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Best Cars to use on a Uganda Safari

Have you ever traveled to Africa particularly Uganda? Or have you ever hired a vehicle from 4×4 Uganda car hire agency, if not its high time you book your safari with us with our self-drive vehicle.

Uganda is one of the best countries to go on safari, this is due to a number of adventurous activities done in Uganda which involves sightseeing, game drive, gorilla and primate trekking, forest walk, launch cruise, birding and also spending overnights in tents and lodges deep in the remote areas, it gives you a true experience on an African safari particularly Uganda.

It should be noted that most of Uganda’s tourist attractions are located in very remote areas at times making access a bit very difficult so it needs a well experience and trained driver to reach these some of very difficult to reach areas of Uganda which are gifted with nice to see attractions. However, this can be very possible with our well serviced 4×4 vehicles that can handle Uganda’s tough roads more so in the remote villages and parks.

If you need a full safari our tour operator can organize one for you, or if you just need to hire from us a vehicle with or without a driver still it’s very okay we have trusted comfortable cars for hire of all type just contact us at info@4x4ugandacarhire.com we will get back to you very soon. In order to have the wonderful safari, you are recommended to choose the right car that suits your budget plus the number of people you’re traveling with.

For one or two travelers a Toyota Rav 4 is good, however the most suitable include a safari minivan and a safari land cruiser are the best to use. You are always advised to choose the best car that fits the number of people you are traveling with and the tourist destination, for a big group of about 7-10 a safari van is very suitable it has a popup roof which provide a clear view also suitable during a game drive as you will be in position to view various animals from a far distance and also it makes photography so easy. This kind of vehicle has air conditioner, adequate seat row space with a good space for cargo; once you book this car with us a discounted rate can be offered. The price for the safari mini bus in Uganda ranges from 90 to 120 per day but exclude gas/fuel.

A Toyota safari land cruiser is also recommended when on a safaris to Uganda’s remote national parks, since most of the roads leading you to remote areas of Uganda are tough this vehicle is highly recommended to be used, you can hire it with a driver or without a driver. It can accommodate up to 8 people including a driver; it’s regarded as the most comfortable and suitable car to us for rough roads and camping safaris.

It’s well equipped with an air-conditioner, in built fridge, pop-up roof, First kit, 2 spare tyres with a good space for luggages. It has a 35 inch big tyre which allows navigating muddy marram roads in the villages plus tough terrain of the parks. It can access any Conner of Uganda with a lot of easy including crossing borders. We have many of these kind, Hiring this car can go to USD 170 per day with a driver or at USD 150 per day without a driver without fuel.

Most of Ugandan parks are located in the south-western part of Uganda including Kibale forest national park, Bwindi national park, Lake Mburo national park, Semuliki N.P. Lake Bunyonyi, Mgahinga Forest National park, Queen Elizabeth N.P, other Uganda parks include Kidepo valley national in the far northern part of Uganda, Murchison falls national park in the Northeastern part of Uganda, Rwenzori mountain and Mt. Elgon both located in the eastern part of Uganda.

All these Uganda parks alongside other attractions in the remote areas can be well explored in one of these two customized 4×4 safari cars. Whether you want to rent a car with a driver or without, we have plenty of them at a very fare and friendly price, don’t stress yourself looking for these cars just get in touch with us at info@4x4ugandacarhire.com

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Experiences

5 Adventure Activities Not to Miss in Uganda!

Uganda is a country that is gifted by nature and the best places where one seeking exclusive wildlife safaris can visit. Popularly known as the pearl of Africa, Uganda has a lot to offer and this is one of the reasons why many tourists on safaris visit the country. Uganda is a very safe and secure country and above all the people are very hospitable and very easy to interact with. While on a Uganda safari, there are some tourism destinations and activities one should not miss because of their uniqueness and they include the following

Horseback Riding In Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo national park is one of the savanna national park located in western Uganda in Kiruhura district. The park has an eco system comprising of different savanna vegetation types (grassland, woodlands) that are homes to a number of wildlife species, which include zebras, buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes, a number of antelopes and so many birds.

