Things to Check Before Hiring a Self-Drive Car in Uganda
Safety and having the right Car for the purpose you rented it is one of the important elements of a road trip. Most importantly, your Uganda car rental should be lawfully up-to-the-minute (have a minimum third-party insurance covering it, be registered with URA (Uganda Revenue Authority), and is roadworthy). Most Car Renters, because they are unaware or are in a rush tend to forget the key things while undertaking their self-drive tours and thus end up being disappointed or paying extra for their negligence or forgetfulness. It is important for travelers to have a checklist for the self-driving rental Car prior to making long trips for smoother journeys and unforgettable experiences. You wouldn’t want to experience unusual and unnatural disruptions along the way and for this reason, we bring you some of the important things you need to check before driving off with your self-drive Car;
Renting a Car from a credible and registered Car Rental Company
One of the most important checks you need to do is to ensure that the Car you plan on using for the self-drive tour has been rented from a credible and registered Car rental or Tour and Travel Company. This, you have to do even before making payments. The best way to do this is by going through the Company’s website, checking TripAdvisor or google reviews, checking the location of the Company and more easily getting experiences from any of your close friends, relatives, or colleagues who had used the Company’s services.
Check whether the required Rental Car documents are up-to-the-minute
Some of the crucial documentation to check before leaving for the self-drive trip include your valid driving License, the receipt for renting the Car, the Car rental Agreement, the Rental Car Authorization letter from the Company, the Registration certificate for the Rental Car, the rental car’s valid and up-to-date Insurance, and the Car’s fitness certificate. These important checks will ensure you have a smooth self-drive tour without interruption from traffic officers.
Make sure that the Car you are given is what you booked/or asked for
Based on the number of passengers the Rental car is intended to take, the trip demand for the Car, the purpose of the Car (safari/game drive, business meeting, airport transfer, wedding, or research studies), whether you are familiar with a particular Car for long-distance road trips or through remote areas, you might ask for a particular Car type/model. Make sure that what you get is what you asked for. Remember that different Car types have different prices and it is very important to first understand the Car rental Rates before finally choosing which one to hire. You wouldn’t want to pay a Land Cruiser V8 price for a Toyota Rav4. Another important advice to take is to use Diesel Cars because they are more pocket-friendly and therefore have a lesser effect on your road trip budget.
Properly check to ascertain whether there are any hidden charges
If you book your Rental Car in Uganda, you will notice that some Car Rental Companies will request for accidental insurance, security deposits and accidental damage fees which will most likely affect the final price of hiring the Car. For this reason, make sure that you are well acquainted with these charges that are likely to apply to the Car you are hiring. This is done by thoroughly reading and understanding the Car Rental Terms of Conditions to avoid any surprises.
Check the Car for any damages/scratches/dents
One of the mistakes that travelers do is leaving the Company premises before properly checking the Car. For this reason, before undertaking tour self-drive tour, take your time to thoroughly check the Car for any damages, dents or scratches and this should be backed by photos to avoid paying extra costs for damages you didn’t cause. Also, ensure that the wheel pressure. Clutches, lock sensors, brakes, oil levels and others are well checked and recorded. Not only will you save yourself from extra costs but also make your road trip smooth, safe and memorable.Read More
Rooftop Tent Car Rental in Uganda
We offer different type of cars on our fleet ranging from small SUV, vans and Bigger cars like land cruiser or jeeps. Not every car can fit the rooftop tents. There are specific cars which can accommodate it. These includes, land cruiser prados TX/TZ, Land cruiser V8, Land cruiser GX, safari land cruisers, Nissan patrols and etc.
We have different sizes of rooftop tents; those which can fit one person to 2 people. In case the number is bigger, some of cars like the land cruiser V8, GX and safari land cruisers can fit two rooftop tents which can accommodate up to 4 people each car.
Self-driving with a rooftop car rental in Uganda comes with many advantages; it reduces the cost of the trip as you will be sleeping on top of the car not in lodges. You can sleep anywhere as long as the place has the camping ground and security, Facilities like toilets and bathrooms have to be in place.
Clients purchase food from different supermarkets and food markets along the road. This means you are helping the local people directly and supporting them. Our rooftop tent comes with camping gear which includes, mattresses, table, chairs, gas cylinder, cooking utensils, cooler box (not electric ) electric ones come at extra fee.
Touring with rooftop car, will save you from booking prior some lodges and paying deposits, you can sleep at any destination you prefer, no worry of finding the lodges fully booked. Eating different type of food and preparing it by you is fun.
