Sunday, 12 July 2015

Getting good results with your car rental in Uganda

Self drive in Uganda or preferably calling it self guided car hire in Uganda is one of the current trending ways of adventuring this pearl of Africa. There are actually many wayslike taking a full paid activity package with a guide driver and get directed to each and every activity. Renting a car in Uganda being a trending behaviour and mostly done by second-time or return visitors to the country is one that gives you the freedon to manouver the roads and guide yourself throughout the coutry. However is veryimportant on how to get the best out of your self guided car hire in Uganda. It all starts with the booking.

Searching the internet. Take sometime to research on most of the car rental sites in Uganda. Keywords like car rental in uganda, self drive Uganda or car hire Uganda will get you some of the best result car rental sites to deal with. Always make sure you type and search the the words relevant to car rental with the country name inclusive. 

Choosing the best car rentalin Uganda. Making a discision among the many results you get is one of a challenge but here is a way to do it. Yes the first second and third results are usually nice car hire agencies but that shouldn’t limit you on going far down the results to pick another. Usually the top listed companies have been in business and are always assured of clients but forget to give time to the rest. The cars could be taken already and you could get yourself a last resort vehicle since the nice ones are taken already. Those down listed are car rental agencies with nice new fleet reserved for new customers. So you could land yourself a nice jeep/car at the best prices ever.

Do away with international brands. Yes we understand the need to travel with international brands like avis, hertz, budget that are international known but you forget that local companies offer the same cars and services at the best prices ever. More to that, the local companies actually have the local knowldgeof the country more than international investors. So here you actually have a great deal with the local listed self drive 4x4 car hire Uganda agencies.

Make the car part of you or like your own. In many cases when you hire a car and pay, you seem to have been cheated or had that for free. You tend to drive recklessly and don’t care you have a journey to take. Yes if the car breaksdown, it will be repaired by the company or replaced but did you consider the time spent stranded because its your fault. When you make the car hired part of you, you take good care of it, you will definetly have a successfull trip with your car rental in Uganda.

Have a litle knowledge about cars. Its not advisable to go on a self drive in Uganda if you don’t know the simple car instructions to get you out of breakdown. Things like checking and balancing the tire pressure, checking engine oil, water and other fluids of the car. Radiator water may reduce and car cant start and here you are calling your car rental agency 1000 miles away for a rescue problem when you would just get water,fill the radiator and there you proceed. This can make it worse if the phones called can’t go through because of the poor reception upcountry and there your stuck for hours. There are other few issues you need to know before you decide to go for a self drive car hire in Uganda. If you want to stay away from such hustle, you can hire a driver guide at an extra few dollars to get you going on the road in such circumstances.


Safety. Just as always enfasised on every briefing, always make sure safety in your Uganda car rental is a priority. Check car regulary,pack in well designated places, lock car when packed, avoid driving in the dark, always  wear a seat belt, follow road signs and speed limits. With adherace, you will absolutely get the best Ugandan car hire results. Nevr take your life for granted, protect it and your self drive car hire Uganda will be incredibly amazing.

Friday, 3 July 2015

The passion for primate and wildlife safari in Uganda on self drive.



Undoubtably known as the pearl of Africa, Uganda is one of a kind safari destination for amzing wildlife encounters. Being one of the few countries still harbouring the endangered mountain gorillas and also the home for the greatest chimpanzee encounters, its undoubtably the best country to track these primates and combine it with wildlife safari. This gorilla and queen elizabeth will give you an exceptional experience in uganda whether on guided tour or on car rental in uganda arrangment.

However tracking these primates requires you to book in advance. Gorilla tracking permits go for $600 in the high season and $350 as a discounted rate in the low season. This applies as well for the chimpanzee encounters in the kibale and this goes for $150. 

Tracking the gorillas of the bwindi or mgahinga, is a once in a lifetime ultimate wildlife encounter. The permits can be arranged for you by tour agencies, or your car rental in Uganda agency. If you are planning on going for a self drive in Uganda, the car rental agencies like Auto rental Uganda will absolutely help you in securing the gorilla permits, scanned copies sent to you and all that remains is encountering the great apes. Reservation is required because of the high demand for the permits given that one family is visited by 8 poeple to max. So a need for booking in advance is advisable so you never miss out on the day tracking.

The gorilla tracking in bwindi and mgahinga starts in the mornings and usually the briefing is done by the park rangers at 8am at the park headquarters. Whether you are doing a self drive or a car rental in Uganda with no guide, always endeavour to find a lodge/hotel that is closer to the starting point. After the briefing, you will head out to the jungles to find these great apes. The time spent in the jungles looking for the gorillas depends on their movements from their previous day sighting. Usually the first team of rangers will headout in the jungles at about 6am and start looking for the gorillas. They head and start from where they tracked and left the gorillas the previous day. They look out for the signs of them, new nests, paths, and dung for the gorillas until they find them. They then communicate with the ranger guide on walkie tokie who is to lead you in the jungles at 8am. If they have moved a long distance then you will treck the same distance. Always advisable to go with packed lunch and enough water for the whole day. Sometimes the trecking takes a long whole day so better well prepared. When you eventually find the gorillas, you actually adviced to stay 7m away from them but this is broken by the gorillas as they sometimes come closer to you and even could touch you, kick you or lick/smell you. The gorillas sharing 98% of DNA with humans  are lively, friendly the act just like human. The one hour spent with them is another to keep for the rest of your life. Always advisable to take the camera flash off, they disorgarnise the gorillas and could charge at you. They could also start moving away and miss the time with them. After the one hour with the gorillas you return to your starting point and certificates awarded to you for doing the treck. Usually some tourists never make it, or they are later carried on stretchers out of the jungle. A mere writing will never tell the whole experience even in the heart.

Still enjoying Uganda self drive safari, a lead upwards to the queen Elizabeth national park is another
experience on its own. Through the ishasha plains are the tree climbing lions in the southern sector. There is nothing so interesting and incredible as seeing a pride of lions hitching and resting on top of the fig trees. It is another experience, a feeling for the heart to decide. Incredible wildlife to encounter and the leopard easily seen here. Being the southern part/sector of the queen Elizabeth national park, there is another northern sector of the park called the kasenyi with incredibly lots of wildlife. This also an area to see more cats. It is an 80kms stretch road up to the northern sector and this takes you about 2-3hrs drive in case you are on a self drive in Uganda. This park contains two lakes (L.george and L.edward) separated by the kazinga channel with another flood of wild life to see. The Uganda wildlife authority and Marasa/mweya safari lodge run boat cruises in the morning and afternoons. Its a relaxing cruise and you get to see alot of more wildlife like the water buffalos, crocodiles, hippos, water birds, bucks, lions, leopards, fish eagles, hummercops and much much more. Whatever nature will offer, is appreciated. Its never the same again after this experience. There are great lodges like the Bush lodge for budget and mweya safari lodge for upmarket that will spice up the safari experience make it real. Hippos, elephants, buffalos roam the compound in the night feeding and you could absolutely hear the lions roar in the night. There is more than just Goriilas and wildlife for Uganda. Its more than just that.
‘The only man i envy is the only man than has not yet been to Africa, for he has so much to look forward to’