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7 Amazing Safari Experiences not to Miss in Uganda

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Uganda is one of the most scenic places in Africa offering visitors with much more attractions. There are various safari activities you can engage in while on safari in Uganda which can provide you an enthralling experience in Uganda. These include the following;

  1. Primates Tracking

When we talk about primates, expect many species such as the closest relative of man (chimpanzee), the mountain gorilla, golden monkeys and many more. In other words, Uganda has over 14 primate species. Primate tracking is known to be one of the most famous and sought after activity in Uganda and Africa at large. All these primates stay in some of Uganda’s national parks such as; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the most visited park in the country as well known for famous endangered Ape that is the gorillas with eleven habituated families namely; Rushegura, Habinyanja and Mubare situated at the Buhoma region of the park, the Oruzogo and Bitukura groups are to be found at Ruhija and other 5 groups that is Nshongi, Kahunge, Busingye, Mishaya and Bweza are found at Rushaga and lastly is the Nkuringo group in the Nkuringo region. Each region offers a different gorilla safari experience and would advise visitors planning for to go gorilla trekking twice, to track from different sections of the Bwindi forest.

Mgahinga National Park is known for golden monkey tracking with one remaining group of gorillas and Kibale Forest National Park, a primate capital of the world with over 13 primate species including the Chimpanzees. There are also other various places where viewing chimpanzees is very possible in Uganda. You can visit Budongo central forest reserve (part of Murchison falls national park), Kyambura gorge, part of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria.

Participating in these kinds of activities require physical fitness since they involve moving up and down in the slippery hilly areas of the national parks within the thick tropical rain forests of Uganda. One can only participate in the activity after making a booking for the permits in advance from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Staying with a chimpanzee for the whole day is something one can never miss out as long as he is still alive.

2. Bird Watching

Uganda being a pearl of Africa has been regarded as the birders’ paradise due to its increasing list of bird species. Almost in every Uganda’s tourism destination is fully occupied with different bird species. The country boasts of over 1037 bird recorded species, about 60 % of the total bird species on the African Continent. These include both tropical and savanna species with the former reaching their eastern limit of their territory. Some of these species are migratory only coming to Uganda to breed and then go back later after breeding; a live example is of the grey headed gull.

If you are interested in bird watching, you are recommended to surely travel with your camera and Binoculars because you might find out new species to add on your birds list. Some of the most exciting bird spots include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park with the highest number of birds for any single destination on the continent; about 607 recorded bird species.

Other destinations include; Kibale Forest National Park, Murchsion Falls National Park, Mabira Forest, Mabamba swamp, Botanical gardens in Entebbe, Kasenge forest and many other places across the country including sanctuaries.

3. Wildlife Viewing

Traveling to Uganda for wildlife is something exciting and enjoyable. The viewing is done in Uganda’s National Parks. It is also game viewing where travelers are driven in tourist vans with a pop up through the park as they enjoy seeing different animal species. The commonly seen mammals are the elephants, buffalos, kobs and several antelopes. In the cat’s family, lions and leopards are also present in the morning and late evening.  More so, we cannot forget to talk about the several reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and moths among others.

Best places for wildlife or game viewing are Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park each with a unique particular species. However, Kidepo’s 28 endemic species keep stand out among all. The bat-eared fox, the aard wolf, the cheetah and ostrich are some of those animals you will not find elsewhere in Uganda.

Despite the fact that Kidepo is very far from Kampala the capital city, it remains one of the best National Parks in East Africa and the African continent at large for game viewing. No wonder, it was voted by CNN as the 3rd best park in Africa for 2014 and is still recognized as a true African wilderness. It is also known to have the largest single herd of Buffaloes on the continent.

The smaller Lake Mburo National Park is yet another game for wildlife viewing with species like the Impala which is not found elsewhere in the country as well as the zebra only found in Kidepo. The park is the only one in the country that offers visitors an opportunity to view wildlife on the horse backs.

4. Nature and Community Walks

For those who are interested in wildlife, community walks are available in Uganda. The pearl of Africa has a variety to offer for both domestic and international tourists among which are the Nature and Community walks. Uganda is endowed with beautiful forests where activities such as forest/nature walks can take place to view primates and birds. Some of the forest include; Mabira Forest, Budongo Forest, Kibale Forest, Bwindi Forest, Mpanga Forest Reserves,

Uganda also offers opportunities to appreciate nature at close range by taking a walk to some of the most stunning features the country has. A nature walk to the top of the falls will leave you captivated and stunned by the force of the river through a narrow gorge as it plunges several meters deep, while a walk to the hot springs in Semuliki will leave you in awe as you marvel at God’s might power and art in creation

Community walks are also available for those who would like to discover more beyond wildlife into the culture and life style of the people around. A guide is available to take you through the community as you interact and with the locals and find out their way of life. Some communities are already organized to receive tourists and have a well selected package of things to showcase to the visitors like traditional dance and drama, storytelling, merry making and many more activities that vary from one society to another.

More scintillating and refreshing is a visit to the remotest and more authentic societies which have strong cultural ties like the Batwa and Karamajong. Their activities are quite amazing and will leave you with unfading memories.

5. Water Based Activities

Uganda is an adventure capital where by water based activities range from the calm and chilling spot fishing on the tranquil water of Lake Victoria, to speed boating, jet boating, quad biking and to the adrenaline shading white water rafting, Uganda is an adventure capital.

The country offers one of the best white water rafting opportunities in the world along the Nile River as well as the thrilling bungee jumping where only the strong hearted can participate. Check out your adrenaline levels as you sail through different grades of rapids as the rescue team sails by your side on kayaks to offer a hand in case the rapids over power you. Bungee Jumping- Jump and touch the sky, because sky is the limit! This activity is done at the source of the river Nile in Jinja.

6. Mountain hiking in Uganda

Uganda offers some of the most challenging and thrilling hiking adventures in the world. Taste your physical fitness as you try out on Mountain Rwenzori to reach its snow cape (summit). It is a great opportunity to view a snow covered summit near the equator. You can also have a hike to mountain Elgon the largest extinct volcanic base in the world. Rwenzori Mountains provides the most challenging mountain experience in Uganda starting  from 7 Days Rwenzori trek. Mount Elgon is an affordable option and ideal for a casual climber. You can also explore and try to climb the 3 volcanoes in Uganda such as Mountain Muhavura, Mountain Sabinyo and Mountain Mgahinga. The south western part of the country has volcanoes like Mgahinga which are also good for hiking.

