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6 Popular Rental Cars for Self Drive in Uganda

Book a rental car for a self-drive with us and discover Uganda the pearl of Africa like a local. When it comes to self-drive safaris in Uganda and East Africa, we definitely stand out. We pride ourselves as providers of world-class car rental services and whether you need a car suitable for self-drive tours, guided safaris, city expeditions, business, conference, we have you sorted.

Our fleet of rental cars for self-drive range from 2×2, 4×4 rentals available for you to navigate any part of Uganda. Get in touch with experts and grab the best rental car deals for your all Uganda self-drive tours.

Popular rental cars for self-drive in Uganda

  • 4×4 Toyota Rav4
  • Toyota Land Cruiser TZ/TX
  • Toyota Safari Van
  • Toyota Hiace (Drone)
  • Land Cruiser extended
  • Safari Land Cruiser

4×4 Toyota Rav4

4×4 Toyota Rav4 is arguably the top most preferred rental car for self-drive safaris. It falls within sport car category, compact and robust. We have a 4-speed automatic and manual transmission with the best features and capability to tackle the hilly side of Uganda. When it comes to fuel consumption, no need to worry because Toyota Rav4 can save you a lot on fuel costs. This is available in smaller 3 door and this is suitable for 2pax, especially on camping tour or book standard 5 door with capacity of 4pax still at affordable rates.

Toyota Land Cruiser

When it comes to Uganda safaris, look no further than our ultimate 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers. Our land cruisers are stylish, comfortable and tough especially while on off-road terrains. If your plan is to explore remotest side of Uganda say national parks, wildlife reserves consider 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser a must-book and you won’t have regrets. All our Toyota Land Cruisers (TX/TZ) are equipped with radios, adequate room for luggage, powerful engine and you enjoy unlimited mileage.

4×4 Toyota Hiace (Drone)

Toyota Hiace make up on the top most looked for vans for hire by holiday makers on Uganda safaris. We have several Toyota safari vans including Toyota Safari Van with capacity of 9, Super custom with capacity of 5 and Toyota Hiace Drone.

Safari Van

Explore the different side of Uganda with our comfortable Safari van car hire. If you plan to travel with friends or as a family then the best choice is renting Toyota Safari Van for all your Uganda safari trips. It is budget friendly and features a pop-up roof thus guaranteeing you ultimate game viewing experience in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park or Kidepo Valley National Park.

Stretched Land Cruiser

Hire a comfortable stretched Toyota Land Cruiser model for all your Uganda tours at affordable rates. This is available with capacity of up-to 6pax, features pop-up roof for excellent wildlife viewing in pristine Uganda safari parks.

4×4 Toyota Safari Land Cruiser

Rent a 5-door Land Cruiser with capacity of 5-8pax and have a memorable Uganda safari holiday. This features a powerful diesel engine of 400cc, pop-up roof for game viewing, 2 spare tyres and available at pocket-friendly price.

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Rwanda Ranked 7th Best Travel Destination

According to the Forbes Bucket List, Rwanda the country of a thousand hills has been ranked the 7th best country on 19th November 2020 despite the pandemic coronavirus. In the whole world Rwanda ranked among the twenty-one best places with the classic travel for great sights and convenient travel. Rwanda is not only a clean country but also the true definition of beauty that is rich in culture, wildlife, rolling hills, lakes, birds and rivers.

Forbes said in a statement that Rwanda is a country that truly reinvigorates your soul and defines the spirit of travel and which is beyond reasonable doubt because it’s one of the special places in the world where you feel emotionally attached to the land, the people and nature”.

Despite of its history about the genocide, Rwandese never gave up on beautifying their country and is one of the best destinations in the whole world.  Rwanda is one of the places that Dian Fossey settled to research more about mountain gorillas and this made it more popular for tourists.

What made Rwanda a seventh best travel destination?

The Mountain gorillas

One of the top adventure activities in Rwanda is mountain gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park.The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is the government agent in charge of all the touristic attractions in Rwanda but works along the trustees companies that make tour safaris unforgettable to the tourists. Despite the fact that mountain gorillas are found in the Volcanoes National Park, they can only be accessed by gorilla permits which advised to be booked six months before the travel due to high demand on market.

