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Climbing the Rwenzori Mountains, Facts & Information

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Rwenzori Mountain Hike

The Rwenzori mountain ranges boasts of its outstanding beauty which combines the stunning peaks, valleys, lakes, glaciers with different floral, faunal species.

The Rwenzori Mountains is endowed with six mountain summits of Mount Speke at 4890m, Mount Stanley 5109m, Luigi di Savoia 4627m, Mount Baker 4843m, Mount Gessi 4715m and Emin 4798m.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park shelters Rwenzori Mountains one of the major water catchment areas in Uganda. These together with 20 lakes make Rwenzori Mountains National Park is truly an exceptional Uganda safari destination.

The park sits on elevation range of 1670-5109m and there are 6 magical mountain massifs to explore while on Uganda safari. They include Mount Speke at 4890m, Mt. Stanley 5109m, Mt. Luigi di Savoia 4627m, Emin 4798m, Baker 4843. 20 lakes also exist in the park, beautiful vegetation zones and the outstanding peaks to conquer include Moebius 4925m, Alexandra 5044m, Albert 5101m and Margherita peak 5109m.

Things to Do

The Rwenzori Mountains offers more than just mountain climbing! It offers memorable safari experiences not to be missed include guided nature walks/hiking, birding/bird watching, community visits/tours/cultural encounters.

Mountain climbing

Mountain climbing in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park is all about hiking to the top of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges. The two trails or routes to consider for your hiking adventures include Kilembe and central circuit trail. Mt. Rwenzori rises 5109m and when hiking, you pass via the heath forest, glacial lakes, valleys, lobelia, alpine plants.

Birding

Birding is one of the most exciting activities worth adding onto your bucket list of experiences while on safari in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. There are 217 bird species to look out for while on birding safari in the Rwenzori Mountains. This makes this 1000sq.kms park an important birding area and the significant bird species to expect to identify here include lagden’s bushshrike, barred long tailed cuckoo, flycatchers, blue headed sunbird, cinnamon chested bee-eaters, handsome francolins, strange weaver, slender billed starling, montane sooty boubou, archer’s robin chat.

Nature walks

Nature walks by far offer an in-depth of what Rwenzori Mountains National Park has to offer the world. This is the perfect opportunity for nature loving travelers to experience Rwenzori National Park, indulge in the rewarding trails such as Buraro chimpanzee forest, Lake Mahoma trail and also have a chance to interact with locals at Kichwamba community.

What are the Most Popular Hikes in the Rwenzoris?

Rwenzori Central Circuit Trail

The 7 Days Rwenzori central circuit trail is the most popular trip. It is perfect senior hikers or climbers. Altitude acclimatization is essential if you considering to trek through this trail. The trail leads you up to the snow-capped Margherita peak and along the way, there are many huts to spend a night before you getting to Mt. Stanley. The huts include Nyabitaba hut 10kms away from Nyakalengija, John Matte hut to Bujuku hut 6kms, Elena hut 4kms from Bujuku hut. Guy Yeoman hut 8kms from Elena hut and this is preferable to spend a night while descending.

Kilembe Trail

Kilembe trail (southern trail)-this takes climbers from Kilembe through Nyamwamba, glacial lakes and later join the central circuit trails at Lake Kitandara.

Mahoma Trail

Embark on a 3 day hike on one of the trails like Mahoma trail to conquer the 3000m altitude.
This is one of the best options for trekkers/climbers to explore and experience the Rwenzori Mountains besides hiking to the Margherita peak 5109m.

When is the Best time to visit Rwenzori Mountain ranges-Uganda

The dry season is without doubt the best time if you plan to visit Rwenzori Mountains for mountain climbing. This is experienced from June, July, to August and December, January, February when very low or no rains are experienced offering excellent hikes unlike the wetter months; March to May and November.

What to pack for Rwenzori Mountain safaris

The essential gear or items to include on your Rwenzori mountain hike include rain boots, climbing boots, rain jacket, insect repellent, camera, waterproof daypack, first aid kit, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, waterproof hat.