7. Cultural and community visits

Uganda has a number of cultural spots which have been gazzetted to exhibit different cultures from over 60 different ethnic groups. In Buganda, Kasubi tombs which is also a world heritage site and Wamala tombs are some of the special places in Buganda kingdom, sheltering the remains of the former kings of Buganda. The Nagalabi coronation site is yet another important cultural site in Buganda where the kings are coroneted.

Several other sites like Bugembe coronation site for Busoga, Mtoto hill for the Imbalu cerebration of the Bamasaba and Nkokonjeru tombs for the Ankole former kings are all significant sites for cultural enthusiasts. During such visits, you will learn a lot about the norms and customs of the respective cultures.

Uganda is an exciting place to visit at any time of year, but the best time to visit is between December to February, this is the time when the countryside is green after a rainy season in August. All the above activities can be arranged for you depending on your preference and the number of days you would prefer accordingly.

5 Things to Consider When Booking a Car Rental in Rwanda

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Car rental services serve as an exceptional way to get around Rwanda and they cover various aspects including game viewing tours, business meeting, city tours and airport transfers among others. When considering renting a car in Rwanda, you need to be certain of different aspects otherwise, you will curse why opted for the car hire services in that particular car rental company.

Below are some of the factors to put into consideration when booking car rental services in Rwanda

Location

When you opt to use Rwanda car rental, be mindful of pick up and drop offs. Usually, it is easier to find a car at the airport whether it is on-site or off-site. On-site car hire agencies have the simplest options as you can easily walk to the offices and be handed over the key unlike the off-site companies although this category has also eased visitor travel needs where you can find a driver guide waiting for you upon your arrival. Note, booking a car in one area means should be returned to the same place and for any deviation means additional charge. As well, renting a car from city center can be relatively cheaper than if you did it at the airport.

Reliability

A car rental service provider should be reliable, 24/7. Besides, the car you hope to use for your road trip in Rwanda should also be available at the time you wish to use it and at your convenience. Knowing the operating hours of the car rental company you wish to deal is very significant as it you get to know when to pick up and drop off a car.

Drivers

Number of driver matter a lot when it comes to cutting down the cost for hiring drivers. If you are alone then higher chances are that you will be in position to cut down on the expenses. However, some car rental agencies are good and can be on your side by clearing small fees in case of additional drivers. Additional drivers play a significant role depending how long your road trip will take and for travelers who have plans for long trips, extra drive is very essential.

Check the cancellation policy

Cross checking a cancellation policy of particular car hire agency helps you to know which company or agency allows you to cancel up to 24 hours prior the car pick up. This is vital especially if your flight is cancelled or delayed then you will be in position to get a refund. Therefore, deal with a car rental agency with the best cancellation policy and the one that indicates to you the available extra fees once you cancel your trip.

Fuel

Each car rental company has its set fuel policy. This policy ranges from full to empty and at times, you may get a car rental with full tank up on pick up and or half tank and you may also be required to return it with same quantity of fuel and breaking this agreement means cost on your budget. Others will give you a car with empty tank and you are expected to return it as given. Also, you need to check which type of fuel does the car rental you hope to take uses otherwise; you may refill a diesel car with petrol.

The model of the car rental

This is significant when booking car rental services in Rwanda. It allows you ascertain how seats or its carrying capacity is. Note, what you see online may not be exactly the one you will use and this shouldn’t cause problem and to avoid this, make sure that you double check your print well. For exceptional road trip, consider our 4×4 safari rentals a must to book and you won’t regret in life.

As well, you need to know the size of car hire you hope to use. This may differ from visitor travel interest. For those of you who prefer traveling as a group, you will need a car with good carrying capacity. We have wide range of car rentals suited to your travel needs. They range from Toyota Ra4, Land Cruisers to Coasters.

Top 5 Safari Destinations in East Africa

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Explore the legendary beautiful attractions during your visit to East Africa and enjoy ancient treasures in style. Move along the romantic wildlife base, primate capital and treks such as Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara National Park, Nyiragogongo Volacano, Bwindi Forest National Park, Volcanoes National Park, among others with its amazing bio diversities and numerous cultural tourist features. At the end of your Africa tour, you will prove the saying that Africa is a very exceptional beautiful continent with a lot to offer other than ancient traditions.

Serengeti National Park

Have an amazing experience in Serengeti National park on your Tanzania safari tour the best top wildlife paradise in Tanzania and a home to the big five. Every year travelers to this park enjoy great views of wildlife, wildebeest both at their lodge and in the park without missing elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, hyenas, jackals, ostriches, hippos, impalas and so many others all seen in just a day. Travelers to this park carry home hug memories of best photo shots of beautiful wildlife something you only find in Africa. Trips here are filled up with nature and natural beauty that no one should miss in life. The roam in Serengeti national park and a visit to other Tanzania wildlife spots like Ngorogoro, Tarangire, and Manyara confirms the saying that Africa is a cradle of life, fun and excitement. If you want to experience some of the most superb game-viewing in Africa, then this will truly be a tour to remember.

Masai Mara National Park

Do you want to see the great wildebeest migration along with wildlife and bird-viewing in Africa, Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya has it all. A safari to Masai Mara takes you to a place with abundant game without people and you explore it to your fullest. Enjoy the wide range of Kenya wildlife adventures for soul, group or honeymoon tours once you ready to experience paradise. It’s not a crime if you combine the Masai Mara trip with other Kenya national parks like Nakuru, Amboseli, and Tsavo among others. Game viewing is the main tourist’s activity that travelers love most and Masai Mara is excellent year round thanks to the huge population of wildlife including the big five. No need to worry about where to sleep because the park offers a wide range of accommodation both child friendly and romantic stays in all budgets. Never miss out a trip to Masai Mara in life if wildlife is your thing. As you plan your visits you can enjoy the Masai Mara big cats on star popular wildlife Tv Series.

