Monday, 7 August 2017

Tips to choose car rental services in Uganda.

Despite the fruits enjoyed from car rental companies in Uganda, finding a reputable car rental company in Uganda can be an uphill task. This is because Uganda has many car rental companies, which offer different car rental services. Among the services offered include self drive Uganda, chauffeur services, airport transfers, hotel booking and permit booking(gorilla and chimpanzees). But  before settling down, you have to consider things, such as type of car to hire, type of hire( short term or long term hire), the right service to go for, and many other factors. It is, therefore, advisable to do your due diligence to ensure you land the right company with the best car rental services in Uganda.

Inquire from various service providers (car rental companies). Since Uganda has many service providers like Auto rental Uganda, Safari drive Uganda, Travel 256, Prime safaris, a random selection of 4-5 service providers is enough to get the right car rental service provider with the best car rental services. Be in touch with these service providers through different platforms either through the internet or phone-to-phone discussion with the car rental company. Among the things to be interviewed include the types of services offered, how conveniently can they be accessed, when the services are administered to their clients. Through this one on one discussion, will be able decide whether to take the offers or not.

Find out the type of rental car. There are majorly two types of car rental provided by these car rental companies to their clients–short term, long car rental .The short term normally ranges from 3 days to two weeks, and the long term is normally a month. The client decides whether to choose self drive or guided drive, in self drive one gets behind the wheels of the car himself or herself given the required requirements like travel maps, guided books (Brandt book) with current information about Uganda. While guided drive the client will require the services of the travel guide who is well versed with the day today current information about this country.
Visit car rental websites. From your random selection of car rental companies in Uganda above, the major issue is not checking and looking at information presented, but checking the reviews and comments from other clients who have already used car services before you. Ensure the company you are considering is positively rated by past clients. A company with the greatest number of positive comments from past clients is highly preferable.

Existence of the car rental company in Uganda. Like a saying, “old brooms are better than new brooms” It has come to my notice that a service provider with much experience in the field of travel serves better compared to newcomers. Mostly, big companies have huge fleets of cars for hire in Uganda. Also, note that established car rental firms have a good reputation in the industry because their services are top-notch. Avoid going for companies that are new in the market since they may not be able to meet your needs. How would you now that so and such company is less experienced in the field, they will   be delayed response to some of your questions.

Lastly choosing a car rental company in Uganda for service delivery, consider going to pick the car. Take your time to inspect the car before leaving the pick-up station. Inspect the car closely to see if there are any body damages. Make sure the lights and signals are working properly. Do not forget to check the mileage of the car. You have to be well conversant with the vehicle before driving away. Report to the relevant agency any defects you notice while inspecting the car.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Basic Uganda Car Rental Driving Information

With car rental in Uganda booked through different rental companies, travelers have the freedom to explore the pearl of Africa at their own pace especially on a self drive. As you embark on your driving excursion, please take time to read over the information below, since it is crucial to drive and rent a car in Uganda for your transport needs.

In Uganda you must be at least 18 years old and have had your license for a minimum of 1 year in order to rent a car through car rental companies in Uganda. If you are traveling with a child who is under the age of 7 years old must be secured in a child car seat or booster (whichever is more suitable for their size) and sitting in the back seat of the car. All other vehicle occupants over the age of 7 year are required to wear a seat belt at all times. Foreigners are required to move with International driving permits and passport visa.

Speed Limits
The following speed limits apply in Uganda unless otherwise marked by speed limit signs: city 50 km/h, congested city areas 30 km/h, open roads 70 km/h and on Ugandan highways 90km/h.

Rules of the Road
In Uganda you are required to drive on the left hand side of the road and have your headlights on at all times. Use caution when traveling in country areas at night as moose, deer and other game animals frequently cross roads and highways at night.

Gas & Diesel
Gas stations in Uganda usually work 24 hours a day. Diesel and petrol are available throughout Uganda and some of the stations accept credit cards.

In Uganda parking is permitted on the left hand side of the road in the direction of flowing traffic unless noted otherwise. Parking is generally regulated by parking meters in town with a one or 2-hour limit.

Insurance Information
All rentals require some level of car rental insurance but requirements often change from country to country. When renting a car in Uganda, the rate will automatically include all necessary insurances required by the country. Below we have gone into detail what insurance is required to be on your car rental and what other options are available to your through car rental companies. When renting a car in Uganda the insurance guidelines of Uganda will be in effect for the entire duration of the rental. Specific insurance information is found in the terms and conditions area of your rental voucher.

Required coverage
If renting a car in Uganda it is required to have fire and third party liability insurances. Car rental companies in Uganda are happy to inform you that all basic rental rates include these forms of insurance. Fire insurance provides an unlimited amount of coverage to the rental vehicle in the event it is damage because of a fire. Third party liability insurance generally covers an unlimited amount of coverage to people and property outside of the rental car that may be damaged.

Optional Coverage
There is a few optional insurances available for rentals commencing in Uganda including collision damage waiver, theft protection, and personal accident insurance. Car rental companies’ inclusive rental rates in Uganda will include collision damage waiver (CDW).

Rental Restrictions
Car rental companies in Uganda would like to make sure that you are fully aware of any restrictions that may apply to your car rental in Uganda. At this time, we would like to inform you to take a moment and make sure the vehicle you intend to rent would be suitable for your travel needs.