The Volcanoes National park inhabits 10 gorilla families which are habituated and these include Susa A, Karisimbi Gorilla family, Amahoro gorilla family, Agashya gorilla group, Umubano Gorilla group, Kwitonda family, Hirwa gorilla group, Sabyinyo gorilla family and Ugenda gorilla family. Fortunately, each gorilla group is visited by 8 individuals on  a gorilla trek so that the great apes can be protected from mass tourism.

Rwanda is one the best luxury places for gorilla trekking and the gorilla permits cost US$1500 per  person unlike Uganda gorilla permits which cost US$700 and Congo gorilla permits which cost US$450.

Other Places to Visit in Rwanda

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe is one of the most important forest conservation areas in all of Africa with a spectacular array of biodiversity such as 1068 plant species, 322 bird species and 75 mammal types. The main activity taking place in this forest is chimpanzees trekking but other activities within are nature walks to the canopy, hiking from Uwinka visitor center and many others.

In Nyungwe Forest National Park, chimpanzee population is second highest in Africa after Kibale Forest National Park; the park has different trails to walk through to search for these great apes. During   trekking you will have an opportunity to see chimpanzee swing in trees, mother chimps cuddling the baby chimps. There are over 500 chimpanzees living in Nyungwe Forest National park.

Just like any other trekking activity, chimpanzees trekking starts early in the morning by 5am and this means you will be required to be at the trekking point early in the morning which normally starts with briefing about the does and don’ts with the chimpanzees in the forest. For you to trek chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park you will need a Chimpanzee permit which can be purchase through Africa Tours Adventure or directly through Rwanda Conservation Board.

Akagera National Park

While in Rwanda, there is no trip in Africa that is complete without game drive. The guides are well trained and they know spotted areas with mammals and birds. They are managed by African parks organizations so guides are professional to make tour safaris memorable to visitors. There are high chances of visitors to see  lions, Rhinos, zebras, hippos, Nile crocodiles, elephants and giraffes.

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Top 5 Places to Visit in Kampala

With all the information shared in this brief, sightseeing in Kampala is made easy. If you are visiting this beautiful city, then I can guarantee you that there are several places to visit and countless things to do here. Just take a ride along Kampala and you will have an unforgettable sightseeing adventure. Here are some of the places you can go for sightseeing in Kampala. If you want to get more information on this, then you can visit IN Kampala.

Mengo Palace

This is the first place that you can go sightseeing in Kampala. The palace was built in 1952 and it housed the former king of Buganda. Besides the fact that this place has been empty since 1966 but it’s a good place to visit. The place was left when Prime Minister Milton Obote ordered a dramatic attack. He wanted to eliminate Kabaka Mutesa II who was then a president.

Independence monument

Just take a ride in the city and you will at least see six monuments with the most prominent being the Independence monument. The monument was constructed to mark the day that Uganda got independence from British in 1962. It was set up almost the same time. If you are planning to come direct to this place, then it’s very easy. The monument is just located at the center of the city and hence easily accessible. You can just visit here and take pictures.

Uganda Museum

If you are that kind of a person that likes to experience everything in terms of history, culture, technology and much more, pay a visit to the Uganda Museum. The museum has a rich history that almost every visitor wants to experience. It was set up in 1908 when the then Governor George Wilson called for all the articles of interest on Uganda to be procured. As a matter of fact, the museum is among the oldest museums in East Africa and also features a very detailed collection of playable musical instruments, hunting equipment, weapons and books among many others.

Bulange Royal Building

Here is another great place to learn about the culture and the history of the Buganda Kingdom. Spare some time to visit this place and get a taste of the Buganda History. However, the best thing to do in this case is to get guided tours inside the parliament building. This way, you get some stories and details about all the clans of the Buganda Kingdom.

National Mosque

Uganda is not well known as a Muslim country but there are some of the most beautiful places you can visit to get more about the Muslim community. This is one of the country’s premier sights which were built in 1972. It is widely known as the Gadaffi Mosque. The mosque was constructed by Idi Amin but since then the mosque was completed in 2007. Just get a hour long tour in this place and you will get all.

Rubaga Cathedral

This is a twin-towered Roman Catholic Cathedral which serves as a memorial to the Ugandan Martyrs. It is marked with over 22 Catholic victims who were later declared saints. This place serves as the best place to visit in case you want to get some Christian history in the city.

