Why is Transport a problem in DR Congo

July 3, 2020 By blog Comments Off

Congo’s generally poor transportation infrastructure is a major factor in its economic underdevelopment, a situation exacerbated by years of civil conflict. The Congo River and its tributaries, historically a chief means of transportation in the country, serve as the main transport arteries.

Renting Car for Self Drive East Africa

June 29, 2020 By blog Comments Off

Self-drive in East Africa- Car Hire Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania: Car Rental Congo

Planing an epic East Africa Self Drive road trip with a one-way car hire option starting from Kigali Rwanda and ending in Tanzania Dar Es Salaam? Car Rental Congo team is willing to help you with the draft of the safari plan and booking accommodations, Safari activities like gorilla trekking, mountaineering, After all, four wheels are a must-have when you’re planning a road trip through four countries!

The Recommended time of holiday when driving at relaxed plan is 3 weeks to four weeks considering each country one week that is Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania . each having 7 Days Adventure is the basic recommended self trip to couples, family or group travel in 4×4 Car Rentals like 4wd LandCruisers, or Toyota Landcruiser with a rooftop tent.

Renting a Car in East Africa

Finding a reliable car Rental Company ready to offer of best prices for car hire on self-drive in East Africa is not ease in Rwanda but more possible in Uganda, Kenya, or Tanzania. Among the top Car Rental companies is car Rental Congo that has over 15 years of experience in car hire in  Central Africa before it expanded its boundaries to cover East Africa with the ideology of driving Lake Victoria & River Nile basin on great Africa expeditions.

Rav4 LongFacts About East Africa

East Africa or Eastern Africa is the eastern region of the African continent, variably defined by geography and there are six countries within the region and car rental congo operates in all these countries with extension to other central African countries like Chad, Cameroon.

However, when it comes to self-drive in East Africa, you’re expected to visit Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan are members of the East African Community (EAC) with one entry visa but currently, Car Rental Congo doesn’t allow self-drive in South Sudan due to security of the state. All the Member states are accessed in a rental car with Valid Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Insurance.

When it comes to car rental in East Africa? Car rental congo is the leading company that offers 4×4 car Hire, Machinery, and construction trucks in the entire region on the best prices. Get promotional prices for your visit to East Africa on self-drive around Lake Victoria

Choosing a rental car in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania

Rent the biggest car you can afford if you’re traveling for more than a few days. The vastness of the country means you are going to spend many, many hours in the car and it is more than worth it to spend a little extra for some comfort. The tinted windows mean your luggage is not too visible in the trunk and we had plenty of legroom during the trip.

Consider a 4x 4 if you are tempted to go off-road. Car Renta Congo offers various types of 4×4 fleets alongside saloon cars that are two-wheel-drive like Toyota Vitz, Premio that are used on City tours. The Smallest recommended 4×4 fleet is the Toyota Rav4 due to the poor roads that exist in parks for wildlife watching and primate trekking like Gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda.

East Africa Driving Etiquette

Gx with Rooftop Tent RentalDriving is on the left-hand side in EastAfrica., there are countries that drive on the left hand and those are Uganda, Rwanda Kenya, and Tanzania yet for Rwanda, South Sudan & Burundi they drive on the right hand. However, clients going to drive along Lake Victoria will only pass through the left-hand countries.

When driving on a single lane road move to the left into the hard shoulder to let cars past. This can be quite counter-intuitive as a European driver but it was a common occurrence and caused us to sweat profusely when it happened on the brow of a hill!

If you wish to pass a slower moving vehicle indicate to the right and the car in front will typically move in when possible.

 Climbing lanes are often available as the East African roads are quite hilly and there are lots of large trucks and lorries. Use them to pass trucks and slow-moving vehicles when going uphill. If you are moving more slowly than the traffic move into the left lane to let traffic overtake.

Once you pass another driver a flash of the hazard lights suffices as a thank you. You’ll usually be greeted by a friendly flash of their headlights. It’s a friendly gesture so don’t be alarmed when it first happens!

