Kibale Forest National Park is a lush tropical rain forest in southern Uganda, with the highest density of primates in Africa. It’s also the one best place in the world to track wild chimpanzees, with five groups habituated to human contact. Its home to 13 primate species, with the endangered red and white colobus monkey, grey cheeked mangabey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey the other highlights.
If you’re looking to go off the beaten track and find an authentic experience of untouched budget tours in Uganda, Africa, then this is the place for you. It’s raw, it’s beautiful and it’s not for the faint-hearted but offers the chimpanzee sightings. You can choose to spend a full day with the chimpanzees as part of habituation experience. Whichever you choose you never forget when eyes gaze into a mountain gorillas’ eyes when you see a chimpanzee mother cradle her young infant in her arms or when you enjoy watching juvenile gorillas rolling and jumping on the forest floor, just like human children. They share 98% of our DNA.
A large wildlife corridor links Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where herds of African elephants roam freely between both sanctuaries. While the park’s plethora of primates is undoubtedly its main draw, Kibale is also home to other animals such as leopard, buffaloes, duiker, and bush pig.
Bird lovers will be mesmerized by the park’s 325 recorded bird species and a hard day exploring is best topped off with a cup of coffee made from the park’s wild Robusta coffee tree. There are also an incredible 250 species of butterfly that live here.
Start the primate safari early from Kampala/Entebbe, it’s a 4-5hrs drive, your safari guide picks you and the target is to have lunch at Kibale Forest Camp. You will go for chimpanzee trekking in afternoon, when you have a better chance of seeing the chimps on the forest floor. During the trekking you can see them close and capture shots of our closet cousins in the Jungle in there frenzy exciting moods grooming. In Kibale forest t there different species of Monkeys are found – red Colobus, black & white Colobus, red tailed monkey and bush babies being a few.
Kibale has wonderful forest and papyrus birds but you will have to rely on calls and the odd glimpse through the forest canopy. Rare species include the papyrus Gonolek, white-winged warbler, white-collared olive back and papyrus canary, white-spotted fluff tail, yellow-spotted barbet, hairy breasted barbet, yellow –billed barbet, western nicator, grey-winged robin-chat, white-tailed anti-thrush, brow backed scrub-robin, black and white among others. Overnight at Kibale Forest Camp with meals included.
After a sweet breakfast at the Kibale Forest Camp you will set out for Kibale Forest at a leisurely pace via the crater Lakes area to Kasese town, one of the popular centres in western Uganda. The road passes through fertile agriculture land and follows the lower slopes of one of Africa’s largest mountain rangers, the famous Rwenzori Mountains. You will cross the equator and pass through Queen Elizabeth National Park where the Uganda Kob is abundant and you may see elephants of buffaloes in the distance.
After lunch at Bush Lodge, you will go on a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel leaving at 4:00pm. The Kazinga channel is a dominant feature of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and links Lake George with Lake Edward. The channel attracts a varied range of animals and birds and one of the world’s largest concentrations of hippo’s year around and crocodiles. During boat safari you may spot skimmers, African spoonbill, African Crake, three-banded plover, green sandpiper, wood sandpiper, grey-headed gull, lesser swamp-warbler and many others. Overnight at Bush Lodge
After breakfast at Bush Lodge, you will leave the northern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park, a network of tracks allows you to find elephants, buffaloes and other animals in the grassland thickest that cover the north Kazinga area near the Mweya peninsula. Lions and other big cats are most reliably sighted on the typically open East African savannah Kasenyi plain, east of the Kasese highway. The area is known as the main breeding ground of the Uganda Kob, the main source of food for lion pride in the area.
Enjoy a game drive via the southern section of the Ishasha plains well known for the famous tree climbing lions. From there you will leave via a dirt road for 2-3 hours depending on the road conditions to Buhoma the base for gorilla trekking in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park with dinner and overnight Buhoma Community Rest Camp.
This big day prepares you for a great encounter with of Bwindi’s rare mountain gorillas. For most of the visitors, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. This fascinating impenetrable forest has hills covered with mist and like a blanket cover of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests. The forest attracts spectacular species of birds such as 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Great Broad bill and other beautiful forest species.
Begin the day with breakfast ready for trekking which begins as early as 7:00am with a short briefing of how to behave when you meet the gorillas in the forest. Take with you packed lunch, mineral water, hiking boots, a camera, long sleeved shirt and trouser, insect repellent, sun glasses and a hat. Tracking mountain gorillas may take between 2 to 8 hours depending on the location of the gorilla family. Once sighted, put out your cameras to take shots as you observe them playing, eating, grooming, and sleeping. This is one of the unique safaris that gives you an opportunity to experience the mountain gorillas in their natural home.Read More
It’s easy to get mixed up any time you look to rent a car due to an issue that might look to be small at first. While scanning various rental agencies, do you ever flip back and forth to look out for restrictions put on using a rented car in a certain region you want to get to?
