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Preventing Malaria in Uganda

Avoiding Mosquito Bites and Malaria on Safari in Uganda

Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa filled with incredible tourist destination with abundant wildlife and different primate species among other attractions. Many travelers visit the country to take gorilla tours to Bwindi Forest as well s wildlife safaris to Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park. Mosquitoes are in many parts of East African countries and below are some of the preventive measures on how to avoid mosquito bites and also preventing malaria infections.

  • Anti-malaria Tablets: While on your trip, your advised to carry anti malaria drugs and its better if you see your doctor at home so that he may advise on the best malarial drugs to carry while on your trip. Malarone, Mefloquine or Lariam are some of the anti-malarial drugs however Malarone is very expensive but more effective and Mefloquine is the best to those who may have side effects.
  • Use Mosquito Repellants: you’re also recommended to come along with some excellent mosquito repellents such as Cutter, remember to check the label, its expiry date and also make sure it contains at least 20% DEET. RID is one of the best repellent from Australia because it works on both tsetse flies and mosquitoes, Remember, you should apply the spray in the evening or at night.
  • Use of mosquito Nets: Most of the accommodations in and outside national parks provide mosquito nets, therefore no need of carrying a mosquito net while on the trip. However, you may bring mosquito sprays such as Doom that may assist in repelling the mosquitoes. In most luxury accommodations, sprays such as doom are provided and its best to apply them before going for dinner. You may also use Citronella Candle, available in most supermarkets in Uganda
  • Wear Trousers and Long Sleeved Shirts in the evening and in the dark: It is well known that mosquitoes are mostly active in the night so we advise you to put on long sleeved shirts and trousers in the evening and at night along with the application of sprays and insect repellents.
  • Avoid taking Much sugar: Mosquitoes prefer people with high sugar content in their blood and they are able to smell the sweat of someone with high sugar content in blood. While on a safari, your advised to take little sugar or foods with little sugar so as to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Turn off Unnecessary lights: Most insects are attracted by light of which mosquitoes are inclusive, therefore you’re advised to switch off the unnecessary lights rather than staying on and attract more insects.
  • Avoid Using perfumes and Deodorants: One way of avoiding insects/ mosquitoes is by avoiding the use of deodorants, perfumes and after shave products because their smells attract mosquitoes. This will ensure a safe stay and also have an enjoyable adventurous safari.

300-500 million malarial cases are registered in the world per year of which it is a serious menace in Uganda. A few Ugandan residents can afford malarial preventive measures such as sleeping under mosquito nets. It is only the female mosquito (Anopheles mosquito) that sucks blood from humans and therefore transmitting malaria in Humans. Most people usually say that mosquitoes transmit HIV which is a myth because HIV cannot survive in a mosquito body.

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Guide to Renting a Car in Uganda in 2021

Uganda is undoubtedly one of the most preferred travel destinations in Africa. It boasts itself as a home to diverse wildlife and a boiling pot of cultures. Each year, thousands of travelers confine in Uganda, the pearl of Africa to discover its natural treasures on self-drive or guided safari.

Generally, Uganda is an adventure packed travel destination worth exploring but firstly, how you get around does matter a lot. We have a wide selection of rental cars but there are some amazing things you should know if you plan to hire a car in Uganda in 2021.

Here are important things you should know about renting a car in Uganda in 2021

Book with a reputable and trusted car hire company

Yes, there are hundreds of car hire agencies allover Uganda and East Africa but most important, better to deal with a reputable and trusted one. Not all car rental companies are reliable, honest and there is no reliable ground car hire agency like us. We have been in car hire service for a test of time and never have we disappointed our clients.

Find the right rental car

Like there are hundreds of car hire companies countrywide offering the same service, finding the right rental car also becomes a little challenging. But we are here to guide you in your search and find the right rental car suitable for your Uganda safaris. Our fleet of rental cars are available in different categories ranging from 4×4 Toyota Rav4, Safari Vans, Super Customs, Mini Vans, Sedan cars, Safari Land Cruisers, Toyota Prado TX, TZ, GX to Coaster buses and many more. When choosing a suitable rental car, bear in mind the number of people you plan to get on a Uganda safari trip with. Also, consider the car’s capability to tackle the terrain of particular destination you plan to visit.

Observe the set traffic rules and regulations

The traffic rules and regulations in Uganda may not be tough like it is back in your home country but don’t take them for granted. Failure to observe the stipulated traffic laws on Uganda safari may land you into the hands of traffic police. Read and understand the road signs, observe the speed limits, avoid overtaking, put on your seat belt while on a road trip, have a valid driving permit/passport.

