Are you a business traveler and you aren’t certain about which car to hire? There are plenty of rental cars in Uganda but not all are fit for the purpose of your travel. In this article, we show you the list of the best rental car deals suitable for business travelers in Uganda.
Now that your flight ticket is already booked and you are certain of where your business meeting is to take place, the next step is to determine how you will get there. Regardless of where your meeting or conference is to take place, you definitely need a comfortable ride to get there. And with business meetings, public means of transport are the last resort.
Rental cars serve the best purpose when it comes to connecting to your dream meeting or conference places. Rental cars don’t only guarantee you ultimate privacy but also, saves you from getting to meeting late. With car hire services, no stopovers or transfer issues!
But, when choosing the right car rental in Uganda for your business tour, you should be keen enough. Find a car that best suits your budget and purpose of travel. Also, bear in mind that the kind of rental car you choose to use speaks a lot about you and this is why you need a car that won’t disappoint you, your clients, and the rest of the team.
The tough task every business traveler usually encounters is choosing between luxury rental vehicles and economy car rental options. Depending on your budget, better to get quality means to get you to your conference or meeting venue at the right time. Here are some of the best cars to hire for your business trips in Uganda;
Best Cars to Rent for Business Trips in Uganda
4×4 Toyota Rav4
Find a comfortable 4×4 Toyota Rav4, one of the best SUV vehicles worth hiring for any business trip in Uganda or Uganda safari parks. The Toyota 4×4 Recreational Active Vehicle is compact in size, strong, and fitted with essential features all guaranteeing you a smooth road trip. We have the best 3-door Rav4 and 5-door Toyota Rav4 rental cars at pocket-friendly rates and they are suitable for business trips.
A Toyota Premio is a 3 box-body 4-door saloon vehicle and it is incomparably the most affordable for all business trips in Uganda. It saves you a lot from expenses considering its efficient fuel consumption and when it comes to space, no need to worry- all cargo and leg room are all catered for.
We have all 4×4 Land Cruiser rental car options suitable for all executive business travel in Uganda. Our Toyota Land Cruiser models to choose from for your business trips in Uganda range from Land Cruiser Prado TX, GX, and V8.
Super Custom Van rental
If you are looking for a cooperate means or VIP car for airport transfer to your business meeting, then our 7 seater Mini Van/Super Custom Van rentals are the best deal. They are available with adjustable seats, AC, and spacious cargo room making them more comfortable and interestingly, perfect for group travelers.
Coaster bus rentals
For large group business travelers, Coaster bus rental services play a vital role. We have Coaster buses with about 28 seats or more and guests have a wide range of choices to make from our luxurious Coaster bus rentals. These are ideal for cooperate or business meetings in the city or any part of Uganda. They come with a lot of amenities including mini-fridges for you to keep cool your drinks.Read More
Gorilla trekking is one of the highly demanded tourist activities in Uganda and the world at large. Many people yearn to go on a gorilla safari because it is regarded as a lifetime event however, there are common mistakes people do when booking a gorilla safari in Uganda. In this article, we are giving some of them below:
- Perceiving false information from the internet – there is much false information circulating on social media and other forums on the internet. If you land on such false information, you will be misled or conned thus failing to make it.
- Book wrong dates – because of much false information on the internet, you can be misleading and end up booking wrong dates for gorilla permits, accommodation, visas or flights, and so on.
- Booking accommodation in the wrong location from where you planned to trek gorillas from. If you are to trek in Buhoma and you book accommodation in Rushaga, that is wrong. Since gorilla trekking begins early in the morning at 7:30 am, it’s wise to book your lodges, hotel near to the tracking center.
- Flying into the wrong Airport – If you are to trek gorillas in Uganda, do not fly into the airport far away from Uganda. For that case, you can from to Kigali Airport or any airport in Kenya or Tanzania – then drive to Uganda but very important to fly to Entebbe Airport.