Today wildlife safaris in this national park are experienced using horses that take tourists in the wild as they view the major wildlife around. The horses are well trained and managed by well experienced horse guides who escort the tourists as they explain to them the wildlife species they view as they ride. Horse back riding in lake Mburo national park does not require any horse riding experience and even the first timers can therefore do it after proper guidance by the horse guides.

Horseback riding is a very adventurous activity that gives tourists a chance to get close to the real wild and it’s among the activities one must not miss while in Uganda.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi And Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks

Mountain gorillas are wild animals adventurous tourists should not miss while in Uganda. They are among the most endangered primate species that are only remaining in three countries in the world (in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo). In Uganda mountain gorillas live in Bwindi impenetrable forest, which has half of the mountain gorilla population remaining on the planet with 12 habituated mountain gorilla families, and in Mgahinga gorilla national park which has one habituated mountain gorilla family.

Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi or Mgahinga national parks is very adventurous and exciting as the tourists hike through the forests covered by mist looking for the allocated mountain gorilla family. The hike can take about 5 hours and sometimes more. This hike is usually characterized by sightings of a number of wildlife species in the forests and a real feel of the jungle. Mountain gorilla trekking permits are sold at only $600 during the peak tourist season and at $350 during the low tourists season. They cab be trekked at anytime of the year however the trek can be best enjoyed during the dry season when there are less chances for rainfall that usually disrupts the hiking process.

White Water Rafting

This is a very thrilling tourist activity carried out along the great river Nile in Jinja. White water rafting involves tourists having a boat ride along the rapids along river Nile where they are some times thrown out of their rafting boats by the strong forces of the rapids. This is an adventurous activity that does not require experience but rather determination. Its not an activity for the faint hearted but its very exciting and rewarding and all those seeking for great adventure should not miss it out while in the pearl of Africa.

A Visit To Murchison Falls

These are the greatest waterfalls in Uganda along river Nile located in Murchison falls national park. The water here pours down the rocky valley with a lot of energy making an enormous sound, forming a mist a few meters in the air, splashing waters around and surprisingly forming a permanent rain ball that is clearly seen. The falls can be best viewed both from the top or the bottom depending on ones preference. Those interested in viewing them from the top drive some 10 kilometers to the viewing point while those interested in viewing them from the bottom head for boat cruises to the falls can even hike to the top to clearly see the rain ball. While in Uganda, the Murchison falls should definitely be on your must visit places.

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Advice

How to Plan an Affordable Self Drive Safari in Uganda

Self-drive safaris in Uganda are bucket list dream for most solo travelers on African safari holiday but require adequate planning to make them more pocket friendly. Whereas others opt for guided safaris, Uganda is also best to discover on self-drive tour. With our wide-range of self-drive safari cars, solo travelers are never left stranded. Besides, our experienced experts have crafted several of tailor-made packages all suited within solo travelers’ needs.

Reserve early

Let your budget not limit your travel dreams. To embark on self-drive in Uganda at affordable rate, make sure you have booked your trip early. Most accommodation facilities tend to reduce on the rates for the accommodation and you can be one of the beneficiaries. It also helps you secure your dream self-drive safari car and have everything done early.

Know when to visit

Choose your season that you plan to embark on solo trip. Depending on your budget, the low season is preferably the best for budget travelers. During the low season, fewer visitors travel and higher chances are that most accommodation facilities are forced to cut down on their rates.

Get in touch with our safari experts

A well-planned self-drive tour involves combining ideas and so contacting our reservation team for assistance is very key. Get in touch with our reservation team and let us plan your trip together. Note, not all lodges give allowances to solo travelers and that is why we exist to do the rest of the groundwork.

