Driving in Uganda: Here is the Driver Safety List

Most car rentals value safe driving and promotes all motorists to take care on the roads and be considerate of other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Are you a visitor looking to going on a self drive trip in Uganda? Here is all what you need to know to stay safe during your vacation. When in control of a motor vehicle, please ensure you drive for the conditions and you adhere to the correct road rules.

Driver Safety List

We have outlined a few safe driving tips to help you to have a great travel experience when hiring or renting a car in Uganda.

  • Remember the safety of both people within your car as well as outside which includes pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists.
  • Ensure you give way to all pedestrians and take care when traveling in built-up areas.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Do not use a mobile phone while driving.
  • Wear a seat belt at all times while driving or as a passenger in a vehicle.
  • If you do take medication, either prescription or over the counter, please ensure you are aware of any side effects that may affect your ability to effectively operate a motor vehicle.
  • Before proceeding on your journey/trip, take a few minutes to become familiar with the operational features of the car you have hired. Locate where things are to ensure if they are required for an emergency you can effectively and efficiently access them. For example, know where the hazard light switch is. Don’t be trying to find things while driving. Lack of concentration on driving and the road will put yourself and others in danger.
  • Check the positioning of the rear view and side mirrors to ensure you have clear visibility.
  • Ensure you adhere to the correct speed limits on all roads and you obey the school zone times to respect students, parents, teachers and carers.
  • Specific speed limits are assigned to built-up areas that host a large amount of foot traffic. These speed limits are to provide pedestrians with a safe walking environment as well as ensuring motorists are driving for the environment around them.
  • Take care around road works. Speed limits are reduced to protect road workers as well as allowing motorists to be more vigilant of any changes to road conditions.
  • Please adhere to the driving regulations if you are visiting Uganda from overseas,
  • Avoid driving tired and be aware of the warning signs such as yawning, heavy eyes, blurred vision, and reduced concentration. If you start to experience any of these signs, please pull over at a safe place so you can rest or swap drivers.
  • Keep in mind the above safe driving tips to ensure you and your fellow passengers have a safe journey and trip while in Uganda.

Driving in Uganda’s remote areas

When driving in rural areas, it’s extremely important to be careful of:

  • Potholes, rough surfaces and animals carcasses.
  • Livestock and wildlife crossing the road.
  • Single lane bridges.
  • Large trucks.
  • Railway crossings that do not have boom gates and / or alert lights to advise of any approaching trains.

Wish you a safe drive in Uganda!

Importance of Packing Light

Many people do not realize how important packing light is to budget travel, but I can tell you from personal experience that it is very important.

Trust me – if you over pack, you are much more likely to drop extra money on porters, luggage carts, taxis and all those other little costs that could be avoided if you just packed more sensibly.

Even though those costs can seem insignificant, they can really add up, especially on a long, multiple city trip.

Think of it this way – while a traveler with just a backpack or small carryon will be comfortable taking the inexpensive city bus into town, the traveler loaded up with several suitcases will need to opt for a much more expensive taxi ride.

It is easy to see the impact proper packing can have for the budget traveler, so we present some light packing tips borne of personal experience.

Try to avoid checking bags whenever possible. If you can live out of your carryon, you will be much better off.

Not checking a bag means no wait at the baggage carousel, and that means you can get into town and start having fun while everyone else is still waiting for their bag.

Airlines have gotten much more strict lately with carryon limits, with most major carriers now allowing only one carryon plus a purse or other personal item.

To make the most of this policy, carry a large purse and pack it with extra items, like toiletries or cosmetics, that would otherwise take up valuable luggage space.

7 Secrets To Travel Safe in Africa

You’ve got the plane ticket, the hotel reservation, the itinerary. But have you given any thought or taken any steps to protect your health and safety? The worst thing that can happen is that you spend your vacation in a hospital— or bring home a weird, exotic virus that has you bedridden for weeks.

You also want to avoid theft, mugging, or worst, terrorist attacks. Your resort may call itself an “island paradise” but let’s not be naive and assume everyone is as friendly as they look in the brochures.

Be smart. Prepare, make informed decisions, especially if you’re traveling with your family. This vacation is supposed to be fun—and you can do your part by preventing most disasters.

1. Check Travel Advisories

Your embassy will list places that they recommend “caution” or right-out tell you to stay away from altogether. This could be because of a tense political situation, or a low level of security in underdeveloped areas.

