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Gorilla Trekking Vs Gorilla Habituation

Gorilla Trekking Vs Gorilla Habituation

  • Posted: Jul 17, 2017
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Choosing between gorilla trekking/tracking and gorilla habituation experience has become one of the confusing things for world travelers as they have failed to differentiate between the two. Mountain gorillas are the largest Apes in the world and the most remarkable species that you shouldn’t miss to see in life. There are nearly 900 mountain gorillas that are believed to be still living in the world and yet they are also the world’s critically endangered species. In the world, they are only found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The fact is that gorilla tracking has proven to be one of the leading adventures that reward its visitors with life changing experiences across African continent. With introduction of a new tremendous adventure in gorilla experience especially in Uganda, there is need for travelers to understand the differences between the two experiences so that visitors are able to make perfect choices based on their budget and equally allows them to achieve their long time dreams in the pearl of Africa.

Below is comparison between gorilla tracking and gorilla habituation experience.

The cost of gorilla permits:

A gorilla is a must to have on gorilla trek in Africa and comparably Uganda offers relatively affordable gorilla permits for gorilla tracking. A safari to the misty valleys of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park comes with a gorilla permits at $600 for foreign nonresidents, $500 for foreign residents and shs.250000 for East African residents specifically for visitors traveling during the peak season whereas those who intend to track gorillas during the low season the permits cost $450, $400 and shs.150000 for foreign nonresidents, foreign residents and East African residents respectively. Despite the fact that Gorilla Habituation Experience is only done in Uganda and only in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the whole world, this experience comes at a cost of $1500 per tourists for foreign nonresidents, $1000 for foreign residents and shs.750000 for East African residents.

 

The magical hour:

During gorilla trekking, tourists are given only one magical hour to have a face to face interaction with mountain gorillas. For many, habituation experience is preferably the best given the fact it comes with a sum of 4 hours of magical face to face interaction with these tremendous species in the world and yet it also offers visitors a whole day trek habituating gorillas. Both hours equally offer magical experiences but habituation experience rewards with absolute wild experience as it gives more time for visitors to take photos of mountain gorillas, explore in depth the reality about daily behavior of these Apes in their natural habitat. It is also important to note that for gorilla tracking experiences, visitors are assigned to already habituated gorilla families and in Uganda there are 12 habituated gorilla families set for this unlike gorilla habituation experience which takes place in gorilla groups that are still undergoing habituation process and they are only 2 groups (Bushaho and Bikingi gorilla groups) that are set for habituation experience.

Maximum number of participants:

Usually, gorilla tracking accommodates only eight visitors per gorilla group unlike gorilla habituation experience where only four visitors are allowed which means more ultimate experiences for the visitors and they will be able to discover the daily life styles of the mountain gorillas in the wild with researchers and trackers. Visitors who choose gorilla habituation experiences enjoy fewer crowds as the gorilla groups receive fewer visitors, porters, guides, support staff which allows visitors to be focused on what brought to the wild. It is extremely the rarest experience that you must par take in life!

Location:

Gorilla habituation experience occurs only in the Rushaga (southern) sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. For gorilla tracking, it is done from Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as well as in any country where mountain gorillas are protected which isn’t a case with gorilla habituation experience. In Rwanda, gorilla trekking is done from only one place and yet in Uganda, visitors explore various locations of the park which total up to 5, with four inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the other is in located in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. For the case of Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors, visitors can access them even form Kigali Rwanda where they will spend nearly 3 hours to drive to southern sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

In conclusion, gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience are strenuous adventures that only those visitors who are physically fit can par take. Visitors who intend to participate in any of these adventures must be well prepared to hike through the steep slopes and dense jungles of Africa for authentic African experiences. Remember only those above 15 years are allowed to track gorillas!

Car Hire Uganda : Frequently Asked Questions

Car Hire Uganda : Frequently Asked Questions

  • Posted: Jul 08, 2017
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Here are some of the questions many car hirers especially on a self-drive asks, self-drive is one of the best option and many companies in Uganda, ugandaselfdrive.com/4x4ugandacarhire.com inclusive. Hiring cars on a self-drive gives traveler a chance to explore on their own, it gives freedom as you are free to navigate any area of interest at your own pace. Here are some of the frequently asked question by car hirer and answers.