Inform our experts

Make sure you let our experts early about your travel preferences so that they can make a package for you. The essential information required from is if you wish to dine alone-the choice does matter, do you wish to join the scheduled departure safari with a group or entirely independent, reason for your travel-wildlife, birding, mountain gorillas or golden monkey tracking; whom do you plan to travel with-children or friends and the accommodation type.

Choose budget accommodation

Depending on the destination you plan to visit on solo/self-drive tour, Uganda consists of various budget accommodation options. They are pocket friendly and everyone is covered. You can also choose to camp/rent one of our rooftop cars and save a lot more or spend a night in a budget safari lodge or hotel.

Choose the best car

Make your self-drive tour in Uganda absolute by booking our classic budget self-drive safari cars. Our self-drive safari rental cars to book include 4×4 Toyota Rav4-you can opt for automatic or manual transmission (rent one at $45), our Rav4 rental cars are compact and comfortable for your self-drive tour in Uganda; Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Hiace, Super Custom or Toyota Land Cruiser roof top tent. All our self-drive rental cars are well serviced and maintained-ever in better mechanical conditions for you to hit the road comfortably.

In summary, get in touch with our reservation team and let us have your self-drive safari holiday planned within your travel desires. We are available 24/7.

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Experiences Safaris

The Batwa Trail

The dense forests at the foot of the Virunga Volcanoes were home to the Batwa people: hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine thanks to ancient knowledge passed down for generations.

The Batwa Trail is located in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda where the Batwa people, a group of indigenous people, used to reside.  This nature walk tour introduces visitors to this African tribe’s life.  During the trek, visitors learn about the Batwa’s cultural heritage including their past ways of living!  This cultural encounter is one of the most memorable experience of a Uganda tour to see the mountain gorillas in Mgahinga National Park, a lesser known gorilla trekking destination in Uganda.  The funds from this tour are part of a give back program that supports the indigenous people’s cultural heritage by helping them purchases new land, provide education and books.

During this moving tour, the Batwa demonstrate their unique cultural heritage through various activities and discussions, such as hunting and bamboo cup demonstrations.  Medicinal plants and their usage are pointed out as well.  Guests are finally invited to the sacred Ngarama Cave, once home to the Batwa King, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes eerily around the depths of the dark cave, and leaves guests with a moving sense of the richness of this fading culture

Dr. Andrew Seguya, Executive Director of UWA, said, “We are happy to be associated with the development of our partners, the Batwa people,  and with projects such as the Garama Cave and short trail, which will enhance income for them. We will strive to add more products to give our visitors a fully rewarding experience.”

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Things to know when planning a Safari to Uganda

Sir Winston Churchill dubbed Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” for many reasons and one of them are the endless natural wonders evidenced when he visited in 1907. This remarkable destination to awe is geographically placed in the Eastern region of the African continent.

It shares borders with different countries including Kenya in the East, Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, and South Sudan in the north, Rwanda in the South west and Tanzania in the South.

From diverse Wildlife, picturesque spots, lively cities, tranquil shorelines, welcoming locals, culture and enthralling activities offered, Uganda is a destination you should consider for your first Safari vacation to the African continent.

A number of travelers are dropping in for an unrivalled Wildlife Safari holiday, if you wish to join the trail, there are some things listed below you should know before you board to this unique destination.

What’s required on entry; Uganda is amongst the easily accessed countries in Africa, but one will not freely enter without meeting the necessary requirements.

There are three documents required on entry; a valid passport, tourist Visa and valid yellow fever vaccination card. The passport must be valid for six months to its expiration date.

Where to land on arrival; All visitors to Uganda from different parts of the World land at Entebbe, the only international airport in the country. The airport is about 47km from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.

Is it possible to get the Visa on arrival; Yes, you can get the Visa on arrival though sometimes it is time wastage. You may find a huge crowd at the Visa desk. Though its better when you book in advance.

How to get from the airport; You can get from the airport using a taxi but it is more comfortable, secure and cost friendly when you arrange the transportation with a local tour operator. Airport Taxis are more expensive and not available all the time.

