4 Uganda Car Rental Services Every First Time Visitor Should Try Out

Uganda is a popular safari destination filled with a variety of attractions spread across all corners of this huge African country. Local drivers and guides plus frequent visitors can easily access any park or town by road which isn’t the case for a first time visitor, not only do you risk getting lost, you are also at risk of getting robbed if you don’t have a clue of how to get to your destination.

Save yourself from questions like Which route should i take? , What type of car should i use? , Can i hire a guide? What are the parking and entrance fees for each destination ? among others and just try out some of the affordable Uganda car rental services mentioned below if you want your first time visit to be safe, comfortable and most importantly cost effective.

Rent A Car
Public transportation might be a cheaper option but is so unreliable with limited privacy and discomfort of the highest order since you will be traveling in crowded taxi or bus which is sometimes even overloaded . When you book a private vehicle from a car rental company, be assured of a private and flexible road trip , you don’t have to worry about stop overs or a stranger taking your property as you have the car to your self and friends or family. You choose between using the services of driver or going on a self drive trip but i would strongly recommend the former.

Hire a driver/ guide
No one else knows a destination better than a driver and tour guide, the road experience they have is an important quality that will guarantee your security and convenience. They have been to these place several times and will be ready to offer you some back ground info about the attractions, wildlife and locals. Just sit back, relax and let your personal driver take you to any preferred park, attraction, town or village you wish to visit. You can rent a car and driver in Uganda today , just send in your inquiry to info@ugandacarrentalservices.com and we shall be happy to notify of any availability.

Airport Transfer
Another very important car rental service in Uganda every first time visitor should use is an airport transfer. Save yourself the stress of organizing for transportation after you have landed and just go online and book a transfer from the airport to your hotel and back with trusted and reliable car / private taxi agency. The driver will be waiting for you on arrival to give you a hand with the bags as he escorts you to your ride.

Get A GPS & Travel Map
The Global Positioning System is one of the most useful gadgets for both old and first time visitors to any destination. It will guide you to any park or destination by mapping out a route plus showing the distance plus time estimation of arrival. When you rent a GPS , be assured you have a virtual guide or map with you , it also shows road side places of interest like restaurants, bars, hospitals, nearest gas station plus popular attractions so you don’t ever have to worry about getting lost.

So if your planning to visit Uganda for the first time and still wondering how you will get around, you can now book any of the above Uganda car services online and come have a safe and memorable road trip. Contact us today by sending in an inquiry to info@ugandacarrentalservices.com or call the helpline on +256-700135510.

All About The High Way Code In Uganda

High way code simply refers to the rules and regulations issued by the ministry of works, transport and communication to guide all the road users (traffic) in order to reduce the risks of road accidents. The high way code is designed to set a basic standard of considerate and safe road behavior for all the road users and is supervised by the Uganda Police Force.

ROAD USERS

These are the people using the road and they include;

  • Drivers and passengers
  • Pedestrians (people walking on foot)
  • Pedal and motor cyclists
  • People in charge of animals along the road

ADVICE TO ALL ROAD USERS

  • Make sure you are in a good health condition and if you are not, get some assistance but do not drive. If you are on medication, consult from the doctor if it is okay for you to drive.
  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or under the influence of drugs.
  • Always obey speed limits that is to say do not exceed the maximum speed limit of your car and always regulate your speed in case of bad weather conditions and over populated places like city centers and market areas and also watch out for road signs.
  • Always be responsible because it is your duty to watch out for dangerous situations like over speeding, over taking riskily, drinking and driving and many others.
  • Concentrate and be focused at all times for your own safety while on the road whether as a driver or as a pedestrian. Do not take in destruction from anyone and also do not use a hand held/ mobile phone while driving.
  • Be calm and patient and avoid being easily angered by other road users while on the road. No matter what happens, avoid taking the revenge option.
  • Always be of use/ helpful to others and avoid selfishness.
  • Always protect the vulnerable that is to say the old people, children and the disabled. Drivers should be careful with all road users including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
  • Always carry your identity cards and driving permit with you at all times and make sure they are all valid.
  • Always keep left while driving.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke while driving.
  • Practice defensive driving to avoid crashes as you look out for sudden problems ahead like someone bumping into the road, an accident or obstruction ahead, careless driving by other drivers and others.
  • Avoid driving when tired and if possible, avoid driving late at night like beyond mid-night hours.

