Driving in bad weather can be scary and very dangerous. It’s best to avoid it altogether, but if you happen to find yourself in a heavy rainfall, these tips will help.
How does the weather affect your driving? Bad weather affects your ability to see, which is very limited in adverse weather conditions such as rainfall and dust. Not only does cold weather and precipitation can change your driving pattern. You also should be aware of high temperatures, sun glare and high winds. Here are some tips to guide you while driving in Uganda during times of bad weather;
- If you need your windshield wipers on, you also need your headlights on in rain. It will help your visibility and also help other drivers to see you.
- Double or triple the space you normally leave between you and the next car in wet weather. You’ll need even more space to stop on slick roads.
- If it’s raining too hard for you to see, try to find a safe place to pull over until the worst of the rain has gone.
- Don’t use cruise control in wet or slippery conditions. The cruise control may apply more throttle if the drive wheels start to slip.
- If you see a tornado coming your way, find shelter as fast as you can. If that’s not possible, get out of the car and find a ditch to take cover in, protecting your head and neck.
- Avoid tailgating.
- On the highway, leave about 100 yards about the length of a football field between you and the car ahead of you to give you plenty of room to stop in case that person brakes suddenly. Still, it’s close enough to use his headlights to see what’s up ahead.
Slow down by at least 5 or 10 miles an hour. At certain speeds, your car can hydroplane, lifting off the ground, and you will be driving on a layer of water. If that happens, don’t panic; just slow down until the car feels normal again.
- Avoid driving through flooded areas. It will be difficult to gauge the water’s depth. This is dangerous in itself. And if water gets sucked into the air-intake valve and then the engine, the car will probably shut off.
- Feather the brakes after you’ve driven through a puddle. And make sure you take your foot off the gas. This creates heat and friction, which will help dry the brakes.
- Don’t break during a turn.
To avoid a spinout, gradually start turning the steering wheel and feathering the brakes lightly before the curve. Then coast through the turn with your foot off the brake and off the gas, so as not to gain speed. When you have your foot on the brake, the wheels stop turning. That’s when the car loses control and goes in any direction that momentum decides to take it, like a toboggan.
- Turn into a skid.
Remain calm, take your foot off the brake and the gas pedals, and turn the car in the direction the car is skidding. For example, if you’re sliding to the left, gently turn the steering wheel to the left. This cancels out the skid. The car corrects itself and goes straight. If all else fails and you have the option to do so safely.
If You are driving in foggy conditions especially up country or national parks.
- Turn on the fog lights.
There’s usually a switch on the dashboard or on the same lever that controls the turn signal, but you can also use low beams in a pinch. The lights are yellow, which cuts through fog better than white lamps do, and they’re low to the ground so the beams illuminate the road well.
- Pump the brakes before entering a fog bank. This alerts the cars trailing you to back off. If you wait to apply the brakes until you’re in the thick of it, you could get hit from behind.
- Slow down before a hill. Be extra-cautious driving over the crest of a hill because you won’t be able to see if there’s another car stopped there.
How to prepare yourself for bad weather
- Inspect windshield wipers.
Replace any that have cracked rubber.
Clean headlight covers. When they sit in the sun, they eventually turn yellow and cloudy, and that cuts the amount of light coming from your headlights.
- Check tire treads.
- Stock an emergency kit. Include road flares, a blanket, a shovel, a flashlight, jumper cables, a tow rope, an air compressor, duct tape, and an ice scraper. You may also want to add dry food, water, toilet paper, and warm clothes.
- Listen and obey national and local radio/TV announcements and warnings regarding road and weather conditions for your journey.
- Do not attempt to cross at a river crossing where the road has been closed – no matter how big your vehicle is!
- Buckle Up! – Be sure you and your passengers wear seatbelts at all times. Not only is it the law, it can also save lives, especially when driving in bad weather.
