heading to the forest for actual tracking of these primates. This search for chimps will also provide you with an opportunity to see other primates, for instance, the Bush babies, colobus monkeys, Mangabeys, pottos and many more. Return to your hotel for lunch and some relaxation. In the evening head to Bigodi swamp to look out for stunning flora and fauna. Then retire to your hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight.


Day 3: Nature walks and drives to Queen Elizabeth NP
Very early in the morning have your breakfast then afterwards leave for a nature walk in the foot hills of mountain Rwenzori. This is one of the most mountain ranges in the world. Look at its highest peak Margherita and then head to your hotel for lunch. In the evening drive to Queen Elizabeth national park reaching in the evening and check in at your lodge for dinner and overnight.


Day 4: Game drive and boat cruise
Rising very early in the morning before 7 am and have breakfast and then move into the park for game drive. Encounter rwith the kings of the jungle hunting, roamin, playing and also hitching in the cactus trees, This early morning drive will enable you to catch a glimpse of some animals returning to their dens from their night preys. Such animals will include the big four [elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes] and more variety of wildlife including hyenas, warthogs, alibi, silver buck etc.Move to the hotel for lunch and refreshments. In the afternoon go for boat cruise along the Kazinga channel the most endowed with wildlife at the banks of this channel. Schools of hippos, crocodiles, and a wide variety of beautifull birds to watch, a channel which connects lakes George and Edward and then afterwards return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Relocate to Bwindi forest.
Wake up very early in the morning and embark on the long drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP, the ishasha sector search for the tree climbing lions also encounter a variety of wildlife, having lunch at enroute. Proceed to your suggested lodge for your dinner and overnight.


Day 6: Gorilla tracking
After a morning heavy breakfast and with packed lunch you will transfer to the park offices for briefing and then later on at 9:00 am commence the once in a life genuine great ape encounter, the gorilla trek along the tracks in the thick forest searching for these great apes. Depending on the movement of these humble giants the trek might take between 2-9 hours before you encounter the Gorillas. Though the walk is tiresome meeting these great apes and spending some time with them while looking deep into their expressive brown eyes, is an exhilarating and heartbreaking wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Return to Kampala
Have breakfast early morning, after get briefed by your guide before driving back to Kampala. You will have lunch en route at Igongo Cultural Center in Mbarara plus a visit to a cultural museum., You may stop at Mpabire and have a talk with the local drum makers who will demonstrate how these drums are crafted but also have a drumming session using the very drums.
Arrive in Kampala late evening which marks the end of this kings of the jungle safari with Auto rental Uganda.
Whether you prefer self drive in Uganda, car rental in Uganda or guided safari, everything is absolutely possible with Auto Rental Uganda

Monday, 17 November 2014

KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK WITH AUTO RENTAL UGANDA




Kidepo valley national park is one of Uganda’s most spectacular parks. This national park is 1,442 square kilometers. Kidepo harbors scenery that cannot be found in any other parks in east Africa. Kidepo is tucked into the corner of Uganda’s boarder with Sudan and Kenya. It has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a Savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. Various activities take place in this park and one cannot regret visiting this park and below are some of these activities;

Game drive; done both day and night, this activity is spectacular, you are endowed with much to see an appreciate, being one of the only parks after Kidepo that zebras can be seen in plenty. So much wildlife at close range including the rarely seen leopard.

Bird watching; alking of birdwatchers visiting this park is as good as pressing the right button. This park is endowed with a lot of birds and species that can not be seen anywhere else in Uganda like the rare shoebill. With your car rental or self drive on a game drive in the park, you just have it right.

Nature walks; being one of the biggest and best parks, this wildlife reserve gives an opportunity to watch these wild animals on an escorted walk through the park, zebras close to you, warthogs running besides you, trust me you will live to tell this nature walk. Get your car rental vehicle from Auto Rental Uganda parked at the beginning of the path and descend down the savannah, view the wild on foot.

A lot of various accommodations are in this place which are very appetizing to any traveler and they include the following;

Apoka Safari Lodge

Despite its remote location, Apoka Lodge is built for comfort. Spacious, private cottages cluster around a rocky kopje overlooking the Narus River, each with a screened balcony, outdoor stone tub (perfect for a starlit soak) and furnishings exquisitely handmade by local craftsmen.

The wildlife is abundant – lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and zebra to name a few – and can often be viewed from the comfort and privacy of your suite, or the cool waters of the natural rock pool.
Of course, you’ll also want to get out into the park itself, exploring by foot or by game vehicle in the care of experienced guides, enjoying sundowner cocktails in the shade of a giant fig tree, or simply drinking in the sweeping 360 degree views of land and wildlife from specially constructed tower.
Apoka Rest Camp
Kakine Self-catering Campsite

Nga Moru Wilderness Camp
Nga’Moru Camp is situated on the border of the Kidepo Valley National Park, only 4kms from the Katarum Gate. Here you will find comfortable accommodation in either Safari Tents under thatch or in Cabanas, and all accommodation is en-suite. Here you will experience a true bush experience in one of the most beautiful Game Parks in Uganda.