- Organizing wrong gorilla trekking gear – If you are to trek Gorillas seek proper guidance from experts/ local tour operator on the ground to list for you proper gorilla trekking gear.
- Booking with the wrong tour operator- it’s malicious to book your lifetime safari with an inexperienced or incompetent tour agency. Try to look for reputable tour operators whom many past travelers recommend – visit the Trip Advisor forum to get one.
- Selecting a wrong gorilla trekking sector – for all along, you wanted to trek in the Buhoma sector but due to wrong guidance, you may end up being taken to the Ruhija sector instead.
- Selecting unsuitable quotation – Choose a quotation that suits your budget, schedule, and interest. Due to poor guidance, you may end up choosing luxury yet your budget suits the budget option. You are therefore cautioned to be keen when choosing a quotation.
- Compacting your gorilla safari with many activities may be exhausting. Make your safari flexible to get the time of relaxing and interrupting at leisure.
- Booking in the wrong season – too much rainy season is not recommended for gorilla trekking. Rain season makes gorilla trekking trails slipper and gorillas tend to be dormant because of coldness. The dry season is the best time for gorilla trekking though the activity is done all year round.
- Not willing to change – Some clients are too rigid and not willing to adjust in case a new change arises. For the trip to be successful, you need to accept changes for the good of the tour operator and you – the traveler.
In conclusion, the above mistakes should be avoided by making serious research before making the final decision.Read More
Driving comprises of very many skills and one of the most vital techniques of driving is posture but this is underlooked by many drivers. The proper driving posture is not only important for the better movement of the car and road safety but also for your body’s health. With a proper driving posture, you will never have back, bum, and leg aches, and also it enhances quick reflexes to avoid knocking something on the road or any kind of accident.
Therefore, don’t sideline the driving posture, always put it into consideration to have a better driving experience and also keep good health. The simple tips to maintain the proper driving posture are very vital to travellers engaging in Uganda self-drive.
Ensure a good sitting position
This is the first step of a proper driving posture since the car is driven while seated. The best height for driving is when the eye level is about 8cm about the steering and the dashboard. While the sight above the steering and the dashboard, the driver is able to clearly see the road wide, far, and near. This position enables the driver to see what is coming from all sides front, left, right.
The position of the driving seat is also essential. This should be slightly bent at an angle of bout 1000. The seat position enables the driver to easily look at both the side and driving mirrors. The driver is also advised not to lean against the seat for the good of the neck.
The leg and knee placing
The position of the legs and knee helps for the proper use of the driving pedals. The knees must be on the same level as the hips and at an upward posture of about 25 degrees. This gives the driver full grip and control of the driving pedal system. More to that the legs should be slightly apart the right foot must be the one to control the pedals and left rested away from the pedals and for the manual car, the left foot is required for the clutch pedal and the right foot does the rest of the job. The seat should also be adjusted to ensure that the feet reach the pedal system.
The headrest must be at least 27.6 inches above the seating reference point. It is commendable that the driver must place the head in the middle of the head restraint. It always regulates your head from being so upfront at the steering wheel. The head restraints also limit the backward movement of the heads of the driver and other occupants in a collision and this prevents injury to the cervical vertebrate.
The driving and side mirrors are integral features while driving. These mirrors help the driver to see what is coming from behind from the right, left, and in the middle. The side mirrors should be placed where the driver can see the vacuum of the side and also some far hind part of the car. The position of the mirror also helps in the parking of the car.
Some cars come with this sitting support cushion. Lumbar support helps the driver and the passengers improve their sitting posture while in the car. It is always placed where the back of the traveller rests while driving.