Whether this is your first time renting a car or not, it is always important to note that you never enter a car rental arrangement without researching all of your options first, not forgetting restrictions that may come with the car you want to hire. You should always bear it in minds that almost all Car rentals have certain restrictions that apply. It is always important to know the contracts and what you are allowed to do with your rented Car before signing the agreements.
While individual agreements and contracts may vary, it is always important to read each individual contract you agree to. This is because there are some common limitations with all car rental companies for instance in Uganda. There are also some others that are common enough to be worth asking about before falling a victim. Here are some of the common Restrictions that usually come with Self drive Car Rentals in Uganda.
Driver’s Age Restrictions
Though many companies may not have written restrictions attached to age, most car rental companies in Uganda will not rent a vehicle to someone who is under 20 years old.
However, there are a few who will rent to individuals who are between the ages of 18-20. To some agencies, clients within that age bracket will be assigned a driver at an additional daily fee usually between $30 – 40.
Upcountry/ Interstate Rental Restrictions
Though it is possible to rent a car in Uganda and use it from neighboring countries including Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania there are some countries and places where they are not supposed to be taken. Therefore you need to ask if there is limitation on the places you can drive the car to. For instance, most companies will not allow to take their Cars to Democratic Republic of Congo and some areas in Northern Kenya and Tanzania.
Most Agencies will not allow to take some Car models such as Toyota Rav4s and Land Cruiser Prados to Serengeti National Park of Tanzania due to the gravel nature of the unpaved roads in the area that causes serious damages to the tyres. This is because most Insurance policies Uganda do not cover damages caused to the tyres.
Meanwhile, if you are planning to take a car to another state, you need to inform your rental agency before so that they can prepare the required cross-border documents in time. Most times also rental fees in these other states vary.
Car Drop off Restrictions
There may not be written restrictions on returning the rented car to the location where you originally picked it up but in most companies this might call in some extra charge if it appears that you will be returning it to another city or state or city. This is because there are very few agencies in Uganda that offer deals on one-way rentals that come without an extra fee.
For instance, most car rental agencies do not charge pickup and drop-off to locations within Kampala and Entebbe.
However, for other locations besides those such as Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Kisoro, Gulu, Rwanda (Kigali) among others, an extra cost on either pickup or both is liable to be met by the client.
Driving Time and Speed limitations
Most Rental agencies will not allow driving late beyond 7:00pm and earlier before 6:00am more so to clients driving upcountry. In case anything happens to the vehicle, you may be liable to full compensation for it. Driving in heavy rains is also not permitted since most of the roads in Uganda are unpaved and may become slippery and hard to drive in such situations.
Speed limitations may not be beyond 80km/hr in general on high ways and 40km/hr in built up areas and National Parks. This is because over speeding and its possible outcomes may call in a great blow into your wallet such as the $1000 or $1500 fine for towing services on single vehicle accidents such as a rollover.
Those are the most common restrictions put on car rentals in Uganda. Others may regard Payments; always pay before enjoying rental services. Driving off Track in National Parks and following general traffic rules on the road and in the agreement (speed limits).
If there is anything else you are concerned about: ask your rental agency personnel. Ignorance doesn’t get you off the hook, so ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel good about your contract, because in the end it will be your money.
You can also read through the Frequently Asked Questions on Car Hire in Uganda that you may always find online.Read More
Uganda is one of the best havens for backpacking in Africa, where you will not need to worry about a heavy budget and much planning. The Pearl of Africa lends itself perfectly to being an interesting yet budget-friendly country to explore.
This ever Green country offers almost all what you may need to make a memorable backpacking experience. From easily accessible destinations, cheap transport, accommodation, meals and shopping among others in addition to the pleasant weather all year round and extremely friendly people who would help you in sorting out this and that.
However, a backpacking trip can become a disaster even though you brought everything you needed? Enjoying to the fullest a backpacking experience can be cost friendly but may need proper planning and research. Therefore, let’s take a brief insight into the tips and basic rules to follow for a successful backpacking experience on a Uganda Safari.
Learn Some Backpacking Basics
You need more than good gear to assure a safe and enjoyable wilderness experience. You need to know how to do a few things such as learning how to make fire including when it is raining and cooking over it. Cooking over fire may not be as easy as it seems. It will include blocking the wind, covering the pan, keeping the fire small and concentrated among others that all need practice and perfection.
