Get Fast, Cheap Car hire in Uganda with 4×4 Uganda Ltd

4×4 Uganda Ltd offers you access to a stunning number of car rental options and gives the ability to book a self drive car for you and your fellow travelers with only a couple of clicks of your mouse or taps of your cell phone. It’s simple, it’s cheap, and it’s maybe the best way to get a car to get around so you can get vacation experiences that will last forever.

Possibly you’ve decided it’s about time you and your family or mates hit the Ugandan highway to explore bit a bit more of what this stunning east African country has to offer. Or on the other hand maybe it’s the ideal opportunity for you to explore the country’s interesting attractions and even the neighboring countries like Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and others. You can get a car that will open up the map to your travelling impulses in all the east African countries.

4×4 Uganda Ltd has you covered when you need to extend your vacation legs and hire a vehicle outside of Uganda, as well. Heading for an African safari where you can visit most of the African countries with the car hired from 4×4 Uganda Ltd. Transform the whole of the African continent into your own personal playground with a rental vehicle that fits all your needs, travelling party, and budget. With cheap car rental outlets in most famous travel destinations in East Africa, including, however not restricted to, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda, you can see fantastic notable attractions without worrying about how you will get around.

Regardless of whether you’re searching for a car, SUV or truck to get you from one destination to another, or need to go for camping trip we can also provide camping gears at affordable price. We can help you to get the keys to the car you need to make a memorable vacation in Africa.

We can’t ensure your flight will be on time. Or then again that your luggage will make it to your destination. What’s more, there’s nothing we can do about guaranteeing your accommodation appears as though it does in the photographs and is free of bed bugs. Be that as it may, we beyond any doubt ensure you to get a well serviced and cheap car rental in Uganda. With 4×4 Uganda Ltd, getting a car for hire is just one less thing you need to worry about, giving you a bit more peace of mind and giving you a chance to focus on other vital parts of your excursion.

More Luxury Hotels Constructed in Kampala

The 2016 survey conducted by W Hospitality Group on hotel chains development in Africa revealed that there are around 1,200 more hotels rooms set to be built in the country and agreements had just been signed with prominent global hotel chains, for example, Hilton Garden Inn, Radisson Blu and InterContinental to manage most of these new hotels. These hotels would start working between 2017 and 2020, said W Hospitality Group.

Last year 2017 the country witnessed the opening of two new 5-star and 4-star hotel in Kampala, making a total number of 8 5-star hotels in the capital. The recently established 4-Star Hotel Golden Tulip Canaan Kampala, which works under the management of an international hotel chain – Golden Tulip, opened in Kampala in May, adding a total of “124 elegantly appointed suites and rooms, several of which incorporate private balconies offering an amazing view of the adjoining golf course.”

The new lodging, situated in Nakasero in the city’s central business area, offers luxury services: smooth conference rooms, a rooftop eatery and parlor “where you can enjoy a clear view over Lake Victoria”, a health centre and gym.

In October 2017 still there was opening of the 5-Star Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala, additionally situated in the swanky Nakasero neighborhood. This facility has 23 floors, offers visitors a 360 degrees view of Kampala city, has pleasantries, for example, “a 740 square-meter dance hall, 9 conference rooms, 2 boardrooms, a business center, 3 swimming pools and a modern wellness centre with luxury spa and a fully equipped gym.”

The initial arrangement was to make it a Hilton Hotels’ Ugandan arm however it’s as of now managed by South Africa’s Sovereign Hotels.

Such impressive hotels, industry players say, have made Uganda a competitive Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) spot in the area. Uganda now gloats up to 90 reviewed hotels and lodges – up from less than 30 only two years prior when the tourism ministry first classified the country’s hotel.

Top 10 Safety Tips for Self Drive Tour in Uganda

Self drive safaris in Uganda have become famous and new car hire agencies are ever on increase in most towns like Kampala, Kabale, Jinja, Mbarara and many more. Previously, guided tours were the order of day but now, most tourists have developed interest in self drive tours. The challenge with driving in Uganda is that most cars are old, remote and narrow roads and many more.