Places to stay-Accommodation at Rwenzori Mountains

The available accommodation choices at the Rwenzori Mountains, Kasese and Fort Portal include;

  • Hotel Margherita & Campsite
  • Equator Snow Lodge
  • Mihunga Safari Lodge
  • Trekkers Hostels
  • Ruboni Community Camp

Getting there

Getting to the Rwenzori Mountains is possible by road or by air; by road, drive along Kampala to Fort Portal route or Kampala to Masaka to Mbarara to Kasese to Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon. Depending on the route, a Uganda safari road trip to Rwenzori Mountain may take you from 6-7 hours of driving at the comfort of your 4×4 rental car in Uganda.

Take a Toyota Rav4 for Your Next Self-drive Vacation in Uganda

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Toyota Rav4’s have long reigned as one of Africa’s favorite mid-size SUV, starting from the first generations of XA10 series (1995 – 1997) till the latest generations. They have long responded to all kinds of abuse, misuse, disuse and hard use with a nonchalant dull-eyed stare and a deep throaty rumble at idle.

For those that need fancy cars, you will always praise their (fancy ones) superiority but this will be before you hit Ugandan roads with a Toyota Rav4. It will be a point at which you will have to say goodbye to the beautiful and welcome something less stylish but more robust, the Recreational Active Vehicle 4WD.

They are smaller practical subcompact SUVs commonly used on Uganda Road trips with a short wheel base that comes with a long wheel base version. It is preferred by travelers in groups of 2 – 4 for different purposes but mainly Self-drive travel adventures.

Getting it

You can get yourself one in a number of ways. The easiest is through renting a Toyota Rav4  from a rental company. There are a number of them online. The cost of renting a Rav4 ranges between $40 and $50 accordingly to the company you have trusted, length of the rental and other Car Rental extras if needed.

Why you need to rent a Toyota Rav4

  • Toyota Rav4’s are practical, smaller with a slightly lower profile that makes it less of a hassle to park in tight spaces while it is easier for the very young and elderly to board.
  • It has a bigger on road presence, better legroom and a more spacious interior for three adult passengers, more load space and higher ground clearance for superior light off road ability.
  • Has a relative interior noise suppression
  • A RAV4 has a simple to use and easy to access instruments, dials and gauges. The entertainment is plain, but offers basic amenities such as dual zone air conditioning and power windows with central locking.
  • Modern Rav4’s such as Models 2006 and above offer a convenient keyless entry/push start button system and a backup camera with a small monitor integrated in the rear view mirror. RAV4’s either Hydraulic or electronic power steering is convenient with better steering response.
  • The RAV4 offers basic safety features such as dual front passenger airbags, pre-tensioning seatbelts to hold you tighter in the event of rollover or collision and ABS – Anti Lock Brakes to prevent skidding during emergency braking.
  • RAV4 offers the smaller less powerful but more fuel economical 2.0 litre engines the 145 horse power 1AZFE and 147 horse power 1AZFSE. More exciting and powerful but less fuel efficient engines. The smaller inline four cylinder engines are cheaper to run and easier to maintain. It comes with RAV4 4WD as well as AWD – All wheel Drive which deliver power to all wheels to improve safety and poor terrain access.
  • Its good ground clearance and relatively bigger profile, superior suspension matrix and 16” tyres offer better driver stability on high speed manoeuvrability and handling on road or light off road.
  • The three top-tether hooks, allow more comfort for passengers while offloading or in bumpy muddy roads.

Setbacks of a Toyota Rav4

Less Pleasure for Game Viewing

It doesn’t offer maximum pleasure for game viewing while in the National parks like other SUVs such as Land cruisers that have pop-up roofs. Though some Rav4’s come with sliding glass sun roofs, most of them have fully closed tops leaving game viewing while only through the windows.

Not Flexible with Rooftop Camping

Most Road trip travelers these days prefer rooftop camping that is not common with Rav4’s. Their slightly less broad tops doesn’t give roof for a rooftop tent to fit thus camping with this compact SUV remaining possible with only ground camping that sometimes takes long time to set and pack as well.

5 Best Places to See Gorillas in Africa

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Gorilla Trekking

Gorillas are giant apes that everyone would love to see once in their life time.  Who would not want to see the exact replica of a human being? Science has it that e share about 98%DNA with these giant primates.

Gorillas are extinct and engendered wild animals among all the primates including the orangutans, lemus, mountain gallago and much more. But the good thing is, the government and also the world wild organization trying as much as possible to protect these animals.