When to book a car hire? It’s advisable to book a rental car in time prior to your arrival dates to avoid disappointments as result of last minute booking. If you book in time, you are guaranteed of a purchasing power in that you can contact different rental car companies and select one which has friendly prices that can meet your budget. This cannot be possible if you wait to book on arrival. You can pay before your arrival to avoid risks of carrying huge sums of money. Also you can pre-book and pay on arrival after agreeing with a car hire agency. We do accept arrival payment.

What is the age limit for one to be allowed to drive in Uganda?   The age limit in Uganda is 18 years of age which is known as the standard age. However if someone is between the age of 17 years and he/she possess a valid driving permit can be allowed to drive.

Is it OK to return the car before the actual agreed upon dates? This is acceptable, however, no refund for unused days. However, if you exceed the agreed upon days, you are supposed to pay each day you have stayed with the vehicle and you have to communicate earlier to the car hire agency

Fuel consumption required and the type of fuel? For the amount of fuel required, it’s better to ask the car hire agency before you start your road trip and most of the hired cars are both petrol and diesel, so choose the car with the fuel type that will suit your interest and budget. The car hire agency will do their best to give you the car with the fuel type requested. Most of the time cars are hired without fuel and no refund in case you return it with fuel, so when fueling it you need to be calculative about the distance you are going to cover.

Do I need to come with a driving permit? Driving permits are very vital for anyone who hiring a car. Driving permit is a proof that you hold a driver’s license in your country, so endeavor to come with it, no one will hire you a car if you don’t present it to the car hire company.

How do I know that a car is going to be booked for me? After the payment has been made, you will be sent a scanned copy of receipt of payment as a proof that your payment has been received. And if you pay on arrival a receipt will be written to you indicating the type of vehicle, number of days to use the car and the amount paid.

Is travel insurance needed? Travel insurance is highly needed and your travel agent is the best person to give you advise on the right insurance policy for your holiday vacation.

Which insurance is the car hire agency provide? In Uganda most of the car hire companies offers comprehensive insurance this covers Fire, accident and theft. However, this insurance does not cover the occupants and their belongings so you must come with your own personal life insurance. And the insurance covers only one person the driver.

Visit Kasubi Royal Tombs

Visit Kasubi Royal Tombs

  • Posted: Jun 10, 2017
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Located about 5 kilometers northwest of the city center (Kampala) -Uganda, Kasubi Tombs is a historical site where the last four (4) Kabakas of Buganda where buried. Not only has it been a burial ground for the Kabaka’s of Uganda, but also a place where the other members belonging to Buganda royal family have been buried. Up to present, the site has remained a very important spiritual and political site for the Ganda people. This site has also become an important example for latest architecture. It was also crowned as a UNESCO world Heritage Site.

Fire burnt this historical building at Kasubi Tombs in March 2010. Ever since these tombs where burnt, they have been under reconstruction. Up to date, the cause of this fire is still under investigation. The other part of the land has been under agriculture and is farmed under using traditional techniques. In total, this piece of land lies on 26 hectares of land.

This site was first constructed in 1882 by Kabaka Muteesa 1 who was the 35th Kabaka of Buganda. This building by then was to replace the building by his father Ssunna 11 in 1820. After he had constructed  in 1882, it became his royal burial ground in the year 1884.Of all the 31 royal tombs across Buganda Kingdom ever since the kingdom was founded during the 13th century, Kasubi tombs stands as the biggest royal tomb. The Kabaka’s who have been buried in this site are; King Muteesa who lived from 1835 to 1884, King Mwanga from 1867 to 1903. You should note that Mwanga died in exile on the Seychelles Islands though his remains were brought back in 1910. Daudi Chwa 11 lived from 1896 to 1939 and the last king to be buried here was Sir Edward Muteesa 11 (1924-1969) though he died in London. His remains were returned in 1971.

