Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Things You Must Know Before Renting a Car in Uganda.



Nearly everyone rents a car on his/her visit to Uganda .It’s the only way to have freedom to go wherever you want and see the country’s beautiful sceneries quickly if you opted for self drive service in Uganda. Moving in public means is alternative, but is not an ideal solution. As you get excitement to the cheapest rental car in Uganda, look at some things you must know before renting a car in Uganda.

 Rental Car Insurance.

As you are planning to set off your journey from home, get to know whether the car you are about to hire caters for any damages that may happen to it un knowingly like collision with another car. Most of the car rental companies in Uganda do not provide for the third parties like the hirer of the car. In this situation, you are advised to come with your insurance policy that will cater for you in case of any damages.

Initial deposit

Most of the cars in Uganda that are meant for hire range from USD 50 and above. This includes small surfs to big extended cars depending your choice. However its advised to put an initial deposit to the car you wish to rent in Uganda. This deposit is part of the fare of the period you wish to stay the car. It normally applies to long term renting like over 14 days or a month and in case you want to stay with the car, you are supposed to pay 50% of the charges before the start of the journey and the remaining to be paid on your return.

Research Multiple Rental car Companies in Uganda.

Most of the popular car rental companies in Uganda are available around Kampala, and have websites to check prices and make reservations. Remember that the online prices usually do not include the required tax and insurance prices unless they specifically say so.

Book in Advance.

An early bird catches the warmth do not wait until the week or day before you leave to reserve your rental car. The prices vary depending on the season and how many cars they have available for when you want it. Prices are guaranteed to be higher during the high season of tourists and lower prices during the lower season. In Uganda, a higher season begins from mid-June to mid-December and a lower season begins from January to May.

Inspection

Inspect the car before and after renting it, and take pictures of every bump and scratch to resolve disputes later. They typically do not worry about dings and scratches smaller than a quarter, but pictures are much better than hand waving and trying to explain that the bumper was loose when you picked it up.
Do not forget your passport, drivers’ license, and credit card to pick up your rental car. You can drive with a foreign license for up to 3 months as a tourist, so no need to get an international drivers’ license for a short trip.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

5 TIPS FOR SAFE SELF DRIVE IN UGANDA.

Renting and self driving in Uganda has been a majorly discussed by many travelers planning to visit Uganda. Self driving on Ugandan roads is an amazing experience to discover due to their terrain texture you feel behind the wheels of your car. It is no longer a hassle to drive on them due to their regular maintenance throughout the year. 4X4 cars with high ground clearance from Uganda’s car rental companies have been proved be the masters of hilly roads that are un-reachable by small cars during the rainy days. Not only the hilly roads, also in the low lands where the roads are un surfaced and slippery.
 Below are the 5 tips for safe self driving in Uganda?
Observe
Not only passengers have to observe the external environment of the car also the drivers have to be keen on external environment around especially if he were new in the area for the first time. Driving a new car is a gruesome due to its inbuilt technology that tends to be complex to first time drivers in Uganda. Be the master of the road by observing all the necessary features on the road and putting them in practical use. The features include road signs and road markings. As already tested by police during the process of obtaining a driver’s permit, the visual sense is the mostly applied while driving because all your concentration must be put ahead of the trip.
Identify.
In your comfortable Ugandan car rental, behind the wheels, identify key major areas for shopping to save on your budget. Identify the location of gas refueling while on your way so as not to run short of fuel on coming back to the rental desk or your hotel. Identify spot areas of traffic police officers in order to reduce on the speed before approaching them. This will help you as driver not be victims of over speeding and other related traffic rules and regulations that will call for fines and penalties on behalf of the budget you had planned. Identifying dangerous spot areas when driving at night, will prevent yourself from falling into ambush of robbers and thieves hence being on a safe drive and securing your life from merciless people.
Predict
Having observed the external environment of the car, identifying the spot areas of traffic officers. It is easy to predict when the gas will be used up. Predicting involves fore telling what may result in case you never followed the right procedures of self driving. However, predictions in driving are sometimes referred to outcomes that may result into bad driving. They include loss of lives and property of both the owners and passengers in the car, decrease in your financial status
Decide
While driving on the road, your decisions are important. Quick decisions result into good drivers and delayed decisions may result into bad drivers. Be a quick decision taker especially when overtaking other cars to save the lives of other people on the road. Be a defensive driver in decision-making by following other drivers are doing especially urban centers.
Act. 
After taking quick decisions, it’s now time to put them into action. Follow the rules and regulations on the road and drive defensively in a foreign land.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Renting a Car in Uganda