Below are the top 10 tips to safely enjoy a self drive holiday in Uganda

  1. Avoid driving at night
    If you are taking a self drive tour in Uganda, make sure you do not travel during night hours. Avoid driving in areas without lights as they are highly risky especially with robbers. Driving at night is very challenging in case of any breakdowns it might not be easy for you to get assistance. Be security conscious to yourself as safety starts with you.
  2. Inspect the vehicle
    Before driving the car, it is always advisable to cross check it. Check if the tyres are of better conditions and a spare tyre is available in better condition also. For long journeys, at least two spare tyres are advisable. As well, you make sure that you also check the level of oil, lights, wiper blades, water level and any kind of leakages. The service tag will indicate you when the vehicle was last serviced.
  3. Use Road map and GPS
    Given that you are driving in another country, this means that you use a road map or GPS to help you navigate through the remotest areas in Uganda. Reputable car hire agency can offer you with GPS and road maps at no extra cost.
  4. Follow traffic laws
    Following traffic rules and regulations is something important when it comes to driving in Uganda. It saves you from any dangers on the road. Among the notable rules to bear in mind include road signs, avoid drinking and then drive, put on your seat belt and the rest of members should also be on their seat belts.
  5. Have a rest, eat and fuel the vehicle
    Breaks are the best way for you to refresh especially for longer journeys. It also helps you buy more fuel for the vehicle and saves you from being stranded in the remotest areas where there are no petrol or fuel stations. Do not drive away from the major town without filling the gas tank as you may not know how long it can to get another gas station. You can not get a fuel station in national parks and this means that you need adequate fuel that can take you to and back to the areas with fuel stations. Do not be among those who get stuck in the middle of the national park. Planning well and enjoy your safari.
  6. Avoid driving when you tired
    If you feel sleepy or tired, please do not drive. It is better you park and get some rest or if you are traveling with your friends and they know how to drive you can give one of them to also drive provided he or she has a valid driver’s license.
  7. Be mindful of the weather patterns
    While on safari, drive based on the nature of the weather. In case it is raining, the roads can be muddy and slippery especially in the remotest national parks and this means that your speed has to reduce. Driving on murram roads can be challenging and they can be dusty with potholes when it is wet season. To be on safer side, you must rent a 4×4 car in Kampala from credible companies to avoid disappointments.
  8. Be mindful of other road users
    Most drivers tend to think like they are the only ones on road and yet it is not the case. Uganda roads are narrow and they come with pedestrians all using the same roads. This means you will be driving as motorists, cyclists, students, cattle all crossing the roads and many more.
  9. Follow the national park rules and regulations
    The national park has its own rules and regulations for drivers to follow. You are not allowed to feed the wild animal, not to walk alone in the national park, keep yourself inside the tent and do not keep food items around the tent as they can attract hyena and lions. For any disrespect, you will be charged with shs.100000 for over speeding and $150 for off road driving in the national park.
  10. Mobile network coverage
    Given the nature of area, most parts of the national park do not have clear network coverage and you are encouraged to come with at least satellite phones.

    In conclusion, self drive safaris in Uganda are very flexible and allow visitors to enjoy variety of attraction within their convenience. Follow the above tips and you will enjoy your self drive tours in Uganda without any disturbance.

Some of the wears you should avoid when travelling abroad

There is a time life when you want to travel abroad, it may be of any reason – business, studies or even travelling as a tourists and enjoy new sights. Like Uganda every nation in the world has its own particular traditions and rules which they need to be followed by foreigners who visit the country. There is an expression in English, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”. Visiting any nation we should not abuse their rules and traditional rather follow them full heartedly. During any travel we should remember what to wear and what to not and its especially much vital for us to mind which things we should put on.