Sitting for a long time is very dangerous because it can also lead to tiredness and back and neck aches. It is very crucial for one to take breaks from driving. Get out of the car and stretch your body and also take some refreshment especially while on a long-distance trip. The break should be about 10 minutes then get back to the road. At least after every 150kilometre drive, take a break and relax and stretch for the proper flow of blood. Being in one posture especially sitting can lead to paralysation due to the flow of blood around the body. The body is meant to be functioning to allow easy flow of blood.Read More
Planning to go self-drive in Uganda in 2021 but you are not certain about which essentials to carry/pack? Self-drive tours offer the most flexible road trips and undoubtedly the perfect option for solo travelers to discover Uganda their way. When you think of renting a car in Uganda for self-drive, you become entirely the sole manager of your trip. But, packing right is significant if you are to achieve a successful Uganda self-drive road trip in 2021. Here are a few that shouldn’t miss in your packing list for self-drive in Uganda 2021.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
A GPS is a must-have item on every solo traveler’s packing list for self-drive in Uganda 2021. It is an essential travel tool you must consider available before setting off to any part of Uganda to enjoy your self-drive tour holiday. Having a Global Positioning System can save you a lot when it comes to finding directions to your destinations. Carry one and avoid getting lost on your self-drive safari to Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National Park or Queen Elizabeth National Park.
A self-drive to new tourist sites or destinations in Uganda can be challenging for new travelers. Finding directions to your tourist site won’t be easy but with Google Map, you can save much time and get there early. A Google Map can be downloaded or ask your car rental provider to offer you one. Alternatively, make use of available apps like My apps application and make yourself a map with highlights of stopover spots of your interests .
Passport & visas
Entry into Uganda via Entebbe Airport (EBB) is only for travelers with valid passports and visas. Don’t forget to carry one and make sure the passport you have carried is valid at least 6 months to its expiry date. On arrival, your passport will be needed at customs.
Valid Negative PCR test result/certificate
Before getting into your flight to Entebbe Airport to begin your self-drive in Uganda, a valid Negative PCR test certificate be among the items you have packed. The Negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 will be required on arrival at Entebbe Airport and tests must be taken at least 72 hours before you travel. Another significant item you must have is a yellow fever vaccination card and your doctor should sign it.
A valid driver license isn’t only a requirement for renting a car in Uganda for self-drive but also saves you from being arrested on the way by traffic police which ruins your holiday experience. A driver license/international drivers permit is a proof that you are eligible driver and a car hire agency can accept you hire his or her car if you have one. Note, self-drive is solely managed by you and therefore, prepare adequately to avoid ruining your road trip experience.
First aid kit
First aid kit should be a must-have on your packing list for self-drive in Uganda 2021. Essentials that shouldn’t miss in your first aid kit include ointments, plasters, medication as prescribed by doctor especially for pains, cramps (for ladies), headaches etc.
A mechanic tool kit should be provided by the car hire agency/company. Ask for one before you hit the road to begin your self-drive in Uganda. This can be of great help when you encounter some mechanic issue which you can fix yourself.
A self-drive in Uganda is best done in the remotest side of the country and such areas have biting insects. The best option to have yourself protected is by having the insect repellent. This is essential if your plan is to undertake nature or forest walk, gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trek, game drive and camping etc.
Good and clear camera
A self-drive or driver guided safari in Uganda, a camera shouldn’t be left out of your packing list. Don’t just carry any camera, find one that is good and clear in order for you to take clear pictures while on chimp tracking in Kibale National Park, game drive in Murchison Falls or Queen Elizabeth National Park, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. In case you plan to go self-drive in Uganda and your interest is primate tracking to see mountain gorillas or chimpanzees then a non-flashlight camera is essential.
Not any cloth should be carried for your self-drive in Uganda. Choose the right and environment friendly attire if you are to have the best of Uganda self-drive tour in Murchison Falls National Park or any Uganda safari park. Consider the following a must-have if you are planning for self-drive gorilla tour; a sweater, long sleeved shirt, trousers, hat, rain jacket or poncho, gardening gloves etc.
