Why need a roof-top Tented Vehicle on Your Self-Guided Camping Trip in Uganda
Roof-top tented vehicles have become a popular option for self-drive Safaris in Uganda. They are normal safari vehicles mainly Land cruiser brands of TX, TZ and GX fitted with a tent on top of their roof, thus the name roof top tent. The rooftop firmly fits on the roof rack that is built like a tank or rigid metallic panel on the car top.
Rooftop tented vehicles are mostly preferred by tourists that ought to go for Self drive Uganda camping trips. Therefore if you are planning to rent a car in Uganda and other camping gear for your next camping experience, here are some of the reasons why you should look into consideration of a roof top tented vehicle first.
There’s nothing worse than struggling your way through setting up a camp especially when you are on extended trips that are largely on the move. However, hiring a rooftop tented vehicle for this case would be more beneficial to you. It is much flexible with your needs. A roof top tent is very easy to set up and time saving. Zipping it on and pegging the corners require not more than a minute.
We all know that there’s nothing worse than having to un-make your bed every morning when you pack your tent up! With the roof top tent, that’s a thing of the past. You can secure your sleeping bag and pillows up in them while they’re folded away. That makes setting up and packing up camp even quicker and keeps your storage space inside your vehicle free for other things.
The flexibility of these tents also makes them ideal for those doing overland trips through rough terrain and high alpine areas. For example, in Eastern Uganda, most of the interesting spots such as at Sipi Falls on the slopes of Mountain Elgon, camping in a ground tent would be annoying to find a good flat ground for a tent. With the ease of setup and take down of roof top tents, camping in the roof tented car would be get you out of such.
You will never worry about the unlikely changing weather conditions if you have a roof top tented vehicle. Car top tents are prone to any weather condition. They would be perfect for poor camp grounds that are prone to being affected by nasty weather since you are always lifted up from the ground. This also secures you from packing or moving with a dirty tent for instance when it has rained or been pitched on a muddy ground.
These tents are always tested to withstand winds in excess of 50 mph. This also assures you of being safe from being blown away as many would assume at first since Uganda’s winds are always below that.
Rooftop tents create a flat surface to sleep on, and you will wake well rested compared to the ground-tent. The heavier materials of the roof rack allow for thick mattresses and great weather protection.
Another reason where the rooftop tents hits the mark is about their dramatic system that allows you more space in the vehicle such as that of the car trunk that would have been used to carry the tent itself and other bedding like mattresses.
Some claim that rooftop tents affect fuel usage and vehicle handling but this isn’t true. They do neither! As long as it is fitted correctly to the rear of the vehicle and on its rack, it’ll sit down nice and protected out of the wind buffer zone. You won’t notice any difference to vehicle fuel consumption as well as handling.
In conclusion, if you haven’t used a rooftop tented vehicle for a camping trip to Uganda, better do. After just one night’s camping, you’ll never want to go back to any other type of campsite accommodation! From the ease of setup and pack up, how comfortable they are, the flexibility and just how good a night’s sleep you get, you’ll fall in love with this style of Self-drive safari camping.Read More
Car hires in Uganda is so good since it brings car rental services close to you. A self drive holiday in Uganda is a very unique adventure since it gives you a chance to drive at your own pace. Car renting in Uganda is so complicated and it requires some foresight and there are some things you should take into account when planning to use on for your safari.
Using public transport is part of the course in Uganda and using car rentals is a good way of ensuring that your vacation is so smooth and to guarantee that you get to see the sights that you want to see when you want to see them. There are some tips or ways when choosing to visit some destination with a hired car in Uganda.
The police men are everywhere on the roads and it’s an obligation of the drivers to respect these officers as they drive through the country. There are some Uganda car rentals are represented in many towns in the country and you are able to pick your rental car at one center or airport and then drop it off at any different location. These officers are there to provide direction to the moving vehicles in order to avoid accidents.
Fuel stations are not of self service and the attendants will offer to check your oil and water as well as cleaning your wind screen, however the rental cars are fully serviced and there is no need for checking oil and other things. Car hire vehicle companies in Uganda always make sure that they offer the best vehicles to their clients.
The distances and speed limits are signs posted in Kilometers and are the speedometers in the cars are well known for the maintain ace of road network. You need to note that the distances between the towns can be large but plan your trip carefully, always keep your eyes on the petrol gauge and don’t pass up the opportunity to fill up.
Always understand the insurance policy when hiring a car; it’s usually more expensive to buy a collision damage waiver through the rental company. You need to avoid this and instead arrange insurance waiver through a different provider. Always look into what coverage your auto policy and the credit card might offer. You might be covered for and collision damage as well as personal liability.