Initially, the royal tombs were constructed of wooden poles and wattle which was topped by a thick thatched dome. However, modern building materials were introduced in the last major renovation in 1938 by Kabaka Mutesa 11 of Buganda. The modern structures included; concrete columns and bricks and largely concealed behind traditional materials. Within the tombs, the courtyard is also bordered by several building of traditional construction. They include several wives houses for deceased Kabaka’s widows. These houses have traditionally been constructed of wattle and daub with straw thatched roofs although overtime, some were rebuilt with bricks and metal roofs. Officials belonging the royal family have been buried here. Some of these officials include the Nalinya. She is referred to as the spiritual guardian. The deputy was  called Luganga and he was responsible for coordinating the farming on the site and her administrative assistant called the Katikkiro.

The kingdom of Buganda has been one of the ancient kingdoms in Uganda. Up to present, it is the largest Kingdom in Uganda. Unfortunately, during the year 1966, President Milton Obote abolished the idea of kingship in Uganda which included Buganda Kingdom. When the National movement came into power, it reinstated back kingdoms including Buganda kingdom. It then became a protected site under the Uganda law. This land was registered in the name of   Kabaka on behalf of the Buganda kingdom.

The site has been reconstructed with modern structures under the new katikiro called Peter Charles Mayiga who is working under the current kingship of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi. The Katikiro has been vigorous in soliciting for funds to reconstruct these tombs. Not only has he built these tombs but also many other places within the kingdom including the Masengere building. He has also initiated the building of a five star hotel on Kabaka’s lake in Mengo.  If you’re interested in visiting this historical site, just click here and book you visit to the place or a car to take your self their.

Review: Best Cars for Self Drive Holiday in Uganda

Review: Best Cars for Self Drive Holiday in Uganda

  • Posted: Apr 15, 2017
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There are many car options for travelers planning to enjoy a self drive hoiday in Uganda. Wahabu Kazibwe of Uganda Self Drive one of the car rental agencies offering very affordable and reliable as well as trusted cheap car hire services in East Africa reviews the best options that you should look upon!  In Uganda, a wide range of comfortable cars for hire are provided by car hire agencies ranging from 4X4 station wagons, Saloon cars to Mini-buses and Coaster Vans. We do provide rental services such as airport pickups, organizing chauffer driven and self drive safaris in Uganda and can adjust your car rental needs based on your travel plans and budget. You are advised to feel free to contact us and rent a car of your choice.

Please feel free to rent a car of your choice either on line or by directly visiting our offices. All our rates are fully inclusive of insurance, local taxes on unlimited mileage basis. Our company considers value for money and also covers great rates and outstanding customer service. The services we provide are great for frequent business and vacation travelers for them to rent very smart cars in Uganda. Usually the rate you do reserve for your car is the rate you will pay with our reserved rate promise.

When you have rented the vehicle and you are doing the driving yourself, it can be an economical and rewarding way to travel within the country. Uganda is suitable for extensive driving in a 4 X 4 safari car. In major national parks such as Murchison falls and Bwindi Impenetrable they can be only visited using four wheel drive cars.  For the best benefit to self-driving is for you to have more interaction with the local people and get the opportunity to view the different landscapes in more detail and at your own pace.

While you are in Uganda, always Keep left because the rules for driving are that drive on the left-hand side of the road. Therefore our rental cars are therefore right-hand drive vehicles, with the gear shift being operated with the left hand. All distances, speed limits (and speedometers) are marked in kilometers. We have got numerous car and van rental options available, so if you are looking for a safari minivan hire, luxury car hire, 4×4 hire or coaster hire in Uganda talk to us to help you choose the best car option for your holiday. However, the sedans car in Uganda a have manual transmission gearboxes. In case you are looking for the most economical vehicle then we would recommend a sedan car which is like a Toyota Corolla. You should note that it might be a hatchback and would not have too much room for large suitcases. It is usually suited for a maximum of 2 persons with smaller bags.