We still do have the gorillas in the world and able to see them. Here is the list of a few countries where you can go on a gorilla safari in the wild.

Rwanda

Rwanda is gifted by a few hills and mountains making it the land of hills. And within these hills and the Virunga Mountains spanning the borders of Uganda, DRC and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park are home to over 600 mountain gorillas.

Rwanda has 10 gorilla tracking families available including the Susa group which lives high up on Mount Karisimbi and was studied by famous primatologist Dian Fossey. As it is tracking gorillas is moving for some diatances.

Even if Rwanda is small you will still do the moving. Though it is the best destination for the old and seniors. In September, the annual naming ceremony of baby gorillas – Kwita Izina – attracts thousands of visitors to Musanze, the main town for gorilla safaris in Volcanoes National Park.

Uganda

If you are looking for gorillas and primates at large, The best 5 days gorilla tracking safaris in in Uganda. Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda is a home to half if the worlds left gorillas in the world.

with 13 groups and around 600 gorillas in only Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga National Park has one family with a just about 100.while just as beautiful, lies within the Virunga ranges neighboring DRC and Rwanda.

The one habituated group is in mghanhinga the nyakagezi, with excellent rangers and gorillas at our disposal to see any time. Gorilla Habituation Experience where you spend up to four hours with at $1500 per person

Democratic republic of Congo

If you are to compare between Uganda and Rwanda about the gorillas, DRC is the only country that has both lowland and mountain gorillas.

Groups of mountain gorillas live within DRC’s Virunga National Park, which was closed recently after British tourists were kidnapped. It reopened in February 2019, with assurances that it was safe again.
Grauer’s or eastern lowland gorillas are only found in DRC.

Congo Brazzaville

Congo Brazzaville is one of the best places to see western lowland gorillas. Odzala-Kokoua National Park in Congo’s north-west has two habituated groups in this wild, tropical rainforest.

However this side of the Gorillas is a little bit much more expensive compared to the gorillas of Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. The gorillas here are not so many but a fun a d good experience to have through the rough terrain

Central African Republic

Central African Republic is the only other country aside from Congo that has habituated western lowland gorillas but it’s not for the fainthearted. Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve lies within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sangha Trinational Reserve

its tropical rainforest ecosystem also spans protected areas in Congo and Cameroon.in this part you will find the highest number of the low land gorillas left in the whole world.

What is an out of hours fee in car rental?

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Car Rental Uganda

Car Rental Companies in Uganda usually charge out-of-hours fees for clients who pick up or drop off their Rental Cars outside the Company’s clearly stipulated normal opening hours. This varies from Company to Company and therefore important to first find out from the Company on their opening hours, organize for out-of-hours services (in case of unavoidable circumstances such as traffic jam), and how much you are likely to be charged.

Nobody plans to get late and you never can tell when you need to get a Rental Car very late in the night or very early in the morning before/or after the Company’s official opening hours. No Rental Company in Uganda is always open 24/7 and yet some urgent needs have to be sorted. The wonderful news however is that a few Uganda Car Rental Companies (Uganda Self Drive) are exceptional and always willing to open their reservations desk outside the official opening hours, especially if requested in advance. It is a widely known fact that 24/7 operating time is normally possible or available at Airports as well as large and popular Safari destinations and not Car Rental Companies.

For a Car Rental Company to have such an exception, it attracts an extra fee to be able to pick the car and sometimes drop it off outside the official opening hours. However, there are a number pending things travellers wish to know concerning this subject and therefore we shall provide all the necessary information;

What are out-of-hours fees?

Out-of-hours fees are extra charges that customers of Car Rental Companies pay in the event of picking or dropping off the car outside official opening hours. One thing you need to understand is that majority of Car Rental Companies or Agencies provide this exceptional option when booking a car, with an extra fee to cover the costs of bringing the Company employee outside official working hours. Just take it as a way of paying for the employee’s overtime and extra hours.

How much will I pay in out-of-hours fees?

How much you will pay in out-of-hours fees varies from one Car Rental Company to the other and therefore it is important to read through the Terms and Conditions of your Car Rental for these details.

How can I pick up a Rental Car outside the official opening hours?

If the Car Rental Company offers options for online booking, make sure that you check and enter the exact time you wish to pick up the reserved car, then go ahead to see some of the available options as well as any extra fees (if available) that you will be required to pay.