Shorts
Shorts is not that much recognizable dress wherever like in America shorts is really common however for countries like Vietnam and Indonesia it’s not very familiar with the public over there. Along these lines, do pack your bag according to the way of life and rules of the nation you’re travelling to.

Religiously immodest clothing
It’s a good idea to first make research on the country you’re hoping to travel to, for example when travelling to countries like those in middle east to dress conservatively because these countries hold deeply their religious views. In these countries you should avoid wearing shorts, miniskirts, tight jeans, cut sleeves particularly when entering to their holly places like, mosques, churches and others. In the interim they should carry a shawl or walk with them just in case.

Electronic Gadgets
Devices like expensive mobile phones, cameras ought to be kept away from while travelling as it might leave you just like a tourist. In the event that you need yourself to be part of the local people so that you can associate with them freely, take less photos of the place you have travelled to and don’t move with expensive gadgets.

Flashy Jewellery
This mostly apply to ladies, they should avoid putting on expensive jewellery when planning to travel abroad. You really don’t have to show off any valuables to anyone because this will attract thieves the thing which will land you in danger yet you are far from home.

Bright Colors
Unless when bright colors are the need of your destination, try avoiding them. Opt for suttle colors which characterize every mood and temperature. Try to put on these colors which are common among the local people as it will add in the community instead of putting you totally different and out casted.

Awkward foot wears
While packing for any trip abroad, for example when going a tour you should think of packing comfortable and light shoes which would be useful especially when you’re walking around. High heels will leave you in agony rather having fun and happy moment on your trip with the friend and loved ones.

Big jacket
It is particularly vital to take care with the types of garments we are parking for a long excursion. Try avoiding larger coats and useless clothes without which tour is reasonable. As this will save you both space and hassle when packing.

Top travel tips you must know when packing for a Trip

Everyone in the world has the dreaming of travelling and visiting different beautiful destinations in the world. For me am here to help you organize and plan a successful vacation and we sit and sort out various information for a great day on the trip! It greatly tightens our effort. But, after sorting out everything carefully, some people tend to leave out some things which don’t strike us.

Check out the top travel tips that you must know while planning a self drive trip

Keep Someone Informed About Your Complete Plan
Ping someone, other than your friends and keep her/him aware about all your trips and stopovers. This is really important in case you fall in any sort of trouble. It would be easier for him/her to bail you out.

Keep arrivals during the day!
This is better when you’re planning an only Girls Tour it’s extremely fun, yet it is perfect to be somehow watchful. Arrive at your destination during day time to observe the area and get a clearer picture about the place and the feeling around.

Keep a Check on your Belongings
We simply overlook the world when in fun mode and are totally elated. Simply ensure your things are safe, particularly in public transport like bus or train, so that no spoiler occurs on the trip.

Put your cash in different places
This is another thing to think about when you’re planning a tour, it’s recommended to not place all your money in one place, its better you place them in two or three different places in case one luggage is lost your pockets won’t go radically empty.

Travel light
Luggage is one the most important thing to think about when planning to a trip, it’s recommended to carry a minimal luggage as possible so that it doesn’t become a problem for you to carry it and you can also manage it easily. Leave off the extras!

Wrap the liquids
Things like Shampoos and moisturizers are supposed to be placed in a specific place in the luggage, wrap them well in a plastic so that they don’t get squeezed and leave your luggage messed.

GPS needed!
On the off chance that on an excursion, particularly self drive tour one must have their GPS active to find the route handy. This saves a lot of time you would have wasted on stopping anywhere asking for direction.

Keep the essentials handy
While packing keep things that you regularly use in the front pockets of the pack so that you don’t need to open the luggage all the time. On the off chance that you are travelling with the car, keep a small bag near with the basics, to avoid opening the dickey inevitably.

Avoid Breakdown
Keep your travel documents like passport, visa license and others. And also mail a soft copy to yourself, in case something goes wrong, your identity needs a proof when you’re in a foreign country.