Best time to visit Uganda; You can visit Uganda all year round but basing on activities you are interested in such as Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking and Golden monkey tracking, it is more satisfying when you plan for the trip in the dry season (June to July & December to February).

In the wet season, you are most likely to miss out on some activities, as the roads tend to be muddy and slippery.

Best option of exploring Uganda; You can explore Uganda with either a customized, tailor-made safari or with a Self-drive. For customized and tailor-made safaris, all logistics including lodge and permit bookings, transportation, airport transfers and guide services are arranged by a local tour operator. For Self-drive, you have to hire a well-conditioned Car and drive yourself to the different places of interest.

The climate; Uganda has a much more favorable climate as compared to the rest of East African countries. It experiences two seasons including dry and wet season. During the dry season there is low rainfall and high temperatures. For wet season, high rainfall drops occur with low temperature rates.

Where to go. Uganda has a lot of picturesque spots to visit on your Safari. These include National Parks, game reserves and sanctuaries located in different regions of the country.

There are 10 National Parks; Bwindi forest, Mgahinga forest, Lake Mburo, Semliki, Kibale, Mountain Rwenzori, Mountain Elgon, Murchison, Queen Elizabeth and Kidepo Valley National Park.

What to see; There are lots to see while on a Uganda safari. Some of these things include; Wildlife, Gorillas, Cultural sites, forests, lakes, Rivers and historical sites.

How secure is Uganda; Uganda is more secure when compared to other countries in the Eastern part of Africa. Tourism Police is scattered in different regions of the country to provide security to all travelers.

Which mode of payment; While in Uganda, you can pay by cash or card.  There are also several online platforms you can use to make a payments.

Currencies used in Uganda; Uganda’s currency is shillings but other international currencies like dollar, Euro and Pounds are also accepted. Forex bureaus are available in different towns, you can also exchange foreign to local currency.

Mode of transportation; While in major cities like Kampala, you can take a taxi or Boda Boda to travel around the city though they are not secure. It is recommended arrange a city tour and other transportation around with a local tour operator. This is more comfortable and secure.

Food served in Uganda; Restaurants in Uganda serve both local continental dishes. Enjoy local Ugandan dishes.

Language used; Uganda consists of over fifty tribes and each tribe with its own language. English is the national official language and widely used in all parts of Uganda.

How are the locals; Ugandans are actually ranked to be the most welcoming in Africa. They are There are helpful and vey hospitable and offer the top most safaris.

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Places

5 Best Uganda Cultural Tourism Sites

Would you like to explore Uganda’s cultural sites? Here are the best five places to visit in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.

The Royal Tombs at Kasubi

These royal tombs are located in the outskirts of Kampala. The tombs lie approximately 5 kilometers from the city center that is Kampala city on Kasubi hill. This site is a very important cultural site among the Buganda tradition. It has been gazated as one of the UNESCO heritage place. Up to present, there are four (5) kings of Buganda who have been buried here. These are King Ssunna 11 who was buried in 1884,King Muteesa who lived from 1835 to 1884, King Mwanga from 1867 to 1903 though he died in exile on the Seychelles Islands. Daudi Chwa 11 lived from 1896 to 1939 and the last king to be buried here was Sir Edward Muteesa 11 (1924-1969). The significant location of the largest kingdom of Buganda takes dome like shape and if you visit the site, you will be required to pay some money.

For the past centuries, the ancient Ganda cultures have been performed at this site and the site holds numerous historical treasures within the Buganda kingdom. It is one of the most visitied places visited by tourists taking safari holidays in Uganda. The site has been constructed reconstructed today 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

Ssezibwa Falls

Sezibwa falls stands as the heritage site in Buganda. The people in this culture have attached this site as a place where they obtain blessings from. Following the local legend given at the site, Sezibwa and Bwanda rivers where born as twin from a woman who was known as Nakkungu Tebatuusa. Bwanda river is strategically flowed towards the mother’s village though the Sezibwa river cut its own path and flowed west. In so doing it passed a number of obstacles which were so difficult. For the Sezibwa, the name was driven from a local phrase called sezibwa kkubo and this meant, no obstacles can stop me from moving along.

