Tips On How To Set Up A Campsite?

Are you planning to travel to Uganda for camping adventures and you do not know how to set up your campsite? Whereas most campers may take setting up a campsite as very challenging, the latter may not be true if you are keen enough. Camping is entirely celebrating the outdoors, spending time at close range with nature. However, to come up with a perfect home away from the usual, you have to plan for it adequately and the tips provided below can be of great value to you.

  • Choose a perfect site

If you are thinking of undertaking a self drive and camping safari in Uganda, first look out for gently sloping land and bear in mind about water drainage. Getting a leveled area makes it simpler for you to prepare food and set up a tent on flat ground and at end of it all; you will enjoy comfortable night stay. You may also prefer areas with some trees for you to have a shade and the trees can act best as wind breakers, however, you have to be keen on the falling branches and ensure that your tent is set at a distance. Also consider the direction of sun rise while setting up a camp for you to enjoy the warmth of the morning sun rise while in the jungle and do not forget to bear in mind the wind effects

  • Established campsites

Selecting the best camping site at already established campground is simpler as you can just pull your trailer up to any of the designated campsites. You can also opt for walk in sites within the easy walking distances of the campsite road or parking lot. Regardless of any site that you will opt for, the site should be gently sloping for you to set up a shelter and fire ring. Most of the already set up campground feature amenities such as picnic tables, restrooms and at times water pumps within reach from the campsite.

  • Tent and food set up

Tents play a big role and it can be used beyond sleeping. They can be used as areas for storing unpacked equipment and help in offering shelter especially with bad weather conditions. Preparing food around the fire is ideally the most captivating experience of a lifetime but keep this in mind. Always prepare your food downwind, after you are done, all the extra food should be kept at least 200 feet from the camp, stored in a bear bag and hung about 10 to 20 feet up in a tree. The bags are usually designed to hang food out of reach of wildlife.

  • Disposal set up

The bathroom area should be set up no less than 200 feet off the camp. Ensure that you spare an area for trash as this will help you when cleaning the area at the end of your vacation.

  • Campfire set up

While setting up a camp fire, be aware of wind direction and protection. Keep a 15 foot radius clear of wood to prevent unintentional fires. After you have successfully established your campsite, you can now freely relax and chill in your camp.

  • Besides the carrying the tent, make sure that you have a tarp shelter

This can serve another significant purpose while you are on camping safari and a well strung tarp makes adequate room for your camp and you will have comfortable camping experience. Tarp shelter can serve as the central gathering area, the kitchen, the front porch, garage, shade or lounge.

From the discussion above, setting up a campsite can be simpler as it comes with experience. The entire process involves learning something new about what works best for you every time you make up your campsite. Camping safaris are the most exceptional experiences that offer you a chance to interact closely with nature. By paying maximum attention and setting up the best camp site will reward you and the rest of campers with amazing experiences of lifetime.

Tips to Save Money on Gorilla Tour

Tips On Saving For Your Next Gorilla Tour in Uganda

If you have ever had a trip to Uganda, you will concur that gorilla trekking is the most adventurous and fulfilling safari activity but also the most expensive. However, did you know you can actually save a lot of money on that Uganda wildlife and gorilla tour that appears expensive to undertake? Well, it is not rocket science but just a matter of following the following workable and proven tips;

  • Give your expected budget to the tour operator you intend to book with

Much as most tourists are always hesitant to give their target budget for the whole safari to the tour operator, it is sometimes important if you wish to save some money on your gorilla trekking safari. This allows the booking agent to look for the best deals especially when it comes to transport and Safari Lodges/Safari camps/Hotels at the budget you have given thus allowing you to save.

  • Plan in advance

It is obvious that last minute bookings can lead to booking for more costly accommodation facilities and the safari as a whole because demand certainly exceeds supply; hence it pays to book in advance. Most tour operators have long standing relationships with good Lodges, meaning with that, a facility can be booked on your behalf in advance.

  • Conduct the safari during the low season

Much as the discounted gorilla permits for low season (April, May and November) were scrapped off (by the end of 2017), some Safari Lodges  still offer discounted rates for rooms hence you can be able to save on your gorilla tour in Uganda.

  • Plan how you will travel around the country

If you find a cheaper means of transport to travel within the country, there are high chances that you will save a lot of money while on your gorilla tracking adventure. Possible means to move around Uganda include public means, whereby, you can connect from one destination to another by Buses. For example, you can use a bus from Kampala to Kisoro near bwindi gorilla national park and Mgahinga national park. Alternatively, you can cheaply rent a 4×4 car like Toyota Rav4, Nissan xtrail or Toyota Prado and drive your own gorilla adventure to the gorilla parks.