Our rooftop tents are reliable and we check before delivering them to you. Some clients may have no knowledge on how the tent is mounted or spread on the car. We can train you before leaving for your trip, how it is supposed to be done.
Our rental company advises clients on different destinations they are going to visit and also incase a client wants a draft Itinerary our consultants can advise accordingly and give the information.
In case the group is bigger on a car hire trip, the option of hiring more than one car is possible and also we are very flexible in case the group members wants ground tents we offer them. Clients may decide to hire two cars with rooftop tents and then go with a rav4 with the ground tents.
In case of any information we are available and our consultants are very prompt with all the information of different destinations plus car hire, self-driving trip and etc.Read More
Planning a Honeymoon Holiday in Uganda
Don’t you think it is a good idea to have your honeymoon in Uganda? Have you ever thought about spending your honey moon in Uganda’s amazing places! It is a brilliant idea to consider planning your honeymoon in this beautiful country that has been commonly referred to as the Pearl of Africa.
Bwindi forest or volcanoes National park in Rwanda and Uganda respectively. These two national parks are home to over 880 endangered mountain gorilla and spending some time with these creatures is really rewarding. Our company can organize your gorilla permits, transport to and from and plus accommodation while in the above mentioned sites. While on your honeymoon, we make sure that something special is organized for you at any given lodge. This is always a surprise to spice up your stay in Uganda. For any honeymoon ideas including gorillas, Encounter Africa Safaris takes the lead.
You need spending your honeymoon in a quiet place so that you get up close and personal with your partner. Our company will organize for you a better and exclusive lodge for your experience. Even though it’s on the Island in Lake Victoria or Wild waters lodge in Jinja, we will also move that extra mile to provide you for what you are looking for. The other honey moon destinations include; enjoying sun downer drinks or bush breakfast if you decide to go on safari, hot air balloon safaris in Queen Elizabeth and or sunset cruise/wine and cheese cruise on Lake Victoria and River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park. For honeymoon ideas, please contact one of our dedicated safari consultantRead More
Uganda the Perfect Destination for Honeymoon Holiday in Africa
No wonder it was recently voted one of best destinations to be visited in the world by Rough Guide, Uganda has a lot to offer for a perfect honeymoon trips from exotic islands, beaches, wildlife, primates and budget friendly options. Are you trying to figure out where to go on your honeymoon? Uganda has covered you with a wide list of its amazing tourist attractions. Here are some of the places you should include in your honeymoon safari in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa;
Beautiful Bunyonyi Island
Lake Bunyonyi Island continues to hold a banner of being the exotic destination for leisurely holidays in Africa. This island is one of the most scenic places in Africa and its great weather break the record of getting a new name as the “Switzerland of Africa”. The Island offers variety of leisure activities including swimming, sun bathing, boat ride, hiking, nature walks, fishing, birding without forgetting the exclusive eye catching views of the twenty nine islands. There are lots of places where you can stay during your holiday! From beautiful budget lodges to luxurious safari style lodges, you are assured of a great stay during your holiday.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the best places to see the endangered mountain gorillas in Africa. Are you looking for natural scenic beauty in the middle of a wild jungle forest? Look no further! Start planning your trip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a perfect location for tourists looking to gorilla trekking safaris in Africa. Couples looking for exclusive gorilla safari experience in Africa now have Uganda a home to half of the living population of the endangered mountain gorillas. Unveil the jungle rain forest natural beauty is heading out to see mountain gorillas in their forested home. The happy jungle life experience in Africa ever starts here and we highly recommend it to all visitors to Africa.
Kidepo Valley National Park
With an ever–expanding list of rare wildlife species and the unique cultural experience of the Karamojong people, Kidepo valley is a great place for Honeymoon safaris especially if you both love wildlife and culture. While here you can an unwind at the lodge balcony as you view more wildlife on the water hole on a hot day. The Kidepo Valley endless plain extends to the famous Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya another fantastic wildlife safari park in Africa. Be ready to carry home great moments of the Big 5 and other park wildlife.
The Ssese Island is an archipelago of about 43 islands. Perhaps the travelers’ favorite vacation destination in Uganda with comfortable lake side hotels and lodges and a right Place for anyone seeking for complete leisure and relaxation. Ssese Island hotels and Resorts will reveal the right meaning of honeymoon vacations with the many special couple arrangements as well as the amazing lake island tour activities.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
The tree climbing lions of Ishasha, the highest population of hippos, crocodiles at the Kazinga channel, wildlife and the chimpanzee species in Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest reserve a great chimpanzee safari spot put the park on map as a premier safari destination in the world. Queen Elizabeth is an exclusive safari destination in Uganda.Read More