If your group is a larger family, then we recommend a Group I like a Toyota Land cruiser with more seats. The Toyota safari Land cruiser usually has a pop up roof and is very convenient. In case you want to do some game viewing by car in some of the National parks, you will prefer a higher clearance vehicle for the safari part. There are also 8 seater minivans in both manual and automatic transmission being offered by us and they are very perfect for larger parties of friends or families. While visiting Uganda for a long self-drive during the rainy season, a time when roads can quickly deteriorate, a 4WD provides you with better traction, stability and ground clearance. During this time, the road surfaces can become extremely slippery in areas, and even the tarred roads can be prone to flooding.

The cars that do make up the car hire fleet across Uganda are kept in excellent condition, making you feel as though you are driving a new car every time. So if you need one for your self, just click here and make a reservation of your choice.

Things To Consider Prior To Hiring a Rental Car In Uganda

Things To Consider Prior To Hiring a Rental Car In Uganda

  • Posted: Feb 17, 2017
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Rental cars fill some needs, yet frequently picking one that fits the majority of your prerequisites can turn into a befuddling experience. Uganda-Self-Drive in Uganda offers some solid counsel on what to search for when considering hiring a vehicle.

When hiring a car, it’s important to first consider if paying for insurance is worth the price tag, and in most cases, it is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small scratch from serious collision, insurance is often worth the peace of mind of knowing that your rental car is looked after via insurance no matter what the problem.

However, it’s important to be vigilant in reading the contract you sign when acquiring the rental car car, as you may have already paid for standard insurance in the contract and sometimes added insurance is unnecessary and a hidden cost.

It always pays to have a preference of vehicle when selecting a rental car. Whether it be a hatchback, SUV or van – each car serves a unique purpose for a variety of needs that you as a customer may require. Most rental car companies will have the option of diesel and petrol vehicles from which you can choose. Diesel may provide more mileage and torque in your engine, but can occasionally be a little louder. Petrol may cost more at the pump, but in the rainy season petrol engines can warm up a little quicker. The petrol versus diesel debate is a lengthy one, so it really does come down to personal preference.

If you plan on hiring a rental car in Kampala for long distance driving, as is often the case in Uganda, it might be worth hiring a rental car that comes with unlimited kilometres. Remember that you will most likely be returning the car with the same fuel tank of gas as it was given to you, so although you may have unlimited kilometres this doesn’t mean that your travelling distance is without cost.

If you are travelling long distance, or even a short distance for that matter, you should consider a breakdown/roadside assistance that is often provided by car rental companies. The good news is this cost is often included in the original price of hiring the rental car, and if your rental car company doesn’t provide roadside assistance as complementary, then the fee for this is generally small and well worth the extra few dollars.

As mentioned earlier, it is very important to read through the small print on the contract provided to you by the rental car company for several reasons. You need to know specifics of the car rental agreement, such as minimum hire periods and hidden costs that you may incur. Such hidden costs could be late fees, relocation fees, and a drop off charge.

You may only need the car for an hour or two, but most rental car companies will charge a minimum of 24-hour rental. If you are early to drop the vehicle off, this too could incur a fee; regardless of if you feel you are doing the rental car company a favour.

Hiring a rental car need not be a chore; in fact hiring a car can be a lot of fun. Just be sure to have a checklist of preferences and must haves to ensure you select the perfect car for whatever you have planned, and make sure you read the contract!

Benefits of getting Safari Car Rental for Ugandan trip.

Benefits of getting Safari Car Rental for Ugandan trip.

  • Posted: Nov 25, 2016
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Within the pearl of Africa, Uganda, there are many places where one can spend exotic vacation. Usually, to many clients, when we talk about Uganda the heart get full of excitement. The country offers adventurous safari. Tourist usually  find different aspects of nature like semi-desert, lakes and river, forest, wildlife and bird life, and many other attractive faces of nature. These natural beauties make Uganda a perfect destination for tourist living across the world. In case you are planning your vacation in Uganda then you should pack your bags after booking the car by our company. You will make your trip full of fun and adventure

When on a self drive, you should enjoy a real beauty of Uganda. After you have hired a safari vehicles from our company, you will enjoy the real beauty of Uganda. When renting a 4×4 on rent you can drive at the different corners of Uganda at your own desire. We do   provide you by 4×4 for time you are paying. Often, you will drive yourself and move to interesting place with your family, friend and the whole crew members at your own desire. This one most advantage of self driving. You will be your own guide during your whole self drive road trip in Uganda. This will add new experience to your life where you can do many things without caring about anything.