- The other thing would be learning how to pitch a tent so that the winds do not blow it away, rains do not wash it away among others.
- You should also learn how to walk since some destinations will be accesses by foot. Learn how to pace yourself and how to move comfortably over rocky terrain as well as making simple first aid such as treating blisters and dressing simple cuts and wounds.
- The last basic thing you have to learn is learning how to navigate. Maps and GPS devices won’t help if you don’t know how to use them.
You don’t need to be an expert in wilderness survival to enjoy a safe hiking trip.
Make Some Research
As earlier mentioned, backpacking can turn hazardous if you didn’t make a good research. Shallow research will lead to poor/ inaccurate planning that will cut short the fan during your adventure due to one thing or the other. The internet is turning the world into a global village, and it’s very inspiring to read a recommendation from a past visitor or from local content from websites, travel journals and blog among others. You can also raise a query or concern on travel advisory platforms.
The following can be a good start to add on your research regarding eating, sleeping and getting around during your backpacking experience.
Getting Around (Transport)
When it comes to transfer from one destination to the other. You shouldn’t worry about transportation since it is fairly easy and comes with a number of means. Besides Renting a car for self-drive that you can get from as low as $35 per day, backpackers sometimes use public service vans locally known as Taxi/ Matatus as well as buses for long routes, Motor Cycles (Boda Boda), normal bicycle among others.
Good accommodation is always guaranteed. You can have lodges available for the economical budget that are well dotted in every urban center of the country and around Safari parks/ destinations. There are also Camping grounds, dorms and hostels at an even cheaper budget.
A number of groceries and supermarkets are well distributed within towns and urban centers. From here, you can buy fruits, pre-packaged foods, and drinks among others.
No matter where you are, eating is always cheap while in Uganda. You can get local dishes that are mainly dominated by well-prepared Meat and chicken stew served with Matooke, Rice and Posho from as low as $2. Other served local foods may include Rice, Cassava, Irish potatoes, Gnuts, French Fries, Fish and the localized Rolex (an omelet, tomatoes and a choice of vegetables rolled into a chapatti) among others.
These can be downed by a variety of Fizzy drinks including Sodas, fruit juice, and local banana beer as well as hot drinks including black tea (chai) milk.
Prioritize the Activities that you want to do
Uganda offers a number of tourist activities that will keep your backpacking experience going from Rafting, Mountain Climbing to Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking. However, you will not be able to engage in all activities due to some circumstances by money and time, thus you need to priotise the activities that you will be engaging depending on your budget and time constraints.
For instance, one’s backpacking plan who is travelling with a very tight budget may not include Gorilla trekking that is quite expensive.
You can find it a good idea to spend your first days in Kampala not only to kick start your adventure with a remarkable tour but also enjoy the amazing nightlife of Kampala. You can get around the city using a boda boda i.e. motorcycle taxi and visit places like the Kabaka Palace, Kasubi tombs, man-made Kabaka’s lake, Namugongo Martyrs shrine, Bahai Temple, St Balikuddembe Market, different administration blocks including the parliamentary building, historical monuments, Uganda Museum among others.
Some of the other activities and places that are popular with backpacking in Uganda may include.
- Visiting Murchison Falls National Park that is well known for the world’s greatest waterfalls, the murchison Falls and as a favorite hiking spot of Uganda with an interesting hike to the top of the falls. In case you hired a car, you can go for a game drive through the park to see the big cats hunting, various antelope species, giraffes, buffaloes, elephants among others.
- Didn’t get a chance to buy a gorilla permit, you can still visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for other activities besides Gorilla trekking such as bird watching, nature walks, other primates tracking including L’hoest monkeys, Black and white colobus, Red tailed monkeys among others.
- Kibale Forest National Park, one of the most diverse rain forest park in Uganda can as well be a good backpacking spot since it easily accessible and offers good accommodation that comes at relatively cheap prices. The forest is a home to over 70 species of mammals, about 13 species of primates including the Chimpanzee, almost 400 species of birds and over 35o tree species some of which rise over 55 meters high and older than 200 years.
More activities may include Mountain climbing adventures such as a hike on Mountain Sabinyo in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that is around $80, taking a boat cruise for bird watching while paddling on Lake Bunyonyi, taking the boat launch on the popular Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park and white water rafting on the Nile among others.Read More
The pearl of Africa is an amazing destination for each one who is interested in natural attractions. It is a destination where visitors experience one of the seven wonders of nature as well as one of the most unique encounters with wildlife. Uganda is full of nature and wildlife attractions, however the question is what are the nature wonders of Uganda?