 

YOU MUST NOT PARK;

  • In a place with parking restrictions that is to say a place with a “no parking” sign or yellow lines along the edge of the road.
  • On the road section marked with two yellow center lines even if one of them is broken
  • Carelessly or without any consideration for other road users.
  • Within 5 meters of a rail crossing or junction.
  • At bus stops, on a sharp bend and on a slope of a hill.
  • On a foot path or pavement.
  • Near entrances of places like schools, hospitals, police stations and others as it may cause inconveniences.
  • Along another parked car also known as double parking.
  • Near a traffic sign as you might block its visibility.
  • Opposite a traffic island that is to say an area in the middle of the road designed for pedestrians to stand. This island marks the division between two opposing streams of traffic.

 

The rules and regulations are part of the traffic laws and once disobeyed, you may be fined, imprisoned or even lose your driving privileges. Follow the Uganda High way code for a safe and comfortable road trip to any place/ destination you will be visiting. For more information send us an email to info@ugandacarrentalservices.com or call us now +256-705415605

All Traffic Signs In Uganda

These are classified into various categories that is to say warning signs, hazard marker signs, regulatory signs, prohibitory signs, mandatory signs, guidance signs, information signs, supplementary plates, road markings, transverse markings and traffic signals.

WARNING SIGNS

  • Sharp curve
  • Hairpin curve
  • Combined curves
  • Cross roads
  • Intersection
  • Side road
  • Y-intersection
  • Roundabout
  • Staggered intersection
  • Traffic signal
  • Road narrow both sides
  • Road narrow one side
  • Dual carriageway ahead
  • Dual carriageway ends
  • Two-way traffic
  • General warning
  • Height restriction
  • Uneven road
  • Humps ahead
  • Drift
  • Narrow bridge
  • Loose gravel
  • Slippery road
  • Falling rocks
  • Dangerous descent
  • Steep ascent
  • Quay or river bank
  • Low flying aircraft
  • Crosswind
  • Railway crossing with gate or barrier
  • Railway crossing without gate or barrier
  • Pedestrian crossing
  • Pedestrian in the road
  • Children in the road
  • Cyclist in the road
  • Agricultural vehicles
  • Domestic animals
  • Wild animals

HAZARD MARKER SIGNS

  • Long chevron
  • Short chevron
  • T-intersection chevron
  • Roadside hazard plate
  • Roadway hazard plate
  • Delineators
  • Railway crossing, one line
  • Railway crossing, more than one line
  • Distance indicators

ROADWORK SIGNS

  • Road works
  • Lane crossed
  • Barricade (no entry)
  • Traffic control ahead

REGULATORY SIGNS (have yellow backgrounds)

  • `No entry for any vehicle
  • No entry for motor vehicle
  • No entry for motor vehicles except motorcycles
  • No entry for trucks
  • No entry for buses and coaches
  • No entry for motorcycles
  • No entry for tractors or slow moving cars
  • No entry for cycles
  • No entry for pedestrians
  • No entry for animal-drawn cars
  • Length limit
  • Height limit
  • Width limit
  • Gross weight limit
  • Axle weight limit

PROHIBITORY SIGNS

  • No left turn
  • No right turn
  • No U turn
  • No overtaking
  • No overtaking by goods vehicles
  • No use of horn
  • Compulsory stop
  • No parking
  • No stopping
  • Speed limit
  • End of restriction
  • End of speed limit

MANDATORY SIGNS

  • Stop
  • Give way
  • Temporary traffic control-STOP
  • Temporary traffic control-GO
  • Give way to oncoming vehicles
  • Ahead only
  • Turn left/right
  • Turn left/right ahead
  • Pass left/right side only
  • Pass either side
  • Roundabout
  • Route for buses only
  • Route for cycles only
  • Route for pedestrians only

GUIDANCE SIGNS

  • Map-type advance direction sign;
  1. Roundabout-primary roads
  2. Roundabout-other roads
  3. Crossroads-primary roads
  4. Crossroads-other roads
  5. T-section- primary roads
  6. T-section-other roads

 

  • Stack-type advance direction sign;
  1. Primary roads
  2. Other roads
  • Lane-pre-section sign;
  1. Primary roads
  2. Other roads
  • Direction sign;
  1. Primary roads
  2. Other roads
  • Confirmatory signs;
  1. Entry
  2. Exit
  • Place identification sign
  1. Entry
  2. Exit
  • Diversion ahead
  • Diverted traffic