  • Long stay rates

Someone who spends more nights in one Hotel or safari lodge is likely to spend lesser money than someone who spends nights in two or three different hotels because in most cases, you may end up paying three instead of four nights spent. Surprisingly, most of these deals are not indicated on the Hotel websites thus it would be good to ask the tour operators.

  • Target specific Brand name

Just like you always pay more money for a particular brand of shoes or jeans, the same applies to the Safari Lodges thus tour operators always know good places at relatively lower rates.

  • Book with one Tour Company

This usually applies to Companies that also own Hotels/Safari Lodges because there are chances that companies having three or more accommodation facilities can offers discounted rates for longer stays at their facilities.

  • Travel in a group

Another important tip for saving during your gorilla safari is by traveling as a group with friends or family members, especially when it comes to transportation around the country or spending overnights at a Safari Lodge.

  • Mix up some of the Accommodation Facilities

We all like the best products but sometimes you may not enough money to spend nights from certain Safari Lodges, thus you can always mix the facilities up by getting the expensive an cheap ones during the safari. Also, being cheap doesn’t mean that they are of poor quality or not nice but you will be surprised that cheap accommodation facilities offer comfortable facilities.

  • Keep watch on your Traveling

In most cases, if you intend to explore many destinations in the country, you might end up spending a lot for the flight costs and other additional costs for transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport thus you would rather land at Kigali International Airport and proceed for gorilla trekking within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park because it tends to be shorts and more convenient than Entebbe Airport. With this, you will be able to save a lot of money during your gorilla tour in Africa.

Self Drive Safari? 8 Tips For Defensive Driving in Uganda

Important Tips For Defensive Driving During Self Drive Safaris

Self Drive safaris are very popular today as one of the adventurous ways of exploring the magnificent attractions including the spectacular landscapes, wildlife, birds and cultures within the country and beyond and have become most tourists’ choice when undertaking safaris in Uganda. The challenge however comes with driving through a foreign country where most roads or routes are not known and its worse with destinations like Uganda where roads are not marked and worse still very bumpy. Not only that, it is also difficult to hire cars in most developing countries such as Uganda. You will therefore need some tips of defensive driving that include;

Get enough sleep before undertaking a long drive

Much as most drivers prefer taking caffeinated drinks to stay awake while driving, you would rather get enough rest/sleep as an important way of defensive driving. Enough sleep is good for long distances but you can always have coffee breaks or stretch breaks during the journey but it shouldn’t be a replacement for having enough sleep.

Observe the road traffic signs at all times

Observing traffic signs is important for defensive driving but also pay keen attention to road signs especially if driving on the poor upcountry roads thus you will be able to go by the required speed limit. Not only that, don’t take the wrong turn because most first self drivers have the habit of blindly following the cars in front of them. Just follow the rules and everything will be fine and you will be safe.

Learn to drive or familiarize yourself with all the weather Conditions

Always take note of the prevailing weather conditions of the area and always avoid very difficult conditions such as driving in the rain or at night if you are just learning to drive. Remember that it takes a certain level of skill and experience to drive in rain, the wet/slippery roads and at night thus you would rather hire a car with a driver for the forst 2-3 days or for the whole trip if you are not confident enough.

Look Far ahead

The mistake most drivers do is looking directly in front of their vehicle but it would be better to look farther. The fact is that many road accidents would be avoided if drivers were good at situational awareness and plan ahead by looking as far down the road as possible.

Avoid all distractions on your self drive safari such as using a Cell phone while driving

Most tourists are distracted when using their cell phones as well as other strange and unacceptable bad habits of eating and listening to loud music or with Headphones while driving and yet these things sometimes require you to take your eyes off the road or shut off from the outside World. For instance, if you are driving at 50-60 kilometers per hour and just look at the phone screen for only 10 seconds, you might pass the normal distance. Not only that, you never know what can happen within the few seconds you take your eyes off the road or steering wheel.

Always observe and keep reasonable distance from other Vehicles that are ahead of you

Self drive safaris in Uganda require tourists to observe a reasonable distance between cars on the road. Therefore, you are advised to avoid driving too closely behind the other car because if it is to stop suddenly, you might bump into each other. This gap should even be wider if you are driving on a slippery or icy road because the car may end up sliding some distance when you attempt breaking it.

