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EXPLAINER: Quick guide to renting a car for a self drive trip in Uganda

Tourists enjoy 4×4 Extended Safari Land cruisers for their Ugandan Safari. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

KAMPALA — In Uganda, according to President Yoweri Museveni, the country will go ahead with its plan to re-open despite recording more than 100 Covid-19 cases in the past week.

Officials have since allowed domestic tourism activities to resume while foreign tourists will be considered at a later date when the country’s International Airport, Entebbe whose activities were disrupted by Covid-19 pandemic is reopened.

Several foreign tourists have previously contacted this website for information on the possibility of renting a car when tourism activities resume or during the pandemic.

Renting a car is one of the most important factors to consider when planning a Safari, and yet, it’s often one of the last things tourists think about before embarking on their trips.

Finding a good deal on a car rental in Uganda is a lot like shopping for a new car—not every dealer is the same. Some have lower prices than others, and others offer different incentives to new and returning customers. The same is true for car rental services.

Rather than wait until you arrive at the Entebbe Airport or anywhere in your destination, plan ahead and compare prices online. A few notable car rental companies in Uganda have online presence for your convenience.

In case you’re in capital, Kampala, a number of tour companies offer rental car services on free milage with main of them of providing old model 4WD—convenient with poor road networks.

This is so because most popular tourist destinations in Uganda such as National Parks are located in the countryside where murrum roads are prominent.

Tourists are advised to reach out through online, visiting companies or via direct call.

Renting a car in time (like 3 or more months prior to the rental dates can be cheaper and assures one of a service. Last minute rentals are always expensive most especially in peak seasons of June Sept and December to February.

How safe is it to rent a car during Covid-19 pandemic?

The Country’s Ministry of Health recently issued strict guidelines on the same.

Car rental firms have since started to carry out specialist sanitation on each of their cars across all locations to protect the wellbeing of their customers. This is being done under the watchful eye of the industry regulator.

All companies were directed to offer additional Covid-19 protection such as antibacterial gel and wipes or face masks and gloves for customers in their cars completely free of charge.

As of this month, cars are only allowed to carry half of their capacity for example, a Rav4 is only allowed two passengers, Safari Van 6, Land Cruiser TX 3 while Land Cruiser extended can carry upto five passengers.

Therefore, before you consider making a reservation for a car rental, you should look to ensure that the company has instituted new or enhanced forms of sanitation.

In Uganda, all rentals are less fuel but this can be negotiated with your service provider during booking.

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