These magnificent species are one of the nature wonders of the pearl of Africa, as well as a major attraction in Uganda. Mountain gorillas shares up to 98% of their genes with humans. Uganda host half of the population of mountain gorillas in the world. In Uganda, they are only confined to Mgahinga gorilla national park and Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda offers you unforgettable experience. No safari can be complete in Uganda without experiencing this particular nature wonder at least once.
This is a natural beauty on its own but there is nothing interesting than seeing the mighty river forcing its way through a 7 meter gap between the overhanging rocks and fall to a depth of 43 meters. At the top of Murchison falls, the water violently thunder past crashing and surging, blowing a fine mist high into the sky filled with rainbows. The sight from a boat below gives a sensational view of the majestic falls, but most thrilling is a view from the top.
Awe inspiring is perhaps an understatement when describing the beauty of this world class hiking and mountaineering destination. Mountain Rwenzori was described by one enthralled visitor as heaven’s garden. May be the gods hide this profusion of color up in the cloud so that only those who dare might reach up and share its secrets. The Margherita peak is the highest, located on Mountain Stanley, one of the Rwenzori ranges towering up to 5109 meters above sea level. A 7 Days Rwenzori Trekking Expedition will lead you to the glacier peaks of Magherita, a unique adventure that you cannot enjoy elsewhere in Africa. It is followed by Alexandria, Speke, and others.
Kidepo valley national park
This capital of wilderness is found in the right corner of Uganda and it is apparently the most isolated national park but still stands out to be one of the best unexplored places any wildlife viewer can ever visit in Uganda. Kidepo valley national park is undoubtedly among the best wilderness areas in Africa, accommodating a couple of extinct species of wildlife that cannot be seen anywhere in Uganda. It is right at the core of a savannah landscape next to a few mountainous ranges.
Apart from the unique wildlife safari experience, Kidepo valley is a great spot for a cultural trail especially to those who would like to see the Karamajongs, Acholis, plus other great tribes. The other exciting tourism activities in the wilderness of this park include nature walks, birding and hiking. This park is a true gem with huge abundance in wildlife and it remains a true rendition of tourism in Uganda but still remains unknown to many.
Currently, Kidepo valley national park hosts over 75 mammal species and 470 bird species and all these fall in the prime game viewing location, found in northeastern Uganda. The journey from Kampala to this wilderness enclosure is quiet long, of about 12 hours from Kampala by road, but the joy and thrill of seeing the Kidepo scenery and wildlife is all worth the lengthy drive.
Kidepo valley national park was named the third best national park in Africa and it is definitely a must visit for any traveler to Uganda.
Kibale national park
Nicknamed “the primate capital of Africa”, the park deserves this title due to the high population of primates found in this park. It offers both chimpanzee tracking and chimpanzee habituation experiences.
Tracking chimpanzees in Kibale is both fun and adventurous, because travelers get to view other animals and primates along the way. And the moment guests find the chimpanzees, they spend only one hour of viewing before heading back to the starting point. Apart from the chimpanzees, Kibale national park also provides shelter to about 13 species of primates.
Tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth national park
The resident lions that reside in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park have taken a curious habit, climbing into giant fig trees and acacia to laze about. Though not fully known why they do this, but it’s clear that they enjoy hanging around in trees and also to seek refuge from the biting tse tse flies that inhabit this woodland sector.
It is worth remembering that while Uganda’s natural scenic and wildlife wonders may be what draws visitors to this beautiful country in the first place, but also the warmth and hospitality of the people of Uganda plays a very important role in attracting visitors to the pearl of Africa.Read More
Are you good at photo taking and you are planning to embark on a self-drive in Uganda? With wildlife safaris featuring as a major highlight in most visitors’ travel plans, a road trip in Uganda is incredibly the best way for you to adventure what this stunning country has in offer. While on safari, photo taking is one most exciting and memorable experience one shouldn’t need to miss in life. To have the best of photo taking while on self-drive tour in Uganda, the following tips must be put into consideration.
First, you need a good camera and there are 2 different types of digital cameras-the one with a built in lens and the other with detachable lens. If it is wildlife that you have always wished to take photos then the best is for you to zoom close to what you are targeting at. That said, you may need a minimum of about 10x optical zoom or for cases of digital SLR, the lens of about 300mm. Bigger magnifications will be needed for photo taking especially birds. Most quality equipment come with image stabilization technology and this is very valuable when shooting on tour.