Nyiragongo Volcanoes in Congo

Challenge your fitness by hiking the rare active volcano-Nyiragongo found in Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo. Locals call it Mount Nyiragongo remembered for displacing thousands in 20o2.The Mountain is open for tourists ready to climb to the summit and stare down into the world’s largest dazzling lave lake that is active up to present since its last eruption in 2002.Make sure you above 12 years of age since the hikes are tough while ascending to the summit. Pack rain and cold weather gears since temperatures at the summit go below freezing daily. You will arrive to the summit sweating from the steep slopes but cold takes over in just minutes so you may get affected if you don’t have good warm gears. Comfortable walking shoes are other essentials you shouldn’t miss since the entire hike may be affected.Nyiragongo volcano hikes start every day at 9:15am, descending down at 6:30 am or 7:00am next morning arriving at Kibati by 11:30 am a good time to return back to Rwanda. If you want to fly back on the day after the hike, make sure your flight is late in the evening.

Bwindi Forest National Park

For the visitor who has 2 or 3 days in Uganda can visit Bwindi forest National Park for fantastic gorilla trekking safaris and hiking trails experience. Those in love with ancient Uganda cultural trends explore the beautiful batwa trail and dig deep into Uganda ancient culture and life style. Bwindi forest spans the districts of Rukungiri, Kabale and Kisoro, sprawling over steep ridges and narrow valleys of the Kigezi Highlands. Gorilla trekking is the main activity in Bwindi National Park and the park is a habitant to about 400 mountain gorillas which accounts for almost half of the world population. 12 groups have been habituated with 11 available for gorilla trekking and 1 for research purposes and gorilla habituation programs. Access this park by road and the drive is about 8-9hours with several access routes since the park has four different sectors Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Rusahga. From one is from Kamapala-Kasese through ishasha-kihihi-Butogota Buhoma, another is Kampala –Mbarara through Rukungiri-kihihi-Butogota Buhoma and another is Kabale through Ruhija to Nkuringo good for those trekking gorillas twice among others.

Volcanoes National Park

The only mountain gorilla park that lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National park in Uganda. The Volcanoes National Park is remarkably the home of the mountain gorillas that are critically endangered world over and it shares 5 volcanic mountains that form the Virunga massif including the Karisimbi, Gahinga, Sabyinyo, Muhabura and Bisoke. This park is an evergreen bamboo forest with grassland areas, swamp, and heath in other areas.it famed to the world for Rwanda gorilla trekking tours and wildlife conservation but it’s also rich with many other exotic activities for one to take on like Golden monkey trekking, Birding, volcano hiking, nature walk, Dainy Fossey hike  among others. Rwanda is among the three countries in the world with mountain gorillas but Volcanoes national park has made the country shine to the world than never before despite the presence of other Rwanda National Parks: Nyungwe Forest and Akagera National Park.

Guide to Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s best-known and biggest nature reserve, and its impressive animal populations and superb activities are further augmented by its location, which straddles the Victoria Nile as it makes its way through multiple rapids and waterfalls (including the enormously impressive Murchison Falls) to Lake Albert. This is an exceptional place to see wildlife and a trip along the Nile in order to see the powerful Murchison Falls up close, a simply unforgettable Uganda Safari experience. The Lake Victoria outlet sends about 300 cubic meters per second of water to these falls and all this volumes squeezed through this gorge that is 7 meters wide.These waterfalls are found within the National park which was actually named after these wonderfull waterfalls. The park is located in the northern region of the Albertine Rift Valley.

The park is recognized as one of the best National parks in Uganda. When you are thinking of planning a safari to Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park is a must visit destination.  In 1926, the park was a game reserve established to shelter the savannah grassland which was pointed out by Winston Church chill in the year 1907, as the grand Kew Gardens together with the wildlife combined on an confined land.

There are over 72 Mammals, different Bird species that have been found. These include some of the following; Elephants can be found during the game drives and also as you take the boat launch up to the bottom of the falls. The African Buffalo is quite a large animal and moved about in groups and you will find them mainly on game drives or on boat launch. Lions, Giraffes, Antelopes like Uganda Kob, Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Defassa Waterbuck, Bohor Reedbuck, Oribi. There are also different monkeys like Vervet Monkeys, Baboon, Black and White Colobus, Patas Monkeys, warthogs, Side Striped Jackal, Leopards, Spotted Hyenas. The vegetation is characterised by savannah, riverine forest and woodland.

By road, the Nile river crossing at Paraa, in the centre of the park, is approximately 4 hrs drive from kampala. Paraa is 85km from Masindi town by the direct route. A longer alternative route passes through Budongo forest and enjoys spectacular views across Lake Albert from the rift valley escarpment above Butiaba. Murchison can also be reached by air. Charter flights can land at airstrips north of the Nile at Pakuba and south at Bugungu.

There are a number of attractions and activities that the Park provides to tourists as seen below;

The Nile and Murchison Falls

The main tourist attractions of this park is definitely the unique Murchison Falls as well as the River Nile with its streaming hippo and serried ranges of crocodile along the sandbanks, as well as large numbers of different species getting down to drink & bathe. It is from the falls that the park derived its name from. The most magnificent view of the water falls is on the top of where the sight and sound of the Nile roaring through a wide. The site which can be reached either by car and a 30 minutes climb or leaving the Paraa launch boat cruise.

An expedition to the scenic Murchison Falls involves the launch trip up the stream to observe the Falls and riverbank wildlife. The launch starts at 09.00 and 14.00 every day. The round trip takes 3 hrs. Another boat trip goes downstream from Paraa down to the papyrus delta at the point were the river enters into Lake Albert. This 4-5 hr return adventure provides a good chance of discovering the shoebill stork and different varieties of

The Nile below the Murchison Falls offers exciting challenges to anglers coupled with a chance to land a huge Nile Perch (the record is 108kg). Fishing is prohibited to designated sites & places are limited so advance booking is recommended. A number of boats could be hired for sportfishing by prior booking. Do carry your own fishing equipment.

Flora and fauna

The Murchison Falls National Park is dominated by rivers, woodland,savanna, wetlands and tropical forest habitats that provide homes for 76 different mammal species and 450 different bird species. Large mammals consist of leopard, elephant, lion, hippopotamus, Rothschild’s giraffe, hartebeest, oribi, warthog, Cape buffalo,and Uganda kobo. The Nile corridor offers permanent water for these animals and lots of waterbirds which include the rare shoebill stork as well as Uganda’s biggest population of Nile crocodile. Kaniyo Pabidi forest also provides sanctuaries for chimpanzee and different primates along with an amazing 360 species of bird.