With simply being somewhat more careful, you can make the most of your tour to the fullest.

Top Weekend Trips In Uganda

In Uganda, we consider weekends as period for relaxation after the weekly routine work. The two weekend days include Saturday and Sunday – This is the time when Ugandans and foreigners enjoy them selves to overcome stress and for refreshment. Others start from Friday up to Sunday.

On Saturday, Seventh day Adventists go to their respective churches for worshiping – such Christians can enjoy their weekend praising the Lord through songs and reading bible verses. Then on Sunday, majority of the Christians including cathartics, Protestants, Born again, Orthodox among others go to their churches for praise and worship.
While others go to praise on the weekend, other people plan to spend their time at the beaches, cinema halls, theatres, Gambling clubs, and night clubs among others. On the other hand, some people decide to leave Kampala City (the capita city of Uganda) to other areas like Jinja, Entebbe, Mukono, Masaka and so on.

With African jungle Adventures, we can make your week

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end even more enjoyable – our expert tour consultants can draft for you two or three days trips at pocket friendly costs to the following destinations:

Bulago Island – I stumbled across Bulago Island on the recommendation of a friend who had recently taken the entire cast of Mamma Mia (Kampala’s amateur theatre group) there as a post-show-wrap-party. Bulago Island is about 500-acre, found in Lake Victoria with a Villa providing 7 bedrooms, 4 in the villa & 3 in the adjacent guest house. The villa is run by the company One Minute South led by

Alison Portilus.

The Equator – Always dreamed of straddling the line between the northern and southern hemisphere? Well, now you’re in Uganda your dreams can come true! To reach the official equator line from Kampala you can take a mutatu down towards Masaka (about 1 – 1.30 hours outside of Kampala) and asked to be dropped off just before.

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Jinja – to the source of River Nile, you can take a boat trip to the origin of the River. Meeting the origin point of the longest River in Africa is memorable. From Kampala to Jinja, it’s approximately 1.5 hours drive via Mabira Forest. We can make stopover for simple birding exercise, study about different tree species, and breath in fresh Air among others.

Lagoon Island Resort – The closest island to Kampala is home to this luxury resort. It’s is probably a better option that Bulago Island if you’re only going with one or two people. You can get there from the Munyonyo – Speke resort marina.

Bwindi National Park Gorillas – This requires at to start on Friday and set off to the misty jungles of Bwindi Impenetable Forest national park, a home to the endangered mountain  gorillas, track gorillas in Saturday and return to Kampala on Sunday. The 3 day gorilla safari Uganda package is among the top selling, with 2 nights in any lodge on edges of the forest because, it is over 8 hours drive from Kampala to the park.

Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary – 45hours boat cruise from Entebbe to the Island situated on Lake Victoria. There, you can see chimps in cages not like in Kibale where you need to struggle looking for them in the tropical forest.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Perhaps not the most romantic way to experience your first rhinos but this is in fact the only place in Uganda where you can catch a sight of the beasts these days. The sanctuary is located just off the Gulu Highway at Nakitoma and is about a 2.5 hour drive up the highway from Kampala.

Ssezibwa falls – it is located en route to Jinja town. Many myth stories and associated to this waterfall but you explore every thing is you pay a weekend tour there.

Mabamba Shoebill Sanctuary – Located near Entebbe in Wakiso district – this is one of the best sites you can view shoebill stocks. While their, you can do boat birding.
Bujjagali falls, beaches, Landing centres like Kasenyi among others.

Uganda: Birders’ Paradise

Uganda is one of the countries blessed with different kind of birds. The country accommodates about half of the total African bird species and it has attracted a lot of safaris in Uganda. Uganda has rich diverse habitats for birds. Most of Uganda birds are found in forested areas, national parks and wetland areas.

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In 2012, Uganda was voted the best birding destination by African bird club with Bwindi national park being number one birding sight and Murchison falls national park being number nine. Uganda safaris offer tourists the best opportunity to sight half of the African bird species found in her rich habitats. Ranging from wetlands to savannah areas, different bird species can be spotted.