Put off your car engine
While shooting at about 400mm each little bit of movement reduces the photo sharpness and that is why you need the engine off as way to stabilize the heavy 400mm lens. Usually, car vibrations feature as major cause of blurred images and it is a reason why it is good for you to turn off the car engine for you to get the best of photo shooting.
Make sure that you stabilize with a bean bag/pool toy
A stable, steady and patient hand should be must if you are to have better photos. There are many fancy window and door mounting systems out there for safari photography but a few effective DIY options are available. Any sort of bean bag should work to provide you a stable resting point while you patiently wait for lions to make a move.
Maintain a shutter speed high
Photo shooting at 400mm require you not to have too much movement although you need fast shutter. While on photo taking, make sure that you crank the ISO up so as to keep the shutter at a minimum of 1/250.
Be patient enough
While on photo shooting one important you need to do is to be patient. Take your time to assess what you want to take photo and find the best position. By taking your time is one amazing reason you need to be part of self-drive safari in Uganda.
Find the best place
You need to choose the best area to place your subject in the viewfinder of your camera and this is what is best described as composition. This is very key when it comes to photography and separates great images from the ordinary ones. What you need to avoid is chopping off part of your subject, zooming in too tightly or placing the subject in the same center of your frame. It is more impressive if what you pictured is off center and equally placing the horizon of your landscape pictures in the bottom or top third of the frame other than the center can be interesting.
In conclusions, a self-drive is remarkably one best way for one to adventure a new destination. If you love adventure, it is the best option you can take while safari in Uganda. For exceptional photo shoot while on a self-drive in the pearl of Africa, the above tips should be put into consideration.Read More
Are you a visitor looking to drive for your first time in Uganda? Are you a new driver within Uganda? With the growing trend of self drive in Uganda, it is important to be handly with some of the safety tips so that you can have smooth travels while driving in Uganda. New drivers have to face the reality that every time they get behind the wheel, risk of an accident is lurking. Car crashes can result from many things, including speeding, drugs and alcohol, calling or texting, fatigue, or not paying attention. You could even find yourself in an accident caused completely by someone else. Here are some 5 important tips that you should avoid while self driving in Uganda.
1.Texting While Driving
In a recent online poll of 16-19 year olds, over 50% admitted that they text while driving. The numbers already show that even talking on a cell phone will increase the chances of getting into an accident, and that’s when your eyes are actually on the road! When you text, your eyes aren’t fully watching the road. Those few precious seconds back and forth can be the difference between life and death. Do you know that it is a traffic offense to text while driving in Uganda? This offense attracts a penalty of UGX 100,000.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to resist answering or checking your phone while driving, a good rule of thumb is to put it somewhere in the car where you absolutely can’t get to it while you’re driving, like the very back. Yes, your friends may have to wait a few extra minutes to get a reply from you, but at least you won’t be causing accidents or getting hurt. You can also rent a car in Uganda with a hands free device which you can use to attend your calls without any distortion.
2. Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and drugs
Don’t drink and drive, and don’t ride with anyone who has been drinking. It doesn’t matter if you think you can pull it off—chances are, you can’t and you’ll get into a crash. It is an offense to drive while drunk when you are in Uganda. You should also be aware that most often at night, there are drunk drivers using the same roads with you. Therefore if you see someone driving zig zag in the road, just park aside in order to be safe!
If you can’t go without alcohol, call your non-drunk friends or rent a driver to take you home. Similarly, don’t drive or ride with anyone who has been doing drugs. This can include over-the-counter drugs, depending on how drowsy they can make you.
Also note that most insurance companies don’t cover accidents caused due to drunk driving. That is the reason as to why most car rental companies do not allow driving beyond 7pm.
Putting on your makeup, changing the radio station, friends wrestling in the back seat. All these things can lead to you losing focus and taking your eyes off the road. Avoiding accidents often require a split-second decision to brake or swerve, so eliminating distractions is vital to increase your odds. For new drivers, it is recommended to limit passengers to Parents or Instructors for the first year.
Drowsiness can totally sneak up on you when you’re driving. Driving while you are tired or for very long hours, is very risky. Also note that driving late at night between 11pm-2am is a particularly dangerous time for falling asleep at the wheel. Here are some signs to watch for and do something about before you run into a tree or another car.
- You yawn a lot.
- You have trouble keeping your eyes open.
- You don’t remember the last few minutes or seconds.
- You drive over the rumble strips more than once.
- Your head or body jerks from the brink of falling asleep.
- You can’t concentrate.
- The car wanders from the road, or into another lane.
What to do if you are falling asleep
- Immediately slow down and pull off the road into a safe parking space. Lock your doors and take a nap, at least 20-45 minutes.
- Make a pit stop. Use the bathroom and get a Coke or coffee to drink.