Budongo forest reserve

The Budongo Forest Reserve is a large (825-sq-km) tract of virgin tropical forest on the southern fringes of Murchison Falls National Park. Its main attractions are chimpanzees and birds (366 species), but the huge mahogany trees are also worth a look. It’s a great add-on to your Murchison Falls National Park visit, with your park permit allowing you entry to Budongo too. There are so many activities that will make your tour a memorable one while in Murchison falls National Park. Among these include bird watching and game driving. The Boat trip around Lake Albert will give an opportunity to see all the different types of bird species more particular shoebills. Places such as Rabongo Forest and Budongo Forest are spots for Chimpanzee tracking. Due to the good roads, tourist will enjoy the game drive and this will give you a memorable experience.

Game Drives and Boat cruise

Game drives is so important for game viewing in this park. The main areas are the Delta where there are great chances of seeing the Lions in wait  for prey as they go to drink, the Buligi Peninsula and the southern sector famoulsy known as the heart of Murchison.

The park is also composed of woodland, wetland, savannah as well as the tropical forest that is well known to be a habitant for different bird species and mammals. Among the mammals, many can be spotted including the lions, hippopotamuses, Rothschild’s giraffe, warthog, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, Jackson’s-hartebeest and elephants. Game drives take place early in the morning and a tourist is able to see plenty of game. At Nyamsika Cliffs is where one can enjoy a picnic, the view and gaze at elephants and other wildlife on the green grassy hillsides and river below. Game drives are exquisite when accompanied by a tour guide. The best time for game drive is during the dry season.

The Launch trip begins at Paraa landing area at the point where river nile enters into Lake albert and takes you to the bottom of the falls. While on the cruise you will sight hippos, waterbucks, crocodiles, buffaloes and elephants. You will also see water birds such as cormorants, Fish eagles, ducks, Kingfishers, bee-eaters and the shoebill. The cruise is between 9am and 2pm daily however exceptional schedules can be arranged with the park management. Cruise takes you for 17Km from the bottom of the falls at Paraa for 3hours. Cruise from Paraa to River Delta is 28km and takes about 4-5hours. Fishing is available in the river above and below the fall. Do bring your own fishing equipment if you’re interested in finishing. Examples of fish available in the river to catch are Nile perch, tiger fish and more

Bird watching

Bird Species commonly seen between Paraa Rest Camp and Ferry crossing are; Spotted Mourning Thrush, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Silver Bird, Bluff-bellied Warbler, Blue-napped Mousebird, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaverBlack-headed Gonolek, Green-winged Ptyilia, and Black-headed Batis, this is the best site for the localised White-rumped Seed-eater. Nocturnal Species in the area include: Verreaux’s owls, Nightjars such as long tailed and Pennat-winged nightjar which usually is watched between the months of March – September. Also available is the amazing standard-winged nightjar watched from November to February. Other bird species include: African Skimmer, White African fish eagle, long-toed plover, Gray Crowned crane, Goliath Heron to mention but a few.

Nature walks

Through nature walks, you are able to explore the wild on foot while in Murchison Falls Conservation area. There is a trail at Paraa winds throughout low hills, gullies and forest around the river. Nature walks happen at top of the falls, KaniyoPabidi and Rabongo Forest. Rabongo Forest Ecotourism Centre is located in an island of tropical river forest in the south-east of the conservation area. Savannah grasslands surround the forest. With a tour guide, one can explore primates like the Red tailed monkeys, Black & white colored monkeys, Chimpanzees, birds, trees and medicinal plants. Kanio Pabidi is an area of natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve, where you can walk beneath mature Mahogany and ironwood trees. Apart from Chimpanzees in the forest, you can see many forest birds, including the Chocolate backed Kingfisher, the White-thighed Hornbill, and Puvell’s Illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa! Kaniyo Pabidi is on the Masindi – Paraa road, 8 kms from Kichumbanyobo gate.

Rabongo Forest Walk. This is mainly for birders and a forest walk with ranger can be arranged and it is on the other side of the Nile from Paraa lodge. You can also see various kinds of monkeys on this walk.

Fishing can be arranged with a boat or you can fish from the river bank, many 200 pound Nile Perch has been caught here. It is best to bring your own tackle. you can fish just below the falls either from the shore or by boat in one of the pools.

Accommodation facilities

Accommodation ranges from campsites, lodges, hotels and guesthouse. Some of these are built on top of the falls. They have better facilities that are eco-friendly. Budget accommodation is also available for the budget travelers and the most suitable places include Kaniyo Pabidi Camp and Red Chilli Rest Camp. Tourists that love up market accommodation include Nile safari camp, Paraa safari lodges as well as Sambiya river. In case you want to stop in Masindi, there is luxury accommodation such as Masindi Hotel along with Court view hotels that have excellent services.

Paara Safari Lodge is well known for its luxurious and comfortable accommodation. It has about 54 beautiful rooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as balconies and some number of suits that offer a perfect view of the Nile.

Sambiya Safari Lodge is positioned in the glorious Murchison Falls National Park. It has accommodation that will favor all tourist. The lodge is located within and it takes only 15 minutes to get to Murchison falls.

Nile Safari Lodge is suited on the southern banks of river Nile surrounded by the well-to-do papyrus forest Nile Safari Lodge is designed to with beautiful wooden chalets along with lavishness tents that are located in a perfect area to give an amazing view of the park along with the African wilderness.

Red Chilli Rest Camp is well known to be a financial plan camp, that is located within Murchison falls national park adjacent to the south bank of the River. The camp is mainly for budget travelers.

Other lodges include; GeoLodges Nile Safari Lodge, Sambiya River Lodge, Shoebill Camp Site, Yebo Safari Camp, UWA Campsite, Chobe Safari Lodge, Murchison Safari Lodge, Boomu Women´s Group Bandas, Budongo Ecolodge.

Exploring Uganda on a Family Vacation

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Planning to have some time off with your family? Uganda is the place to go. There are adventures for both the young and grown children. Here are some of the activities and places where families can visit while in Uganda;

Jinja Town

Jinja is known as the adventure hub of Uganda, but that doesn’t mean it does not have activities suitable for children. While the adults do the ziplines, bungee jumping and white water rafting, the kids can go along when you go for boat cruise, horseback riding, swimming or sightseeing at the Itanda Falls and Source of the River Nile. Ziplining at Griffins Falls Camp is also another exciting activity which teenagers will be allowed to participate so bring them along. Jinja is the loveliest of all towns and it is quite visited by most tourists taking adventure safaris in Uganda. Therefore on your bucketlist, this should be a must visit destination.