This place is full of nature trails most especially for those who are nature lovers. A long the river, there are hikes which will offer you opportunity for hiking in case you are interested in this activity. There is a forest surrounding the heritage site while it is muddy in some areas. Because of this therefore, you will be advised to wear good hiking shoes which will guarantee you good hiking opportunity when you are at the site. This cultural heritage site has also got a number of bird species. Indeed it has been a much loved spot where you will view a number of bird species. This site also hosts a number of animals which will offer you opportunity for wildlife viewing. The most notable species of animals found at this heritage site include; the bush and the red tailed monkeys. These will be readily available when you visit this heritage site. To carry good memomories back to your country, you can take some photos of these animals.

Namugongo Shrine

Every year on June, 3rd , many believers from catholic,Anglican and moslem do frequent the martyrs shrine at Namugongo. These martyrs shrine are a vital attraction in Ugandan history. In this place, twenty two (22) catholic Christian converts were brutally executed following the orders which were given by Kabaka Mwanga 11. This was in the year 1886. He ordered a degree to kill all these Christians who were against the doctrines of the king. This site is a vital tourism site and was erected by the Roman Catholic Church Christians and the Church of Uganda, and annually pilgrimages are made to this place. Other converts who were killed included; Anglicans and Moslems.

The Karambi Tombs

The Karambi tombs are located in the town of Fort portal which is found in Kabarole town. They are strategically found along Kasese road which is about 5 kilometers from the town of Kasese town. These sites are a burial place for Kasagama and Rukidi III and are a historically important to the Kingdom of Toro.

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Rothschild giraffe: The Gentle Giant Endemic to Uganda

The giraffa camelopardalis camelopardis, or the Rothschild giraffe, commonly known as the giraffe, is one of those under-appreciated wild animals found in Uganda. Apart from the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, the Ugandan giraffe is unique to its home and cannot be easily found elsewhere apart from Uganda and Kenya, where they have lived for years.

The Rothschild giraffe population has drastically reduced over the years, leaving an estimated number of 800 individuals. The giraffe lives in some of the most fertile parts of Uganda and Kenya, making it easy for people who practice farming to encroach on their habitats and sometimes attack them.

The Rothschild giraffe is said to be a relative of the deer family, and science might soon prove that giraffes used to be shaped like deers centuries back before they evolved into the gentle giants they are today.

There are many attributes that make the Rothschild giraffe stand out from the rest of of the giraffe family.

Characteristics
Standing at an estimated height of 20 feet tall, they are considered the tallest giraffes in their subspecies.

They can weigh up to an estimate of 2,500 pounds with the female giraffes being several pounds lighter than males.

The spots on their body are quite unique; they are brown patches with cream or white lines marking through the brown spots. Their long legs have fewer markings and stop at the top turning into a pure white spread from the kneecaps.

The Rothschild giraffe has more horns — five more than its other relatives who usually have two. There are two in the regular place on top of the head, one in the middle, and two at the back and the first three are easier to notice.

They have very long necks although their vertebrae is the same length as that of a human.
Their senses are very acute, meaning that they can see even further than a normal person and have a strong sense of smell.

They are also attributed with averagely long tails that help to thwart flies off their bodies.
Their height is also attributed to their long legs and necks but the legs contribute a lot to the swiftness of the Rothschild giraffe, making them very fast and agile. It is believed that they can easily match up with a cheetah in the wild just incase they are being chased around for prey.

Although this has not to been proven, these giraffes are not easy prey to catch in the wild and that’s why they are not constantly attacked.

They have characteristics of cows with four stomachs, meaning they chew cud as well.
Feeding is made easy with their long necks that reach out to the trees and the long strong tongues to tag at the leaves.

It has been observed that the males tend to feed on the high branches whilst the females feed on the lower ones.