Honking the horn is a definite no-no except in an emergency.

Watch out for the stop signs! Being used to driving in the US and Europe the stop signs on the main roads through the towns took us by surprise. Be sure to come to a complete halt at the stop sign and give way to cars coming onto the main road.

A good GPS is essential. using an offline GPS app (Osm And navigation) which is recommended to be installed on our cellphones and, on occasion, used the data on the sims.

Double-check your route before you start and have a general idea of the route before you set out each day. This is especially important in the eastern parts of  East Africa. Sometimes the GPS suggested off-road conditions because the distance was shorter but don’t be tempted by the shorter predicted times as the roads can be horrific!

Recycling Waste in Goma

June 23, 2020 By blog Comments Off

How can I tell what is and isn’t acceptable in my recycling container?

Car Rental Congo the oldest car hire company in Central Africa has extended its services to open up the waste management services within Goma, Beni, Kinshasa, Butembo, Uvira, Kisangani with sold service delivery of dumper trucks, provision of Bins for proper waste management in Democratic republic of congo.

Waste Management

We want to make recycling less complicated.

Follow these three rules to make recycling simple:

  1. Recycle empty bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard
  2. Keep foods and liquids out of the recycling
  3. Keep plastic bags out of the recycling bin. No bagged recyclables.

And remember, you should never place an item in your recycling container if you’re not sure it’s an approved recyclable. When in doubt – throw it out. Visit Recycle Right to view how-to videos and downloadable guidelines.

Recycling

Waste is not segregated in DR congo when it is collected, and vast amounts of plastic litter clog public spaces as well as water bodies.

Congo’s segregation and recycling system operate through an informal chain of workers—from ragpickers who sort through waste to dealers who sell the plastic to plants.

About 60 percent of plastic waste in Congo is not recycled, according to various estimates. Just nine percent of all plastic waste ever produced globally has been recycled.

A Mountain Gorilla Killed in Bwindi Uganda

June 10, 2020 By blog Comments Off

Four Men Arrested for Killing Silverback Gorilla in Bwindi

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and is situated along with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. Composed of 321 square kilometers (124 sq mi) of both montane and lowland forest, it is accessible only on foot.

The park is a UNESCO world heritage site near Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a 120 square mile patch of dense tropical forest that is home to primates, elephants, antelopes, and other wildlife.

The hunting and the killing of the gorillas were last reported in 2011 June, according to the International Gorilla Conservation Programme. But there are signs that poaching in gorilla parks has increased in recent months, as tourism has fallen because of the coronavirus pandemic, see the best places to visit after Covid19 and all these places can be accessed on Self Drive safari in Uganda or Guided Uganda Safari 

According to the press release at the twitter handle of Uganda Wildlife Authority, it arrested four men who have been detained in connection with the killing of a 25-year-old male gorilla that was hugely popular with tourists.

The arrests followed UWA’s investigation of Rafiki’s death “after a post-mortem report revealed that the Silverback sustained an injury by a sharp device/object that penetrated its left upper part of the abdomen up to the internal organs.” Rangers found Rafiki’s body on June 2, a day after he was reported missing in the park.

The Silverback gorilla, named Rafiki, was killed in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park after going missing on June 1. His body was found the next day.

Byamukama Felix confessed to killing the gorilla in self-defense, the authority said. Mr. Felix said that he had gone hunting in the park with another poacher, Bampabenda Evarist when they came across the Nkuringo gorillas.

Rafiki charged, and Mr. Felix speared him, the authority said. Mr. Felix, who is from the western Ugandan village of Murole, was found with bush pig meat as well as several hunting devices, including a spear, rope snares, wire snares, and a hunting bell for a dog collar. Rafiki was head of a 17-member gorilla group called Nkuringo Sector which sector is considered as the hardest sector when it comes to gorilla trekking in Uganda.

Mr. Felix said that he had shared some of the bushpig meat with two other poachers, Museveni Valence and Mubangizi Yonasi, who were arrested on June 7, the authority said.