Nga’Moru is located on a hill, and the camp offers spectacular views of the Narus Valley and the savannah plains stretching all the way to the Morungole Mountains. Elephant, Hyenas, Waterbuck, Zebra and Lion are frequent visitors to the Camp.Whether your wish to explore the beautiful Narus Valley or go further afield to the Kidepo Valley with its Hot Springs or pay a visit to a local Karamajong Manyatta, Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp is the perfect base for your safari!

Friday, 14 November 2014

ADVENTURINNG LAKE BUNYONYI WITH AUTO RENTAL UGANDA



Described by lonely planet as “a scene from the lord of rings” One of the best places to chill and relax during your self drive adventure in uganda. Lake Bunyonyi “Place of many little birds” lies in south western Uganda between kisoro and kabale close to the border with Rwanda. Located at 1,962 m above sea level, it is about 25 km long and 7 km wide. The depth of the lake is said to be 900m to maximum around 2952ft which truth makes the lake the second deepest lake in Africa. It is one of the few lakes in the region that is confirmed to be free from bilhazia and safe for swimming, The lake appears on the 50,000 Ugandan shilling note under the title “Lake Bunyonyi and terraces”.
Lake Bunyonyi literally meaning the place of many little birds is one safe for swimming. This lake boasts of over 29 islands that are interesting snaking in nature along the Ugandan landscape. These islands are of different shapes and sizes surrounded by a ring of terraced farms. The most prominent of all these islands is Akampene island commonly referred to as the punishment island traditionally where the Bakiga tribe used to dump any girl that got pregnant before marriage. She would be dumped on this island helplessly to die of starvation and hunger or drown in the waters if at all she tried swimming to the main land.
With auto rental Uganda, there are a variety of activities that one will indulge during his/her visit to lake Bunyonyi amongst which will include.

·         Relaxation on the lake shores, with the breathtaking fresh air and calm climate, this place is an ideal place for a get away, the islands are ideal for the “don’t disturb areas” the honeymooners fit well in this place. the sceneries and views of small boats conoening from your traditionally built bandas make the majic for you.
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·         Bird watching, “The lake for small birds” well said, this lake is worldly  known for the small species of most birds. Bird watchers fluequent this place for birdwatching and different endemic species.

·         Swimming, This lake is well confirmed to be bilhazia free among all lakes in Africa. This place is refered to as the small swittzerland of Uganda because of its coldness, you will expect this lake to be freezing but the opposite counts. The water is ideal for swimming for all swim lovers.


·         Mountain biking. For in your free time, and you’re a bike lover, this place offers mountain biking alongside the terraced hills. Its fun for the bike lovers.
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·         Boat rides and canoeing. Take on to the boat and canoe just like the “mukiga from Kabale” row the boat and visit the different islands on this second deepest lake in Africa. The islands with traditional tales.

·         Nature walks and hiking. Self guided nature walks are ideal for your free time. Ramble around the villages of kabale, hike the terraced mountains and enjoy the cool breeze with Auto Rental uganda

·         Village visits, take a walk and visit the different local markets of kabale, see how trade is done here, visit the pigmies on the island and the churches on the islands. Its an exherating adventure.
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Auto Rental Uganda directs you accommodations that are up to the task when one visits lake Bunyonyi during your self drive adventure.

Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Located on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, Bunyonyi Overland Resort is offering you a base to explore the lake, or a wonderful stop-over during your self drive adventure on your way to visit the Mountain Gorillas in the national parks of Rwanda or Uganda in South Western Uganda.
Bunyonyi Overland Resort is ecologically built, with local materials. It is locally owned and provides important employment opportunities for the people around the lake.

Bunyonyi Safaris Resort
Bunyonyi Safari Resort is located in a very peaceful, natural setting away in the small village of Kagalama. The only noise you'll hear is that of nature; birds, insects and soothing waves from Lake Bunyonyi.
Bunyonyi means a place of little birds and it's the name of a scenic crater lake located in the highlands of south western Uganda where this Lodge is located.
From Bunyonyi Safari Resort, you have the opportunity to enjoy not only the nature but the unique country side African experience. You can take a walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery, canoe trek on the lake, volunteer at a local school, eat and even participate in the local activities with your self drive adventure.

Jajama panorama resort
Jajama Panorama is a superb new resort located on the shore of Lake Bunyonyi which is an outstandingly beautiful mountain lake in south-west Uganda. Jajama is an ideal place to stay en route to seeing the world-famous mountain gorillas, being only about 50 miles from the Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks and the Parc National des Volcans in neighboring Rwanda.
But it is also worth visiting for the local attractions including bird-watching, canoeing, hiking, swimming, and motor-boat trips, including a visit to the Batwa pygmy tribe or to simply relax in idyllic surroundings.

