There are various ways you can enjoy an adventure trip to Uganda. These can range from; a normal pre-planned Safari package with a tour company to back packing, self-drive safaris as well as outdoor camping.
However, camping is becoming popular and considered one of the cheapest ways one can feel the closer touch to the natural gifts of fauna and flora that the ‘pearl of Africa’ offers. Camping is much popular in wildlife parks of Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls among others as well as forest reserves.
It isn’t a must that to get a memorable camping experience, you have to contact a travel agent to organize for you a fully packaged trip. There are other various ways such as planning yourself a self-guided trip either alone or with family and may be friends. The best way here however would be hiring a vehicle for self-drive as well as the necessary camping gear.
A number of Uganda Car hire companies also do camping equipment rentals. However, before choosing a car to hire, you have two decide on which mode of camping you would prefer on either ground or car top.
With Ground camping, you hire a car of your choice for instance a Rav 4, Land cruiser or Safari Van and camping gear separately. This mainly comes with a ground tent that is pitched to the ground plus other stuff required for camping such as Cooking gas, cooking utensils, cutlery, tables and chairs, bedding among others.
On the other hand, Car top camping requires hiring a vehicle option with a car top/ roof top tent. This also comes with the same other camping equipment.
With both options, the only difference is in the style of the tent and many have different opinions on which form could be better than the other. Though Roof top camping is gradually becoming popular in Uganda, here are some of the reasons why many visitors to the country still stick to the ordinary ground camping option on camping trips.
Advantages of Ground Tents over Car top tents
- The ground tent can be better in times when you want to set up for instance a week long camp in the same place and then use your car to go for excursions. This is because you can’t set up your roof top tent and drive away. You have to pull down the tent each time. It also becomes hard if you need to leave something in your campsite to hold your spot since you will be moving with all your essentials along with the vehicle.
Therefore, if you want to set up a tent for several days and move the car in the meantime, a ground tent would be better.
- To some point though minimal, the roof top tent would negatively affect the driving of the vehicle mostly on roads in poor conditions as it raises your center of gravity. This may affect some driving instances such as in high-speed cornering.
- Price of renting a rooftop tent vehicle is a bit higher than that of hiring separate vehicle with camping gear. Taking the same example of a Land cruiser TX or TZ, when it comes with a rooftop tent, it can be hired at around $85 per day whereas renting it with separate camping gear can be at around $75 ($65 for the vehicle and $10 for camping gear). It is also possible to hire a smaller cheaper car such as a Rav4 with camping gear.
- Ground tents can take any number of people at the same time as compared to the car top that are limited. Most Car top tents available in Uganda cannot take more than 5 people; i.e the tent capacity of the Single tented Land cruiser only takes two people while the double roof tented cannot accommodate more than five. With ground tents, you can get any size you want right from the single to one that can accommodate 8 people or more.
Uganda is a country blessed by nature! Many travelers from different parts of the world have come to adventure through this great nation in East Africa. Located just astride the Equator, Uganda offers a lot of safari experiences for both leisure travelers and adventure seekers.
Before visiting Uganda, below are some things that will make your safari to Uganda a great success.
The Wildlife species
Going on a safari to Uganda is one of the main highlights on a trip to these parts and for good reasons. Uganda has got many different types of animals and you see almost everything in this region from lions to chimps to the buffaloes and more. Uganda protects some of the last remnant mountain gorillas left in the whole world. These great apes are a star attraction bringing thousands of tourists into Uganda. You can see the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Uganda is famous for gorilla trekking, an experience that will leave you breathless. Sitting amidst the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is a wildlife experience that you should not miss while in Uganda. You can book a gorilla safari in Uganda with one of the local tour operators listed on this website.
The scenery is a great reason to visit Uganda. With the lush rain forests, highlands coming out from the earth’s crust and the shores of Lake Victoria, for an outdoor lover. This is one country where people come to get out and among the wilderness, either by going on hiking safaris in the highlands, on safari through national parks like Murchison falls, or boating on Lake Victoria and many more.
The safari activities
In case you have a short time in the country and you want to do as much as you can, consider a day trip from Kampala to Jinja, the source of the Nile. White water rafting is famous and also getting out of town on hiking trails, canoeing and Kayaking and many more. Don’t miss the hiking in the highlands and opportunities for camping. In case you like camping, consider a camping safari where you sleep intents, sometimes suspended from trees depending on the location.
Visit the Source of the Nile, Jinja
Jinja is a great location to get out of Uganda altogether, it’s connected by road to other major African cities like Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Jinja is a hot destination for those kicking back in Uganda for a while as well as those who are looking to explore its neighbors.
There are many other national parks that are found in Uganda offer many safari activities as well as attractions. Some of these national parks include; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Semuliki , Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Mount Elgon national park and Rwenzori national park.
In case you are in the mood for something different this summer, consider checking out Uganda. With so many great things to see and do, as well as the opportunity to go on some stunning safaris, Uganda is a hot destination at the moment, and for a good reason you need to visit it on any of your vacations.Read More