Tuesday, 23 January 2018


A lot of tourists who visit Uganda usually desire to visit at least one of the numerous game parks in the country, mostly to get a glimpse of Africa's big five. The African big five are the lion, buffalo, white rhino, elephant and leopard. Although most people fear they will miss seeing the animals while they drive, the thrill of driving ones self in a game park teeming with wildlife is unparalleled.  Uganda is one of the countries you can freely rent a car to drive yourself within and around the country wwhich includes inside the game parks with abundant wildlife. Game parks and wild life reserves however, are not conventional places to self drive through and hence demand caution and special protocol to be followed, especially if you are to see and observe the wildlife. Below are some tips and pointers you will find helpful when self driving through wildlife.

Time of the-day

Different animals are active at different times of the day so it is useful to know what animals you want to see and what time they are most active. Some animals like lions hunt in the night time so it is advisable to wake up at dawn if you're to catch sight of them finalizing their hunt. Night time game drives are recommended because animals such as hippos, leopards are active then. Afternoon game drives provide incredible opportunity to see and photograph animals such as elephants and giraffes.
Drive slow and be-alert

If you are on holiday and casually on safari in Uganda, drive slow to get the most out of your time in the park. Not only will the animals be less intimidated to run away if you drive slow, but also your chances of spotting wildlife is increased. As much as you are driving slow, you should also stay alert to increase your chances of seeing any movements because the wildlife in the park has evolved to camouflage in its habitat making it harder to spot them.

Carry a decent pair of binoculars

Savanna grass with scattered trees is the most dominant vegetation covering the panoramic plains of Uganda's game parks and reserves. The topography and open space in the game parks accommodates and favors the use of binoculars to comfortably see wildlife which is far away without having to drive further and aimlessly. The most suitable binoculars for seeing game in the parks are 35, 8×32 and10×42.

Switch off your lights and engine

If you happen to see an animal or a herd and do manage to get closer without startling it, switch off your engine and radio. Mechanical sounds for example engine revs and radi
tend to attract the animals attention if not scare them. Scared animals usually feel threatened and can attack you to defend themselves so its advisable to switch off your engine while you’re at a sighting and preferably use your binoculars instead of driving closer to the animals. Nocturnal animals are adapted to see excellently at night time and flashing lights at them can be distracting and scare them away.

Try the watering hole

In case you have had a not-so-successful self drive through the park, you can always go to the watering hole and wait for the animals there. In the dry season, most of the animals share water sources and it is at this location that you not only see the animals but also get to witness how the different species in the parks relate to each other. The watering hole also provides opportunity for some excellent photography.

Camping opportunity

It is barely possible to exhaustively enjoy all that Ugandan national game parks have to offer within a day of self driving. One way you can even be more thrilled is if you set up a bush camp with a bonfire. As much as you can camp in the game park, you have to use your own camping gear. Nevertheless, if you did not carry camping gear you could simply rent a car with fantastic camping gear to use while on your safari. This way, you can sit around a bonfire with friends or family listening to the sounds of nature while enjoying the ambiance of the game park. Once you've made the choice to camp in the game park, be advised  to  carry  enough  food  and  drinks  although  you  shouldn't  leave  any  leftovers outside your camp as they could attract scavenger animals.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Auto Rental Uganda: Uganda in color

Auto Rental Uganda: Uganda in color: Uganda is well described in color, its mother nature was well made with brilliant marching colors from the dark skinned tone of the Ug...

Uganda in color

Uganda is well described in color, its mother nature was well made with brilliant marching colors from the dark skinned tone of the Ugandans to the rainbow in food, vegetation waters and so much more. The steep valleys and high ridges of Africa's oldest rain forests, mountains of the moon, cater lakes and the lush green vegetation hide more than the gorillas and lions. it is the food, people, the blood the dark the sun the wild life,the excitement, experience that is worthy a try on a self drive or guided trip in uganda.take a look at the pearl of Africa in color.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Getting a self drive car rental in uganda

Self driving in Uganda or preferably self drive car hire is a crusial decision to make if you decide to travel to Uganda.Given the fact that uganda is a developing country meaning moving around for directions may be hard. Self drive requires you to hire a car from a local car rental agency in Uganda and drive yourself in uganda. This is a more common practice done by return visitors to Uganda who feel thy can do it better, however first time client's are also much more interested in self drive as well.
Self drive destinations in Uganda are mainly the top tourist attraction scartered around the country. From tracking mountain gorillas in the southern part of Uganda to wildlife safaris in over 10 national game reserves east-west-north and south.
Self drive car hire requires you to have wide knowledge about Uganda by taking off months and reading each and every spot about Uganda before you decide to travel on a self drive car hire. There are a few things you actually need to know and affirm you can handle for the incredible experience.
The roads, Many of the roads in Uganda at the current situation are in perfect conditions. Most of the main roads heading upcountry are well paved and easily accesed. However the roads that branch off to main attractions are gravy and a little bumpy but absolutely passable. However others are being constructed to meet the requirements of road safety. Driving on the tarmac roads is 80km/hr as maximum speed and 50km/hr as minimum speed in towns and centers. A lot of traffic policemen are stationed on these roads with speed guns pointing at every car that comes their sight. So if you maintain averagely 50km/hr on your self drive car hire, you got a the first step to your self drive in Uganda a success. These traffic policemen/woman are sometimes annoying. You relay need to handle them so you go past them.
Driving in kampala. Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and being a capital city of developing country, you will always expect a night mare of traffic in the rush hours. Drivers in kampala are used to the bump-to-bump drive, only the clever survive. The normal basics of driving cars that you learn in driving schools don't apply here in Uganda kampala drive. You need to apply friendly gesture to have way ahead.  Kampala being a small city with many cars, infrastructure is over used calling for potholes in the city. You will bump into a pothole unnoticed. Traffic lights at some points do not work and drivers will not follow them unless there are traffic policemen. It rely gets messy in the evenings where everyone is rushing home. You relay need patience in you if you decide on a self drive car hire in Uganda
Self drive cars and the rental agencies. Different car rental agencies in Uganda offer different  cars for self drive. Some other companies restrict on the kind of vehicle they give for a self drive in Uganda. The most common vehicle most companies will offer you for the self drive car hire in Uganda is the suv Rav4 a full time 4wheel that is perfect for a max of 4 persons with enough luggage space. The prado land cruisers are also a common offer for self drive car rental in Uganda but a little expensive than the Suv Rav4s. Other vehicles are also available for hire and given out for self drive but are more sophisticated vehicles that are always given out with drivers. With these cars like the safari land cruisers, its more than just start-engage gear-accelerate and direct. Its more than just you behind the wheels reason most car rental agencies in Uganda will provide these cars with drivers and in any cases with breakdown, the drivers always have an immediate solutions.
Insurance. Insurance in Uganda is not mandatory, but insurance in car rental is a must. Many of the car rental agencies in Uganda comprehensively insure their vehicles inclusive of third party. Always make sure you ask about the insurance policy or read the policies on the websites under the terms and conditions page. However the car rental comprehensive insurance does not cover the medical, injuries inflicted on the parties or on you fall under medical insurance from your own company. Please make sure you have medical insurance just before you make up your mind on traveling to Uganda on a self drive car hire in Uganda.