Things to Look at When Hiring a Car in Uganda
Car hire Uganda is becoming popular in the country as many travellers touring and visiting various places are resorting to it as the best transport means. If you are planning to travel to Uganda, transport shouldn’t be on your worry list.
Many travel agencies are available to help you out on your pending transport issue. They are scattered in different parts of Uganda most especially in Kampala, to extend quick and safe transport to whoever is in need.
The car rental companies have many vehicles in stock for road trips, guided tours, personal business, wedding transportation, vacations, documentary and filming safaris, family trips, city rounds and many others. They even offer self drive travel and at times provide a driver in case you request one. The prices are friendly and negotiable depending on the period of your tour. Car hire agencies deal mostly in 4×4 cars Uganda such as super custom, safari vans basically for family vacations, safari land cruiser Prado like TX, GX and VX, RAV 4, safari land cruiser extended and saloon cars like Toyota Premio for city rounds. Follow the guidelines for hiring a car in Uganda to avoid trouble.
Quantity doesn’t mean quality so it’s better to look out for an authentic car hire agency. There are indeed many car rental agencies but a few provide quality and authentic car hire services. I would advise you to look out for reviews on the website and if clients say positive things about the company then you’re good to go but if the negativity outmatches the positive things please think twice. Book with the right car hire Uganda to avoid upsets on your journey.
A copy of a valid driver’s permit
Any person to drive a car in any given country must have a driver’s license or permit. This indicates that you are authorized by the government to drive on its streets without restrictions. Presenting a copy will act as evidence that the car is in good hands and will be brought back in proper mechanical conditions. Any driving document from foreigners is accepted with a validity of more than three months is accepted.
18 years and above is the legal age approved by the government for one to drive. Car hire agencies do not offer their cars to minors rather they give them out if they are to be assisted by professional drivers with a valid driving permit. Some Car rental companies also don’t offer their vehicles to elderly people of 80 years and above for self-drive but others do so depending on their terms and conditions.
Present travel details
The travel plan includes many things that are looked upon by car rental companies before handing over their vehicles to the client for a trip. The details should include the flight arrival, departure and safari itinerary to enable the company to reserve and provide the requested car on time. This travel itinerary enables the agency to choose the best car which can accommodate the number of travellers. The information can be used to track or find the client in case of any problem.
A few criteria are considered and this should not scare you off from hiring a car in Uganda. We provide the best cars perfect for safaris at a friendly and affordable price. Book and we drop it at the place of your request.Read More
Guided Safaris Vs Self Drive Tours in Uganda
Uganda is popular not only for its most stunning mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park but also for its countless wildlife species that range from the rare bird species (10% of world birds all are confined in Uganda), the big game (African lion, African elephants, buffaloes, leopards and the white Rhinos). Besides, there are several cultural encounters, stunning scenic views, the mighty Nile, the Ssese Islands and the historical Kampala city that all reward visitors with the most fascinating experiences of life time. Whereas Uganda has become the leading safari destination in Africa, most visitors flocking across the world still ca not choose between self drive trips and guided trips.
Below are differences between self drive safaris and guided safaris. We hope this can help while you are choosing the best safari holidays in Uganda’s remotest destination. Visitors also know that taking a self drive tour does not mean that you are absolutely on your own.
A self drive safari is pocket friendly because tourists do not pay the daily costs for guides or even lodge and food. Your option of the car ca also make a distinction in the whole cost of a self drive safari. For guided safaris, they are more expensive since tourist will be required to pay for guiding services however the total cost per visitor all depends on the number of people.
While on a self drive safari, tourists do not have the freedom to ask a guide to explain other things, wildlife or bird species that come by their way and this leaves out several questions not answered. Whereas guided safaris, tourists feel free to ask questions at any time and this helps to widen visitors understanding about the attraction.
A self drive safari in most cases is done by tourist himself or herself. This is interesting but bear in mind that while driving you have to keep track of any interesting things along the road at the same time and at the end of the day you enjoy half way of the most stunning sceneries of this beautiful country and not forgetting that you can get tired compared to other travelers. Whereas guided safaris visitors have a freedom to chill and enjoy the beautiful sceneries as you will be driven by a tour guide driver.
Although most tourists think that self drive safaris do not have a guide, most tourist activities may need a guide. Whereas guided safaris even if tourists engage in guided activities planned by the lodge and with local tour guide, our guide is also readily available to provide more explanations that in turn enhance your travel experiences in the destination.
On self drive safari, tourists are in a given destination are responsible for themselves while on game viewing. This also denotes that the tourist can be depending on his or her skill and luck which in turn end with either not viewing several wildlife species or an animal but with out understanding what it is or its behavior. In most cases, visitors carry many travel/guide books but this equally adds on the load for tourists. Whereas guided safaris, it is advantageous especially when it comes to game viewing since there are trained guides to take visitors through various wildlife trails while explaining each and every wildlife species that visitors can spot. This also increases the chances of tourists to sight at many species than driving on your own through the national park. We have well trained guides who understand how to find specific wildlife species, what to search for and they are in position to recognize and follow trails, differentiate sounds among others.
Most tourists associate self drive safaris with privacy, however even guided safaris it is possible to plan a lone time for tourists. Whereas it is misunderstanding that guided safaris offer no privacy to visitors, our guide equally requires this. The best we always do is make it balanced, the guide is ever available at a point when he is needed but he will at regular times allow you to have your wonderful evening during your dinner at restaurant.
Locating your way while on self drive safari is not a problem because with tailor made trips, tourists don’t only get detailed itinerary but also satellite navigation system which comes at a cost depending on how long the trip can be. For self drive safaris, tourist enjoy more flexible trips as it allows them to make stop over at any point of their choice and take as many photos of the beautiful sceneries along the way.
In conclusion, whereas there are usual differences between guided safaris and self drive safaris in Uganda, tourists normally expect an enjoyable, well planned safaris which together fit their requirements and budget. Most importantly, both categories include the same destinations and they all include tailor made safaris for visitors.Read More