INFORMATORY SIGNS

  • Pedestrian crossing
  • Hump
  • No road through
  • Parking
  • Bus stop
  • Priority over oncoming vehicles
  • One way road
  • Police control
  • Start of extra lane
  • Hospital
  • First aid
  • Telephone
  • Information
  • Filling station
  • Workshop
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel
  • Rest area
  • Campsite
  • Airport
  • Tourist attraction

SUPPLIMENTARY PLATES

  • Distance to hazard or regulation
  • Extension of hazard direction in which message applies
  • Vehicle category for which message applies
  • Vehicle category for which message applies
  1. Bus
  2. Truck
  3. Car
  4. Motorcycle
  • Variable text message

ROAD MARKINGS

  • Dividing / center lines
  1. Continuous
  2. Double continuous
  3. Broken
  4. Combination of continuous and broken
  5. Zigzag line
  • Lane lines
  1. Continuous
  2. Broken
  • Edge lines
  1. Standard
  2. Continuity
  3. No parking
  • Transverse markings
  1. Stop line
  2. Give way line
  3. Uncontrolled pedestrian crossing
  4. Signal-controlled pedestrian crossing
  5. Hump
  • Other markings
  1. Lane arrows
  2. Deflecting arrow
  3. Diverge arrows
  4. Chevron markings
  5. Traffic island marking
  6. Parking bay
  7. Give way marking
  8. Text marking
  9. Speed limit marking

TRAFFIC SIGNALS

  • Standard signals
  • Arrow signals
  • Pedestrian signals
  • Railway crossing

Top 5 Tips for Renting A Car In Uganda

Need a car for your next safari or business trip in Uganda? Renting a car on self drive or with chauffeur/ guide is probably the safest and fastest way to get around the city and other remote destinations like national parks. But booking a rental car is also quit hectic procedure especially if it’s your first time, for example getting an affordable deal, suitable car or a reputable company can add complications to your planning. Read through our 5 tips on how to save money and time if you decide to rent a car in Uganda for park safari, leisure holiday or business trip.

Choose a reputable car rental company
Go online and search through the various Uganda car rental agencies available, check out what services they offer special offers as well as destinations they operate in. Google and Yahoo are two of the most popular search engines offering accurate and update information about a wide variety of topics, just type in whichever service or car type you require in Uganda and you will get a listing of various companies ready to serve you.

Choose a suitable rental car
You should rent a car that suits the number of people traveling and particular destination you are visiting. A 4-door sedan is ideal for 2 to 3 passengers while a mini-van or coaster bus can accommodate groups. However the car type also matters as luxury and safari cars are used in different destinations with varying terrain for example you can’t hire a Mercedes benz for a park safari just as it makes no sense to rent a safari land cruiser for a wedding party in Uganda.

Prices & Special Discounts
Rental prices in Uganda are based on number of days and type of vehicle you wish to hire. The price per day can increase or decrease depending on the duration you will be with the car, you can get a good discount if you rent a car for more than a week as compared to booking if for a 3 to 4 days. Don’t be shy to ask the reservations team for latest season offers or special discounts available and save some money.

Book in advance
This is one of the most important tips to consider as it can affect your entire travel plans. You should ensure you reserve the car at-least a week or two before you arrive to ensure you don’t get any inconveniences like missing out on a car of your choice or being penalized extra waiting charges. Most Uganda car rental companies require a deposit to be paid through Bank transfer or online system to confirm the booking but you can as well negotiate and pay on arrival.

Keep in touch with the office
It’s always a good idea to keep in touch with the office staff or driver for a successful road trip. Record down the office line as well as a private number of a staff member you can call in-case of any problem like breakdown, collision or traffic penalty. You can request for a local line like MTN or Airtel to reduce on call costs and internet tariffs plus fast network.

If you plan to rent a car in Uganda this season, then you should consider following the above tips for a safe and convenient safari holiday or business vacation in Uganda. Get in touch with us through info@ugandacarrentalservices.com or call us now on +256-700135510

5 Things You Should Never Do While Driving An Automatic Transmission Vehicle

Automatic transmission is also known as “self-drifting transmission” which motor vehicle transmission can automatically change gear ratios as the car moves that is to say without the effort of the driver hence letting him or her to fully concentrate on the road. Automatic transmission Vehicles are very common in Uganda and are mostly used by travelers on self-drive safaris in Uganda simply because they are more reliable, less tiring and the car is much easier to control.