Other essentials to include on your packing list for self-drive in Uganda 2021 include sunscreen, camping gear, bottled mineral drinking water, snacks, toiletries, hiking or walking shoes day pack, prepared Sim Card & pair of binoculars etc.Read More
Looking to a total or best adventures on an eastern Uganda road trip? Well, the eastern city of Jinja is described as “East Africa’s adventure capital” with the presence Nile River, arguably the longest river in the world, supports a range of adventure activities one shouldn’t miss out on a visit to Uganda. A trip to one of Uganda’s big cities of Jinja is regarded as East Africa’s adventure highlight. The presence of remarkable water bodies such as the Nile River and a sea size Lake Victoria makes experiential adventures thrive. In today’s discussion, we look at the major attractions and activities one can take part in while on the amazing best adventures on the eastern Uganda road trip.
Ssezibwa Falls found almost halfway between Capital Kampala and Jinja city, is a natural wonder, on a river believed to have been human born. On top of the high roaring fall, the visit here is a combination of scenic sensation, Nature walk, Rock climbing, cultural tradition, and hike to the top of the fall. All this can be practically incorporated into your best adventures on the eastern Uganda road trip.
Mabira locally means forest, (ideally a forest – forest!) the thick and biggest tropical rain forest in central Uganda, Located on the way to Jinja, one stands a chance for a guided nature walk that not only rewards with views of different colorful birds but also mammals, primates and huge ancient trees. This can be your second stop on your way to or from Jinja. At Griffin falls in the middle of the forest is where the magic happens, the grade five zip lining that allows one fly like a bird above the tree-tops of Mabira forest, it’s an adventure of a lifetime.
Cruise to the Source of the Nile River
At the source of River Nile, witness a point where 30% of Nile waters come from springs while 70%flow from Lake Victoria. The River is arguably the longest in the world. Originates right in Jinja where the waters start their 3 months journey to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. Take a boat to the Source of the Nile point and the ride crosses into Lake Victoria and back. The ecosystem at the source is well kept with many flowering trees, plants, and shrubs attracting a variety of birds, reptiles, and butterflies.
White Water Rafting
Go wild on the Nile, be thrilled with up to grade five Rafting through different rapids. This 1950s popular water sport rewards visitors to Jinja city with a great experience. The powerful water rapids are likely to flip you off into the deep waters on a raft with a local guide on kayak along to ensure your safety when you fall into the rapids. Most different rafting companies provide family floating boats for you and your children to raft on this arguably the longest river in the world.
Horseback Riding Safaris
Horseback riding safari in the city of Jinja takes you along the Nile River visiting numerous villages of rural Uganda and homesteads along the journey to enjoy the area’s cultural tradition and stunning sights. The thrilling overnight horseback riding safari along the river banks is another special way to enjoy the Nile. This special advanced riding trip allows travelers to experience stunning views from the hills overlooking the Nile valley.
Operated by All-Terrain adventures, Vehicle Quad Biking adventure is for travelers above 12years of age and takes you along the River Nile off the beaten tracks compelling in the sights and the local cultures as you ride through various villages in eastern Uganda. Guests to Jinja find this an exciting experience. However, it is essential to pre-book your safari so that you find guides ready upon your arrival.
Bicycling along the Nile River at Jinja offers a very unique way to experience Uganda. the fun-packed experience is incredibly the top most enjoyable for travelers to the Nile area, available for hire on either half or full-day basis where you can ride to approximately 60km, there are a number of places you can ride your bike such as riding along river Nile end to end various villages of rural Uganda.
Leap over the Nile River from one of the most spectacular bungee jumping in the world. Diving into the Nile River offers one of the most fascinating and thrilling adventure activities of a lifetime to the pearl of Africa – Uganda while in Jinja for a road trip. This is a one-time experience is available for 13 years old and above takes place at Jinja Nile resort and operated by Adrift Uganda.