The land locked country and the pearl of Africa, Uganda is blessed with mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, game parks, hot springs and every type of attraction you would think of. There is a lot to explore, and one of the best ways to do it is with a rental car typically owned by a Ugandan company. Renting a car in Uganda gives you the freedom to stop anywhere you want, when you want especially if you opted for self drive in Uganda. With a rental car in Uganda, your safari trip is literally in the palm of your hands—and you can steer yourself in whatever direction, whichever adventure you feel like in a 4x4 wheel vehicle.

Aim of this Guide

This guide provides travelers who wished to visit Uganda with up-to-date information on what and which car to rent and drive in Uganda. It takes you through reasons for and the renting process, advice you would wish to know specifically about  car rental companies in Uganda.

Why rent a car in Uganda.

Some of the payments of having your own wheels are obvious: you dictate the course of your day, your week or your whole trip, and not be confined to public means and airport taxis. Having your own car in Uganda will allow you to explore un reachable places like the suburbs and witness the life people go through that many travelers miss out

However, driving in Uganda is not easy at all. The roads are narrow, pot holed to some extent and still under construction. Traffic in the city that delays most travelers to reach  on agreed time, road signs are sometimes not clearly seen especially if you are out of the city which may make you get lost while on a self drive once you never moved with a road map. There are other things to consider as well, including traffic laws, the price of fuel, and driving time.

It is usually advisable to rent a car in Uganda especially to first time travelers to avoid the hassle of looking for public means of transport and being stranded at the airport. However, travelers that are adventurous enough or have been to the country before may want to consider renting a car and go for self drive services.

How to rent a car in Uganda.

Booking in advance your rental car from anywhere in Uganda is simple. Just enter your name, address, pick up/drop off dates and times and type of car, choose from the list while on Ugandan rental car websites. You can as well compare the costs for renting them. It is quick and easy. You can also call or email as indicated on the website.

What to Rent. 

 You can rent one of the fleets on the websites depending on what safari you want to make in Uganda. Luckily, most cars for renting are 4WD that are good for mountainous areas and in the rainy seasons, which tend to be slippery and muddy. They include the Toyota Rav4, Customized Van, Extended Prado Land cruisers, Toyota Prado, Nissan Patrols, and Customized Jeeps. There are both compact and full-size SUV options. Compact SUVs are smaller but have high ground clearance like the Toyota Rav4. They fit two to four people and come in both two door and four door options. Full-size SUVs are larger and more powerful. They have better ground clearance, a stronger engine, and more interior room. They are preferable on very poor roads like in the game parks or when traveling in large groups. Most full-size SUVs have four doors and can seat between four and seven people. All rented cars  in Uganda come with basic features, including air conditioning, power steering, power windows/locks, dual airbags, and a CD player/radio. Manual and automatic options are offered in every category in Uganda. Rental cars also include a safety kit for accidents and flat tires, a mobile phone in case of any emergency. It also includes extra emergency equipment like a Jerry can in case fuel used up in the middle of the journey.

In Conclusion

Renting a car in Uganda creates a unique trip experience to travelers. You get to know little-known places, stop when you want, and make your own adventure from scratch. Uganda is a fantastic travel destination no matter what direction you steer your adventure.

Monday, 22 May 2017

What car should I Rent In Uganda.



When my friends came to Uganda, renting a car was one thing they were sure they would do. With a small group, they wanted to be flexible and comfortable of a car they would as friends so there were four agencies to choose from for road trip through the pearl of Africa and for a minimum of seven days. Their plan was to self drive in Uganda from the capital Kampala to the Murchison Falls along the Nile and from the Nile to Kibale National park and Bwindi National Park but it was impossible since they knew nothing on the routes to the park though it was going to be a tiresome trip but an exciting one.

How they chose what car to use.

