Gorilla Trekking Advice

April 1, 2021 By blog, gorillas Comments Off

Gorilla Trekking Congo, Rwanda & Uganda Tips: Car Rental Congo.

On 1st April 2021, the Virunga National Park congo was officially opened for travelers to start enjoying the most lovely safari activities of Gorilla trekking & Massive Climbing of Nyiragongo Volcano in Eastern Kivu of Congo.  the re-opening of the Virunga following the reopening of Kahuzi biega in August 2020 has made car rental congo update clients to be observed when on gorilla trekking in Congo and the same rules apply even in Rwanda and Uganda where extra gorilla watching can be enjoyed.

While planning to track the Gorillas, one is advised to book the gorilla permits prior to travel. The Congo gorilla permits for both lowland and Mountain Gorillas costs ($400) per person and these national parks may be visited anytime in the year.

However, Gorilla trekking has some rules and regulations in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park  to be followed during post covid 19 gorilla watching, and these include:

  • Measurement of the Body Temperature
  • Showing the PCR, passport.
  • Gorilla trekking can only take place between 8 am and 7 pm.
  • The minimum age to track is 15 years
  • You are allowed to spend only one hour with the gorillas
  • A maximum of 8 people is allowed to track a specific group of gorillas per day.
  • You are advised to stay 5 to 7 meters away from the gorillas.
  • Carry waterproof & warm gears for the cool conditions within the mountains since it sometimes gets wet within the forest and comfortable walking shoes are of great advantage.
  • Smoking and snacking is not advised during tracking
  • Avoid littering within the forest and keep the trash to yourself
  • Always remain calm– Avoid direct eye contact in case the gorilla charges and stay calm until it moves away.
  • Toilet manners: A ranger will be willing to dig a hole for you and after make sure it’s fully covered.

3 Common mistakes done Gorilla Trekking in Uganda on Self Drive Trips

February 24, 2021 By blog Comments Off

Mistakes done on Self drive Gorilla Trekking in Uganda: Car Rental Congo.

As its known that Car Rental Congo is offering self drive trip to Uganda and the most exciting safari activity done is gorilla trekking . Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is done Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. we do offer free gorilla permit booking for travelers that have selected to explore Uganda’s national park on a road trip.

Car Rental Congo team has identified three mistakes done by self drive travelers that have selected to go gorilla trekking in Uganda. When you book your car at Car Rental Congo and your going on self drive trip including gorilla watching, Please take careful note of the mistakes to avoid joining their ranks!

1. Arriving at the wrong park gate
A common (and rather tragic) mistake on the part of many would-be gorilla trekkers in Uganda is arriving at a different part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to what’s on their permit. Bwindi is a large park of 331 km² (128 mi²), and comprises four regions:

  • Buhoma in the northwest
  • Ruhija in the east
  • Rushaga in the south
  • Nkuringo in the southwest

Map of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda
Map showing Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and its four different entrance points
When you book a gorilla trekking permit with Car Rental Congo limited , the team will explain to you the section of your gorilla trekking ( you obtain one for a specific portion). And this can’t be changed. So if you show up in Buhoma with a trekking permit for Nkuringo, for instance, you’ll pay the fine fee of $$150 per person!

2. Arriving on the wrong day
The second common mistake that visitors coming to see mountain gorillas make is rocking up on the wrong day. Permits are issued for specific dates and are non-transferable. This is because trek groups fill up far in advance. Note that there are also no refunds.

3. Not bringing your passport

Visitors must bring their passports on the day of the gorilla trek as park officials check these against permits to ensure only rightful permit holders are admitted to the park. Forget your passport and you may not be allowed into the park! It’s possible you’ll be able to dash back to your accommodation to fetch it, but at the very least that will be stressful. At worst, you’ll miss the trek.

Mistakes like those discussed above are some of the reasons why we recommend you travel with an experienced and reputable tour operator like Follow Alice. We know the in’s and out’s of gorilla trekking super well and ensure our clients don’t go home with any woeful tales like not getting to see mountain gorillas on their mountain gorilla holiday.

Another reason for choosing to book the gorilla trekking permit in Uganda with Car Rental Congo is that its ease to advise you on which sector to visit for the gorillas depending on the travel plan that you have.