In a statement on Friday, the authority said that the four men were being held at a police station and were awaiting trial before a court of Competent Jurisdiction.

Best places to visit after Covid 19.

June 1, 2020 By blog Comments Off

Tourist Destinations to visit in Africa After Covid19: Car Rental Congo.

During the end of the year 2019 December, the world started to experience the most deadly disease that has affected all the countries in the world without sparing their economies. African countries were among the last to feel the impact of Covid19 as it arrived in Africa in 2020.

The Impact of COVID is hard to be expressed in one single post but car rental congo brings to you places to visit to reduce the stress of staying home for more than 2 months. The new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends, and colleagues take time to get used to. Adapting to lifestyle changes such as these, and managing the fear of contracting the virus and worry about people close to us who are particularly vulnerable, are challenging for all of us. They can be particularly difficult for people with mental health conditions.

Shade off that Post-COVID19 stress; at the end of this pandemic one needs to adventure and try out some activities with nature.

We realize that there are things most have taken for granted and always ignored. Your interaction with the outside often calms your mind and most times helps awaken one’s brain and mind. Traveling and adventure renews one’s mind and gets you engaged with nature. In addition, it serves to relax one’s mind and spirit from the monotony of the environment that has been set by the pandemic situation. Question is “where should I do this?”, “where can i achieve?” such relaxation; check out this suggestion some activities. Start planning now, so that you do not miss out, trust me you will not regret your decision.

Recommended Reunion Safari activities.

  1. Gorilla trekking/tracking; oh how I miss these close friends and familyGorilla Safaris of man. Do not miss seeing them going about their lives, you will be surprised at the level of their intelligence, organizational skills, and social life. These wonderful creatures dwell in the great forest of Bwindi and Mgahinga., beautiful Virunga mountains of Rwanda and Congo. Did you know they have territories and territorial leaders? Did you know these territorial leaders also submit to one overall leader? Amazing, isn’t it? Have a chance to witness more than this Miss at your own risk, do not say I did not warn.
  2. Wildlife adventure; With 10 national parks in Uganda, you cannot do less than appreciate the diversity of wildlife and behaviorism of the wildlife. The wild is entails more LIon Experiencethan you can imagine, witness instances of survival for the fittest (live predator-prey chases), territorial protection, and animal superiority over their counterparts. Watch how the prey and predator coexist in the same environment (balanced ecosystem). You can start with the magnificent zebras of Lake Mburo National Park, not to forget the gigantic eland antelopes, topis, impalas, hippopotami, crocodiles, and acacia related birds among others. With this start, you will long for more and surely you have got it all in this trip; Queen Elizabeth National Park, located in western Uganda hosts a diversity of wildlife from weakest to strongest, smallest to largest. The park hosts over 90 mammal species; of this variety include African leopards, tree-climbing lions, African bush elephants, warthog, giant forest hog, African buffalo, Ugandan Kob, Nile crocodile and Chimpanzees. You could save some energy to hike the famous mountain Rwenzori; The highest block mountain that is sited in the rift valley, crown it with a boat ride along Kazinga Channel.
  3. Alternatively start your adventurous trip with Zziwa Rhino sanctuary proceed to Kibale National Park with Chimpanzee tracking, red-tailed monkeys, Kanyachu primate walk, bird watching among others tracking. Be sure not to miss out on the hot springs of Semlik Valley National Park which takes you to the famous Murchison falls before you witness a variety of wildlife of Murchison National Park, the home of the big five and known not only the large lion and enigmatic leopard but also the Rothschild’s giraffes, crown your sector visit with the visit to the famous Murchison Falls. tentatively you can proceed to Kidepo Valley National Park the core of savannah landscape and the largest national park.