The self drive car rental system will make you discover new places. During this time, you will drive 4×4 for yourself and you will be able to discover the virgin beauty of Uganda. The tourists in Uganda do visit limited places. This is more often when you use guides or drivers. By hiring a car however, will make you become comfortably and you will move to new parts of the country. Self driving will make you discover many uncovered things including   viewing the wild Africa from a very close view. You will enjoy the warmth of Ugandan, a country which has friendliest people with peace and without any hurry.

The self drive car gives you safety. Usually, all the safety offered by us in controlled by GPRS system. Therefore, if you are going in wrong direction, most especially a place where you may face any kind of trouble your 4×4, then you will be required to indicate that in advance. When you do that, you will never find any hassle in finding the right ways and hence, you can devote your costly time in getting maximum fun during your trip.

When you want to ensure your comfort during your safari after you have used our company, we shall ensure that you will feel comfortable during your whole trip in Uganda. Our cars are packed with all the necessary items like water, food, camps, and many other things, which you require while camping in deserts and other remote areas.  We do provide assistance 24/7 wherever needed and wherever you are.

When you are on a self drive, you will discover Uganda. You will explore all the hidden gems of Uganda. Please feel free to Contact us through info@4x4ugandacarhir.com or call our hotline +256751552950 for bookings and inquiries. Please note that the most self drive options are for small groups and independent travelers. These may include visiting national parks which are considered as popular tourism destination. Our company provided self drive packages which allow you to visit any destination of your choice in Uganda. This is campaigned with complete freedom which o offers you useful driving documents and gadgets to help you along your road trip.

How effective it is to hire a Rav4 for your safari or tour

How effective it is to hire a Rav4 for your safari or tour

  • Posted: Nov 24, 2016
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As a client, you are advised that to have a very a successful Rav 4 car drive within Uganda, you ought to book and rent the car in advance. This is considered as the best thing to do first before you book or rent a car. You should also note that, some of the highest seasons in Uganda are Christmas and Easter seasons. Thus, booking the car in advance for a self drive, it will allow you choose the right best Rav 4   car for yourself drive. Before booking this car, you should ensure that the places you want to go are well known, the number of days you are going to spend using the car, and the number of people you are travelling with. In case you are in the proximity of the city, you may not need a 4X4 wheel, but if you are travelling up country, you will need 4X4 wheel drive car due to the conditions of the car

When you choose to visit the country, the type of travel will not just be wasting money. Sometimes you may think that travelling is   for fun or a passion. As a group, you many seek to travel in order enjoy to adventure. The travel may also be intended in   discovering what other countries have and what happens in various destinations, cultural trails, and other souls. In most times, the travelers will wish to have an easy and budget trip. This is something which cannot be spent only for fun. When you hire a self drive trip in Uganda, you will enjoy the safari and tour at your pace and privacy with your rented Rav 4 car.

Our company provides all Season Car. In Uganda climatic seasons change. Some seasons are very wet while others are really dry. Though the Toyota Rav4 is an all season car, it can stand to the wet season slipper roads. This is because it is a full time 4WD and it can still be done well on dry dust roads. When using this type of car, you should not get worried may be about the weather; you have got a real travel company with you to wherever you are going.

When traveling, you should consider traveling at Low Prices. Always have your day trips at very cheap price with a rented Rav4. Our car rental fees are low and friendly to all travelers. Not only are they free but also serves million dollar worthy comfort, effectiveness, safety and time. You are therefore advised not to spend the fortune on big safari cars yet this sedan can cost a peanut.