Your best adventures on the Eastern Uganda road trip is worth your penny and time as it rewards you with some of the stunning rare adventure activities that leave you with memories of a lifetime. The eastern city of Jinja is one place you can never miss as you plan your visit to the Pearl of Africa – Uganda.Read More
Choosing the best rental car for self-drive in Uganda is the wisest decision for anyone with a plan to go solo travel experience. Go on a self drive in Uganda with a rental car is a great opportunity to get around and travelers have ultimate freedom to make stopovers at the sites of their choice and you do everything at your own pace. Incredibly, this is an exceptional experience which guarantees you in-depth discovery about Uganda-East Africa’s premier Gorilla Trekking destination.
Driving yourself on Ugandan roads for the first time can be intimidating. But, with our best self-drive rental cars, be assured of a smooth road trip as you get behind the wheels well-equipped with essential items such as Global Positioning System (GPS), Google Maps, travel guide books and other essential gadgets.
Being a premier car hire service provider in Uganda, East Africa, visitors with plan to go self-drive are guaranteed of the best rental cars for a road trip. Solo travelers on Uganda self-drive can make their best choice from our fleet of rental cars ranging from Toyota Rav4-fulltime 4×4 rental car, Super Custom, 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser etc. Prior undertaking a self-drive tour in Uganda, check out a few amazing tips to guide you choose the best rental car for your road trip.
The destination routes
Before you think of setting of for your self-drive safari in Uganda, it is advisable to conduct a thorough research more on the routes leading to your destinations. This can help you get certain about the current route conditions since some routes in the remote areas have tough terrain, steep/muddy steep slopes. Once you get to know about the destination routes, it becomes easier to make the best choice on which rental car to use for your Uganda self-drive tour.
Size of rental car
A number of people you plan to go on Uganda self-drive trip should be known prior making reservation. Different rental cars in Uganda have specific capacity. If you are traveling in a group of 6pax, why rent a 4×4 Toyota Rav4 when a Mini Van could work best or a comfortable Land Cruiser/Super Custom rental. When renting a car in Uganda for self-drive tours, cargo space is also significant to put into consideration.
Thoroughly inspect your car
Before you begin your self-drive road trip to any part of Uganda, it is advisable that you carryout thorough inspection on the particular rental car you plan to use. Don’t be taken up by the beautiful pictures on the websites, it is important to be 100% sure about the conditions of the rental car. Cross-check for AC, mechanical issues or damages if any, record and let the your expert know, mechanical tool kits and if there is extra car tyre.
Car category is another significant tip to guide you choose the best rental car for self-drive in Uganda. Different car hire agencies/companies have different car categories but the common rental car categories for Uganda safaris include luxury rental cars, 4×4 rental cars, Mini Vans, Saloon cars and Mini or coaster buses. When choosing the best rental car in Uganda for self-drive tour, be keen on the category you choose for your road trip.
If you plan to go self-drive in Uganda National Parks like Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP) or Queen Elizabeth National Park, a 4×4 Land Cruiser rental with pop up roof can be the best option. Alternatively, you can rent a Safari Van with pop up, sun roof or hire Nissan Patrol. Toyota Rav4 most ideal for city tours in Kampala, Uganda.Read More
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A recent meeting between the president and key stakeholders in the tourism sector saw pertinent issues raised. Amos Wekesa, a re-known tourism enthusiast and entrepreneur used the chance to speak up about the impact of the coronavirus on the sector. Wekesa asked the President why the tourism sector was still being taxed yet they weren’t working as much. This he later would explain once the President had directed the tourism officials to look into more flexible ways to deal with the issue.
“I think we have had a very good discussion with the president,” he said after the directive. “The president has given a direction that tourism ministry finds a way of saving the tourism industry find a way of saving the industry.” He said that in other countries, governments were doing more than just mitigating the impact on health alone. “You seeing what is happening to countries like the UK, it reduced their interest rates from 0.7% to 0.25%,” he said. “Italy has said no payment of mortgages as long as the virus is continuing.”