But also take advisories with some degree of salt. You can safely assume that the capitals and major cities of a country will be more tourist friendly, since governments would’ve probably taken great efforts to develop them. The exception, of course, are countries going through civil war—in which case, read the international newspapers (or the web-version of their local English paper) to see how bad it really is.

2. Get Vaccinated

Some viruses that are relatively rare in your country may proliferate in the climate of another—and you don’t have the natural antibodies to fight them. Get the full range of vaccines (your embassy website will also recommend which ones you really need, depending on here you want to go).

3. Bring Medicines and Prescriptions

Ask your doctor for two copies of your prescriptions (carry one in your wallet, and leave one in your luggage). Also bring enough anti histamines (for allergies) or any maintenance vitamins or medications. Asthmatics should carry have a nebulizer—especially since attacks can be triggered by change in climate or physical exertion (you never know how much walking you’ll be doing during the tour).

4. Never Flaunt Your Valuables

Wearing your Rolex or flashing large amounts of money practically screams “Rob me!” to the pickpockets. Keep small bills and change in your belt bag for easy access (these are for entrance fees, cab fares, snacks). Keep larger bills in a zippered pocket. To be very safe, divide the money and distribute it among several pockets—at least, even if you do get robbed, you still have something left.

Another tip: bring only what you need for that day and leave the rest in the hotel safety deposit box.

5. Travel in Groups

This is unfamiliar land, and you may not even speak the local language. So stick together (at least divide into pairs), especially at night.

6. Ask the Hotel Receptionist/Travel Agent Which Places to Avoid

Before exploring the area, get a list of places known for its crime rate, or streets that tend to get dark after a particular hour. Identify the areas on a map and avoid accordingly.

7. Tell the Hotel Receptionist Where You Are Going

This is very important if you are going skiing, hiking, or participating in any activity where there is a risk of getting lost or injured. Name how many people will be in your party and what time they can expect you. Then, they can alert authorities if you have not returned.

Self Driving a 4x4WD in Africa – Tips for Beginners

Congratulations on taking the plunge and hiring a 4X4 for an awesome off-road African adventure!

As a newbie to the wonderful world of 4-wheel drive, you’ll fall into one of two camps – those who think they know it all already, and those who are totally terrified and have no idea how to handle ‘their’ Camel-man-mobile safely, let alone get the best out of it!

These tips are for you, whichever side you fall; never be too proud or too petrified to learn, for your sake and the sake of your passengers and fellow off-road track users.

Speed & Momentum

If you hit a spot of trouble DON’T accelerate – it can get you into a worse position. Slow down and take it easy – this helps you to keep traction and your tyres will work for you instead of spinning aimlessly.

 

When approaching an obstacle, you need momentum. The trick is to start a little way back to gain the momentum you need. This is a skill which you will master over time.

Limits

Don’t try new tricks when you’re out alone. Test your limits when you’re with more experienced drivers.

Mud

Use a stick to test a new mud hole for depth and softness. Remember a soft hole can prove impossible to escape! Enter the mud hole with a little momentum and if you feel that you’re getting stuck turn the wheel left to right to gain traction. Once you’ve gone as far forward as you can try reverse out.

Windows

Keep the windows up to avoid a mud shower or a face full of dust.

Stuck

If you are truly stuck, try letting a little air out of your tyres for better traction and when you get out of the ditch don’t forget to fill them up again.

Stalling

If you stall with your tailpipe under water, get towed out and pull the spark plugs before starting the engine again. A cylinder full of water can destroy an engine. When the plugs are out, however, the water will be safely ejected.

 

Obstacles

Go slowly over obstacles. Pull the hand brake a little for tension on the drive line to slow the vehicle and enable you to accelerate gently over.

Steering

Always hold the steering wheel with thumbs out when you’re off-road. If you hit a ditch or obstacle the wheel could spin too fast and hurt your thumbs. Keeping them out helps prevent injury. Keep your hands and arms inside the truck to avoid accidents.

Tools & Spares

Keep the following with you:

  • A hi-lift jack
  • Steel wire
  • Spare tyre and plug kit

 

Safety

  • Wear a safety belt
  • Don’t travel alone in unusual places
  • Have a cell phone on you
  • Don’t drink alcohol when driving
  • Get back on the tar road before dark
  • Give fellow 4X4 drivers on the track plenty of space
  • Don’t race or churn up the soil needlessly.