The advantage of using the Rav 4 is that it is easy to manage. It is smaller car, which is raised a little higher from the ground base, very light and a comfortable steering wheel. All these features make the Rav4 very easy to manage and drive, for those travelling with their young family members and wish to drive, hiring a Rav4, you will have done the best adventure for your teenage daughter or son driving in a foreign country and you are still feeling safe and comfortable. The car is a good fuel economy as compared to many of the other 4×4 cars. It consumes a lot of fuel, but with a Rav4, you got a friendly fuel tank with you. The Rav 4 car consumes less fuel and this makes your trip budget interesting as you do spend less on fuel costs.  You should save enough on fuel cost, when you drive 10km for every one liter of petrol. Always drive in style. Do not be taken up by the term cheap car or budget car, the Rav4 is one of the most stylish cars on the road. Its physical appearance is very captivating with beautiful from sport lights. Come to the interior, the car has comfortable seats that are adjustable; you can adjust your seat and have small snooze on your trip. This car has enough luggage space to maximum of 4 big suitcases. The air conditioning is superb, no need to suffer with the dust. You will also enjoy other amenities like the flash player, CD player, bottle holders and air bags Hire a Rav4 today with Uganda Car Rental Services at info@ugandaselfdrive.com or call our hotline +256751552950 for bookings and inquiries.

Gorilla trekking In Uganda; Cancellation Guidelines

Gorilla trekking In Uganda; Cancellation Guidelines

  • Posted: Oct 24, 2016
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The activity of Gorilla trekking in Uganda is carried out in the National parks of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park. This activity involves walking in the wilderness in search of these great apes. It is has been considered as a challenging activity and a maximum of 8 people are allowed to track the gorillas. The Mountain Gorilla booking permits are guaranteed by Uganda Wildlife Authority.
How to Secure a Gorilla permit at the booking Office
In Uganda, all the Mountain Gorilla permit bookings are done at Uganda Wildlife Authority. The permits bought elsewhere have to be confirmed by the issuing authority which is Uganda Wildlife Authority. These headquarters are located in Uganda’s capital city- Kampala.
Advance booking allocations
Booking in advance is allowed for a period of two years. A minimum of 30 percent is required as fast installment and the remaining balance should be paid within a period of 91 days before the tracking date.
Short time booking within a period of three months in advance
In case you are tracking on your own, you will be required to buy your permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority not more than 2 months and there is no guarantee on which dates of tracking.
Tracking Permit Limits
Tracking permits are not sold on the day you are going to track therefore; the booking will be opened for sale on the following day with no limits.
Permit refunds and cancellation Guidelines
The Authorizing body Uganda Wildlife Authority shall refund fifty (50) percent tracking fee. This may be a s a result of visitors failing to track due to illness which will be recommended by the Warden in Charge. For the case of Mgahinga Gorilla National park, since the Gorillas move, if the client fail to track the gorillas because of their movements to the neighboring country, they will receive a full refund of permits. In case you track a full day and fail to view Gorillas for one reason or another they will be refunded 75 percent of the tracking fee.

Upon cancellations, Uganda Wildlife Authority will retain the following percentages;
Between 0- 8 days to the tracking date- there will be no refund
Between 9- 45 days to tracking date there will be 75 percent refund
Between 46-90 days to the tracking date, there will be 50 percent
91 days and above to tracking date, there will be 75 percent refund.
A refund made on 30 percent deposit shall be at the value of the permit and permits must be sold be sold at face value and whoever sells at higher value will be penalized. The primary sale of permits by individuals or tour companies anywhere is illegal and all permits must be sold by Uganda Wildlife Authority only and all permits must be made directly to Uganda Wildlife Authority.
When to reschedule permits and Reservations
Rescheduling of permits are not permitted, except if it is more than 91 days to the tracking date and is within seven (7) days of the rescheduled date. A rescheduling fee of 20 percent will be attracted and a cancellation policy will apply and re-booking new date at full cost of a permit.
Payment of Gorilla permit Terms;
The majorly acceptable payment methods in Uganda;
Cash in the local currency (Uganda shillings), cash in US dollars, Cash in Great Britain Pounds and Euros is accepted. The US 100 $ bills should be 2006 and above. Traveller’s cheques are also allowed.
The time limit
Mountain Gorilla tracking is limited from 8:30 a.m to 7:00 p.m and all visitors are expected back at the campground.