Automatic transmission cars however call for a lot of attention while on the road so as to avoid accidents while on the road. Below are some of the things you should avoid doing while driving an automatic transmission car.

1. Never drift your vehicle in neutral mode
Automatic vehicles have the ability to reduce fuel consumption while driving downhill all alone, so the idea of changing your vehicle in neutral while driving downhill would not help save fuel. For this situation, it’s difficult to accelerate the vehicle in neutral mode. When they cut down fuel utilization while coating downhill, this makes them be fuel efficient like the manual transmission vehicles.

2. Avoid using the neutral (N), reverse (R), driving (D) and parking (P) modes while the car is moving
It is constantly prudent to switch these modes when the vehicle is not moving. Automatic transmissions work in a way such that the switch between the gears includes the use of clutches and bands already joined in the transmission system. Consistent utilization of the N, D and R modes decimates the friction materials of the clutches in the transmission system that would help in halting the vehicle. This will bring about a lot of damage fast, in this way requiring replacement faster.

3. Try not to switch your vehicle to Parking (P) when it is moving
Speed sensors – an internal mechanism helps in halting the driver change the vehicle to parking mode when the vehicle is in motion. These sensors are just present in modern automatic vehicles and they are not in the older vehicles. Utilizing the parking mode to stop the vehicle causes serious damage on the car. This is on the grounds that it uses a locking pin for the parking lever and subsequently the normal working of the parking mode is damaged.

4. Never put your car in neutral mode at stop light
At the point when your vehicle is in stop or stationary, make sure that you place it in drive mode at the stop signals. This helps avoiding focusing on the vehicle’s transmission. In addition, placing it into neutral mode just save an unimportant amount of fuel, and subsequently no compelling reason to change to neutral mode.

5. Avoid Launching Your Vehicle
It’s also advisable to not rev your vehicle’s engine in neutral and dropping it into drive to dispatch yourself forward. This hurries the wearing out of the clutches and bands in the transmission system and it is costly to replace.

Hire a car for your self-drive safari today simply by sending us an email info@ugandacarrentalservices.com or you can call us directly on +256-414699459 or +256-700135510 to speak to the reservations team.

Safety Tips While Parking Car

While parking a car, it is advisable to always use off-street parking areas or bays marked out with white lines which indicate that they are parking places. You can also stop or park at the road side if you must but make sure the road is wide enough and does not have parking restrictions. Below are some the safety/advisory tips to guide you while parking a car;

  • Stop/park at the extreme side/edge of the road in case you are parking at the roadside.
  • Do not park too close to another car/vehicle.
  • Make sure you turn off the engine, head lights and fog lights before you leave the car.
  • Make sure you apply the hand brake before you leave the car.
  • Be careful not to hit anyone while opening your car door.
  • It is safe for the passengers to not get out of the car on the side of the road.
  • Make sure you do not park on the carriage way or hard shoulder of another road unless it is an emergency.
  • Do not park in front of a pedestrian crossing the road or an area marked with zigzag lines.
  • Do not park at a bus stop or clear way within its hours of operation unless you are picking up or setting down passengers.
  • Do not park on a cycle lane especially during its hours of operation.
  • Do not park on a road marked with double white lines except to pick up or set down passengers.
  • Do not park in reserved parking spaces especially if you are not among the specified/entitled users.
  • Make sure you park in a safe place that does not endanger or inconvenience or obstruct pedestrians or any other road users for example public place entrances.
  • Do not park opposite or within 10 meters from a junction except in an authorized parking space.
  • Never park opposite a traffic island or on a bend.
  • While parking a car at night, be keen not to park facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in areas with parking space.

Rental Cars Available In Uganda

Uganda has long been one of the most luring African tourist destinations, the rare mountain gorillas & big Five coupled with the spectacular landscapes, rivers, lakes and wetlands puts this landlocked country on any tourist’s bucket list. Majority of visitors prefer exploring Uganda with a guide to feel safer and comfy while others love the privacy and  adventure a self drive safari in Uganda offers.

Whichever option suits you, make sure you make the right choice when picking  from the available pool of rental cars in Uganda offered by various agencies. Uganda Car Rental Services has listed all the car categories in Uganda  to help you get a vehicle that fits your budget, style, needs and most importantly the number of passengers.