Most tourists interested in birds travel to Bwindi impenetrable national park that is also famously known for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Murchison falls national park, Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park and other habitats to identify the different species of birds. Uganda safari also offers tourists to sight beautiful and colourful birds at Bigodi wetland sanctuary.

The bird species recorded in Uganda includes a total of 1,061 species, of which two are endemic and four are rare species. These birds include the ostriches the largest bird in the world, the rare shoebill stork, flamingos, geese, ducks and swans, secretary bird, doves, parrots, cuckoos, turacos, red bishop marabou stocks, bee-eaters, among others.

Ostriches are the largest flying less bird native to Africa. In spite of them not able to fly, they can run at a very fast speed and in long distance because they have a distinctive appearance. Their long neck and legs help them to run in high speed. Ostriches are found in Kidepo valley national park one of the savannah parks in Uganda. Enjoy bird watching which is one of the major activities offered to tourists on Uganda safaris to the different national parks and have a word to gossip back home.

The rare shoe bill storks are the most humble birds found in Murchison falls national park. Most of the tourists during their safaris to Uganda enjoy the sight of this beautiful bird. Visit Uganda the paradise of birds and have a chance to sight the different bird species of your interest.

How to organize a perfect safari to Serengeti National Park

safari-serengetiThis amazing destination is encompassed with game rich sanctuaries that make for an unparallel safari experience. In other words don’t rush your safari, take it step by step or you will miss out on out.

Serengeti National park is the kingdom of predators, while the colossal groups of the Migration thunder over the plain in various numbers. The park has a lot to offer that the worlds last continuing to be great migration. Be that as it may, this migration is so magnificent it is scarcely unexpected most guests to the Serengeti National Park try to time there itinerary to go with the migration.

It is a great idea to try to get all over the place when on Safari. While it ought to be said that it is not continually practical nor is a good idea to leave your vehicle on some events it motivated. Kayaking on Lake Manyara or nature walk around the Tarangire Wilderness Area are great ways to stretch the legs and see, odor and feel the African wilderness far from the boundaries of the 4×4.

This is the one time it is allowed to drive in the Serengeti National Park in the pre-down. At times, ascend to 1000 meters or more to see the enormity and breathtaking panorama of the Serengeti. From time to time the pilot ought to put more heat into the balloon with the intense whisper burners.

A critical thought for the majority of people is the expense. The Serengeti is not generally reasonable – with park charges alone multiplying in 2014 to US $60 per individual daily. There are some lodges that take care for budget safaris and in case you also travel in low season then lodge costs are lowered considerably.

How long should a safari to Serengeti be? The Serengeti alone is so big months could be spent exploring the park. A main guideline would be to spend 5 days in the main and southern Serengeti or the main and northern Serengeti depending on the season of year is the minimum time to acquire any genuine feel or pleasure for the area.

When the best time to visit Serengeti? The dry season is July to December and is the ideal time for a photographic tour. The short rains are in November and the long rains from March to mid June. Be that as it may, the weather does not always act naturally. A few years we have had more rain in January and February than the whole of the rainy season. It may be perfect to start the downpours are from November to June with a drier period from December to mid March. Keep in mind that low season is both much cheaper and receives fewer visitors.

What season to book a tour to this park depends on precisely what you need and to work carefully with your excursion operator will help you choose. I would aim to avoid late July to the end of September for the sole reason the parks and set number of lodges are just excessively hectic.

If you are an experienced voyager, there is no reason why you should not touch arrive in Arusha and organize your safari with a local travel company. I have worked as a tour operator in Arusha in northern Tanzania and planned itineraries for tourists who have really had up to three travel agents in a chain all including commission onto the rate of the safari.

A tour for one or two people is expensive. One method to reduce this expense is to join with a group. Joining a group tour will be less expensive; this being the only advantage if cost is an issue. To impart a safari vehicle to regularly requiring new people might case problem once the safari starts.