Respect

Respect the land, the other people using the trail and the vehicle! Douse campfires, don’t litter (this includes cigarette butts), stick to trails so as to avoid damaging the plant life.

Leave your ego at home and remember it’s about having fun!

Saving Big With Discount Airfare to Africa

Whether it’s for business or pleasure, the cost of airfare can really add up. Many travelers are constantly searching for discount airfare prices before they take to the sky. The best way to find a bargain is to plan your trip on a budget. This will allow you to get the most out of your trip and save some extra pocket money see the sights or afford other travel expenses upon arriving at your destination.

Most travelers are turning toward the world wide web for all of their discount airfare. Early booking discounts, special internet-only rates and instant confirmation numbers/receipts are among the many benefits of booking flights online. Scheduling a flight with discount airfare does not mean that you are skimping on the quality, but rather that you are saving money to spend elsewhere.

As a general rule, travelers who are searching for discount airfare pricing should consider avoiding weekend travel. Because the weekend is the most popular time to travel, most airfare rates are significantly higher during this time. If planned through the week, the cost of a flight can end up saving you hundreds of dollars than if that same flight were booked to include a weekend. The same is true of holiday weekends, in which cases the airlines are not only swamped with travelers but also discount airfare is a rare find.

If at all possible, travelers should book their flights early. In most cases, the earlier travelers receive the lowest possible rates and the best possible selection of seats (i.e., window, aisle, etc.). It may be more difficult to schedule the desired seating or route within a week of your trip so, where planning is concerned, the early bird really does get the worm.

Travelers who plan to book their discount airfare online may find themselves at the helm of various internet-only rates and other website promotions. Certain routes, for example, may be more affordable than others. One of the most important things to keep in mind, when shopping for discount airfare, is that some ticket purchases are not refundable. For this reason, it is best to read the airline’s refund policy carefully and understand what it means for your trip. Some airlines will allow ticket exchanges, but no refunds. Others will allow no alterations to travel plans, depending on the discount airfare agreement.

When shopping online, it is always best to use a credit card to secure instant purchases and receive instant confirmation of your discount airfare price. But, most importantly – shop around for the best deal.

Souvenirs: Buying Crafts in Rwanda

Are you in search for Rwanda crafts (Art)? Or wanting to learn about Rwanda culture?

There is only one centre for Rwanda crafts and culture in the land of a thousand hills; Rwanda.

This is non other than CAPLAKI CAPLAKI is acronym for COOPERATIVE DES ARTISTES PLASTICIEN DES KIGALI since 1995, the cooperative aims at promoting Rwandan culture that the Genocide almost extorted. Henceforth,CAPLAKI aims at recollecting Rwandan history, traditions, and experiences from darkness. Therefore if you are a visitor looking for souvenirs after your Rwanda safari, CAPLAKI is the answer to your problem.

The richness of Rwandan culture is apparent in the wide range of fine crafts such as pottery, basketry, painting, jewelry, woodcarving, and metalwork. Traditional crafts such as basketry, ceramics, and ironworks also provide another distinctive element of continuity with the past.
As part of its promotional packages, the cooperative develops art skills among Rwandan youth especially dropouts to becoming the best artists. While the youth strive to become best artists making different types of art pieces and postal cards, the cooperative in turn seeks for ready market; both national and international market.
This will improve the youth’s and CAPLAKI‘s economic welfare.

In it marketing efforts, the cooperative is to construct a permanent structure in NYABUGOGO for its art crafts and works . It also plans to establish branches in RWANDA and in the outside WORLD . The Cooperative also seeks make Rwandan culture known globally not for its pitiable background, but as a culture, that accommodates all human nature.
In the region and the world afar, Rwandan culture is compared to non ,for it has unique features such as the dances that are given pride in the country’s cultural repertoire , the hug the smile…………

Apart from being known for their epic songs and dynastic poetry, build Rwandans cherish oral traditions of proverbs, songs and chants.
Be part of Rwanda’s history in making and erecting future opulence; Build Rwanda, LiveRwandan and buy Rwandan, Share the Rwandan experience
Together we can make a Better future,

BACKGROUND
Cooperative started with 11 members but now has 58 members. Five (5) of its members make up committee Board.

Board of Directors
President and Founder
Mr. Munyaneza Innocent

Mob:+250 08568596

Vice President
Mr. Muhizi Gerald
Mob:+250 08568596

Office +250 504227

Secretary
Karangwa Epimaque

Mob:+250 03021742