In Uganda, though no coronavirus case has been confirmed, Wekesa worries the bite is deep. “Now for Uganda, the tour operators are actually laying off our employees,” he said. “I know that for sure yesterday three lodges put off 70% of their stuff.” He worried the impact starts from the community but then becomes a national issue. “That means these kids are going to be very desperate in the villages and millions of people are gonna lose opportunities,” he said. “Because tourism is not just lodges and so on and forth.”
To explain the impact further, he traces the impact from the airport, all the way to the eateries. “What this means is that airport will not be getting the $50,” he started. “They will not be getting the landing fee, the petrol station will not be getting the fuel that was being bought by tourists.” He added that also while the restaurants won’t get the people to eat, the hotels will miss the room bookings, but generally, the pinch will be felt because tourists mostly spend more.Read More
Yesterday, the world celebrated wildlife. Today, we thought we might gently remind you that View Uganda can take you, our readers to these destinations at a subsidized rate to see some wildlife. Yes, we are subsidizing our readers!
Is it gorillas you want to trace? You can do that whilst stay at the lodges mentioned herein. Maybe you want to delve into a game drive; that too can be arranged, just reach out to us and all should be well. Alas, let our picturesque article show you all the dream locations we can take you to, for a fraction less.Read More
Gipir and Labongo, what a time-old legend! Dating far back into the 15th Century, its climax sits atop a spot on the Albert Nile called Wang-Lei. With a genesis almost dismissable, this story is so pertinent. See, back then, each Luo family had an ancestral spear it held a very strong attachment to. It was a symbol of leadership and authority.
As culture demanded, it used to be passed on by the family head from one generation to another. The practice signified the continuation of the lineage. In most cases, the recipient would be the firstborn son of the family. On the other hand, the second-born would be given royal beads, a symbol of grace.
When it dawned on Gipir and Labongo’s father that he would be dying soon, he called his two sons to his death bed for the last blessing. The biggest highlight of the event was the handover of the family spear to Labongo as he was the elder son. Gipir on the other hand was given beads as he was a junior.
One chilly morning, an elephant invaded a backyard garden belonging to Labong, who at the time had gone on a hunting spree. The garden had pigeon peas, a favorite delicacy to the giant mammals.
Upon seeing the elephant, Labongo’s wife made an alarm crying for help. Gipir who happened to be at home dashed into the house of Labongo randomly picked the nearest spear, and enthusiastically stabbed the elephant. The sharp-tipped spear sank so deep into the elephant’s body.
Startled, the elephant fled out of sight into a distant forest in agony. It turned out that he had been struck using the legendary spear. Dr. Edwin Wathum Jalusiga, former Prime Minister Alur Kingdom and a lecturer at Kyambogo University say that this is when all hell begun to break loose.
He insists that it is the disappearance of said elephant that birthed this story really. See, it didn’t go well with Labong who was greeted with the news upon return from the hunt, not one bit! “His blood boiled with fury,” Dr. Jalusiga says.
He says that without the slightest consideration of to fact that the move was done with good intentions, Gipir ordered his brother to follow the elephant and recover the regalia. He was to never return in the event that his pursuit ended in vain. Gipir’s pleas to replace the spear with another one fell on deaf ears.
Left with no choice, he eventually submitted to the request and left for the forest amidst despair that he wouldn’t make it back alive. See, the forest was a habitat for various beastly predators. Venomous snakes, forest leopards, buffaloes, and lots more.
This plot, like gravy, thickens. See, the further into the forest he went, the more sore his legs got, he couldn’t walk anymore. Soon the sores would get infected, leaving him I’ll and alone in a forest. He was stuck in there for weeks with no one to help him.
Then a miracle happened; an old kind woman to whom the forest was home came to his rescue. Day after day, she nursed him till he was able to get up on his own. Thanks to the reinforcement by this Samaritan, he was able to arise on his feet and track the elephant with guidance from the Samaritan woman.
He eventually found it lying dead in the middle of the forest. Upon return, Labongo awaited a ripe opportunity for revenge. His wait wasn’t in vain. One day, one of his royal beads was picked and swallowed by one of Labongo’s daughters.
