On our visit to Africa to our son who was working in Kigali, Rwanda, we thought of taking long holiday visiting wildlife parks and we did not want to go to Kenya or Tanzania and our son had an idea about Uganda. Still we did not want escorted tours and our son had traveled before with one car rental agency in Uganda “4×4 Car Hire Uganda” which we contacted to arrange for us Self drive in Uganda and the travel expert here “Moses” had all the information about the country from various tourism attraction areas including the cultural heritages, the ten national parks and the source of the Nile.
But before doing a self drive safari, its advisable to first contact any local tour operator. We arranged a self drive safari with this agency mentioned a highlighted above, in this case we wanted to do a cultural tour and white water rafting at the Bujagali falls, we wanted to send Konde Moses money to make for us arrangements in all the places but he advised to come with the money and he booked everything at net price and we paid on arrival, what a trustful operator in Africa. For cultural tour, he advised us to visit the Lubiri and the Kasubi tombs which is the Kabaka’s palace for Buganda Kingdom and the Uganda museum heritage.
Our next episode was to hire a car that couldn’t provide us with headache while in the field, for this, the solution was also to contact Moses who provided us with a link for a 4×4 car rental that are perfect for the Uganda rough roads. From here we observed a number of vehicles and the choice was left to us to select any type of car that was fit for us in terms of pocket and the number it could carry. Since we were 04 people, we decided to take up a 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser Prado which was so perfect for our long journey in Uganda and back to Rwanda, where he collected the vehicle back to Kampala and charging us normal rate to meet these expenses.
The vehicle had a cooling A/C, enough luggage space, spare wheels and an open roof, inverter, and comfortable seats with arm rest. On reaching Uganda, we found one of the workers at nature adventure waiting for us at the airport, he made us to sign an agreement which included to policies and guidelines of using the car while on our tour. Due to the fact that we reached in the evening, we slept at Speke resort in Munyonyo where we based to go to the palace the next day. Early in the morning, we cruised our vehicle to the palace at Mengo hill.
This was so amazing since we got a chance of touring the Buganda parliament where the Great Lukiiko seat to discuss issues concerning the kingdom. This was the only place where we got first hand information about the history of Buganda and the Buganda kingdom structure. From the palace we went to Kasubi tombs where the remains of the different kings were laid and some of the. We went back to the resort and the following day we went to Uganda museum.
Here we had a great fun by playing the local instruments with the lady demonstrating their uses and their content was so interesting but varied depending on the orchestration. My wife gave us a great advantage since she was local and therefore she acted as a local guide for us following some guidelines that costed us small amount of money. There was an art exhibition of the different huts depending on the tribe of origin with varying designs for Ankole, Buganda, Busoga, Acholi, Ateso and many more huts.
Many fossils including picture and art and craft material and the cuisines of the different tribe, Well worth a look if you are at all interested in the history of this beautiful country. All what we observed were so amazing since they do not exist in our home country. In the afternoon we went for lunch at Fung Fang restaurant in Kampala as we hanged around the city. In the evening, we went back to Speke Resort for a evening as we were preparing for the next day’s journey to Jinja.
Early in the morning after a nice warm break first we embarked into our Toyota Safari cruiser and we drove east wards to Jinja approximately 80km. here Moses had partnered with Raft Uganda and here we did a half day raft and we started after lunch, we started at the stretch of rapids along the upper Nile near Jinja which is considered one of the most spectacular places in Africa to go white-water rafting. Despite of the intensity of some of the rapids most people who venture here are first-time rafters seeking Safety standards, we were given all the safety gadgets that we used in our rafting,; with all rafting trips we were accompanied by a fleet of rescue kayaks and a safety boar which we treated to after finding adventurous features in rafting.
This was so experiential since one of our colleagues was too scared because of the meandering waters falling from the upper cliffs as we were turning around. At the end point we were picked by a van that returned us to the starting point at Bujagali falls where we found our vehicle and in the evening we went back to Kampala at Speke Resort for an overnight and also to prepare for our return back to Spain. The next day early in the morning we handed over the car we had hired to Nature Adventure Africa safaris limited.