- Sit up straight.
- If you have a passenger, talk to them.
- Play some music loudly. Try singing along.
- Roll your window all the way down, or turn your vent on cold full blast in your face.
Wish you a safe drive in Uganda.Read More
Hiring a car in Uganda can surely be a life saver adding suitability, safety and reliance to the traveler’s expedition. There are identifications a traveler must have or put into consideration in order to have a marked self-drive car rental Uganda experience. Below is the checklist that has to be at hand while finalizing self-drive car rental Uganda.
Identifying the documents; when the traveler is hiring a car in Uganda, he / she is requested to identity him/herself to easily keep track of him/ her in case of any problem. The hirer can either present a national identification card or the passport both the original and the photocopy. This should be valid for about 6 months. So before getting to the car hire offices make sure that you have the identification at hand.
The Driving license; this is a document that authorizes you to drive a car that must be presented while hiring a self-drive rental in Uganda. There is no way a car rental company car hire you a vehicle without proving that you are eligible and a credible driver. A driving license printed in English should be presented and in case not got from your home country driving authorities to get you an international driving license. In Uganda the foreign driving licenses are only valid in Uganda for two months above that they are invalid.
The electronic transfer money card or the Money; this is an understandable check since there is no commodity or service given to a person without any payment. The car rental companies have two mode of payment, i.e. electronic payment and cash payment modes. Many of the car rental companies are so comfortable with major international currencies like the US dollar, pound sterling, Euros, in Ugandan shillings. In case you are to make payments with another currency inform the company before you get to the counter.
The Rental car insurance; as you are hiring a rental car in Uganda, make sure that it has comprehensive insurance that covers for the damages that might be caused on the car. The insurance puts you in position of being liable to the damages that may occur on the vehicle in case of any dilemma while driving in Uganda. You should ask the car company to inform you, under which circumstances you will be responsible for the damages caused on the vehicle and what to do when an accident occurs.
Always inspect the rental very well; before taking off the car, always check for both internal and external damages on the car. In case any damages are found, make sure that you inform the company about them. You can also take pictures of the car and the damages found. You should also go an extra mile to drive test of the rental car with the delivery boy to get familiar with the car and to check whether it operates well.
Always seek for driving tips in Uganda; it’s best for a foreign traveler to always seek for driving advice since different countries have got different driving rules and regulations. Know the side / hand at which you are supposed to drive, the speed limit, the climate and the nature of road of the destination you are leading to and the behavior of other road users.
Always check for extra facilities; in case you asked for supplementary facilities to help you while on self-drive trip in Uganda like the GPS, travel maps , travel books, camping equipment’s, and also the baby seats in case traveling with infants then check whether they are brought along. These facilities are always in use while on self-drive adventure.
The Fuel Tank; Many of the travelers forget to check the fuel guage of the car but upon returning the car, they get into arguments with the car providers about the fuel. In order to avoid all these arguments, it’s better to check the fuel tank before setting off for your journey so that you might know what amount of fuel you are supposed to return with the vehicle.Read More
The Eastern part of Uganda is one the destinations in the country that visitors yarn for, due to its many attractions it resides. However, the most popular towns in the eastern part of Uganda are; Jinja, which is just 81 kilometers away from the capital (Kampala), and Mbale, which is also situated approximately 245 kilometers away from Kampala. In this well-summarized article, we unveil some of the most important attractions in the Eastern region of Uganda that many visitors go to, and these include;
Source of the Nile
It would be a pity for you to visit Uganda and you forget to reach/explore the source of world’s longest River, Nile River, though other cites spot the Amazon River as the longest when the Burundi part of Nile River is not included – as many cites imply that the Nile River doesn’t pass through Burundi well as others state the opposite. John Hanning Speke discovered the source of the Nile to be situated in Jinja at Lake Victoria (though the lake has many other feeder rivers of considerable size), and it is surely a great feeling and experience that you will get when you visit this source. There are various amazing activities that take place at the source of the Nile, and these include; white-water rafting, kayaking, bird watching and many others. The white waters of River Nile combine with the lush vegetation along its banks, various bird species, and the cool weather to provide the impressive scenery that feels almost spiritual to be amidst. You will really feel very contented at the various bird species that float on water, watching fishermen spreading their nets (fishing), and looking at the gushing white waters.