    You will have an encounter with over 75 species of mammals and over 470 bird species. The park harbors a couple of almost extinct species of African wildlife, you would not like to miss capturing the last existing species in the land. proceed to Mt Elgon National Park the largest volcanic base in the world(4000Km2). Kidepo Valley National Park

    The park hosts more than 300 bird species not to mention the endangered Lammergeyer. You can also do a mountain climb 4321m Wagagai and descend into the 40Km2 This mountain is one of Uganda’s oldest physical features over 20 million years and has been greatly reduced by erosion. Be sure not to miss out on the magnificent Sipi falls at the edge of the Elgon park. Crown your trip with a visit and a series of activities at the source of the Nile in Jinja.

  4. Eco-Tours.Ecotourism is directed towards an exotic natural environment intended to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife. Eco-tourism involves visits to fragile, relatively pristine natural environments in order to minimize the impact on the environment and to actually benefit the environment. Ecotourism goes beyond nature-based tourism in that it supports conservation through education on the impacts of human beings on the environment and fostering a greater appreciation of natural habitats.

Ecosystems are diverse, it is important to understand the interaction between the different plants and animals as well as their non-living environments, weather, earth, sun, soil, climate, and atmosphere. Thus, the ecosystem gives relationships between different organisms that live in close proximity to each other.

The determination of animal extinctions and endangered species is easily understood with knowledge of different eco-systems. Furthermore, an unbalanced ecosystem poses to several species including humans.

Uganda has over six eco-tourism sites, mabira central forest reserve,  mpanga central forest reserve,lutoboka and Bunjazi central forest reserve, Kalinzu, kasyoha-kitomi, Budongo, Kaniyo Nusingiro, and Bugoma

Geotourism

Come unravel the story of Uganda by visiting the vast sites, you could be the next one to discover important resources through your visit and study. Uganda is blessed with over 62 geosites these include, geothermal sites, mountain ranges, the great east African rift (western branch), archeological sites, rock formations, waterfalls to mention but a few.

THE RWENZORI MOUNTAINS

Rwenzori MountainsA question to ponder, why such a high block mountain (compression structure) in the middle of the rift valley (an extensional structure)? The Rwenzori mountains are one of the few undisturbed mountains in the world, this is attributed to its rugged and wilderness nature, this has attracted several climbers and tourists. Standing on the different blocks of the Rwenzori one has a nice view of part of the great east African rift valley and its manifestations in Uganda. With the highest peak at 5109m Check on 14 Days Congo Gorillas & Rwenzori Trekking experience with Car Rental Congo

Effective Ways to Use the Overdrive

April 29, 2020 By blog Comments Off

The Effective Ways to Use the Overdrive in Automatic Car

Overdrive in an automatic car has come a long way since the improvement of the engine mechanism and highway transportation. The smooth roads and powerful cars encourage modern people to speed up on the road. But, auto manufacturers had to solve the challenge of creating a gearing that can adapt to higher speeds without frictional loss to the rear. The gearing also has to maintain lower RPM and put less strain on the engine. It’s when the overdrive gear came into the equation.

What is an Overdrive Gear?

Overdrive or OD is the highest gear in the transmission in an automatic car. It brings the RPM of the engine down at given road speed to facilitate better speed and fuel efficiency. It also helps your car to provide the best performance in higher-speed cruising.

How to Use Overdrive in Automatic Car More Effectively?

Usually, cars having this gear have a dedicated overdrive button. Switching it on means locking it out, not to engage it. When you push it, the transmission goes through all the gears and then limits the functioning within the rest of the gears. It means that there will be a downshift from the highest gear when you press the O/D button during driving at high speeds.

You should leave the OD switch on all the time for regular driving. Your car will automatically shift into top gear if necessary, regardless of your selection. However, there are some conditions when pressing the overdrive gear can improve the car’s performance.

Social Responsibility During COVID Pandemic

April 11, 2020 By blog Comments Off

Social Responsibility in COVID 19 Pandemic

The World Health Organization declared Corona Virus a Global Pandemic in early March of this year. The Ministry of Public Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reported the country’s first case of COVID-19. Health authorities said tests found that a Congolese national, who had recently returned to Kinshasa from his residence in France had tested positive for the virus. The silver lining is that a fraction of the people with the reported cases has since recovered while the rest are in stable condition.