Most Car Rental Companies in Uganda have websites and therefore make your concern known so that they can also give you the necessary information concerning pick-up and drop-off of cars outside normal working hours. Here we recommend that you request the out-of-hours pick-ups when booking the Rental Car online, not forgetting the prevailing information on the Terms and Conditions of the chosen deal.

How do I drop off a Rental Car outside the official opening hours?

Majority of the large Car Rental locations especially the Airport boast of opening 24/7 and have a secured and fully operational office where you can drop off the Car. However, for Tour and Travel Companies offering car rental services can especially open beyond working hours if arrangements are done in advance and you will obviously pay an extra fee for the employee’s overtime hours.

How are out-of-hours fees charged?

Out-of-hours fees are usually charged immediately after your pick up or drop-off of the car outside the normal working hours unless it is added to the rental price especially if it was mentioned beforehand. If paying online by Pesapal or Xpresspay, it will directly be deducted from the Credit Card.

How to avoid paying out-of-hours fees

The only and easiest way to avoid paying the out-of-hours fees is just picking up or dropping off the Rental Car in Uganda when the reservations desk is open.

10 Tips for Renting a Car for Self Drive in Kenya

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Self Drive Kenya

Booking a self-drive in Nairobi or Kenya entirely to most self-drive tour travelers might seem easier but a few facts must be got right in order to avoid disappointments. Before reserving your car for self-drive in Kenya, there is a lot more to cross-check because a Kenya self-drive trip goes beyond just renting a car and hitting the road to your destination. Here are the important 10 tips for renting a self-drive car in Nairobi, Kenya 2021-2022.

Deal with a reliable self-drive car rental company in Nairobi, Kenya

Finding a trusted, reliable self-drive car rental company in Nairobi, Kenya can be challenging but it is one significant step any self-drive traveler must consider when renting a car in Kenya. Very few self-drive car hire companies in Kenya do provide excellent 4×4 self-drive tour vehicles. While on a self-drive tour in Kenya and you plan to go off-road in Kenya National Parks/National Reserves then 4×4 rental cars are the best options not saloon/sedan cars.

4×4 rental cars in Kenya are the best for navigating through the wilderness areas because the roads aren’t tarmacked like it is a case in Nairobi Capital City or most urban areas. Vehicles with low power and low ground clearance aren’t a good choice for this case. When searching for a self-drive car hire company, make sure that you deal with one that is fully registered and has some experience in arranging self-drive tours.

Explore different self-drive options

Have adequate time to look at many available options especially in areas of costs for renting a car in Nairobi, Kenya; additional services provided and the kind of self-drive car the company is offering. Very few companies do provide self-drive tours in Kenya and even those that do offer, they fewer comfortable 4×4 Land Cruisers or Land Rover rentals. But, you are at a right place as we are among the very few self-drive car rental companies in Kenya with the best experience in arranging self-drive trips in the Magical Kenya.

We provide more than the most affordable self-drive cars. We make sure that you have a quality self-drive vehicle for your road trip to any part of Kenya with guarantee of 24/7 road assistance-no need to worry about getting stuck because of breakdown.

Find a reliable self-drive car in Kenya

For all your self-drive trips in Kenya, make sure that you look for a reliable car preferably fulltime 4×4 vehicle. Avoid aged and not serviced vehicles as they can breakdown while on your way to explore Masai Mara National Reserve on self-drive tour. Hire a car in Kenya with us and be guaranteed of a smooth self-drive tour. All our self-drive rental cars are highly modified to suit the kind of Kenyan roads which makes them exceptional from the rest.

Find out the necessary requirements for self-drive in Kenya

Most often, international driving licenses are required for you to drive on Kenyan roads but it is important to find out other requirements as well. At times, you are required to be locally licensed if you are to drive or hire say a tour van. Considering the current covid-19 era, in case you plan to travel in large groups, a tour van serves best or 4×4 land cruiser.

Check if your self-drive car is insured

Validity of the self-drive vehicle insurance cover matters a lot. Check if the car you plan to embark on a self-drive road trip in Kenya is insured either comprehensive or third party.

Know what is included & excluded in self-drive rental car rates

When renting a self-drive car in Kenya, find out what the cost of hiring a car includes or excludes. Most times, the self-drive car hire companies include only the cost of renting a car and they exclude fuel, park fees, driver allowances and others. Other self-drive agencies/companies may require you to give a refundable security deposit that covers any car damage which you may cause.