Mbale Town

Further East lies Mbale Town, an interesting town striding the Mount Elgon National Park. The National Park has numerous beautiful trails for those interested in hiking and nature walks. There are hikes of varying difficulty which allow the whole family to hike together. The activity is tiresome with a few slips and falls if you are not careful but not to worry! The family will always pick/push/carry each other up and that’s why it’s perfect destination for a family.

On the boundaries of the Mount Elgon National Park, there are farming communities who engage the visitors in farming tours. The most famous one, the coffee tours, follows the journey of coffee from the time of planting to the processing, packaging and at the end of the tour you will enjoy a cup of coffee from the fields you just visited. The tours allow the family to visit and do a little farm work. Depending on the season, you will either plant, pick coffee, weed the plantation, sort the coffee or help in packaging. The team work will bound to bring the family together.

Just two hours from Mbale, the Sipi Falls is also a perfect family destination. The trail to hike the three falls takes an entire day and offers some exquisite backdrops from family portraits. The family can camp and do bonfires. In addition, the falls also have abseiling but it is not for the kids or the faint of heart as it involves hanging from a cliff face.

Entebbe

Have kids below 10 years old? Or are you just in the mood to travel long distances? Then Entebbe is the perfect town to visit for you and the family. Just one hour drive from the capital, Kampala, Entebbe is home to the Uganda Wildlife Education Center or the Entebbe Zoo. You will see a number of animals in the zoo at close range in a safe environment. The kids will love it. There are also a number of beach resorts where you can swim, grab a bite or drink or just relax with the family. Entebbe is also on the shores of Lake Victoria and therefore you can get boat cruises or visit the nearby islands. Noticeable among those is the Chimpanzee Sanctuary on the island of Ngamba, which is a one day tour. So no need to worry as you will be back home or the hotel by the time the sun sets.

Ssese Islands

Ssese Islands in the middle of Lake Victoria is a hot destination not only for couples but also family. Most people go for a minimum three day tour to the islands as the ferry ride there is 3 hours and happens once a day to the main island of Bugaala. Those with fear for long ferry rides can drive to the Bukakata landing site, board a 15 minute ferry to the island and drive to the Eastern part of the island where most resorts are found. Once there, the group can participate in beach games, indoor games at some hotels, beach bonfires, quad bikes, golf, canoeing and nature walks winding from palm oil plantations to natural rain forests. There are also untampered islands just a boat ride away which you should visit.

Lake Bunyonyi

Up for a family road trip? Then you should head west to Lake Bunyonyi. An eight hour journey from the capital, one may think it’s a long journey for the children but with proper planning and sleep overs it’s the ultimate road trip. You will get to visit the Equator as you cross from the North Hemisphere to the South and probably grab a bite and lecture before going to Mbarara. The journey to Lake Bunyonyi is one of the most popular trails for travelers taking Uganda Safaris. Along the way, you may visit the Lake Mburo National Park where you can go for horseback and biking safaris, game drives, boat cruise and cultural excursions either at the park or at Igongo Cultural Center. Leave Mbarara for Lake Bunyonyi. Here, you will visit an adventure park for high ropes, zip lining across the lake, boat cruise, and cultural performances as well as camping. If however, the family are not huge fans for road trips, a chartered flight can be arranged to Kisoro and then have a two hour drive to Lake Bunyonyi.

In conclusion, Uganda has a number of idea destinations for family travel with more cropping up each year. To have the best trip, please contact a travel agent and explain your needs and budget. They will prepare the best family trip as they know all destinations and what is appropriate for the different group interests. It may also be cheaper as the package will be all inclusive as compare to when you book by yourself and are charged expensively. The whole point is you having a holiday and not having to worry about a thing.

Unforgettable Wildlife Safari Experiences in Uganda

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Uganda Wildlife

Uganda is a greatly gifted nation with both nature and wildlife, hence being one of the top countries in Africa best for safari experiences. Uganda receives a large number of tourists annually, who come with different aspects – some go to Uganda to trek the mountain gorillas, well as others go there specifically for viewing the big game as others go there for birding and others are very much interested in the impressive culture that Uganda has got. Many people keep on wondering as to why most people go visit this small and third world country – Uganda!! However the fact is that; Uganda attracts a large number of tourists due to its extraordinary features such as; its good climate, varied wildlife, welcoming and friendly people, fantastic cultures, and the endless adventurous places, all which even made it to get the name of ‘’Pearl of Africa’’ which was given to it by Sir Winston Churchill. Below are some of the unforgettable wildlife safari experiences in Uganda;

  1. Gorilla Trekking

Uganda is one of the only three refuges of the endangered mountain gorillas all over the world and these gentle giant apes attract a substantial number of individuals from all over the world to go trek these primates. The other two mountain gorilla refuges in the world are; Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Uganda is the only country with two national parks protecting the mountain gorillas – Bwindi Impenetrable forests national park and Mgahinga National Park, all found in southwestern Uganda.  Meeting these gentle apes is a life changing experience and the activity (gorilla trekking) involves hiking since the mountain gorillas live in mountainous forested areas. The activity is recommendable to only individuals above the age of 15 years and those who are mentally stable and physically fit because it is tiresome at most cases.

Though tiresome, gorilla trekking is very joyous and memorable and once you meet the gorillas, surely you will forget all the difficulties that you encountered during your primate safari. For you to trek the mountain gorillas in any of Uganda’s two Parks, you are required to have a gorilla permit which costs US$ 600 in Uganda and the activity of trekking the gorillas is done in groups of 8 individuals per each group trekking. Besides the interesting gorilla trekking activity, Bwindi also offers another fascinating activity about the gorillas – gorilla habituation, where you will come to know more about the mountain gorillas since during the habituation of gorillas you are given much time with them. Gorilla habituation is a process of making the wild gorillas to become used to humans and in this process, you will spend 4 hours with the gorillas instead of the one hour you are given to spend with the gorillas during gorilla trekking. A gorilla habituation permit costs US$ 1500.

