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Everyone always considers what he or she buys or consumers basing on how much he or she is spending on each item thus making one a rational consumer. Customers or consumers always opt for services that are at affordable prices since money is a scarce resource. And of course people that make use of these car rental services always wanted to use less for more benefit on their trips.
Some of the simple ways on how to save money on car rentals are provided below;

Try avoiding big car rental companies

It is a fact that big car rental agencies always raise their standards and at times and ends up charging high prices for the car hire services even when these services are similar with medium companies. They are always fixed and do not appeal to everyone. Look for small car hire companies in your destination of interest for the best quote and good services. It is true that small and medium car rental companies provide comfortable and full packages because they always take their customers to be precious since they may not have a flow of customers at a given time. And though they are small or medium Agencies, they offer similar car rental services as big companies.

Consider companies that give discounts

Travelers always consider this to be a greatest way of saving money as you are given car hire services at reduced price. Companies always give discount coupons to their loyal customers in a specified period of time of traveling and also to clients that hire cars for long period of time. This always acts as one of the ways of promotion.

Deal with relatively small cars

Of course smaller cars are cheaper than big cars but this depends on the size of your travel mass, for example if you are traveling like a family, you can opt to a small car. But if you are travelling alone or few people, there is no need of travelling by a big car. A small car can serve you the same purpose and at a cheaper price. A live example is Toyota Rav4 Vs Toyota Prado, renting a Rav4 is cheaper than renting a Prado but they serve almost similar purpose, they are both 4 wheel drive (4wd), and the maintenance cost as well as cost of fuel is cheaper with a Toyota Rav4.

4x4 Toyota rav4

Consider long term rates

Try putting into consideration renting a car for a long period of time like two (02) weeks or more. The longer the hiring time, the less the cost incurred. This is because car hire companies tend to give some discounts to customers who hire cars for a long period of time.

Opt for travel packages

If you are going for a vacation in Southern or Eastern Africa and you opt to hire a car for self drive to facilitate transportation services, always do it with a tour and travel company because they work hand in hand with car rental Agencies in order to simplify some work for the traveler. By using a tour and travel agent you will have around your tour items all booked at once; that is, accommodation, car, entry fees and food and these always come with a discount. Further more, Travel Agencies can book for you a car and a professional driver / tour guide at a very low price, and all items mentioned above can be booked for you at a discounted price unlike when you book them by your self. In other words, tour operators are given discount on some items on the safari like accommodation and entry permits, and a discount can not be given to you as an individual.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has proposed to construction an Airport in the Albertine Graben. The Uganda’s oil region, for oil development valued at over US$200 million. According to CAA’s director Airports and Aviation Security Eng. John Kagoro, the exercise is expected to be concluded in a couple of weeks.

Former Works Minister Byandala Abraham shows us the National Civil Aviation Master plan launched earlier this year 2015

According to Eng. John Kagoro, four firms have picked pre-bid forms and by end of this month, we expect them to bring back to submit for the tender. The Airport construction will begin with runways that can handle big cargo planes and small passenger planes to facilitate the oil business.

Speaking at the launch of Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates national carrier at Entebbe International Airport, Mr. Kagoro said the firm enters Uganda at the time when more flight business is expected to grow rapidly due to oil production expected to start soon.

The new airport is a pre-requisite for the government oil development project to bring in personnel, sensitive equipment and materials during construction and operations, Mr. Kagoro said.

Addressing journalists at the launch, Etihad Airways vice president global sales, Daniel Barranger, said: “Etihad Airways will build upon the success of its Entebbe cargo flights with the launch of a new passenger service to the East African city.”

“Daily flights will be operated to Entebbe International Airport, using a two-class airbus A320 aircraft with 16 business class seats and 120 economy class seats.”

Mr Barranger said the route will provide business and leisure travelers with a direct connection between Entebbe and Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub, together with convenient onward flights to, Europe, Indian subcontinent, north Asia, south-east Asia and Australia.

Etihad president James Hogan said: “The appetite for travel to and from Africa has never been stronger, and Entebbe, one of the continent’s fastest-growing business and tourism destinations, is a great addition to Etihad Airways’ global network.

The construction of Hoima Airport on the other hand will promote tourism in Uganda. Tourists from Entebbe International Airport to Hoima Airport will quickly reach Kibale National park, Semliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mountain Rwenzori National Park among others.

We expect an increase on the number of tourists coming to Uganda for Gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, Mountaineering, wildlife safari, birding, nocturnal walks, boat cruising among others. This is according to Mathias, a senior tour consultant from African Jungle Adventures, the No.1 Uganda and Rwanda safari company, specialized on primates tracking and wild game viewing. The Uganda wildlife Authority (UWA) in conjunction with Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) greatly welcomes the idea of constructing the Airport in western Uganda.