Contact Car Rental Congo to explore the best Uganda Safaris on Self drive Adventures with experts. Visit the Special discounted prices 

Although we are sure these mistakes are not available for clients that have selected to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda‘s volcanoes National Park.

lockdown promo

January 22, 2021 By blog Comments Off

Car Rental Congo  Promotion, Covid prices & Discounts: Self Drive East Africa.

Car Rental Congo the leading car hire company in Africa mainly centered in Central Africa & East Africa is offering the best discounts to enable budget travelers to explore Lake Victoria, primates, Nyiragongo Volcano, Rwenzori Mountains, Wildlife animals in African Savannah parks.

Irrespective of the strict measures by various states to contain the covid 19, many adventurous travelers continue to show their interest in exploring Africa, and Car Rental Congo has decided to run promotional discounted prices for car rental services with experienced driver guides to take you around with valid covid 19 PCR test.

we also arrange free tests for the clients after the safari to ensure that you fly safely back to your home country. These services are available in Uganda, Rwanda, DR congo & Kenya.

As Africa slowly begins to return to normal, we know that you need a reliable, stylish car to help you get to your destination. That’s why we’re making it easy for you to get back on the road, for less.

Rates include Super Waiver, Theft Protection, Airport Surcharge, Tourism Levy, and 100km FREE per day!

East Africa Tourists Visa

July 12, 2020 By blog Comments Off

East Africa Tourists Visa, Self Drive-in East Africa- Car Rental Congo.

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organization of 6 Partner States: the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The Great news is that Car Rental congo operates in all these states offering Car Hire with drivers or on self-drive. The cars offered include Saloon Cars, SUV cars, Mini Vans, and other trucks for heavy machinery with extra services like MICE management and Africa Safaris around Lake Victoria.

Many Traveler that are planning Safaris in East Africa asks tour operators which visa to apply for and Car Rental Congo has developed a very helpful resource page about the appropriate East Africa Tourists Visa that is quite different from the Congo Tourists Visa.

East Africa Tourists Visa is a joint visa for travelers that entitles holders to travel to and within the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Uganda, and the Republic of Kenya for tourism. The visa is a multiple visa meaning you can use them in the three countries.

The East Africa Tourist Visa is valid for 90 days, multiple entries in all the three countries, and those planning to visit Tanzania or DR congo when from Uganda or Kenya or Rwanda are advised to apply for those visas in advance.

Tanzania Tourists Visa, Foreign nationals may apply for a visa online in advance of travel. Applicants may complete the e-visa application form and make payment online with a credit card or bank transfer at www.immigration.go.tz.

Congo Tourists Visa, check on the safari guide of Congo that offers you the most updated information about the visa to congo, Congo Safari operators can help you in applying for this Visa.

ELIGIBLE PERSON FOR EAST AFRICA TOURISTS VISA :

Everyone is eligible when it comes to getting the East African tourist visa irrespective of their origin and I have grouped them below with detailed information about each group, how eligible they are, and what they need to acquire the tourist visa.

• A foreigner who wants to visit simultaneously the Republic of Rwanda, Republic of  Kenya, and the Republic of Uganda for tourism activities like Self drive around Lake Victoria including primate watching, Wildlife adventures, Rwenzori Trekking tours from all over the world.

• The holder of the East Africa Tourist Visa shall enter from the country that issued the visa and move within the two other countries without applying for another visa or paying another visa fee. Applications for this visa can be lodged at any of the diplomatic representation of the Republic of Uganda, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Kenya, at the Immigration Offices/ selected borders of the respective countries or online where applicable

• The holder shall also be allowed to move out of the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda; and return without having to pay for another visa. This will only be applicable within 90 days as long as you don’t cross to other countries outside the East African Community like DR Congo.

Documents required by East African Countries.

The list of documents can change but you must have these upon your arrival at any border point or Airport for you to access magic East Africa.

