There are numerous no- or low-cost steps you can take to combat rising gas prices while enjoying your travel. Most cars can run on regular unleaded – 87 octane. High performance vehicles will usually require 91 octane or higher. Check your owner’s manual to determine the right octane level for your car. It’s also usually written inside your gas lid, door panel, and sometimes right on your dashboard under the fuel gauge. It will say something like “Premium Unleaded Only” which means 91 octane or higher. All gas pumps must post the octane rating.
- Check out gas card offers from gas stations and credit card companies. The can save you an additional 1% to 5% off every gallon or earn you free gas.
- If you put 20 gallons in your car at $3.00 per gallon, that’s $60. A 5% cash back would save you $3.00 making your effective cost per gallon just $2.85. It’s like getting a free gallon of gas with every fill up!
Drive more efficiently:
- – Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph), rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent. Driving at 75 mph, rather than 65 mph, increases fuel consumption by another 25 percent. This is caused by the amount of energy it takes to push your car through the air and the amount of drag created by your cars body.
- So if your car gets 25-mpg highway at 55 mph, driving 65mph will drop it down to 20 mpg! Driving 75 mph drops it down to just 16 mpg!
- – Use overdrive gears. Overdrive gears improve the fuel economy of your car during highway driving. Your car’s engine speed decreases when you use overdrive. This reduces both fuel consumption and engine wear. Most automatic transmission cars will have an overdrive button right on the gearshift. Look for a “D” and/or “O/D”. You will see a light on the dash indicating weather it’s on or off. Check your owner’s manual to be sure. If your car has a tachometer, you should be able to tell by watching your engine’s rpm speed on the highway. Buy switching the overdrive on, your rpm’s should drop significantly.
- – Use cruise control. For longer trips using cruise control can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption. Set it to 55 mph on highways.
- – Avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration, and improve your fuel economy by 5 to 10 percent. In city driving, nearly 50 percent of the energy needed to power your car goes to acceleration. Go easy on the gas pedal and brakes. “Jack-rabbit” starts and sudden stops are wasteful. Let off the gas early when approaching yellow and red lights, stop signs etc… Most fuel-injected cars will cut off the fuel supply to the engine while you slow down saving you even more gas.
- – Combine errands. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes for a car to reach normal operating temperature. Until then, your car is using almost twice as much fuel to keep the engine running!
- – Remove excess weight from the trunk. Avoid carrying unneeded items, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces a typical car’s fuel economy by one to two percent.
Maintain your car in the best conditions possible
- Keep your engine tuned. Studies have shown that a poorly tuned engine can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 to 20 percent depending on a car’s condition. Follow the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual; you’ll save fuel and your car will run better and last longer.
- – Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned. Under inflated tires on a car is like running on the beach with no shoes. Car manufacturers must place a label in the car stating the correct tire pressure. The label usually is on the edge of the door or doorjamb, in the glove box, or on the inside of the gas cap cover. If the label lists a psi (pounds per square inch) range, use the higher number to maximize your fuel efficiency. Under inflated tires cause fuel consumption to increase by 6%.
- – Change your oil. Clean oil reduces wear caused by friction between moving parts and removes harmful substances from the engine. Change your oil as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
- – Check and replace air filters regularly. Your car’s air filter keeps impurities in the air from damaging internal engine components. Not only will replacing a dirty air filter improve your fuel economy, it also will protect your engine. Clogged filters can cause up to a 10% increase in fuel consumption. Imagine running up a flight of stairs with only using one nostril in your nose to breath.
- Check out gas card offers from gas stations and credit card companies. The can save you an additional 1% to 5% off every gallon or earn you free gas. One of the best cards out there right now can be found http://valueauthority.com/savegas.htm
- If you put 20 gallons in your car at $3.00 per gallon, that’s $60. A 5% cash back would save you $3.00 making your effective cost per gallon just $2.85. It’s like getting a free gallon of gas with every fill up!
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, Queen elizabeth 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 repellants 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.
Taking a self drive tour is one of the growing modes of adventuring Uganda. Today a good number of independent travelers arrange self guided road trips and adventures through Uganda’s best national parks and tourist locations. However before hitting the road on your next road trip, you need to get equipped with the right car and the right gear in order to have a successful and memorable holiday through the Pearl of Africa.
What are the best cars for Self Guided Tours in Uganda?
Many people wonder about the best cars to use on a self guided tour. Though there are many cars available for offer on self drive in from various rental agencies, you need to match your needs with a car that will respect all whatever you are planning to do on your vacation.
There are a variety of cars but let us bring to you a list of top cheapest cars for rent in Uganda, many clients always take long time to find a car which can fit their budget and at times they end up making wrong choices of ineffective cars which consumes a lot of fuel. It’s better to go on a cheap car that economize on fuel but still offer you a perfect service, here is a list of cost effective Uganda cars to hire.