Company Support to Local Communities during COVID 19 pandemics has been at the helm of 2020 ever since the pandemic was declared to be existing in democratic republic of congo as the company started to support the local communities that have been deriving their income from Tourism industry including the local Porters, Guides in Various national parks that is Virunga National Park & kahuzi Biega National park that is known to be the home for the primates. All Congo primate Safaris either lead you to the eastern democratic republic of congo or Kinshasa for Bonobos trekking.

The effects of COVID-19 have provided an unprecedented stress test of corporate social responsibility. In every crisis, there are risks and opportunities and this is what we see in our research thus far. Week by week, a rising number of companies have faced exposure to stakeholder criticism over their social practices, and simultaneously, companies across all sectors have taken the opportunity to further embed themselves into the social fabric of the communities where they operate.

Car Rental Congo extended a hand to the few locals known by the company operations manager Moses in Goma to render assistance in offering some food, but we are happy that the government took all the necessary measures to reduce the spread of the disease.

The Company continues to encourage people can take action to prevent the disease through simple, day-to-day measures to have COVID 19 free measure society.

  • These include regular handwashing with soap and water; if it comes to congo , If you want people to wash their hands with soap and water, you need to provide them with soap and water. The reality here is many simply don’t have access to either.
  • coughing into a tissue or a bent elbow,
  • being sure to safely dispose of the tissue afterward;
  • maintaining a social distance of at least one meter,
  • particularly if that person is coughing;
  • avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • seeking medical attention early if a person develops a fever or cough.

Covid19 Advise to Our Esteemed Clients

March 18, 2020 By blog Comments Off

Dear Customers and Friends of Car Rental Congo

We are currently experiencing an unprecedented health crisis with the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. It is our responsibility to stop it’s spread by breaking the chain of infection.

At Car Rental Congo we want to ensure that our customers and friends remain healthy and nothing hampers your business continuity.

Please take the following precautions to ensure the health and well-being of your family, your employees, and yourself.

Do’s
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  1. If possible, Stay at home!
  2. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds and If washing is not possible, rinse your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  3.  Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow, a handkerchief, or a paper tissue while sneezing and coughing.
  4. Throw used paper tissues into closed bins immediately.
  5. See a doctor if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
  6. Wear a mask if you have symptoms such as fever, cough, or runny nose.
  7. If you feel sick within 28 days after return from COVID-19 affected areas, Report any suspected cases to the Congo Ministry of Health
  8. If going outside and then coming back home, change your clothes immediately and wash your hands and exposed skin area with soap.

Don’ts
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  1. DO NOT have close contact with people who are unwell, or showing symptoms of illness such as cough, runny nose, etc.
  2. AVOID touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  3. AVOID participating in large gatherings.
  4. AVOID shaking hands with people.
  5. AVOID public transportation as much as possible

As Car Rental Congo, we have subsidized our prices for shuttle buses and MPVs to offer corporate transport solutions for essential staff.

If you would like to discuss how we can move your essential staff and our reduced prices, please call Edward on +256787471094. or write an email to info@carrentalcongo.com

We will get through this together.

Airport Transfer & Car Rental Congo

February 1, 2017 By blog Comments Off

There are various car rental places where you can rent a car or may need to rent a car. When looking for an airport car rental service, there are a number of factors to consider in cognizance of the fact that the airport is a very busy place. At the airport, there are several specific car rental places guidelines relating to airport rental cars. You also have to be sure that the car rental guidelines work well with your own travel arrangements.

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Self-Drive Vs Guided Safari Tour

January 25, 2017 By blog Comments Off

I can show you my experience in guided and self-drive safaris. That’s my experience and it could be different depending on the parks, the weather and other conditions. My experience is limited to Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, which are on the East side of Africa, and Senegal, which is at the north; and there are not too many game parks. I have in mind a travel to Namibia-Botswana; according my research (asking people that have made safaris in east Africa and south Africa), all African parks are similar, except Kenyan ones (which are very crowded).