- Look out for signs warning of adverse conditions – including fixed signs, such as those warning of exposure to high-winds, and variable message signs on motorways that warn of fog, snow and which may display temporary slower speed limits.
- In the event of journeys of a necessary nature inform family/friends of your estimated time of arrival and carry a mobile phone.
- Ensure your mobile phone is charged and have a car charger ready – you may get stranded and need to call for help.
- If you are to be prevented from driving further – be prepared to get off the road.
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
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
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
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
The road trips are one of the best safaris in Uganda and they might actually be the most favorite and honest safaris for you. Renting a car in Uganda gives much freedom since you can stop wherever and whenever you want. You can even decide to avoid the crowded tourist areas by going at unusual times since you have got your own vehicle. Below is the list of things to look out for when renting a car in Uganda.
Consider Location: More often, when you are travelling, always pick up cars from the airport since you will quickly find that you can choose whether to choose an on or offsite option. The onsite rental companies have the easiest options. Here you can walk directly to the office and they give you a key and you definitely find the car in parking. And when it comes to the offsite airport rental companies, you may have to take a simple shuttle to their office or call them to send a pick up for you. So it’s best to use the site option. Always be aware that hiring from one location and returning to another incurs a fee and will therefore be more expensive. Again in case you are hiring from the city centre, this can be cheaper than airport rental companies.
Always check the cancellation policy; this helps in finding a company that lets you cancel up to 24 hours before the date you collect the car. Anything can happen at any time and in case your flight gets cancelled or delayed, then you can be able to get a refund for your car. Chose a company has got a descent cancellation policy and it will help to show you if there are any additional fees in case you have to cancel your trip.
Consider Patrol/Gas/Fuel: some of the cars in Uganda have got a full to empty policy; this means that you have to pay for the full tank when you pick the car up but you can return it when it’s empty. This also might seem very convenient but it adds extra cost. Always avoid this since you can take a car with half or quarter a tank and you have to return it with a full tank which means extra costs. Endeavor to be sure to double check what sort of fuel your car takes. Don’t go filling your Diesel car with petrol.
The drivers; are you the only driver or you need a driver for your car hire. In case you are the only driver, this will reduce the cost. Some of the companies are so good and will work with you and only to pay a small fee when you are adding other drivers. For the long drives, adding a co driver will be vital in case the main driver gets tired while driving or gets sick or injured.
You have to consider GPS and other extras; the rental companies will always offer you the ads on like the Sat Navs or the in car charging devices. some of the cars have these devices installed already and some of the cars have got USB ports for charging and once you have date on your data, your phone can be your map. You can also find the inbuilt screen for music and GPS maps. You must check before renting any accessories from the hire car company.
The Model of the car is also important; it’s always a good idea to look at the amount of seats and the number of doors that the car has got. The car that is shown might not be the one that you are going to get. Always be aware of this because many people go into war about this, sop always read the print well. Always book a four wheel drive with four door model.
The transmit ion of the car; there would be nothing bad than someone coming to recover their car only to find that they can’t drive it. So when booking a car in Uganda, its vital that you ensures they are booking a transmission that he or she can drive. They must have a realistic view of their driving abilities as well.
The Mutual communication; its vital that communication between the two parties ie the client and the company are able to communicate in the same understanding language. The language of the GPS must be understood if the traveller intends to hire the car and the GPS. This will help in not missing out on certain aspects of the car rental agreement.
You should consider the car rental company operating hours; the operating hours stand one of the biggest and important factors which the travellers should consider before booking their vehicle is the company operating hours. The 24 hour drop off and pick up service option not only allow the travellers to plan time around their schedule but also be stranded or locked out in case they reach after 5:00 pm. this flexibility will give the vacationers extra peace of mind while they are exploring a new locale and save money when using airport car rental transfers.
Lastly is the size of the vehicle; when you are booking a 4×4 vehicle in Uganda, as the customer, you will be asked what size of vehicle you need and the company will give you different options for you to choose from.Read More