2. Bird Watching

Talking of birding safaris in Africa, definitely Uganda should be the first destination to think about simply because this small-beautiful country comprises of various amazing birding sites including the mighty SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK – ‘the true birders haven’!! In Africa, Semuliki Park is the best destination for serious birders as the Park comprises of almost every African bird species that a birder could want to experience on his/her birding safari. Uganda, at large, comprises of over 1000 bird species in its best birding paradises which include; Semuliki National Park, Budongo forests (Murchison Falls National Park), Kibale Forests National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forests National Park, Mabamba bay wetland, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and others. The most suitable and appropriate time for bird watching are the morning hours and in the late evenings. Among the bird species to spot in Uganda include; the crested Uganda (Uganda’s national bird), shoebill storks, marabou storks, African green broadbill, green-breasted pitta, great blue turaco, standard-winged nightjar, Shelley’s crimsonwing, short-tailed warbler, and many others.

3. Lion Tracking

Lion tracking is such a very unique experiential tourism activity whereby a traveler gets a chance to view lions often closer than the usual game drives where you don’t get to learn and understand into detail about the lions. Tracking the lions in their natural habitants in Uganda can only take place in western Uganda’s national park – Queen Elizabeth National Park, of which the activity is most suitable in the morning and late afternoon hours and it is done twice in a particular day. The activity is really exceptional and magnificent and many travelers enjoy doing this, therefore if you are also interested to join the researchers in the field as they track the lions in their natural habitants you are highly emphasized to book in advance such that you don’t miss out this awesome activity which others call it breathtaking!! The Lion tracking permit costs US$ 150.

4. Rhino Tracking

Rhinos are among the so called popular ‘African big five’ – Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Buffaloes, and Leopards, and every wildlife lover in Africa would wish to see these popular animals. Unfortunately today the rhinos are on the verge of going extinct due to heavy poaching and in Uganda the animals can only be tracked from the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a 3 hours’ drive from Uganda’s capital city (Kampala). Tracking the rhinos in the sanctuary is quite affordable as you will only be required to pay US$ 50 which will help in conservation of the rhinos such that they can be re-introduced back in the national parks.

5. Cheetah Safaris

The cheetah is the fastest land animal on earth and it is among the three African big cats which include; African lions, African leopard and the African cheetah. Cheetahs are all over the African continent though rarely spotted in Uganda (the pearl of Africa) and the cheetah safaris in Uganda can only be conducted in the northern parts of the country – in the magnificent KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, True African Wilderness. Cheetahs are addicted to the open grasslands, savannas, even hills, and mountains all which Kidepo Valley National Park is composed of. The cheetah safaris in Kidepo can be accompanied with views of other big games such as; lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, and various bird species.

Top 10 Things to Do in Rwanda

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Rwanda is one of the smallest countries in Africa located in East Africa and borders Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda is rugged with various hills, the reason she is called a country of a thousand hills.

Rwanda covers a of 26,338 square kilometers, with a population of about 12 million people. The country’s population is divided between 3 different tribes; the Tutsi, who are the minority, the Hutu who are the majority and the Batwa who have a smallest population.

Rwanda is a landlocked, lying 75 miles south of the equator in the Tropic of Capricorn, 880 miles ’as the crow flies’ west of the Indian Ocean and 1,250 miles east of the Atlantic Ocean which makes her the heart of Africa.  The country is covered with water bodies which include 23 lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the River Nile.

The country is largely on a high altitude with the highest point being the peak of Mount Karisimbi which lies at 4519 meters above sea level and the lowest point is at Rusizi River at 950 meters above sea level.

According to All About Rwanda, this small country faced a gruesome genocide in 1994 that saw over 800000 people dead most of who were the minority Tutsi and a few sympathetic Hutu. This genocide was orchestrated by the Hutu who were then in the ruling government and was against the Tutsi who were then fighting the ruling government. The genocide that lasted 100 days was sparked when the plane that was carrying the then president Juvenal Habyarimana was brought down in Kigali and he died there together with the then Burundi’s president as they returned from Tanzania from peace talks.

Rwanda has various tourist attractions which include animals of the wild that protected from poachers and roam free in the vast national parks, the Mountains with great scenery, the genocide memorials, cultural museums, cultural and nature walks. Listed below are the ten tourist attractions you cannot miss while on Rwanda tour.

  1. Gorilla Tracking
    One of the most exciting experiences in the world is gorilla tracking and this is done in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. This involves trekking in the mountainous forest in search of the gorillas. Gorillas are the most exciting primates that share 98% DNA with humans making them the closest relatives to human beings. These animals live in groups headed by a dominant male called a silverback. Each family is visited by a maximum number of 8 people per day and there are 10 habituated gorilla families.
  2. Chimpanzee tracking
    Chimpanzees are the other exciting primates after the gorillas. The chimpanzees are also closer to human beings and research shows they share 99% DNA with human beings. The chimpanzees live in Forests and feed on leaves, fruits, insects and even fresh! In Rwanda, the chimpanzees live in Nyungwe Forest National park which is located in Southern Rwanda bordering Burundi. The forest Covers over 1000 square kilometers and is one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rain forests and Africa’s oldest ever green forest, Apart from the chimpanzees, Nyungwe Forest national park is a home to other 12 primate species including a 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, baboons, blue hoerst monkeys.. The forest is also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species, including 16 endemics, and is home to 75 different species of mammal.
  1. Colobus monkey tracking
    Like chimpanzee tracking, colobus monkey tracking is done in Nyungwe forest national park. Colobus monkeys are also one of the rare monkey species and most of the world’s remaining colobus monkeys can be found in the forest. This therefore makes colobus monkey tracking in Rwanda one of the most exciting adventures.
  1. Forest Canopy walk
    This is done in Nyungwe Forest National Park as well. Scenic as it is, the canopy was constructed on top of the forest and the walk on this platform offers a great opportunity to explore the entire Nyungwe forest from top. This offers an opportunity for close eye level contact with the birds, see the waterfalls in Nyungwe Forest. Nyungwe Forest canopy walk is one of the exciting forest canopy walks in Africa.
  1. Bird watching is one of the thought after tourist attractions in the world. Among the world’s birding spots is Rwanda. Rwanda has 728 bird species 29 of which are endemic to montane rain forest and Rift Valley of which Rwanda forms part. Birding is done in Nyungwe Forest National park, Volcanoes National park, Akagera forest National park, Congo Nile trail among others.
  1. Golden Monkey Tracking
    Golden monkeys are endangered monkey specie only found in the virunga mountain ranges with many monkeys living in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. The golden monkeys live in groups of 30 members and above and feed on leaves, stem and fruits and sometimes insects. These monkeys are so playful and interesting to watch. Golden monkey tracking in volcanoes national park in Rwanda therefore makes it an interesting tourist activity.
  1. Cultural walks
    Rwanda has a unique culture that is so entertaining. There is also many cultural heritages to visit which includes the national museum in Butare, Nyanza palace, the Belgium museum, the intore cultural dancers. There are Batwa in Rwanda who have a unique tradition and learning about their way of life is interesting.
  1. Historical and educational tours
    Rwanda is a country of history ranging. Rwanda’s genocide is one of the historic genocides in the world and may tourists will come to learn about history of mankind which includes conflict and conflict resolution. There are several genocide memorials set up across the country which include Gisozi memorial museum, Nyamata church, Ntarama church, Murambi genocide memorial among others. When you visit these sites, one will learn more about the effects of human conflicts. There is also Dian Fossey grave site in volcanoes national park and tourists always hike to her grave site to pay her respect and also learn more about her historic work of conserving the lives of the mountain gorillas which were under threat from poachers and she was assassinated as a result of her noble effort.
  1. Rwanda has three volcanic mountains that form part of the Virunga mountain ranges. These include Mt.Karisimbi, Mt.Bisoke, Mt.Muhabura. These mountains are all scenic in their nature and for hiking adventure lovers, these are a must hike. The crater lake on top of Mt.Bisoke is so fascinating and hiking Mt.Bisoke can be done in a day. Mt.Karisimbi can be hiked with in two days and the hike to Mt.Muhabura.
  1. Game drive and boat cruise
    Like most African countries are famous for, Rwanda has one of the most scenic savanna park. Akagera National Park located in the eastern part of Rwanda forms part of Rwanda’s flat land with great savanna. The park has various game that include Zebras, lion, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, impalas, bush bucks which are best seen during game drive. Other game includes hippos, crocodiles which are seen during a boat cruise on Lake Ihema which is within the park.