 Saloon Cars – Also known as Sedans, this category comprises of the cheapest rental cars for hire in Uganda ideal for city tours , airport transfers and business meetings. Popular sedans available for hire in Uganda include  Toyota Rav4, Corona, Premio, Jeep, Harrier, Ipsum, Raum among others.

4×4 Station Wagons – Also known as Estate cars  , this category has some of the best mid-sized safari cars in Uganda customized for game viewing and can handle the tough park terrain. The station wagons are also ideal for city tours, airport transfers, research projects and conference meetings. These include the Land Cruiser Prado, Safari land cruiser, Nissan Patrol, Land rover, Surf, Pajero among others.

Minivans –  This rental car category comprises of mid-sized vans that can accommodate between  8 to 10 passengers ideal for family holidays, park tours, research and news reporting projects.  Two of the most popularly rented minivan cars in Uganda include Toyota Super custom & Safari van(with pop-up roof).

Buses – If you planning a group safari in Uganda, then  you should consider hiring  a 28-seater Coaster bus or the much larger passenger bus  that can carry up to 80 people. Both rental cars dont have rare cargo compartments but that adequate standing space, fridge box, TV, MP3/CD players to keep the passengers entertained along the road trip.

If you are planning to rent a car in Uganda and still haven’t made up your mind which vehicle suits your budget , needs and number of people you are traveling with , Take a look through the above Uganda rental car categories and make a choice today. Send an email to info@ugandacarrentalservices.com call us on +256-700135510 to inquire about rates

How To Run A Clean & Efficient Car

A clean and efficient car is in everyone’s interest because it generally reduces on the expenses of vehicle maintenance and also and also moderates on the air pollution levels as it reduces vehicle exhaustion. A clean and efficient car is also very comfortable to drive and will give you a piece of mind while on the road. Below is advice on how you can run a clean and efficient car in order to keep you safe on the road without spending a lot of money.

1. Always keep your car in a good working condition.

It is advisable to keep your car well-maintained at all times and this can be done by taking it to a skilled mechanic regularly for inspection and correcting of anything that could be faulty or that will expose you and your car to any kind of risk. Generally if a car is not well-maintained it even consumes about 15% more fuel and therefore putting it right could save you a lot.

2. Always moderate your speed.

Driving at a slow pace seems time consuming but speedy driving will actually cost you much more especially in terms of money as your car will be exposed to more risks of mechanical break-downs. It will also put you at a risk of crashing which may even cost you your life. Driving too fast also increases on the fuel consumption of the car.

3. Drive smoothly and more carefully.

While driving, always avoid rapid acceleration and sudden braking. Also endeavor to use the gears fully hence moderating the use of brakes which will give you a smoother and more comfortable ride. Driving smoothly is also economical as the car consumes less fuel.

4. Take care while loading your car.

Do not overload your car as it increases the fuel consumption and is also unsafe. In case you do not need to use the roof rack, remove it because it makes the engine work harder due to the increase of wind resistance which is not a good thing. If some of your luggage has to be carried on the roof rack, make sure it s carefully loaded so that the wind resistance is less.

5. Always have your trips/ routings well planned.

Always try to avoid driving during rush hours in order to reduce pressure while on the road. Rush hours will also expose you to traffic congestion which almost doubles the normal fuel consumption of the car therefore avoiding this could be very helpful as it will enable you to save both time and some of the money you should have used for the extra fuel

Run a clean and efficient car and enjoy a smooth comfortable ride while on the road. Get in touch with us today to book your self-drive safari by sending us an email at info@ugandacarrentalservices.com. You can also call us on +256-700135510 or +256-414699459 to speak to our reservations team directly.

 

Tips For Long Distance Self Drive Road Trips In Uganda

Driving in a new destination is not a joy ride and it gets worse if you have travel long distances to some of the most remote areas a few locals have been to. Uganda has been ranked among top 10 African safari destinations for several years not only because it is home to over half the mountain gorillas but also has some of the most captivating landscapes , water bodies and over 30 ethnic tribes found in different tourist destination spread across all four corners of the country.

You can rent a car for self drive in Uganda and explore any of the top safari destinations around at your freedom and pace but if you plan on making a long distance drive to a remote attraction or park , here a few tips to follow for a comfortable and safe safari in Uganda.

Take a Nap
The best way to prepare for a long road trip is by resting your body and mind as both will be valuable during those long distance hours on the road. Take sometime off to sleep at night or get a break on the wheel during day time as you need to be alert & sound on road and avoid any unexpected accidents due to drowsiness or dozing on the steering wheel.