Giraffes can reproduce when they are between three and five years old, which is estimated to be sooner for females compared to the males. Their gestation period can last up to 16 months and they usually give birth to one calf at a time.

Breeding projects
There are many breeding projects being carried out to increase the population of giraffes through Uganda and Kenya.

You can get a chance to see these gracious giants in several national parks in Uganda. You only need to plan a Uganda safari to any of these national parks; Kidepo Valleys National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Pian Upe Game Reserve and Murchison Falls national park.

 

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Activities Guides

Visiting the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the best national parks in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. Located in South Western Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the four conservation areas protecting the endangered mountain gorillas. Gazetted in the 1990s, the park is host to half of the total remaining population of the mountain gorillas. The park provides a thrilling experience of gorilla trekking; a wonderful journey to see the endangered gorillas in the wild. The trek leads you through undulating hills and small-scale farmlands. It provides a memorable experience when you spend time in the jungle viewing varieties of primates, birds and the giant mountain gorillas.

One of the quintessential Uganda experiences is tracking the giant mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and nothing quite prepares you for the first glimpse of black fuzz amidst the dense foliage. The adrenaline kicks in when you’re up close to the imposing figure of a silverback pounding its chest and it’s all very Dian Fossey-like when curious babies peek through leaves and twist, turn and somersault for your entertainment. Gorilla permits will set you back a hefty US$500 but don’t think twice about forking out for this genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Bwindi being a tropical rain forest will also provide an amazing experience to you all nature lovers.

Keep in mind that a portion of the fee goes to the park and gorilla conservation initiatives, helping to ensure these giant mountain gorillas survive. Also experience the beautiful and hospitality of the local community who showcase their culture.

Planning a Visit Bwindi for gorilla trekking? Here are some of themust know things that you should note;

  • In order to track the mountain gorillas, one need to secure gorilla permits. It is advisable to book your gorilla permits at least 3 months before the tour desired tracking date. Remember gorilla permits are available year-round but do sell out fast during the peak season. Many travelers book their permits a year in advance and some even reserve them 2 years before.
  • If you are looking to smooth travel experience, it is advisable to book your trip through a tour operator or travel agency. There are several companies that specialize in organizing gorilla safaris in Uganda and the neighboring countries of Rwanda and Congo (former Zaire). Some of the recommended tour operators include Go Gorilla Trekking, Gorilla Expeditions, Budget Gorilla Safaris and more.
  • When tracking the mountain gorillas, always follow the steps outlined by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, ORTPN or Virunga National Park. These rules are aimed at protecting the mountain gorillas and as well guide the experience of watching the mountain gorillas (Gorilla Tourism) so that it can be a win-win situation.
  • Remember children below 14 years are not allowed to track the mountain gorillas.
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Activities Explore

Exploring Western Uganda: 5 Must See Things!

Known as the mother of the pearl of Africa Uganda, southwestern Uganda has a lot to offer clients not to miss out on for the greater and memorable experience. The region host the most varied circuit anywhere in Africa, studded with national parks and other protected areas shielding a range of habitats that embraces everything from the snow capped glacial peaks. The frosty Afro-alpine moorland to marsh-fringed Rift Valley lakes and forest-swathed volcanoes – not some vast tracts of the archetypal African savannah. The southwest is Uganda’s top wildlife-watching region and one of the world’s best places to spot primates some of which are very rare and not found in many other destinations except the few. The very distinctive features to explore include among others:

The mountain gorillas

Found in the Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park in the Virunga conservation area, mountain gorillas are the best wildlife encounter in the whole world recommended for every traveler looking for a greater and memorable experience. South western Uganda is home to over 480 mountain gorillas in the whole world alongside volcanoes national park in Rwanda and the Virunga national park in the democratic republic of Congo. There are 13habituated gorilla families in Uganda with Bwindi having twelve and 1 in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The gorilla permit is sold at 600usd and travelers to Uganda have the greatest opportunity to see the mountain gorilla due to the available permit as compared to other destinations.