Go Gorilla Trekking: Uganda Vs Rwanda

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Gorilla Trekking Guide

A trek to view the critically endangered mountain gorillas in the wild is incomparably the rarest experience that comes once in a life time. Whereas gorilla trekking has become the world’s most sought after and repaying adventures to trekkers on safaris to Africa, there is ongoing debate about where to go to trek these charismatic wild creatures.

Most travelers have found it challenging to choose between gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda and hence questions such as which is the best destination to go for a gorilla trek Uganda or Rwanda? Which is more viable or cheaper – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Volcanoes National Park, which is easier to access? Is trekking gorilla in Uganda better than Rwanda? The Great apes are inhabited in only three countries; Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), however due to the insecurities in DR Congo, gorilla trekking has not been as vibrant as that in Uganda and Rwanda.

With not more than 900 individuals that are still thriving in the world, about 480 of the gorillas live in Uganda while the rest are shared between Rwanda and DR Congo. Visitors who have visited gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda have had varied views some of which are not realistic but all in all it is what they experienced. We would like to compare between gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda and ascertain which is one better than the other. There are numerous factors that we want to use to make comparisons between the two destinations as explained below;

Accessibility to Uganda and Rwanda

Most gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda are only conducted in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the Southwestern part of the country. For trekkers to access these destinations means they have spend nearly 9-10 hours drive from Kampala city while trekkers to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda can send about two and half hours driving from Kigali International Park which puts Rwanda at a higher comparative advantage. However, while traveling to Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, visitors have higher chances of getting pre-trekking experiences along the way. Visitors can make a stop at the Equator at Lake Mburo or Queen Elizabeth National Park. At Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area, visitors have opportunity to sight at the rare tree climbing Lions at Ishasha sector as well as the general scenic beauty of the area which isn’t a case with Rwanda.

Gorilla trekking permits

To trek mountain gorillas in any of the ten habituated groups, the cost of permits is $1500 per person and it applies to all categories of visitors whereas in Uganda gorilla permits are obtainable at $600 per person for foreign non residents, $500 for foreign residents and shs.250000 for East African residents and this is relatively cheaper compared to Rwanda. Besides, during the low season Uganda Wildlife Authority issues discounted permits at $450 for foreign non residents, $400 for foreign residents and shs.150000 for East African residents and this applies in the months of April, May and November. We realize that Rwanda’s main challenge leis in the cost of gorilla permits.

Gorilla trekking experience in Uganda and Rwanda

Uganda offers visitors two options to track the critically endangered mountain gorillas which means that trekkers will visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where over 400 gorillas live representing about half of the Great apes in the world. Therefore there are about 11 habituated gorilla groups that have been set for tourism purposes in Bwindi and as well, there is Gorilla Habituation Experience for trekkers to par take in Bwindi making it the most exceptional protected area in the world. The other option is Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which inhabits about 80 of individuals featuring one habituated family for visitors to realize their dreams. In total, Uganda has 12 gorilla groups set for tourism, meaning a large number of trekkers are not left out choice to realize their dreams. Besides, Uganda has four trailheads where trekking takes place especially in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and they include Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo sector. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is the only place where gorilla trekking is conducted and features ten habituated groups.

However, in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the gorilla families may be found in distant areas from the park headquarters and involves hiking through he thick vegetation and hilly sides which also comes with challenging adventures but for visitors who can not manage carrying their luggage, there porters to be hired to help relieve you from the heavy luggage. The thick vegetation in Bwindi some times makes it a challenging for trekkers to take pictures of these intelligent Apes in the wild. Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park live within the altitude 2500 meters and beyond offering visitors a higher opportunity to encounter these rare primates and also to take photographs.

The people around the parks

Regardless of the long distances to arrive at gorilla habitat, Uganda is incomparably a cultural melting pot featuring over 60 indigenous languages belonging to 5 varied linguistic groups, and an equally diverse cultural mosaic of music, art and handcraft. Visitors who are planning for their gorilla safaris to Uganda therefore have opportunity to encounter the unique Batwa pygmies as well as the Bakiga around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The Batwa culture is remarkable on its kind and it is undoubtedly Uganda’s main cultural attraction when you visit the Batwa community. After gorilla adventures in Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park, tourists can also participate in distinct activities such as the Batwa trail, traditional dances, music performances, community walks, forest walks. The sweetest moments of the Batwa trail is when you are caught up in the pitch dark cave, then sweet voices in harmony sizzle from nowhere before the torches are switched welcome you.  The theater stage has cast of children and women dressed on leaves strangulate their vocal chords in praise of the gods, the beautiful girls or past on ancestor. It is in deed authentic African experience not to be missed while on gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. Whereas in Rwanda, it may be hard for you to encounter such exceptional cultural experiences like it is a case in Uganda.