Entrance and parking fees

Entrance to Uganda safari parks requires holiday makers to pay a fee of about $20. This excludes visitors on chimpanzee trekking safari in Kibale Forest National Park, gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. To have access to local attractions in Uganda in 2021 especially the national museum, Kabaka’s Lake, Uganda martyrs’ shrine at Namugongo, you require $10. These are some of the significant factors that you should put into consideration when planning for a Uganda safari holiday 2021. Book both your Uganda safari and rental cars with us and have the best of your holiday.

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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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Here is Why You Need to Go on a Self Drive in Uganda

Car rental services in Uganda are the most popular ways for one to explore what this country holds for the world at a visitors own time. With Self Drive Uganda, visitors have opportunity to explore and discover Uganda privately or alternatively while on guided safaris. We therefore have a wide of cars for hire that enable our clients to realize their dreams while on African safaris in the pearl of Africa. If you ever thought about realizing the value for your then contact our receptionist for car hire and you won’t regret in life. We pay attention tour client’s needs and ensuring quality provision is ideally one of our priorities.

Below are some of the reasons why you should embark on self drive safari in Uganda;

We offer wide range of care hire services, including corporate services especially business conference transfers, exquisite wedding parties transportation by offering classic vehicles such as the limousines and the luxury SUVs which can be used on corporate conferences. Our fleet of cars can also utilized by travelers on Uganda safaris as we also have a wide range of 4 by 4 safari vehicles especially the Land Cruiser, Toyota Rav4s, safari vans and others. For those who are interested in group tours, we still have you catered for with our classic minivans and coaster buses. As well, if you are first time or repeat traveler and you need to be transferred from the airport to your respective hotel, there is no need for you to get stranded, you are also covered as we have airport transfer services with the best cars which will deliver you safely and comfortably to your respective destination.

Fast and convenience rights from reservation, there is no need to struggle or line up in long queues to reach the receptionist to make a booking, visitors can simply do it via email and telephone contact and your car hire will be booked for you within the shortest time without necessarily you traveling physically to Uganda to make booking of your car of choice for self drive tour. Our clients can book cars of their choice while in their offices, at home, in the vehicles given the current technological changes which have resulted into smart phones, tablets and laptops which are compatible with websites of our car hire company in Uganda.

Reliability, all our car rentals are best for clients to realize their travel dreams in Uganda. We operate 24/7 and any time you contact us we shall be at your service. We have well trained, experienced, reliable, trusted and professional drivers to help take you through any part of Uganda for your vacation. They are time conscious and they can deliver you to your respective destination at that expected time.

Affordability, our 4 by 4 car rentals are pocket friendly and they feature roof tents which you can use as accommodation. You can also choose an ordinary 4 by 4 with no camping offers.

Unlimited travel, our car rentals are issued on unlimited mileage which means visitors can enjoy their safaris at their own pace.

Comfortability, our cars aren’t only better and reliable but also offer you that total comfort that any traveler deserves while on self safari in Uganda and our team can be contacted at any time for any assistance.

Absolute getaways, with self drive tours, visitors have a chance to retire the brain with amazing interaction with nature.

In conclusion, self drive safaris in any new destination including Uganda are more of adventurous. You have opportunity to explore and discover new interesting tourist sites own your own at your own time. The other advantage is that it offers better wildlife spotting experiences and close encounters for you and nature.

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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.

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When is the Cheapest Time to Book Your Rental Car?

The car hire prices can change frequently so it’s worth knowing the savviest time to book. You can discover the secrets of when you will find the best deal on your rental car in Uganda, the land gifted by nature. If you are renting at a major airport or big city; in busy places, such […]

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Choosing a Tour Company for Uganda Travel

Whether you are planning the trip of a lifetime to Uganda, or you live here and are planning a trip for visiting friends and family, choosing a tour company is one of the most important decisions you will make. But, with such a wide selection of tour operators to choose from where do you start? […]

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Choosing a Car Rental Company to Use in Uganda

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DIY Self Drive Safari in Uganda

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Self Driving in Uganda: Know These Important Things

Are you planning to hire a car for a self drive tour in Uganda? Do know you the terms and conditions of renting a vehicle in Uganda for a safari? Before hiring or renting a car, it is advisable that you first look at the car hire company’s policies so as not to be disappointed […]

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