Uganda’s Tourism – The Past, Present & Future

Uganda’s Tourism – The Past, Present & Future

  • Posted: Jan 26, 2016
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As we celebrate the 50th Independence, today lets have a look at the Uganda’s tourism industry, one of the leading foreign exchange earners.

Uganda is one of the leading tourists’ destination countries in Africa with a variety of attractions. Uganda’s tourism is based on primates, wildlife, culture, nature, landscape, flora, birds. Over the last decade, Uganda has attracted many tourists taking different leisure trips and wild adventures such as gorilla tracking, wildlife safaris, mountain trekking tours, cultural sites tours etc.

The Past

The tourism industry was hindered in the 1970’s because of the political instabilities that reigned in the country for an extended period of time and saw tourism decline. However, with the re-establishment of relative stability since the 1990’s, it has seen tourism grow and is now the second foreign exchange earner of the country.

Today

Uganda boasts of ten national parks, all of which are all reach in attractions. These parks include Murchison falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Kibale Forest National park, Kidepo national park, Mt. Rwenzori National park, Mt.Elgon National park, Lake Mburo National park, Semliki National park, Mgahinga National park, Bwindi impenetrable National park.

Other attractions include cultural tours. Uganda has diverse cultural settings each with a unique way of life. Notably of the attractions, Uganda is a home to half of the remaining world’s mountain gorillas, which are found in Bwindi impenetrable National park. The park is located in South Western Uganda and is made up of three parts, with currently 9 gorilla families habituated for gorilla tracking.

Chimpanzees tracking also make a highlight of attractions, with Kibale Forest National park being the home to a big number of chimpanzees. This is also a home to over 13 primate species with vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, baboons among others being part of the primates leaving in the park.

Chimpanzees are also tracked in Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National park,  Budongo forest in Murchison Falls national park, Semliki National park, and can as well be visited at Ngamba Island.

There is a variety of wildlife which can be found in the national game parks. Murchison falls National Park in particular offers a variety of game such as antelopes, buffaloes, lion, elephants, giraffe, water hogs, hippos, crocodiles among others. Murchison falls offers a breathtaking view of the mighty Nile River forcing itself through a narrow gorge, plunging down the rocks with a thunderous roar.

Other wildlife National parks Queen Elizabeth NP, Kidepo National park among others offer a variety of game, Queen Elizabeth national park having the highest concentration of hippos in Africa, as well as the biggest amount of bird species recorded in Uganda.

Mountaineering is also one of the attractions that make the tourism in Uganda. Mountaineering is done in Mt. Rwenzori National park, Mt. Elgon National park and Mgahinga National park.

Rwenzori has the highest peak in Africa with glacier at the top. To hike up to the last peak, it takes a minimum 9 days for both hike and descend. Most tourists come to enjoy this adventure, which is a life time experience to get to the top of this mountain.

Cultural/Historical tours as the attraction are done in the different tribes in the country. Notably, most cultural tours are done in Buganda kingdom in the Ganda Culture, Kalamajong, Bunyooro kingdom, Tooro kingdom, Ankole kingdom, Gisu land and Sabiny.

Among the historical sites, there is Namugongo catholic shrines, the bahai temple, Ksubi tombs, National museum.

Uganda is proud to be the source of the Nile. The mighty Nile river starts from Uganda, in Jinja district. Other attractions on the Nile include white water rafting, bungee jumping among others.

Uganda was voted the world’s leading destination centre for the year 2012, and this is because of its various attractions, which has improved with more effort put on conservation of these attractions.

Future

Uganda still has many potentials to offer to travelers. Much of its destinations have not yet been marketed and promoted, and more are less visited. This means that Uganda has a big potential for developing ecotourism.