Always pay a high deposit; many of the rental companies require a fairly steep deposit, which will be returned to you when the car is brought back in the same condition you found it. The deposit is usually between $100 to $250 and its calculated based on the value of the car. This money is normally held on the credit cards of the clients, which renders the money unusable until the car is returned.
Always respect road signs as you are driving on Ugandan roads. This will save you the many accidents that might impact reaching your final destination on your safari.Read More
Getting the best safari car for your vacation is something that is challenging and given that there are many car hire companies offering the same service, car renters even get more confused. If Uganda is your dream destination there is need for you to pay keen attention to specific features while hiring a car for your vacation.
First, know the size and the type of car you intend to car
Uganda has very many car hire companies which are widely found in most of its major towns and all of which offer different cars for hire at different prices. The number of travelers determines the kind of car that you would like to use for your vacation in Uganda. If there are many people with the same travel interest then a minibus, coasters are the best for you to consider renting as they accommodate from 15 to 30 visitors or even more.
Most Car Hire Companies have comprehensive insurance which covers costs on damages and if the company doesn’t offer this, then you are bound to incur the cost yourself. This means that you have at least to look for car hire companies whose cars have comprehensive insurance as this will help you save some money from extra charges.
Car tool kit
A safari to a new destination is ideally something challenging and worse of it when the car encounters mechanical problems and yet it is something that you can also fix yourself. This means you will need a car tool kit. While on you are road trip in Uganda, make sure that you have packed emergency tool kits to help you fix minor mechanical conditions. Whereas most of car rentals are frequently inspected, your personal inspection is also worth as anything can go wrong or even could have gone bad in the previous trips and the cost will be transferred to you.
Car fuel policy
Most Car Rental Companies almost have the same fuel policy. Cars are given out to clients with full fuel tank and visitors are also expected to return it with full fuel tank as given otherwise failure to do so, there will be a penalty fine.
You need a valid driving permit
Prior hiring a car in any car rental company, you will be asked to present a valid license. You will also be required to have photocopies of the permit and passport and you are required to observe all road traffic laws and regulations at all times.
Inquire if there are special discounts
Before you visit any car hire company it is important that you check if that company gives clients some discounts based on number of days or season, number of cars to be hired and number of traveler. Find out if there are discount offers for weekend getaways.
Check out the validity of car registration forms and license
Pay keen attention on registration certificate, valid insurance, all Uganda permit, motor third party and the driver’s license before you deal with any Car Hire Company. You will need an international or Uganda valid driving license if you are interested in self drive adventures.
Number of people and enough room for cargo
Note that each car hire comes with its size and space for luggage. Toyota Rav4 is the best for one to hire self drive tours or if you want to travel as a couple. This type accommodates from two to four visitors and for visitors who want to save some money then renting a premio is the perfect alternative and other bigger vans or minibus for family or group tours. Other things that you need to look out include if the car hire has a pop up roof as this is the best for those who are interested in wildlife viewing, air conditioner, spare car tyres and many more.
It is important that before you visit the Car Hire Company you get to know the destination that you intend to spend a vacation in which will determine the kind of car to rent in Uganda whether a Rav4 or 4 by 4 wheel drive for safaris to Uganda’s national parks.
Check for hidden charges
Most Car Hire Companies tend not to disclose some costs. Make sure that you share such information with the company especially fuel costs. You may also need to know if there are costs for hiring a GPS tracking system, camping bags, travel map and many more.
Go through the previous testimonies online
Search on internet and find out more about what others said about the similar Car Rental Company. Find out how urgent companies take to get back to visitors’ questions. Car Hire Companies have websites where they post information and you can Google out reviews.
In conclusion, if you are planning to travel to Uganda and you are interested in renting a car for your vacation, make sure that you take note of the above tips and you will have the best car deal.Read More
Uganda is one of the most beautiful tourism destinations in Uganda. The country is composed of various amazing landscapes. There is also a variety of wildlife within the different national parks in Uganda. Here are the best 10 trips that you can enjoy in Uganda;
A trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park
This is one of the best places in Africa which protects a big number of wildlife and birdlife due to its diverse ecosystems which include sprawling savannah, shady forests, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands plus the fact that it has a gentle and fine landscape.
The most amazing thing which drives many tourists to make it to Queen Elizabeth national park is the tree climbing lions which are always seen climbing and playing on the branches of the big trees in the shady and humid forests of the Park. The landscape of Queen Elizabeth National Park is such a brilliant one due to the Kazinga channel which is situated in the middle of the Park and a variety of wildlife is seen from there including elephants, buffaloes, leopards which are regular residents plus the hippos, crocodiles and aquatic birds which are permanent residents in the Kazinga channel.