This type of vehicle leads the list of less expensive cars in Uganda to hire, this 4wheel drive is suitable as it can accommodate up to 3-5 people with a good seat row space and boot to carry your luggage’s . It’s very good in economizing fuel with easy navigation and diesel engine. For those interested in self drive tours it works it better especially if going around the city, function, business.It’s very common in Uganda because of its lower cost of renting if compared with other cars available on the market.
Price Guide – You can hire a Toyota Rav4 from as low as USD 45 to USD 60 per day depending on the places you intend to visit and the number of days you wish to use the car.
This car is also used by very many people in Uganda. It is the cheapest car to use for your travel within Kampala and all the major towns in Uganda. It can accommodate up to 4-5 people, and it is good in economizing fuel costs. When going for conference meeting, picnics, touring the city as well as parties this is a suitable car to use. You can hire it at UD$50 with a driver and US$40 without a driver.
Price Guide – You can hire a Toyota Corolla from as low as USD 40 per day.
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
This can’t be left out among the top less expensive car to hire in Uganda, this 4 wheel drive is a Japan made by an automobile company, Toyota Motors. It is very comfortable, well equipped with useful road gadgets, an air conditioner and also it has a good space for luggage. It can accommodate up to 6 people.
Price: This car can be hired out from as low as US$ 70 – USD100 per day depending on the number of days you wish the car to use it.
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Uganda the pearl of Africa is crossed by the equator guaranteeing all year pleasant weather and climate. The country is also an ultimate wildlife adventure safari destination and the locals are the friendliest in Africa. Therefore to combine wildlife, adventure, and culture, weather together at one destination while traveling can be a life changing safari. Let’s list out the 3 outstanding places that will inspire and change your way of life.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park– the best place to see mountain gorillas in the world.
Bwindi is a UNESCO World heritage site is home to 400 critically endangered mountain gorillas. With less than 900 gorillas in the wild, Bwindi represents more than half of their population and the human threats like habitat destruction due to encroachment and farming, poaching, climate change means that a visit to Bwindi rain forest could be the time for responsible travelers to bring about positive change towards gorilla conservation and community development.
To see gorillas, there are 8 gorilla tracking rules set to guide tourists hence with gorilla tracking an eco-friendly and sustainable safari is guaranteed for visitors. Bwindi rain forest is a restricted area yet local people need to depend on natural resources like water, medicinal herbs, fruits, timber. That means that more and more sustainable projects like environment initiatives, food security, and job creating enterprises are major areas that need emphasis to reduce poverty and over reliance on natural resources if we’re to conserve gorillas for the future generations.
A village walk is one way that allows visitors to learn and experience the local culture of Batwa ancient forest people and Bakiga including their food, traditional dance, arts and crafts, history and conservation progress. Therefore, ideas and investment opportunities are open to create more and more projects in addition to what Uganda wildlife authority has done in partnership with local people.
Today, the chance to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is very rare but Bwindi rainforest presents a big deal with 15 habituated gorilla families including 1 found in Mgahinga gorilla national park. The best way to see gorillas is to plan a gorilla trekking safari and acquire a gorilla permit which gives you permission to visit one of the habituated gorilla families for 1 hour or up to 4 hours during gorilla habituation experience.
Jinja Town, the Adventure Capital of East Africa
The world’s longest river, the Nile starts in Jinja along Victoria Nile to flow about 6853 km northwards into the Mediterranean Sea. The best way to experience the Nile is get into the water. Professional white water rafting as well as beginners and children included can take on white water rafting. With grade 1 to 5 rapids, rafting and kayaking are exciting, you just need to have faith that you’ll not drawn as rescuers as ever following you. Bungee jumping is another life changing activity as you take a leap of faith, live in a moment and jump over a 40 meter cliff to fall into the Nile. Other activities to enjoy in Jinja include horseback riding, swimming, cycling, quad biking, house boats, jet boating, fishing, boat cruises and bird watching and exploring Jinja town.
Murchison Falls National Park- wildlife safari experience and world’s strongest water fall
Apart from Victoria Falls, the 2nd strongest waterfalls in Africa are Murchison falls found along the River Nile in Murchison Falls National park. The falls impresses every tourist who sees it for the first time because the magnitude of rapids is so strong in addition to beautiful scenery of a trademark rainbow and mist. You hike to top or cruise to the bottom of the falls to get a clear view of the falls.
Murchison Falls National park is the largest conservation area in Uganda covering 3,480sq km. With a mixture of savannah grasslands, Nile-Albert Delta wetland and River Nile, Murchison is full of wildlife including the big five mammals, the African elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinos, giraffes and small game such as Uganda kob, eland, heartbeats, serval cats, porcupine which can all be seen during day or night game drives. Boat cruises along the Nile is a chance for children to see Nile crocodiles, Hippos and water birds especially the shoebill stork.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Sitting in the clouds, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the best safari destinations for gorilla trekking.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
This is the largest biosphere reserve in Uganda. The park is one of the richest destinations hosting a wide range of flora and fauna.