Car Hire In Uganda: Car Gadgets & Accessories

Car Hire In Uganda: Car Gadgets & Accessories

  • Posted: Jan 21, 2016
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Hiring a car is the perfect way to get around during your trip abroad. When choosing a hire car, remember to consider the size and type of car, and any gadgets or accessories that you may need. For some gadgets, you should order for them well in advance so that you can be sure that the car hire company will have them available. Don’t turn up at the rental desk and expect to obtain extras that have not been pre-booked as it won’t always be possible for the agency to fulfill your request. Not all rental cars will be fitted with everything that you want; the availability of extras will depend on the class and size of car you have requested.

The extras that are commonly available when you hire a car include:

Navigation systems(GPS)

These give you step-by-step directions from your location to your destination. Some units have touch-screen controls and/or a voice recognition feature, and will alert you to traffic hold-ups, road works, detours and any other problem. Very few car rental companies in Uganda do have these gadgets so first inquire with any company that you wish to hire from whether they have such gadgets in order you don’t be caught by surprise.

Music systems

A broad selection of music will make driving in your hire car more enjoyable, especially on longer journeys. Some car hire companies offer radios with CD players, MP3 or iPod connectivity, satellite radio etc. However, some smaller hire cars won’t even have a CD player, so bear this in mind when booking if music is important to you.

Safety restraints for children

Child seats must be used for children at all times. You will find that these seats are a legal requirement in most places but even if they aren’t, you should still use them. You will normally have to fit the chair into your hire car yourself, so take care in doing so and always check it afterwards. Remember to check that the belts fit correctly and are done up securely. However, most companies offer these amenities at relatively cheap extra costs. Children who are too old for an infant carrier or child seat may still need extra help to be safely buckled in. A booster seat ensures that the child is at the correct height for safe travel in the hire car. Never take a chance with children’s safety; it is against the law to not comply with the local regulations.

Fast-track service – Many car hire companies offer an upgraded check-in option, where you are fast tracked through the process of picking up your hire car. Everything will be ready for you, and there will be no standing in line, which is great after you have disembarked from a flight and just want to get to your hotel as quickly as possible.

Hire Car Fuel

This is also another contagious issue when it comes to car hiring especially in East Africa. Very many clients can not specify the kind of option fits them when it comes to fuel whether to receive a car totally empty and return it in the same state or get a fully topped up vehicle and return it as well in the same state. When you hire a vehicle in a different country, you need to know all about refueling and the rules regarding the return of your hire car and thoroughly talk about it and strike a compromise with your car hiring company.

Here are some tips on refueling your hire car:

Before filling up your hire car, make sure that you know which type of fuel you need to use. It’s a good idea to check with your car hire representative at the pickup desk. For more tips on things to ask about when collecting your hire car, take a look at our checklist for during your trip. The main fuel options will be unleaded or diesel, but in some locations you will also find leaded petrol and LPG, so it’s important to use the correct one for your hire car. If you put the wrong fuel in your car, you will be liable for repair costs.

Make sure that you know how to open the fuel tank. Some cars may have a lever to pull, and you will need to know where this is. Again this is something you can ask about at the car hire company before leaving in your hire car. Always remember to replace the cap securely before driving off.

Make a note of which side of the hire car the petrol cap is on, so you won’t need to stretch the hose across the car to fill up.

In some places, you have to pay for your fuel before you fill up your hire car. If you are paying by card, remember that some card-equipped self-service pumps may not take the card you have so check before filling up. It’s always a good idea to carry enough cash with you to cover the cost of refueling in case your card isn’t accepted.

If you are going on a long journey, always start out with a full tank and fill up your hire car where you can. On some routes it could be a long time before you come across another service station, especially if you are driving late at night or in a remote country location.

Prices will differ everywhere, but wherever you are, it always seems to cost more to fill up on motorways or in the vicinity of airports. So, to save money, wait until you are out of the area to refuel. The same applies to filling up your hire car before returning it.

Car hire companies differ in their policies regarding the refueling of hire cars before their return. You may need to return the hire car with the same amount of petrol that it had to begin with pay for a full tank before you take the hire car and return it without having to refill it simply pay for the fuel you have used when you return your hire car.

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