Fuel Up
You dont want to run out of fuel on road to a park or any other destination, Not only will this inconvenience your road trip but also add extra costs to your expenditure. So before you embark on a self drive safari in Uganda , visit a gas station and get a full tank plus back up jerrycans to ensure you dont get stuck in any destination along the road trip.

Drive carefully
Respect the road signs , don’t over speed or over take are some of the most important rules to follow when driving on Ugandan roads. Driving carefully will not only save you from unwanted accidents but also the expenses that come with violating the traffic signs and fixing or replacing a car that has suffered a mechanical breakdown.

Rent A Driver
As much as a self drive trip may seem cheap and flexible, hiring a driver is the safest option given that you dont have to worry about getting lost, fixing a mechanical problem or just cleaning the car as your personal driver will do all that for you and more.

Rent A GPS
If you cant afford the services of a driver, then you should consider renting a Global Positioning System to show you the routes to different destinations including parks, hotels, safari lodges, restaurants, banks among other places of interest. Several car rental companies in Uganda will offer you a GPS along with a car while some require you to pay a an extra fee for the gadget.

Driving long distance trips in Uganda is no easy task but if you follow the above featured tips, be guaranteed of a safe and comfortable road trip around the ‘Pearl Of Africa’ . To rent a car for self drive in Uganda, simply send us an email to info@ugandacarrentalservices.com or call us on +256-700135510 to speak with the reservations team.

Safety Tips When Driving with Children

Traveling with children is most times fun and most parents would feel happy if they drive around with their children. However much fun this can be, it takes one to  have extra responsibility  about the children as well have control of other drivers on the road so as to  ensure safe travel. Many vehicle hand books feature guidelines for driving with children and most drivers rarely or do not pay attention to these rules and regulation hence causing road accidents due to poor management of children

Below are some of the tips that will help you  on safe driving with children.

1# Position or seating arrangement

All children below 12 years must travel in rare or back seats in their appropriate child seats or buckle up their seat belts. Ensure that children 2 years -6 years are not close to the car doors as they may open the doors while the car is in motion. To keep this from happening, ensure that all doors are locked with central to avoid children from falling out of the car.

2# Buckle up

For all children that can fit well in the car seats, ensure that they buckle up very well. Do not allow your children to drive without a seat belt buckled, seat belts have saved 90% of the children from dying in car accidents. Buckle up your seat belt so that your children learn from you the adult in the car.

3# Secure car gear

Make sure that you work on any loose ends or odds in the car, for example hanging roof material, loosen seat belts, or any other damage on the car. These when not put back right can cause damage to the passengers especially kids.

4# Check around and outside your vehicle

Before you start the car check outside and around your car, many children like playing behind the car or some hide just under the car. It is safe to check before you start your driving, check around the car, and see if there are no children following you or in front of the car.

5# Don’t Text and Drive

Texting while driving is so dangerous because it gets you off the attention for what children are doing in the car. Texting also puts you and other road users in danger since you  your mind is divided to the phone and the road as well

Apart from the normal sense of care, when driving with children , all adults require an extra sense of responsibility. For more information and tips about car rental in Uganda, simply send us an email to info@ugandacarrentalservices.com or call us on +256-700135510 to speak to our reservations personnel.

Where To Get Wedding Entertainment In Uganda

A wedding day is one unforgettable event in one’s life and hence its preparation includes a lot of things to consider of which entertainment for both the couple and invited guests is part. Traditional dancers for all cultures and music artists will make this out for you as they perform the best dances and songs on your fabulous occasion. The cultural troops perform different dances ranging from the interesting Kiganda and Basoga dances characterized by shaking of the waist, Kikiga known for its energy to the unique Gisu dance locally known as ‘Kadodi’ characterized by ‘shoulder dancing’ and many more African dance and drama according to your choice and I am sure these will greatly spice your day. The music artists are also very many with amusing and celebration songs of all kinds including reggae, dancehall, R&B and hip pop tunes. Make your day the best by having your favorite music artists or traditional troops performing live at your wedding ceremony, just reach us on email ugandacarrentalservices@gmail.com or call our head offices directly on 0757925288 or +256414699459 for your inquiries or bookings and you will have the best of entertainment on your wedding in Uganda.