The Park protects the hugest number of bird species compared to other national parks in Uganda. Over 600 bird species are found in Queen Elizabeth national park plus chimpanzees are also seen in the humid forests of Queen Elizabeth national park.
A trip to Mountain Elgon National Park
The park will reveal another amazing landscape of Uganda because the landscape of the Park is mostly hilly and this is why many mountain hikers make it to Mountain Elgon National Park. Besides the fact that mountain hiking is the main activity in the park, there are also other activities which take place in the Park including bird watching because it protects over 300 bird species.
Wild animals like small antelopes, forest monkeys, buffaloes and elephants are seen along the sides of mountain Elgon National Park. The park is made up of the Sipi falls where spot fishing activity takes place from and you will enjoy the flowing of the highly pressurized waters of the Sipi falls.
A trip to Murchison Fall National Park
The park is the oldest and largest conservation area in Uganda which was first gazetted in 1926 as a game reserve and later turned into a national game park. It is bisected by the Victoria Nile which forms the dramatic Murchison Falls which give a brilliant view to the tourists who make it to Murchison Fall National Park and they will enjoy the movement of the highly pressurized waters which run rapidly. Here you will see the regular visitors at the Murchison falls which include giraffes, buffaloes and elephants plus the permanent residents which include crocodiles, hippos and aquatic birds.
A trip to Kibale Forest National Park
It is the best place in Uganda for chimpanzee tracking because it protects the highest number of chimpanzees compared to other places which protect chimpanzees too such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyambura gorge, Kalinzu forest and then the Budongo forest and Ngamba Islands Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Though chimpanzee tracking is the main activity in the park, the park also protects other wildlife such as monkeys, butterflies and over 300 bird species.
A trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
It is such a better place all over the whole world because it protects almost half of the world’s greatest apes ‘’the mountain gorillas’’. It protects over 400 mountain gorillas compared to the total population of over 900 mountain gorillas in the whole world.
Though gorilla tracking is the main activity in the park, the park also protects over 340 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, 120 species of mammals, chameleons and geckos. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is conducted in four sectors; Nkuringo, Rushaga, Ruhija and Buhoma whereby in all the four sectors you will come to know the beauty and the landscape of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Uganda as well.
A trip to Semliki National Park
This is regarded as the true birders haven due to the fact that the park protects more birds than any other thing in the Park. Birding is the main activity in the Park and it is one of the most national parks best for birding activities next to only Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park. Birders who make it to Semliki National Park will get to see almost every best African bird types and species and it is the reason as to why it is called the true birders haven and it is absolutely the best place for the birders who want to view the best of African bird species.
A trip to Lake Mburo National Park
This is the closest national park to Kampala city and it is the Park which connects to all western national parks. It defines the beauty and the landscape of Uganda since it is best place for tourists who want to view the gigantic eland, impala, zebras and acacia associated birds.
It also protects mammals such as warthogs, buffaloes, Oribi, Defassa, water bucks, reed bucks and the eland antelopes. Leopards and hyenas are also present plus the lions who have also returned to the Park recently after the years of poaching and near extinction. The Park consists of five lakes which attract hippos and crocodiles while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus and the Park still protects over 330 species of birds.
A trip to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park will also define the reason as to why Uganda is the ‘’Pearl of Africa’’ because it protects one of the greatest apes and primates in the whole world for it protects almost half of mountain gorillas. It is one of the few Parks in the whole world which inhabits mountain gorillas. In Uganda there are only two parks for gorilla tracking including Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park itself. The park also protects over 300 species of birds plus some other primates such as monkeys.
A trip to Kidepo Valley National Park
It is one of the most destinations for birders because it protects almost 500 species of birds and it is the second national park in Uganda to protect the highest number of bird species next to only Queen Elizabeth National Park.
You will come to enjoy the landscape of the Park where you will see the Narus valley in the Park and mountain Morungole thus the Park being suitable for mountain hikers too. In the park you will be able to view different mammals such as buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, leopards and many others. The sandy landscape of the Park is one of the things which describe how photogenic this Park is and it also contributes to its being that it is the most photogenic Park in Uganda and East Africa.
A trip to Rwenzori Mountain National Park also reveals the beauty of Uganda’s wildlife and its landscape. The snow capped peak of Rwenzori Mountain is one of the few pristine and spectacular things in the world and it is also one of the most things which attracts many tourists to visit the Park.
The ranges of the Park are scenic with pristine and spectacular landscape that comprise of waterfalls, hot springs, blue cirque, lakes, snow clad peaks and stratified vegetation.
The Park also inhabits 18 species of mammals, 217 bird species, 9 species of reptiles and 6 species of amphibians. Elephants, Warthogs, bush bucks, chimpanzees, giant forest hogs, Leopards and buffaloes are all present in the Park though rarely seen.Read More
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