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Beating the Wild Blues!

Can’t get Blue Monday out of your head? Then let TripAfrica fill your grey matter with a handful of blue things that really aren’t that ‘blue’ at all. Shiny, jewels of happiness to remind you than dull January is very nearly over, the daffodils will soon be bursting through and St Valentines Day is just around the corner! Spring is very nearly here, but before it’s sprung, here’s our handful of happiness:

1, Blue Wildebeest  – The great migration is in full swing in the southern Serengeti right NOW, and, taking advantage of the lush green grasses, the migrant wildebeest population are beginning to calve, littering the plains with lots of little, lanky bundles of joy, ready to gambol their way back north with a trot, skip and a jump. Ahhhhhh.

2, Blue Crane – The National Bird of South Africa, the blue crane is elegant, smooth, refined and since breeding season is between Oct & March, they are most likely having a wondrous & welcoming January. Pairs form at the beginning of the breeding season by selecting one another through a serious of complicated dance moves & flinging objects at one another… Once the flinging and winging has ceased they care for their eggs throughout incubation, welcoming their waterproof little fluff balls just 30 days later… Bluetiful.

3, Blue Duiker – One of the continents smallest antelopes, the diminutive blue duiker is found throughout Central and Southern Africa. These teeny forest dwellers, breed throughout the year and rarely leave the sanctity of the deeper bush. Those lucky enough to catch a glimpse may well be rewarded with a swift ‘dive’ into the undergrowth followed by a whistle & ‘sneeze’ of indignation!

And finally…. Balls to Blue Monday – The widely abundant Vervet monkey, a balcony diver, veranda marauder, kitchen invader and general, but jovially enjoyable, nuisance, has but one thing to say to the Winter Blues… And they won’t be shy about it either!

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Best 5 Travel Resolutions for 2019

1, GET FIT

What better way to burn off the calories than to swim, swim, swim… and we have the perfect solution! A week swimming off the coast of Mozambique, Island hopping with Ibo Island Dhow Safaris…. a fresh new beach every night, sailing the high seas in style and fly-camping on barely trodden golden shores. Book before the end of Jan 16 & you’ll receive an additional £100pp OFF the full cost…. Starting at £2,300pp plus International flights to Mozambique.

2, TAKE UP SOMETHING NEW

Try your hand at the ‘sport of kings’ and learn to play, or improve your, polo. TripAfrica can offer polo centered holidays ranging throughout the continent, from South African through to Kenya. The Nduruma Polo Club, Arusha, Tanzania offers, possibly, one of the most scenic grounds around the world with the two boarded pitches book-ended by the towering, mesmerising, Mt’s Meru & Kilimanjaro. With year-round play this is the perfect spot to hone your skills and why not finish the week with a ‘Big5′ safari on horseback with Kaskazi Safaris or a week on a Zanzibari beach? Contact us for more information and suggestions!

3, EAT MORE HEALTHILY

There are plenty of  holidays where you’ll learn new culinary skills in the kitchen, returning with a renewed passion for cooking and a fabulous new repertoire to impress your guests… but here at TripAfrica we like to mix it up a bit, so we thought perhaps Italian food in Kenya might just do the job! Spending 10 nights at Riccardo Orizio’s stunning safari camps, Saruni Mara and Saruni Samburu will fill you to the brim with simply sumptuous Italian inspired meals, interspersed with game drives and walks in some of the worlds most wildlife rich regions…. or is it game drives & walks interspersed with sumptuous meals – either way, you’ll be spoiled with locally grown fruit & veg and a fusion of Kenyan and Italian cuisine….. Perfecto! A ‘week of Sarunity’ starts from around £4,400 per person, plus international flights.

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Planning Gorilla Tracking Tours in Africa

The fact remains that choosing a gorilla tracking destination which is best for your trip in Africa depends on you and what you want to experience, see all throughout your stay. Visiting Africa’s prime primate adventure destinations with magnificent mountain gorillas, low land gorillas, volcanoes, birds, monkeys, chimpanzees and the dramatic scenery is a rare experience across the world.