  1. Valid travel document valid for more than 6 months*
  2. Return ticket*
  3. Yellow fever vaccination certificate*
  4. Hotel bookings/Contact details of the host*
  5. Colored passport photo in white background( not mandatory)
  6. Visa fee of 100 USD if you didn’t pay online and if you paid please present your receipt
  7. Invitation letter from the host for Rwanda

Guide on How to Apply for the East Africa Tourists Visa

  1. Republic of Uganda

    You can apply for a visa online, at the airport or major land borders for 100 USD. In my case, you applied when coming for Uganda Safaris.
  2. Republic of KenyaThe Traveler that is accessing east Africa via Kenya is required to apply for the visa in advance, and they have an online visa application for EAV, or you can only get EAV in the airport or major land borders of Kenya. Kenya Safaris
  3.  The Republic of Rwanda,Rwanda has an online visa application platform and you follow the same steps as in Uganda and Kenya. Rwanda allows for an online visa application. Plan your Rwanda Safari to enjoy the East African visa

If your Planning Gorilla Safari in Rwanda, Uganda & Wildlife Encounter in Kenya, the best-recommended visa is the East African Tourist Visa that will enable you to stay longer in the Region when on the long term Rental in Kenya, Uganda or Rwanda with Car Rental Congo.

Whats App Support for Car Rental Congo

July 11, 2020 By blog Comments Off

Make use of our new Car Rental Congo WhatsApp support line!

We are thrilled to announce that our customer support team can now be contacted on WhatsApp! Now, you can get the help you need with your booking, quick and easy!

Car Rental Congo making your booking ease and stress-free!

To WhatsApp, our support team, simply scan or click the QR code below. Alternatively, you can invite us on the following number

+256787471094

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Uganda named 6th most popular African destination for international conferences

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Car Rental Congo a reliable Car hire company operating in Africa since 2000, has got the news that Uganda has been ranked as number 6 for hosting international Conferences, looking for Airport transfers in Uganda, Mice Arrangement for events, contact us to handle the project with experienced staff.

KAMPALA — Uganda has been ranked the sixth most popular destination in Africa for hosting international conferences and events in 2019 statistics report released by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). ICCA represents the world’s leading association for global meetings, conferences, and events industry.

The rank is a four-point advancement from the 2018 report where Uganda ranked 10th. Uganda has over the last 5 years ranked consistently in the top 10 African destinations for hosting international conferences and events.

The rankings are based on the number of association meetings taking place regularly, rotating between at least
three different countries and with 50 participants.

UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova, says Uganda in 2019 hosted 22 association meetings including the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentarians Conference, 8th African Population Conference, Africa Now Summit, 4th African Judicial Dialogue and the 2nd Congress of the AfricanPrimatological Conference; among others all which attracted a variance of domestic, regional and international visitors and contributed to the rankings that currently place Uganda as a top Meeting and Events destination in Africa.

“In 2020, Uganda had organized and was scheduled to host a number of notable conferences and meetings that had to be rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These included among others; the G77 summit, Africa Climate week, World Health Summit, CBR World Congress, and the AfrAA Conference,” Ajarova explained.

She highlighted that many of these conferences have been rescheduled to take place in 2021 pending confirmation of the dates as the COVID-19 pandemic is examined and travel restrictions reviewed.

“As Uganda continues to grow its MICE industry, the next few years will see our association meetings increase as the world normalizes in the post COVID era,” Ajarova concluded.

Car Rental Congo offers Luxury Car Rental Services with Experienced drivers to handle the VIP on conferences with a relaxed mind in Uganda. Contract us.

Rwanda Reopens Airport in August

July 6, 2020 By blog Comments Off

Rwanda Reopens Tourism, Wildlife Safaris, Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes.

Rwanda has developed mainly due to the efforts of the tourism sector that has been the most foreign exchange earner of the country but COVID leads to the closure of the parks and hotels as they got into LockDown. Car Rental Congo suspended the operation of its car hire services as they were not working but due to the recent news that the Airport of Kigali is opening for international flights to connect to Rwanda. we have opened officially and we are taking bookings.

Re-Open for Flights.

Rwanda has announced that its airports will reopen to commercial flights on 1 August, having shut down to outside visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. This move follows its 17 June reopening of domestic tourism and international charter flights.

There are conditions though, including a requirement that all incoming passengers, including those in transit, will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a certified laboratory, taken within 72 hours of arriving in Rwanda. For passengers entering the East African country, a second test will be conducted upon arrival, with the results delivered within 24 hours. During this time, travelers will be required to self-quarantine in a designated hotel at their own cost.

Rwanda is known as Le Pays des Mille Collines (Land of a Thousand Hills) thanks to its many mountains, including the majestic Virunga volcanoes in the northwest. Hidden among the bamboo forests are some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas, and Nyungwe Forest National Park protects extensive tracts of mountain rainforest and is home to many primates. All tourism activities, including primate trekking within Rwanda’s national parks, have now resumed in the country with enhanced COVID-19 prevention measures.