Bujjagali Hydro-Electric Power Station
Still in Jinja, across the Victoria Nile, you will meet this great power station where Uganda’s electricity is generated from; through the station harnessing the energy of its name-sake (Bujjagali falls). Here you will enjoy very many fascinating things, such as; a visit to Bujagali Hydroelectric Power Project, nestled at the Bujjagali falls, of which it is the biggest run-of-the-river power station in Uganda and all of sub-Saharan Africa. The five-turbine power plant at the source of the Nile now generates more than 250 MW of electricity to power about five million households. This is a true model of success ‒ also for other African nations that want to generate sustainably clean and affordable electricity. Therefore, your visit to Jinja, in eastern Uganda, don’t ever forget to reach this great power station in the ‘’Pearl of Africa’’, Uganda.
Have you ever heard of Mountain Elgon? Do you know its location? Have you ever wondered where the world’s caldera is?!! All these questions have one answer, which is; a visit to Mbale town, in eastern Uganda. Mbale town is just a 2 hours and 30 minutes’ drive from the ‘’major adventure destination of Eastern Uganda’’, Jinja town. On your way, driving to Mbale, you will soon start getting splendid sightings at a snow-capped ridge rising behind Mbale, which is definitely Mountain Elgon. Mountain Elgon is globally known to be the ‘’world’s largest caldera. Hope you are now sorted if at all you had the above questions. Anyway, an ascent of Mountain Elgon represents an exciting alternative to longer and more strenuous climbs on East Africa’s higher mountains. The mountain offers various amazing activities, such as; mountain hiking (being the major one), mountain biking, spot fishing, and rock climbing, among others. The mountain is situated within the Mountain Elgon National Park and thus visitors can get a chance to spot some big games like; elephants, buffaloes, duikers, blue monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and many other monkeys plus over 144 bird species.
Just outside Mountain Elgon National Park, on its edge – close to the border with Kenya, is a series of three waterfalls literally known as the Sipi falls. Whenever you are looking for some of the best romantic areas in Uganda, bravely find your way to the Sipi area – in the district of Kapchorwa, just northeast of Mbale town. Most of the hikes to Mountain Elgon start from the Sipi area, with the most popular routes being; Budadiri and follows the Sasa trail to the summit and then descends down the Sipi trail back into the Sipi falls. Hikes around the falls always offer stunning views of the Karamoja plains, Lake Kyoga, and the slopes of Mountain Elgon. The Sipi area is improbably scenic as the river plunges over the three sets of basalt cliffs during its descent to the plains beneath. These have therefore given rise to a cluster of tourist lodges and a variety of activities, such as; sport fishing, bird watching, and many others. With a cooler climate than most of the country, the Sipi falls area is thus is a nice place to unwind, relax and literally chill out away from the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities.
Nyero Rock Paintings
The Nyero rock paintings are nestled in eastern Uganda in, Kumi District, 8 kilometers (5.0 miles) west of Kumi town, approximately 250 kilometers (155.3 miles) from the capital city of Uganda, Kampala. The rock paintings are easily accessible from the gravel road between Kumi and Ngora, approximately 1 kilometer west of Nyero. An affordable entrance fee is collected and a guided tour is provided at the entrance gate (opened daily) – as the guide will recite the history of the place and take visitors around the caves. The Nyero rock paintings are among the most important rock art in Uganda and comprises of six shelters (Nyero; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6).
The rock Art sites are believed to have been sacred places of the gods. The red and white paintings remain valuable to the people of Teso but are also mysterious since the painters are unknown. In the past, the Teso people of Nyero would sacrifice and pay offerings to the gods for problems of rain, misfortune, blessings and child bearing (Nyero 3). Individual and clan prayers were held on a seasonal basis. Oral history has recorded strong attachment to sites though people were stopped from praying in the 1970s by the Government at the time. Traces of smoke from sacrifices are still visible in some of the caves. The association of a sacred prayer place in the buffer zone continues to draw nearby communities to the site. The Nyero Rock Paintings are thus a worthy-visit while in the eastern part of Uganda, the pearl of Africa, as you will be experiencing new interesting things there.Read More
Are you planning to experience Uganda’s rich biodiversity on self drive tour? Are you planning to travel as a couple? Well, traveling as a couple on self drive road trip is now possible in Uganda with our pocket friendly and reliable car hire services. Renting a Toyota Rav4 or 4 by 4 self drive with us is best way for you navigate through Uganda’s remotest roads and interestingly the prices fit into your budget. Toyota Rav4 is one of the perfect sports utility cars with spacious cargo space operating full time 4 wheel drives and not to forget the easy to steer it. Also they are designed for travelers who need cars that can operate as an SUV (sport utility vehicles) that is say a vehicle that can economize fuel. Ideally, the Rav4 cars fit for self drive tours, family safaris, city tours, picnic and parties. Therefore whether you wish to visit the remotest national parks in Uganda for a honey moon holiday, weekend getaway or picnic, our Rav4 car hire services are the best option that you can take and you will realize your dreams.