East Africa region is the only blessed land with gorilla tracking adventures in Africa in only Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s a wild jungle experience under the eyes of local park rangers and guides and no wildlife encounter matches the gorilla tracking experience where tourists come face to face with the unique world primates. You can choose to spend more time watching primates and exploring the wild jungle forest by tracking mountain gorillas twice either in a single gorilla national park or different. heading out for any gorilla tracking safari in Africa  with family or friends with a best travel agent  combines the joy of the wild ,primates and friendly ties making it even more exclusive.

After having reserved your entire gorilla trekking essentials, gorilla permit, transport, accommodation and tourist visa, you need to be fairly fit, and set your mind ready for the rainforest muddy conditions and hikes. Health has to be good with no illness in order not to harm the primates. Don’t think tracking gorillas during the dry season can save you from mud because the forest changes environment from wet, humid to mud being a thick with entangled vegetation. Some parts are flat and some steep so would recommend very good comfortable walking shoes in order to finish the walk without feeling irritated. Also wearing long trousers and shirts saves you from being bit by insects that have homes in the same gorilla jungle.

However, the effort and time spent in the trek is really worth the price and experience. Volcanoes national park, Bwindi forest national park, Mgahinga national park, Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National park are the only  gorilla parks in Africa where one can track either mountain or low land gorillas. Gorilla permit prices differ from one part to the other but Uganda and Democratic republic of Congo have the cheapest permit price offers. Bookings can be made any time of the year at any ones convenience provided there is space on the day of your interest.

All the gorilla parks and great surrounded by beautiful land scape of mountains, hills and volcanoes giving answering all questions of why travelers like Africa. The weather is warm and comfortable year round even in the rain months because it usually shines after raining. Truly Africa offers the finest primate safari viewing platform due to the diversity and abundance of species found there.

Gorilla trackers meet up with lots other primate species like Golden monkeys, monkeys, chimpanzees, birds, bush babies that graze and also reside in the forests. June- early October and December to March is the best time  to visit gorillas because its dry and hikes are manageable though even those who visit them in April, May and November find it exciting and even cheap because some gorilla parks offer discounted gorilla permits  to travelers  every year which I would recommend as the best season for budget gorilla tracking tours in Africa. To find out more about mountain gorillas and Africa gorilla tracking tours, contact your travel experts.

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Learn how to Bargain While Traveling in Africa

The reality of traveling is that it is quite expensive relative to most people’s incomes. Unless you’re fairly well-off, you won’t be able to travel regularly throughout your life until you master some discount travel techniques. The art of discount travel is more then simply one quick trick, it is an overall approach that you can, and should, apply to every element of your trip. For example, you should explore charter flights and last minute deals, etc. to get the cheapest possible airfare. Once you arrive in a foreign country, you should meet some locals and establish where the cheap places to eat and stay are. Discount travel involves a lot of small things that when applied together result in big savings, and allow even those on moderate budgets to travel regularly and enjoyably.

An important concept to get used to if you want your money to last while you are traveling in a foreign country is that of bargaining. In most foreign countries, and especially those of the second world, barging plays a big part in everyday life, and you will find yourself continually overspending if you don’t participate in it.

Most North Americans are terrible at bargaining, which is not at all their fault: bargaining simply does not play much of a role in our everyday transactions, and except for large purchases like buying a car, and maybe to a lesser extent a house, most of us aren’t used to it – we certainly aren’t used to haggling over small items.

The first thing to understand – and a great discount travel technique – is that in the second world, everything is negotiable, and usually very heavily negotiable. If you start to bargaining, you’ll soon see that the type of bargaining that goes on in other parts of the world is very different from the North American style: people often start with figures that are double or more their desired amount.

The first step in bargaining is to not be in any kind of rush to get in a taxi, or in a hotel room, or to purchase your item. Take the time to ask around, and if you can, find some locals who will (hopefully) give you an idea of a good price. The second thing to keep in mind is you have to be willing to walk away, or at least good at pretending that you’re willing to walk away. Oftentimes you’ll find that by simply showing a lack of interest and willingness to avoid the transaction the price will be lowered, without any need for specific bargaining on your part.

Once you get the hang of bargaining you’ll find it rather easy, and in some cases fun. The main thing to keep in mind when you’re in a foreign land is that your status as a North American will usually label you as rich to locals, even if it doesn’t seem that way to you. If you don’t want to get charged double – or more – for every single thing you do while traveling you’ll have to get used to the idea of bargaining – a key component in an overall strategy towards discount travel.