Irene R

9 Tips For Successful Self Drive Safari In Uganda

Have your trip at your own pace with maximum flexibility during your self drive safari in Uganda and discover the best of this country being your own driver. We offer cheap car hire in Uganda with a wide range of 4×4 vehicles for rental that can handle all road terrain and weather. Are you  looking at a self drive car hire in Uganda for your safari in Uganda, we have the best fleet to  meet your needs, including Toyota Rav4, Land cruiser prado, safari  land cruiser with rooftop, extended safari  land cruiser, safari  min van with rooftop, family 4WD vans and so  many more.

Below are some of the main tips to guide you through your trip

  1. Check and ensure that your rental car is well serviced and in a good general condition before setting off for a self drive safari. This enables you to save time as it minimizes stoppages which may either be due to car mechanical breakdown or by the traffic police to answer cases of driving a car in poor mechanical position.

 

  1. Make sure you know your destination and in case you are not sure, get directions from the Google maps or have a travel map with you to avoid meandering around that may cause time and fuel wastages.

 

  1. Get all your self drive safari equipment ready and packed, these may include a driving license, a descent pair of binoculars, a camera, soft drink among others such that you don’t forget anything.

 

  1. Wake up very early such that you are at the national park gate by 7am if you are to have a productive game drive because morning hours are the best for encounters of various predators like leopards, lions, tigers for they are back from a long night of prey search and others like elephants, giraffes, buffaloes are out for a new day thriving in the grasslands.

 

  1. Drive slowly while inside the park, about less than 15km/hr so as not to scare away animals and such that you can capture a lot of moments. The high speed driving does nothing better than chasing away the thriving elephants, lions, buffaloes yet encountering such was the cause of the self drive safaris, so you have got to keep the speed minimal such that you get the best of adventure.

 

  1. Keep a keen ear and turn down or even off the volume of music so as to clearly listen to the sound of fauna as this will help you to click something special and directive for your view for example a great trumpeting of elephants may indicate presence of a predator in the area.

 

  1. Do not use flash light cameras, switch off the rental car lights and engine as this noise and flushes may scare the animals and they will run away.

 

  1. Do not go beyond the demarcated trucks so as not to cause animal accidents or disturb their comfort and in cases where animals are crossing through demarcated trucks, be patient and wait for them to cross such that you proceed.

 

  1. Have a simple talk with other visitors that you find at your destination because this will help you to exchange experiences and perhaps get you a clue on where each of you been.

The above tips will help to spice up your self drive safari and in case you need to have a car hire, contact us via email info@ugandacarrentalservices.com or directly by calling our head offices at +256700135510

5 Top Local Cuisines In Uganda

The local cuisine is one of the things to adventure when one goes for a tour to a particular community because wherever one goes, one has to eat and the delicious or non-delicious taste of the foods eaten will surely give you a story to tell back home. Uganda is one of the countries with numerous, delicious and unique cuisines and they include the following

LUWOMBO

This is a traditional dish mainly prepared by the Baganda tribe (main occupants of the central region of Uganda) and it is best known for the nice aroma that is due to the roasted banana leaves. It is usually prepared on special occasions and persons like the groom’s entourage on traditional marriage ceremonies, the king and the royal family, on special days in some homes like on Easter or Christmas days. However, a number of hotels and restaurants in the country also prepare the ‘luwombo’ very well for their customers to enjoy. The ‘luwombo’ can consist of any kind of sauce as required by the client like ground nuts plus dry fish or mushrooms, meat with all ingredients plus soup or chicken with vegetables then carefully wrapped in smoked banana leaves like a gift then place on fire in a saucepan well covered with other banana leaves. The ‘luwombo’ is one dish you should not miss out on your trip to Uganda.

MATOOKE

Matooke are green bananas, but not plantain that can be cooked in different forms, majorly they are peeled, wrapped in green banana leaves, left to boil then later smashed and ready to eat. This is the staple food for the Baganda tribe mainly grown in Masaka areas and western Uganda. Matooke is famously eaten with groundnuts but can also be eaten with other types of sauce like meat, beans, cowpeas, fish and many more. Alternatively, matooke can be eaten in a peeled but non smashed form usually in mixture with ground nuts.

ROASTED MEAT

This is another delicious cuisine in Uganda, locally known as ‘muchomo’ which is highly enjoyed by many people in Uganda majorly university students as it is a fast food and easily accessed since it is almost on all road sides of Uganda cities, though the level of cleanliness among them varies. The roasted meat available in Uganda includes beef, goat’s meat, pork and chicken so you have got to be specific while buying or ordering for roasted meat because different places prepare different types of meat.