Byoona amagara
Byoona amagara is a traveler's paradise located at Lake Bunyonyi in the southwest of Uganda. Situated on a peninsula alongside a protected cove at the heart of the stunning and serene island-studded lake. This budget accommodation caters for the independent and budget travelers looking for serious relaxation, gorgeous views, unique accommodations and delicious food. While tranquility and relaxation in a beautiful island setting is their main attraction, there is also plenty to do from island-hopping by canoe, to trekking through the hills and villages around the lake.
Lake Bunyonyi is a just a place away from home for your self drive adventure with auto rental Uganda.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

9 DAYS UGANDA PRIMATE SPECIAL WITH AUTO RENTAL UGANDA




Going for this safari with Auto Rental Uganda will absolutely enable you discover Uganda's hidden treasures which will include; viewing the big five game, chimpanzee tracking, gorilla tracking as well as sighting the different bird species plus the plants and grasses. Below is the proposed itinerary for this kind of safari  with your car rental agency for self drive adventures.

On day 1. Pick up-mabamba
Depending on your time of arrival, you will be met and picked by one of the Auto Rental uganda guide, do the car rental aggrements and then flag you off for Mabamba swamp on the outskirts of L.Victoria in Entebbe. If you are a bird lover, you will watch various species of birds that will highly entice you. Such birds include; hornbill, marabou stock, pelicans African jacannas, yellow billed ducks and so much more. From here proceed to Ngamba island to view some chimpanzees here that were orphaned or rescued. Then proceed to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Whichever your choice for hotel is, we can make reservations for you as this is a free service from Auto Rental Uganda team.

On Day 2, Driving to Murchison Falls National Park
Waking up very early in the morning for breakfast and have packed lunch to start the long 5hours journey to Murchison falls national park, also the biggest park in Uganda in the north western part of Uganda. Branching off to Ziwa rhino sanctuary and wildlife ranch Nakasongola district the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda for rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks and relaxation. Then proceed to Murchison falls national park for dinner and over night at your preferred hotel suggested for you by your car rental team at Auto Rental Uganda. We give you a touch of adventure.

On day 3; Game drive day
Waking up very early in the morning at 6am and have breakfast to procced north of the park for a wildlife game drive. This early morning drive will enable you to catch a glimpse of some animals returning to their dens from their night preys. Such animals will include the big four [elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes], hyenas, warthogs, alibi, silver buck etc.Move to the hotel for lunch and refreshments. In the afternoon go for boat cruise that takes you 2 and half hours  and then hike to the falls, you will be picked from the top  of the falls and then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.


On day 4: Driving to Kibale NP
Waking up very early in the morning and have breakfast, then coupled with packed lunch head to Kibale forest on the outskirts of western Uganda. This is a long drive that will take you around 9 hours, there is always a stopover at hoima for lunch. Since it's a days long journey, you will reach there in the evening and then check in at mountain view hotel for dinner and night.

On day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking-Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP
Rising up very early in the morning and have breakfast and together with packed lunch proceed to the forest for chimpanzee tracking. Reach there in time for general briefing and allocation of groups and forest rangers. Then after wards head to the forest for the actual primates tracking beginning from where they were the previous day until you get to them. You will find them feeding their young ones, playing on the tree branches and others relaxing. You will be able to take their photos after switching off your flash. Chimpanzee tracking takes between 2-4 hours. Then from here you head on the long journey to Queen Elizabeth national park with your car rental vehicles. Have a stop over at the Uganda Equator for photos and relaxation then after wards embark on the journey to the park reaching late in the evening for dinner and night at the hotel of convinience.

On day 6: Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth NP
Rise up very early in the morning before 7 am and have breakfast and then move into the park for game drive. This early morning drive will enable you to catch a glimpse of some animals returning to their dens from their night preys. Such animals will include the big four [elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes], hyenas, warthogs, alibi, silver buck etc.Move to the hotel for lunch and refreshments. In the evening go for boat cruise along the Kazinga channel which connects lakes George and Edward endowed with wildlife, hippos crocodiles to mention but a few, and then afterwards return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

On day 7. Relocate to Bwindi forest
Wake up very early in the morning and embark on the long drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP known as Ishasha,  pass by and look at the tree climbing lions in this part of queen Elizabeth then having lunch at savannah resort hotel. Move into your hotel adviced by Auto Rental Uganda for dinner and overnight.

On day 8: Gorilla tracking
After a morning heavy breakfast and with packed lunch you will transfer to the park offices for briefing at 8pm and then later on at 9:00 am commence the gorilla trek along the tracks in the thick forest searching for these great apes. Depending on the movement of these humble giants the trek might take between 2-9 hours before you encounter the Gorillas. Though the walk is tiresome meeting these great apes and spending some time with them while looking deep into their expressive brown eyes, is an exhilarating and heartbreaking wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.


On day 9. Return to Kampala
Have breakfast early morning, after get briefed by your guide before driving back to Kampala. You will have lunch en route at Igongo Cultural Center in Mbarara plus a visit to a cultural museum. You may stop at Mpabire and have a talk with the local drum makers who will demonstrate how these drums are crafted but also have a drumming session using the very drums.
Arrive in Kampala late evening which marks the end of this Uganda primates special safari trip.
We at auto rental Uganda will tailor your safari to your personal preferences just to give you an amazing adventure.