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
Uganda is a rich destination in terms of culture! This East African country has several places that one can think that are rewarding with fairlytales. Though most tourists who go on Uganda safari want to spot wildlife, you can also enrich your experience by learning about the history and culture of people. Here are the best 7 destinations that you should consider adding into your travel plan;
Nakayima Tree is an ancient historical site estimated to be 650 years old. History and folklore refer to Nakayima as a shrine for the Bachwezi people who were possessed with supernatural spirits and ruled western Uganda around the middle ages of 1100-1500 AD. Today, local people still believe in the spiritual powers that were passed down unto them by their ancestors and regularly visit the tree shrine to pray and receive what they pray for.
With the help of a guide, Nakayima tree provides a look back at the history and how traditional religious beliefs are still very important part of life. The walk up the hill takes in beautiful views of mubende town and plantations. While at the shrine tree you meet villagers and share some folks about the Nakayima, who was a wife of the Muchwezi king called Ndahura.
Nakayima Tree is located 15 minutes off the town of Mubende approximately 3 hours drive from Kampala. Tourists can access the shrine en route going to Kibale forest national park.
Lake Bunyonyi with 19 islands located in southwestern Uganda is one of the popular destinations where tourists go to relax, swim enjoy breathtaking scenery and discover traditional culture and history. The lake is home to many little birds, otters and Cray fish and there’s a range of luxury and budget lodges.
Of the 19 islands, one is called the Punishment Island also known as Akampene in local language where girls who got pregnant before marriage would be dumped and left to starve and die.
A boat or canoe ride gives access to the island during which you’re told about the history of the punishment as well as explore other islands. There are also trails that explore the beautiful landscape for those who wish to spot birds and visit the BaTwa pygmies.
In the Kigezi region of southwestern Uganda people had traditional morals to guide their way of living. For example young girls were not allowed to have sex and get pregnant before marriage. Thus any girl who would defy the moral would be punishable by death because it would bring shame to the whole family and village at large.
When a girl would be noticed to have got pregnant before marriage action was taken by putting her in a canoe and dumps her on the island to die from hunger or drown in water.
Many girls would starve and die how there were few who survived after being rescued by strangers. The practice of punishing girls in southwestern Uganda dates back in the 17th century until it was prohibited in the 19th century after the coming of colonialists and Christianity.
Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa located in southwestern Uganda about 1 hour drive from Bwindi rain forest. Bunyonyi in local language means a place of many little birds.
The lake is famous for its breathtaking scenery of 19 islands encircled by rolling terraced hills. Taking a boat or canoe ride is highly recommended to experience the beautiful views. Along the lake, you’ll find pleasant villages, and hiking trails on the lakeside. Lake Bunyonyi also has historical islands such as Akampene the punishment island to visit while on the lake
The lake is perfect for a visit to Bwindi on a gorilla tracking safari because on there are lodges on the lakeside with nice beds, food and some offer swimming platforms and boat rides.
Bigo Bya Mugyenyi and Ntutsi mounds
Tourists who love to love to hear about ancient human history Bigo Bya Mugyenyi are a must visit archeological earth works dating back to the 13th and 16th centuries. The trench like systems are associated with the landscape traditions of Bachwezi kingdom. The trenches cover a distance of 10sqkm in Ntusi in Sembabule and runs along the Ridge of Akagera River.
The trenches were named after Mugyenyi one of the princes of the Bachwezi, a kingdom of people with supernatural powers that introduced the Ankole long horn cattle which now dominates the economy of the great lakes region.
Visiting Bigo Bya Mugyenyi in Ntutsi is a highlight of your Uganda safari a long with a visit to local villages.Read More