“He couldn’t be happier demanding for the bead-like his whole life depended on it.” Gipir’s cry to make it up to him didn’t yield fruit. There was only one way out. He was to slit his child’s stomach open, killing her, after which he was to pick bead. It was a painful sacrifice as the victim was his favorite child.
Wang-Lei is born
A defeated Gipir, afraid that the worst awaited if he stayed with his brother, decided it was time to go their separate ways. To cement the decision, they buried an axe at the spot where the present-day Wang-Lei is; just a few meters from Pakwach bridge opposite the former railway quarters. Wang lei is basically the axe
Gipir would go on to migrate with his family to the present day Great West Nile region and some parts of Congo, Labongo headed to Northern Uganda. Gipir’s group went on to form the Alur tribe while Labongo’s formed the Acholi. “Since the split, never in history has anyone from the Labong lineage successfully crossed this bridge. To be specific, anyone with ill motives against the people of West Nile,” Jalobo Omulemezi, a spiritualist at the site who has lived in Pakwach for the last 48years says.
He explains that when the warrior priestess Alice Lakwena and her troops attempted to cross over it in the Mid-1980s-so as to terrorize the West Nile fraternity, over 30 of her troops mysteriously fell off the bridge and drowned, never for their bodies to be recovered.
Similarly, when the Lord’s Resistance Army Rebels followed suit in the late 1980s, they also lost several of their troops mysteriously, never to be found again.
Hardly has a year ever gone by without someone drowning at the bridge. Though no convincing answer has been found to this question, Omulemezi suspects that these victims were possibly up to mischief when crossing the bridge, no more!Read More
For the first time, African travellers have liberal access to over half the continent, the 2019 Africa Visa Openness Index published by the African Union Commission and African Development Bank, reveals. The report was launched on Monday on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum, which
opened in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The progress on visa openness in Africa follows growing momentum for greater integration between countries and signals that policymakers across the continent are pushing reforms, making it easier for African businessmen and women, investors, students and tourists to travel.
This fourth edition of the Index shows that 47 countries improved or maintained their visa openness scores in 2019. African visitors no longer need a visa to travel to a quarter of other African countries, whereas visa-free travel was only possible to a fifth of the continent in 2016. Currently, 21 African countries also offer eVisas to make travel more accessible, up from 16 in 2018, 13 in 2017, and 9 in 2016).
The 2019 top performers on visa openness rank among the top countries for foreign direct investment in Africa and benefit from strong levels of growth, including in tourism. The Index shows that Seychelles and Benin remain the top two countries on visa openness in Africa, with their visa-free policy for all African visitors. Ethiopia moved up a record 32 places on the Index and entered the top 20 most visa-open countries in Africa.
African Development Bank President Akinwumi A. Adesina said, “Our work on the Africa Visa Openness Index continues to monitor how Africa is doing on the free movement of people. Progress is being made but much still needs to be done. To integrate Africa, we should bring down the walls. The free movement of people, and especially labour mobility, are crucial for promoting investments.”
The Visa Openness Index has inspired reforms in more than 10 African countries including Ghana, Benin, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Kenya, unlocking the tremendous potential for the promotion of intra-regional tourism, trade and investments.
Despite the gains shown in the report, there is a need to move further. In 2019, only 26% of Africans are able to get visas on arrival in other African countries, up by only 1% compared to 2016.
Countries need to make more progress on visa regimes, including introducing visas-on-arrival. By breaking down borders, Africa will be able to capitalize on gains from regional integration initiatives such as the African Continental Free Trade Area, the Single African Air Transport Market, and the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons.
“It cannot be stressed enough how crucial integration is for the development of the continent and the fulfilment of its people’s aspiration to well-being. I congratulate those member states that have taken measures to ease the procedures for the entry of African nationals into their territories, and urge those that have not yet done so to join this growing momentum,” said Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission.Read More