The more concerns you ask the more viable will be your safari. The quality of the answers you get to your worries will also show how interested your tour operator in Tanzania is on the success of your safari verses simply making a profit.

One final comment will be to unwind whilst on safari- remove you view as it simply won’t be required. There is not the very same reality on an Africa safari.

Egypt discusses plans to breathe life in fragile tourism industry

In the conference intended to talk about the different ways to restore the countries collapsing tourism sector, an Egyptian official remarked that an immediate plan should be implemented to enhance the fragile tourism sector in the North African countries.

The authority made the comments at the main Academic Tourist Conference which was held in Hurghada.

“After this plan arrangement, we ought to also actualize both short and long term plans to develop tourism,” said Ahmed Abdullah, governor of Egypt’s Red Sea Governorate.

The governor said that, the government, workers in the tourism industry, academics and specialists, ought to cooperate to find solutions to once again make Egypt a world well known vacationer destination.

The Russian air plane crash over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in October a year ago dealt a blow to Egypt’s now battered tourism industry.

It finally led some nations, including Britain and Russia, to suspend their flights to Egypt’s renowned Red Sea resort, Sharm el-Sheik and to evacuate their nationals there, over security concerns.

Egypt has been taking several measures recently to revive tourism.

Tourism sector, one of the main sources of the nation’s national income and foreign currency reserves, endured a setback since the 2011 uprising that toppled previous long-time leader, Hosni Mubarak.

Uganda Rwanda Safari Tipping Guide

What is a tip?
It is a token given after service delivery. It is a sign of appreciating the service given – Tips are mainly given to waiters, waitresses, and driver – guides, fuel attendant, Lodges or Hotel attendants, consultants, park rangers, Park guides/destination guides, Teachers and  many more. Tipping is done willingly – not a must but in developed states like United States of America, Japan, Chaina and so on, tipping is a culture every after service.

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In East Africa, the culture of tipping is just developing by the tourist on holidays for leisure, Wildlife viewing, Gorilla treks, chimp tracks, Mountain climbing among others. To many tourists from developed countries, find it a must to tip but the question are; how to tip? When to tip? Who should tip? And to whom?

How to tip?
As discussed above, tipping is done willingly by the client (s), he or she can decide to tip or not. However if you decide to tip, feel free to give any amount basing on your budget and satisfaction. Tipping creates confidence and friendship between the staff and the client. In East Africa, a client can tip in Uganda shillings, Kenya Shillings, Tanzania Shillings, Rwanda Francs or in major International currencies like US dollars, Euro and Australian Dollars.

When to tip?
According to Mathias Mukasa from Rwanda safari company known as Gorilla Expeditions Limited, tipping is always done after service delivery – it is a sign of appreciating the services rendered to the client (s). The amount of the tip depends on the clients’ satisfaction delivered from the utilization of commodity. Mathias gave an example of tourists on their safaris in Rwanda who tip guides at the end of the trip (At the airport or hotel), and park rangers tipped at the end of gorilla trekking, same as hoteliers given tips on check-out, or after order delivery.

Who should tip?
The clients/ visitors are the ones supposed to tip but it is done willingly – not forced.

Why tip?
Visitors/ clients tip to show their appreciation for the service delivered to them.
They also tip to create or strengthen friendship between the service deliverer and the service.

Whom should be tipped?
The service deliverer is the one supposed to be tipped, they include waiters, waitresses, drivers, guides, consultant among others. On other words, each person should be tipped in his / her place of work depending on the kind of service delivered. For instance, if you went out for a game drive in Akagera National Park with a ranger guide, he deserves a tip depending on the service delivered, that is, if you are satisfied. If you went on gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park in accompany of a armed rangers, park guides and porters, those people deserve a tip, however small it may be. Above all, your driver / Guide also deserves a tip as he contributes a lot to your holiday.

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