Chimpanzees

These are found in the Kibale forest national park also in south western Uganda. Trekking the chimps started as really as 1993 and is done in Kanyanchu village, the chances of locating them are excellent and the guided walks start at 8am and 2pm and last an average of three hours, depending on various factors. In the process of trekking the chimpanzees, travelers also look out for the black & white colobus, red tailed monkey or the grey cheeked mangabey and the many bird and butterfly species.

Game drives

These are done in the open savannah grasslands f queen Elizabeth national park. Travelers view a wide variety of wild anilams among which includes the elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, impala, Uganda kobs and bush babies. As travelers drive towards the southern section of the park, the ishasha sector, they are blessed to see the rare climbing lions which are not found in any other national park except Manyara in northern Tanzania. This is a real great experience as travelers see the big five as they hunt and graze, it is indeed memorable.

The volcanoes

There are there volcanoes in Mgahinga national park which include Mt Gahinga, Mt Muhabura and Mt Sabyinyo both in south western Uganda. Volcano hike/climb can take up to 8 hours and travelers need to have a clear climbing gear and should be physically fit. Each of these peaks has its own amazing view. No matter which volcano you choose to climb the ascent into the afro montane zone which has plants and vegetation covering you have probably never seen before is exciting and worth the trip and the effort.

Lake Bunyonyi

The second deepest lake in Africa with the depth that vary between 44m (144ft) and 900m (2,952ft), the lake is known as a place of many little birds and it lies in south western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale close to the border with Rwanda. It is Located at 1,962 m (6,437 ft) above sea level, it is about 25 km (15.5 mi) long and 7 km (1.35 mi) wide.

In conclusion, therefore, southwestern Uganda is the best tourism destination with many natural, cultural and historical features all of which provide a great and memorable experience.

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Advice

Things to Consider before Hiring a Car in Uganda

Before one hiring a car in Uganda or rwanda from any car agent of company, there are certain things he/she should consider to ensure that he gets the best services. It’s embarrassing to spend your money on services that are below standard and not worth the money. This is why maximum cautiousness is required when selecting where to get a car from. In this case let’s look at Uganda and Rwanda because it’s where car hire is developing rapidly. Below are some of the things one should look at;-

Credibility;

This is so important especially when it’s the first time for someone to book with a specific company. I know this is difficult to determine my tourists when just booking online but there are some measures one can use to prove this like checking if the company is listed on the various tourism platforms like the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Reading through the reviews given by different clients that have used that company on the various tourism portals is important. If a company has excellent genuine reviews then its credibility is perfect and you can go on and book with it.

Experience;

Experience companies always offer the best services and therefore one should put that in mind while selecting a company to use. Experience normally comes with the number of years a company has been in a particular business. While selecting a company to book a car from, it’s important to check how many years it has been renting out cars to people. The least number of years one should consider is 8 years. Companies that have just started lack the necessary exposure and experience so they won’t guarantee a tourist the best services for their money.

Office location;

Some people ignore this factor but is important. Since tourists book their safaris online and they choose companies to travel with from far away in their countries, there is great chance of dealing with a thief. Some people open up websites with the sake of taking advantage of tourists who want to visit Uganda or Rwanda. Some even pretend to be car hiring companies yet in actual sense they don’t exist and their company is not registered. Its therefore important for someone to determine whether the people he/she is dealing with have a physical office which is well know. This is for security purposes so that if anything happens a client has to know where to go and claim his/her money.

Conditions of the cars;

Since safety is key while travelling, it’s a good practice to always select those companies that have good vehicles which do not put the lives of clients in danger. Since cars have to be serviced regularly, tourists should ensure that they go with those that take the initiative to service their cars. Old vehicles are not to se while on a safari and therefore only those companies that use new cars are worth traveling with.

There are other factors to consider but those listed above are the most important especially for security and safety reasons. Always book with the best car hire agents for a real adventure.