In conclusion, Uganda and Rwanda East Africa’s ultimate mountain gorilla destinations offering the most thrilling experience of a life time. You can visit both Uganda and Rwanda to find out the differences in this life time experiences. However, gorilla trekking in both countries is remarkable on their own as trekkers get varied satisfaction levels of encounters as well as value for their money. You can either travel from Uganda to Rwanda or Rwanda to Uganda.

Why You Should Hire A Private Car On Your Travel In Uganda

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For many years ago, Uganda has been ranked as a highly sought after travel destination in Africa due to its spectacular rolling hills, mysterious relief, verdant vegetation, diverse cultures and warm people. Though the country still holds a very dark history, characterized by the 19th century post-colonial civil wars which impacted negatively on this remarkable country for a period of time, but it was able to emerge dramatically and it is now a celebrated safe and most sought after safari destination in Africa.

Whatever your travel interests in Africa are, be it guided nature safaris, self-drive adventures, road trips or wildlife tours you will definitely come to understand that complete satisfaction is derived when you use a private vehicle to experience all on your own.

Benefits of using Private Car Services in Uganda.

It is highly considered an inconvenient to waste time in waiting, and this is the reason behind the emergency of private cars and diminishing preference for public transportation all over the world as this kind of transportation generally consumes a lot of time. In recent times, private cab services are a boom as they can take you anywhere you wish at reasonable prices and in a shortest period of time. Wherever you want to go, whether an airport transfer, a short city tour, a long holiday to the hidden national parks, etc., there is absolutely no better way than taking a private cab picking you up from your doorstep.

If you dream to have a memorable journey, trying hiring a luxurious sedan or chauffeured limo. The prime benefit lies in the fact that these private cabs, compared to public transportation, are very reliable, affordable and they help you reach your destination on time.

Another benefit of hiring a private car in Uganda is that you can travel in comfort and style without worrying or fighting for space and seats as it is the case ] in public transportation. If you plan to travel by public transportation, you are bound to follow the schedule of the bus or train, which is an inconvenience. However, if you make the same travel using a private car, you can change it anyway you need and make modifications according to your requirements.

You can also rent a private cab to explore your local city. Discovering a new place in relaxed, flexible and comfortable way is a magical experience. Unlike tourist buses, where you are given only limited time to a particular destination, whereas you can stay as long as you desire with a private rental.

Safety and security is a major factor, and this can only be assured when you travel with a private car. In private transportation, most travelers embark on a safari with people whom they are familiar with, like family members and friends.

Though public transportation is relatively cheaper than private hire, however the comfort, safety and freedom that one gets from the latter is unequaled.

With private hire, travelers can have opportunity to interact with their dear ones back home, stopping along the way to take memorable pictures as well as admiring unfamiliar landscape.

Though there many car hire agencies that provide the same services, one has always to be careful when they are making their last decision about the car rental agency to deal with. Remember to the check registration status of the company and their credibility by reading their online reviews, etc.

Choose a car rental company that has stood a test of time, experienced and reputable enough to offer undoubted car rental services in Uganda and all over Africa.

Uganda Self Drive Safari: Why Book Your Car Early?

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Are you interested in self drive safari in Uganda? Self dive trips are by far the most sought after experience by travelers. Booking for a car of your choice is the most important thing that any traveler must do if you are to get the perfect safari experiences in Uganda. We appreciate the availability of internet, booking flights or contacting a tour company is no longer a debatable issue, it only takes you less time to reach to us for any help related to car hire/rental and self drive safaris in Uganda. Why is it important for you to book for your car in advance in Uganda?

Below are reasons;

You will have adequate time to plan for the journey

Booking a tour in advance offers traveler a lot of time to finish all their planning process. Adequate planning of your safari is very vital. It gives tourists ample time to do their shopping for clothes and travel accessories that may be of value for the safari. Make sure that you have your checklist by your side so that you do not leave out anything valuable. You can as well visit in any of Uganda’s local library or book store and spend some money in guidebooks. You can sit down with your family members and start selecting the activities that can excite you while in a safari in Uganda. Booking a car in advance also offers travelers adequate time to organize essentials like getting passports renewed and other vital vaccinations for the safari.

Wide range of choice

There are very many car rental companies in Uganda and by booking for your car in advance the best way for you to weigh different offers from various companies so that you up with the best choice. Equally, the perfect low budget lodges in Uganda usually get booked up during the peak season. Booking in advance means visitors have a lot of time to choose best pocket friendly safari accommodation to spend a night. The most magnificent places in Uganda include Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. These destinations are highly booked during the peak season. You can book for your safari holiday in advance at least few months before traveling.

There are various drivers who are ready at the airport to offer you transport services but the unfortunate bit of it is that, the prices are just crazy with other hidden and inflated costs on your safari for instance parking fees, over time among others. These additional costs in most cases are not too much but will make you inconvenienced and definitely sad especially when your safari becomes expensive more than what you expected. You can only run away from this kind scenarios by simply booking a self drive car in advance or even book it with one driver and have the most fascinating travel experience with us.

It also breaks the assumption that drivers usually have that when you get out of the airport the next thing is to connect to the major city immediately. Since there is no public transport in the airport, at the same time you don’t have any one whom you are waiting for with car, the only alternative is for you to book for your self drive car in advance and it will right there as soon as you step at the airport.

In case you are planning to travel to Uganda it is advisable that you book your car at least 6 months in advance such that when you arrive at the airport, you are in position to find a driver waiting for you. Booking a car rental in Uganda is simpler now with online services and once you arrive at the airport, you get someone holding a paper with your name highlighted, after you will be taken where your booked car is to sign the agreement and you will set off with your car. By so doing you would have saved both money and time.

In conclusion we encourage you to book for your car in advance so that we confirm your booking before you arrive to Entebbe International Airport. This will also assist you on how you can connect from the airport to Kampala and other destinations that might be of interest to you.

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