Many tourists prefer traveling solo yet traveling as a group is beneficial in one way or the other. Traveling as a group is not only cost effective since the cost of transport, accommodation and activities are shared but you are assured of having fun since you will be socializing during your safari in Uganda. Therefore, the following are the benefits you will enjoy when you travel as a group during Uganda safaris;
Offers opportunities for sharing experiences during the safari
When you travel as a group, you will get the chance to share some of the exciting and thrilling experiences during the safari with some of the group members you have traveled with.
Cost effective (less costly)
As earlier mentioned, traveling as a group means you will be sharing the costs thus allowing you to save on your trip while in Uganda. Costs of accommodation, tourist activities, and transportation are shared hence the total cost you will pay will be low. Not only that, some safari Lodges or even tour and travel companies offer discounts for group travelers thus if you wish to pay less, travel with some of your friends or family members to cut your costs because the larger the group, the less you are likely to pay during the safari.
Ultimate fun and socializing during the trip
Traveling or the entire safari will definitely be filled with fun when you travel as a group than when you travel solo. Not only that, you will get the opportunity to socialize and make new friends especially with people you share the same interest and experience with besides sharing stories and past experiences over campfire or group dinner thus allowing you to bring back some of the sweet memories of the day’s activities.
Safer and very effective
Traveling as a group is undeniably safer than when you are traveling alone because you have someone/people to watch your back or in case of tough situations such as getting lost of breakdown, you can always rely on your friends or group members to come up with collective solutions to overcome the situation at hand, which may be difficult for a solo traveler.
Easier and quicker to plan for the safari
Due to the fact that there are many people, there will be quicker decisions when planning the safari because what you may not know is actually known to someone else. After suggesting an idea, you sit down as a group to decide what is right for all of you. For instance, you can decide the destinations to explore, the number of days to spend during your safari and the transport means to use among many issues to discuss for the betterment of all of the group members. You will therefore be able to decide as a group because you will get a number of ideas from people willing to travel until when a final mission is undertaken. Therefore, group planning allows tourists to make right decisions than they would have made when doing it alone.
Therefore, traveling as a group is beneficial because it makes it easier and quicker to plan for the safari, it is safer and more effective, traveling as a group is less costly because most costs are shared, experiences can be shared and there is endless fun and socializing during the safari.
Just like any other African state, Uganda is no exception as far as crime rate is concerned. However much there are a few crimes that take place in Uganda, the country is generally safe to visit.
There is a huge disparity between the haves and have-nots in Uganda. The former regime government’s exploitative economic policies led to widespread poverty, which bred crime, and the cohabitation of the rich and destitute has led to an informal redistribution of wealth through robbery. While no plan is foolproof, there are common-sense tactics to reduce your likelihood of being targeted.
Avoid wearing flashy jewelry, keep your camera packed away until you want to use it, and opt for a place to stay with 24-hour security guards. ATMs in Uganda are a hot spot for robberies, so when you need to withdraw money, look for an ATM in a busy city center or mall. If possible, withdraw money during the day. Never accept help from anyone when withdrawing and immediately put the money in your wallet.
While other African countries are famous for carjacking, the incidence of this kind of crime is totally not heard of in Uganda. Most tourists to the bustling city will find the traffic very manageable and the roads very normal and easy to drive at thus end up considering rent a car.
Outside of Kampala, the biggest threat on the road is reckless, aggressive drivers. If you rent a car in Uganda, know the rules of the road. Uganda drives on the left side and measure speed in kilometers per hour. Be wary of minibus taxis that are often driven by unlicensed drivers. Their rates are fixed, so drivers try to maximize profits by getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Many do not heed speed limits or traffic signs.
Safety of Women
Uganda is not very prone to rape and women assault and so neither a tourist are targeted, and the vast majority of violence toward women occurs in the townships. Still, women visitors to Uganda shouldn’t worry at all Ugandans are totally hospitable and civilized. Ugandans living outside the cities tend to be conservative, both in mindset and dress. Outside of urban areas, women should cover up to avoid unwanted stares. Many Uganda women travel alone on minibuses, trains and in their own vehicles, but visitors–both men and women–are wise to travel in groups.
While mosquitoes will bite during the sticky summer months, most of Uganda is malaria-free. If you are planning a trip to Murchison falls National Park or other wild areas in the northern part of the country, malaria pills are a good idea. If you decide against the pills, bring repellent and cover your ankles and wrists. The only other health risk is HIV, with more than a quarter of Uganda infected. If you plan to engage in sexual activity, bring protection.
Private hospitals in the urban centers of Uganda offer first-world medical care. If you are visiting remote areas, it’s wise to purchase travel insurance, which generally covers the cost of a helicopter ride if you need to be flown to a city for treatment. Adrenaline junkies beware: Many travel insurance plans do not cover adventure sports like mountain biking, water rafting, bungee jumping or even hiking. If you forgo travel insurance, check with your home insurance provider to see if any hospitals in Uganda are covered. Keep their names and phone numbers with you when you travel so you can direct ambulances.