There are reasons why couples should take Rav4 car services than other cars and they include the following;
Cheapest rental cars available
Several car hire companies/agencies have a wide range of vehicles to rent including safari and luxury cars by the Rav4 is by far the most ideal among the fleet. The cost of hire is also relatively affordable depending on the days that you want to use it and this can be cheaper compared to other types of cars and by choosing this kind of car can save and minimize on your travel expenditure. This kind of vehicle will offer you safety, comfort, effectiveness and above all time saving while in safari.
Spacious to accommodate your luggage
If you are only 2 people, it doesn’t make any sense to rent a big vehicle say Land cruiser Prado/Van, minibus and so on. There is no need for that extra space, get small comfortable SUV which can take the 2 of you plus the luggage.
Stylish and comfortable
The Rav4 has the most incredible stylish exterior that comes in shiny blue, red, grey and black colors offering it that alluring appearance that matches the couples. Its interior also comes with unique comfortable clothe seats, air conditioned, FM radio transmission (connection port for the USB and iPod), detailed roadmap, spare tyre, car jacket and jumper, car information booklet, MP3 or CD player and enough leg space for you to stretch.
Simple to manage
Besides saving fuel, this petrol vehicle is simple to drive and provides clear views. Its small size and compactness is what makes steering and traversing around with it easier than other bigger cars plus the 4 wheel drive mechanism enables visitors to navigate in any kind of remote destination with rough terrain and have no break downs or getting stuck in muddy areas. Using the Rav4 services assures of safe and undisturbed road safaris in Uganda. Our Rav4 cars are all season vehicles that you shouldn’t miss out to use for safari given the nature of Uganda’s roads.
In conclusion, Rav4 car is the best for travelers who need to have self drive safaris, city tours, picnic trips, family among others. It is one of the most affordable means of transport for visitors. Most attractions in Uganda are found in remotest areas and given the nature of roads linking to these places Rav4 is the best option to help you to navigate through the bumpy roads.Read More
Hiring a car in Uganda with a driver is regarded as the most convenient way to discover the pearl of Africa no matter your trip is around Kampala city, safari to national park, or airport transfers or attending a corporate meeting. Hiring a driver will help to get you where you are going in a shortest time possible and safer due to the fact that he is knowledgeable about the routes and the shortest routes to use but reaching the same destination? However our cars are either a chauffeur whether a Rav 4, land cruiser, coasters however hiring a car with a driver depends on the client’s interest. We have well trained and licensed drivers who are not well knowledgeable with each and every part of the country but also passionate in the field. They will make sure that you enjoy your trip the best way possible, below are some of the reason why this option is very convenient
Knowledge about roads & attractions
When you hire a car with a driver you get assured of getting to your destination with a lot of easy. Exploring Uganda can be quite tiresome especially when you don’t know the routes used to get to a particular destination. The GPS can help you to give you the direction but it also has its problems in terms of flexibility and destination location, however a local driver has adequate knowledge about most of the routes to take to reach the destination where the attractions can be seen and also the where the accommodation are located. When you hire and travel with someone who knows the way around, you avoid the risk of getting lost or robbed. What you need is to sit and relax and then he drives you, he gives all the necessary information needed including the background info, history and current events about the place you will be visiting plus in-case you looking a bar, restaurant, beach or bank, he will drive you there whenever need be.
Information about Car & Fuel Costs
When you travel with a driver reduce the extra costs that you may incur in when purchasing fuel, they are aware of the engine type plus how much it consumes per kilometer, the fuel price in Uganda is around UGX 3000 and 3500 per liter, however sometimes gas station attendants take advantage of foreign residents to give them less for more than they pay for something that can give you a bad calculation, but when you travel with a driver such cases are a heard off.in cases of breakdowns, most of the drivers knows what to do and they can fix the problem within a shortest period of time because he is more familiar and equipped to handle such instances
You are assured of comfort and quality service
With no doubt when you hire a car with a chauffeur, you get guaranteed of quality service, in that you just sit back and relax and let the driver handle each and every situation, help in carrying the cargo to fixing a break-down, and where necessary he opens a door for you, all these will make your safari a wonderful one and you will value of your money.
Space to interact
If you are driven you can easily get a chance to interact either on phone or with a friend, you can even get chance to work on a laptop when comfortably seated. It is very herder and dangerous when in self-drive car, Hence a good choice. So in case you need to hire a car with a chauffeur just write to us we will get back to you easily contact us at firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More