Car Rental Congo: Welcoming visitors back is important to Rwanda as tourism is a key contributor to the economy as most of the travelers use flights to connect to the land of thousand hills. Many Tour operators and hotels in Rwanda are none functioning currently due to the effect of Covid19. For more information on the tourism reopening guidelines,

Car Rental Congo has been offering Car Rental services to the locals that have been taking self-drive safaris to Akagera wildlife park and scientific weddings. Grab the best deal for car rental in Rwanda as low as 55USD /day for the saloon cars and SUV at only 80 USD for long term rental of one week +

Why is Transport a problem in DR Congo

July 3, 2020 By blog Comments Off

Transport in DR congo – Car Rental Congo; 4×4 Car Hire in Central Africa.

Traveling in Africa can never be easy and simple however there are some parts of Africa that are ease to get transportation services like East Africa, South Africa where there are self-drive options like self-drive around Lake Victoria but when it comes to Democratic republic of congo it is a quite hard and unique experience that can’t be compared to East Africa & South Africa.

Provinces in DR congo

Before the Colonists came to DR congo, it was initially organized into 22 districts. Ten western districts were administered directly by the main colonial government, while the eastern part of the colony was administered under two vice-governments: eight northeastern districts formed Orientale Province, and four southeastern districts formed Katanga. In 1919, the colony was organized into four provinces: Congo-Kasaï (five southwestern districts), Équateur (five northwestern districts), Orientale, and Katanga (previous vice-governments). DR Congo got its independence and it was rearranged into 25 provinces which are all served by car Rental Congo that include Kinshasa, Ituri Province, Kongo Central, Haut-Uele, Kwango, Tshopo, Kwilu Province, Bas-Uele, Mai-Ndombe Province, Nord-Ubangi, Kasaï Province, Mongala, Kasaï-Central, Sud-Ubangi, Kasaï-Oriental, Équateur, Lomami Province, Tshuapa,Sankuru, Tanganyika Province, Maniema, Haut-Lomami, South Kivu, Lualaba Province, North Kivu, Haut-Katanga Province.

The Most known and developed is Kinshasa, North Kivu, South Kivu, Tanganyika, Ituri, Haut Katanga provinces that hold minerals and tourism activities.

Modes of Transport in Congo

DR Congo four modes of Transport are Air, Water, Rail, and Road transport but the most used are three that is water transport to those communities close to river congo, air for the domestic flight available yet road transport is mostly used for those traveling in Cities.

Road Conditions in DR congo.

Ground transport in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has always been difficult. The terrain and climate of the Congo Basin present serious barriers to road and rail construction, and the distances are enormous across this vast country. Furthermore, chronic economic mismanagement and internal conflict has led to serious under-investment over many years.

The transportation network is of crucial importance to Congo for travelers to get around from one province to another considering the size of the country.  Congo’s generally poor transportation infrastructure is a major factor in its economic underdevelopment, backed up by a congo river that has no clear water floor in Africa. Check on the Congo River Expeditions ( navigable from Banana to Matadi, Kinshasa to Kisangani, Obundu to Kindu, and Kongolo to Bukama.) But when planning to get around by road from south to the last point, then it’s difficult that why we failed to develop the clear travel around the Congo river. Travelers that wish to visit DR congo are advised to rent 4×4 Car rentals only due to the terrain of the roads.

Roads in South Kivu province

The Roads in Bukavu are paved and the areas are safely visited by tourists that be heading to Kahuz Biega National Park that is known to the home for the Eastern Lowland Gorillas, Travelers are advised to use Rusizi one border to connect to Rwanda. Car Rental Congo offers the best car hire services for travelers visiting Bukavu city for projects or Tourism on short & Long term projects in local Communities around Lake Kivu.

Highways

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has fewer all-weather paved highways than any country of its population and size in Africa — a total of 2250 km, of which only 1226 km is in good condition. To put this in perspective, the road distance across the country in any direction is more than 2500 km (e.g. Matadi to Lubumbashi, 2700 km by road).

Roads in Goma, Kinshasa Details loading >>>>>>>

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” ~Christopher McCandless

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 easy 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 & the 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 pass. 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. check for special offers on Car Rental Congo

 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.