POSHO

This is another famous Ugandan food locally known as ‘akawunga’ where maize flour is mingled together with hot boiled water and this is the main food served together with beans in almost all Ugandan schools and companies with a big number of workers. You will still find posho prepared and served in many restaurants and hotels with different types of sauce like beef stew, beans, cowpeas and many more. The northern parts of Uganda prepare millet flour with hot boiled water, locally known as ‘kalo’. In the western and eastern parts, millet flour is mixed with cassava flour and mingled with hot boiled water also known as ‘kalo’ and it is served with beef stew.

MALEWA

This is a traditional food majorly prepared and eaten by the ‘Bagisu’ the main occupants of the eastern region of Uganda. Malewa is highly significant in Bagisu traditional ceremonies like Mbalu (male circumcision) and it is made from smoked bamboo shoots and can be eaten raw, when boiled or steamed. It can be used as sauce if cooked with peanut or simsim so once in eastern Uganda, do not miss adventuring the wonderful malewa.

For any inquiries or bookings for your trip to Uganda, contact us at info@ugandacarrentalservices.com or call our offices directly on +256700135510 or +256414699459 and you will enjoy your stay in Uganda.

Rules For Professional Driving In Uganda

Driving in Uganda requires advanced driving skills and a good road sense. One needs to be very patient and a good learner that is to say he should always be able to learn from his daily experience while on the road in order to improve on their skills and knowledge such as the problems they meet during their travels. A driver in Uganda in Uganda should take pride in in their safe driving by having a special responsibility to always drive safely and if you can not do this, it is advisable to rent a driver in Uganda not only for the safety of the car but also of your life.
Below are some of the rules for professional driving while in Uganda;

1. Inspect your car and check if it is in safe condition
Before you think of starting your journey, always check your car’s condition and avoid taking chances at any time. A car might be able to run but if anything on it is faulty, it might become worse or even cause a crash which can cost your life and also be a danger to other road users therefore do not risk driving such a car.

Below are some of the key parts you must check and find out if they are working well and also to confirm that non is missing or broken

  • Tyres plus the spare tyre.
  • Wheel nuts
  •  Brakes
  •  Suspension.
  •  Steering.
  •  All lights and indicators
  •  The First aid kit.
  •  All mirrors.
  •  All the tools and the jack
  •  Engine such as oil levels, wires and water in the radiator.

2. Do not carry excess passengers
Every car has a license that permits it to carry up to a specific number of people therefore always be keen not to exceed that number. Also make sure that no passenger is standing or sticking their hands out through the windows before you start driving because it is very unsafe for them for example in case of sudden braking. Confirm that all the doors are well closed and locked before you drive to anywhere also for the safety of you and your passengers.

3. Confirm that your car is loaded carefully
This is very important especially for the safety of your car. It is advisable to always avoid overloading your car as it can easily damage it and an overloaded car is also very slow and consumes more fuel.

Below are some of the key points you should note about your luggage;

  • Make sure that it can be contained in your car.
  • It should not contain dangerous materials such as chemicals. If it does, package it very well.
  • Avoid carrying luggage that sticks out of the car such as 1.8m at the back and 0.15m in the sides.
  • Make sure it is safe before you set off to avoid pouring/ linkages

<4. Avoid driving when you are tired
Driving needs a lot of concentration and doing this when you are tired could be a difficult task. Give yourself regular breaks if your drive covers a long distance so that you stretch and refresh a bit then you can continue with your journey. If you are very tired, find a safe place to park your car and get some sleep then proceed with your journey after or the following day.

5. Do not drink and drive
Drinking and driving is a serious offense in Uganda and is punishable by imprisonment. Drinking alcohol when you are supposed to drive is very irresponsible and could cost you your and that of your passengers. While driving be very sober and look out for the rod signs plus other clues and avoid driving at a fast speed because speed kills and increases fuel consumption of the car. Also look out for children plus other road users such as cyclists and other pedestrians and always slow down when approaching trading centers, schools plus other commercial places.

Hire a car and a professional driver with Uganda Car Rental Services today so you don’t have to worry about any of these rules or falling victim of any traffic regulation. You can make reservations by sending us an email at info@ugandacarrentalservices.com or you can call us directly on +256-414699459 or +256- 700135510 to speak to our reservations team directly.

Joy K