Obviously, they needed something big enough to fit all the four and their luggage. An Extended Toyota Land Cruiser was necessary since they had a travel guide who knew well the roadmap from Kampala to Murchison to Kibale and lastly to Bwindi National Park to track the Gorillas 

Without renting this car and the help of the travel guide, they would not have made it back to Kampala since they were first time travelers to the pearl of Africa. They decided to keep calm and follow the guide’s instructions and archived their first itinerary at the falls. In the park, the roads were unpaved. They definitely said it was a bit good to explore the jungles of the park.

It was expensive to import and cause delays though they had their own car at home, They had to collide on one decision of renting a car in Uganda since they were easily accessible through the internet. They checked all the car models that had been displayed by car rental companies on their websites. They decided to use the Extended Toyota Land Cruiser due to its features that could fit them and their luggage. It was familiar to them because my friend Peter had already used it at home. It was such a comfortable car to them that it had the deep freezer inside it. It was really fun and excitement in.

Due to its comfort ability, they persisted to use the same car until the end of their safari in Uganda. It maneuvered to move through the terrain mountainous areas of Bwindi since it was a 4×4 wheel drive

What kind of car should you rent?

If your itinerary sounds a bit like theirs, then you must rent a 4X4 wheel drive to maneuver the slippery and muddy roads during the rainy season. This also includes roads around National parks,un surfaced routes off the main high ways. For the best 4×4 options with the most space, look for a Toyota Prado Land Cruiser, Nissan Patrols.

If you are not coming with many people and do not need a big car, the recommendation is a Toyota Rav4 which is ideal for small families or couples and comfortable to self drive

If you are planning to move around the city and  visit Kampala’s attraction centers as well like the Namugongo shrine, Kasubi Tombs, still a Toyota Rav4,a Toyota Land Cruiser will be fine on a self drive

A customized van is also another choice if your group is large or seniors. It is good for budget travelers. They have the most room and it is recommended to take it for game drive as they do the best in poor road conditions of Uganda however it’s given  with a driver

Get in-depth information about the type of cars available at some of Uganda’s car  rental fleet? Look at pictures of the different cars you can rent in Uganda that you can check out here.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Benefits of self driving in Uganda.




Are you opting for a self drive safari or preferably Guided trips while in Uganda?, This is often a question and unbelievably, a complex issue to which few of us seem to give less attention of thought. Why should we? We all drive, don't we, so how difficult can it be? What is the problem? Most people arrive in Uganda to discover new things like its Mother Nature, local cultures and customs. They want to know the street signs, understand the intricacies of the road rules and even get a handle on the general nature of their fellow road users.
Worse, they are usually jet lagged after a long, sleepless flight and seem to have given little regard to the fact that, in many cases, they will be sitting on the "wrong" side of the car and driving on the "wrong" side of the road. How hard can it be?
How do they handle it? Some decide renting a car will do just fine and let someone else take care of the fine detail and others throw themselves on the mercy of friends and family. Below are the pros for self driving in Uganda on a 4x4 rental car.

Self drive helps travelers to find out their own way
Finding out your own way around the highways of Uganda has its own level of discovery, excitement and satisfaction, especially when that special restaurant, wonderful antique supermarket or take away hotel is discovered away from the well-traveled highway.

 Driving in a left-hand-country
Uganda is among the countries that drive on the left side worldwide. However, you have to remember the three general of forward automotive progress. They include "loose left, tight right" at intersections, enter and exit roundabouts on the right and give way to your left. Yes, car rental has its benefits but it also has its pitfalls, especially when the rental chariot gets up close and way too personal with another one.

 Paid Insurance. You should be glad that rental cars’ insurance is fully paid before signing on their terms and conditions. Extra paid insurance on your travel is for own benefit in case of contingencies like health. This is particularly important in the Uganda, where medical costs are sky-high.

Privacy and freedom.
 While in a rental car in Uganda, personal freedom is enjoyed since it comes at low cost being inclusive of the budget from the minute you drive out of the airport car park to the time you drive back in. Having fun with your beloved ones is the greatest time to remember.

Provide travel guides.
 Some car rental companies in Uganda will give you a list of experienced drivers. In case you opt for self drive car rental in Uganda, they will want any of your family member over a set age, or anyone over a set age to drive and that is 18years and above. It is important to know who  drives your rental car, because if you do not, it could cost you a lot of money, especially if an under-age, and inexperienced driver  takes it off your hands and plants it in front of another car or parks it on a wrong side in  case of a mechanical break down.