Always have an escape Plan

One of the most important tips for defensive driving while on your self drive safari in Uganda is by having an escape plan. Much as you may be a good and experienced driver, not every driver is the same as you thus you should always have emergency escape plans in case the unexpected incidences happen. Not only that, in case an animal runs into the road, drivers slam their brakes thus you may need an escape plan for such situations.

Give others the right of way

Don’t always be selfish when using the road because there are times when you will encounter four-way stops or other conditions where it will be difficult to figure out who has the right of way but when you are faced with such a challenge, just sacrifice and give other road users the right of way. If you use force and other person too, you might end up crushing and colliding into each other. The few seconds you will wait are worthwhile because in the end you will arrive your destination safely even if you are late by just few minutes.

Why Hire a vehicle For Self Drive Tours in Uganda?

When you think about African safaris the first thing that comes to your mind is guided safaris. But with change in travel market today, most tourists today have opted for self drive and camping tours rather than guided safaris. Going for a self drive tour in Uganda means you have to hire a self drive car that suits within your pocket and gives you the total comfort and relaxation while on safari to Uganda’s remotest protected areas. This is not expensive because there are many tour operators including 4×4 Uganda Limited offering cheap car hire in Uganda from as low as US$25 per day including free travel advise, safari planning, GPS, Road Map, 24 hour road assistance and a phone with local SIM for easy communication. There is a lot more to explore on self drive tours right from wildlife, adrenaline adventures to cultural encounters.
Below are some of the reasons why you need to contact 4×4 Uganda and hire a car for self drive tours in Uganda.

Self drive cars are pocket friendly and affordable

Depending on your budget, there is wide range of cars that suit within every client pocket. Our fleets of cars come with low rates and our clients are able to realize their dreams without any worries. Whether you need a budget Toyota Rav4 or a 4×4 safari car, we shall get it for you within your budget.

Our self drive vehicles are well maintained

When it comes to car rental services, we put our client on top. If you wish to realize the value of your money, then hiring a self drive car with 4×4 Uganda Limited is a way to go for you. Our cars are well serviced and maintained in good conditions. They are regularly serviced by experts, thoroughly checked before and after every safari. All the cars have comprehensive insurance and offered at unlimited mileage basis.

Flexibility and ability to explore Uganda on your own

While others may prefer guided safaris, your self drive tour is a real adventure as it allows you to penetrate into Uganda’s hidden secrets on your preferred time. It is flexible in that you can make a stopover at any interesting site along the way which all adds to your experience. Additionally, you adjust your travel pragram depending on your interests, for instance, you can stay longer in a destination than earlier planned so that you explore more, which may not be the car with escorted tour.

Discounts on long term rentals

Hiring a vehicle for self drive tours in Uganda on a long period of time comes with amazing gifts. When you rent a car for long period like 2 weeks or more, there are higher chances are that you will be given some discounts for long term rentals with particular car hire company.

Professional safari driver guides

In case you prefer hiring a car and the driver, you still have the chance and you will simply sit back while enjoying the spectacular views of the surrounding area. Driver guides are knowledgeable about the most interesting places to visit or make a stopover while on safari to Ugandan wilderness destinations. A professional English speaking driver / guide is paid from US$30 per day and this includes his accommodations, food and upkeep. However, at the end of the trip, you can tip him depending on your satisfaction with the service.

There are no hidden rates

When it comes to hiring a car for self drive road trip in Uganda, there are hidden prices and quotes. Visitors are issued with comprehensive prices and there are no cases of exploitation.

Airport transfers

It is strenuous after you have landed in the airport and again you start looking for a car for you to transfer from the airport to your destination. With self drive rental, you get airport transfers and free of cost vehicle drop off at your specified location. This relieves you from extra cost of getting the airport taxi.

Paying on arrival

Provided that you booked the car, then there is no need to be stranded at the airport. As soon as you land at Entebbe Airport, our driver will be waiting for you at the airport ready to hand over the keys to you. You only drive the vehicle that you booked and this becomes convenient as you independent travelers who value their money.

What you Book is What You Get!

If you booked for a Rav4, you won’t get a coaster for a self drive holiday. What you like on our home page is exactly what you get up on your arrival. It feels enjoyable to drive a car of your choice.

No Credit Card Charges

When you book a car for self drive safari from 4×4 Uganda Limited, you can pay by credit card with no charges.