Explore your routes

Before hitting the road to your self-drive destination, make sure that you have explored fully your routes and where possible download a GPS route using your device/phone. Arranging your self-drive trip with us is of added advantage as you get all that you need from the destinations, safety, rates, type of vehicle to use to road conditions.

Check if the vehicle is fit enough

Car road worthiness is key to ascertain before you hit the road to Masai Mara, Amboseli or Aberdare National Park. Cross-check the car’s engine power, road test the car a day before actual self-drive trip, check for oil leaks and entire car condition. As well, you can request the car hire company to provide you with servicing history of the car you plan to use.

Check if the vehicle has an inspection sticker

Normally, all cars beyond a certain weight are required to undergo an annual quality inspection by the government and inspection sticker can be displayed on the windscreen. Inspection sticker is mandatory and without it you may have issues on the road when you meet police. Inspection gives you assurance that the self-drive car you are using was recently fully checked for road worthiness.

Sign the self-drive car hire contract

Once you have decided on your Kenya self-drive car hire, you can go ahead to sign the agreement/contract and even pay for it. A photocopy of your driving license will be required as well as passport. Before signing, make sure that the terms and conditions/contract conditions have been fully read and understood.

Why Go for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

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Bwindi Gorillas

Uganda features among the three unique countries in Africa where mountain gorilla adventures. The others include Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Worldwide, over 1004 of these incredible creatures still exist and only tracked in the wild and never in any zoo.

For most travelers who go on safaris to Uganda, tracking the mountain gorillas is one of the adventure activities that they do not miss. Mountain gorillas are only tracked four national parks. Two national parks are found in Uganda and these are; Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwestern Uganda. The other national parks are Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in eastern DR Congo.

Below are some of the reasons why you should visit Uganda for gorilla trekking

Uganda takes the largest percentage of mountain gorillas

Out of about 1004 mountain gorillas that still exist on earth today, over 480 of them live in Uganda’s jungles. Uganda however offers refuge to about half the total number of these Great Apes making it a gorilla highland. Besides, there are 2 (two) destinations where tourists can track these large apes and they include Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park.

With visitors have opportunity to choose which destination to visit and besides, over 17 groups have been habituated and ready for visitors to track. Besides mountain gorillas, there are also many other primates for you look out while on gorilla trek and they include among others the grey cheeked mangabey, blue monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys and many more.

Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda are relatively affordable

Compared to Rwanda, Uganda’s gorilla trekking permits are more affordable. In Uganda, you can secure a permit at $600 for foreign non-residents, $500 if you are a foreign resident and East Africans pay shs.250000 unlike Rwanda where permits cost $1500 per person. With gorilla trekking permits relatively cheaper, trekking these Great apes in Uganda allows you to save a lot more than if you tracked them in Rwanda. At end of it all, you have variety of activities to enjoy thus diverse travel experiences.

Safety

When it comes to safaris in any destination, visitor safety is the first factor to be considered. That said, Uganda is one of the safest and secure safari destinations in Africa and this is something of great significance to both tourists and gorillas. At the parks where treks are always conducted, there are well-trained park rangers as well as other security organs that work hand in hand to ensure that the border areas and the park are safer to allow visitors have the most enjoyable safari holiday. However, before you set off for your actual trip, it is important that you carry out some research about safety of the country or cross check with your embassy for more current updates.

Wide range of accommodation options

A safari to a destination without accommodation facilities is never complete. However, Uganda boasts of its wide range of accommodation facilities that cover all traveler’s interests whether you are a budget or high end traveler. Most of them are distributed in and around Bwindi and Mgahinga National Park.

In Bwindi National Park, budget safari lodges for you to choose for your overnight stay while on gorilla safari in Uganda include the Broadbill Forest Camp in Ruhija sector, Wagtail Eco Safari Camp, Bwindi View Bandas, Nshongi Camp,  Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Gift of Nature Lodge and many more. For midrange travelers, you can spend a night in Gorilla Mist Camp, Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Silverback Lodge Bwindi, Engagi Lodge Bwindi, Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp and if you are interested in luxury lodges, the notable ones include Buhoma Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Gorilla Safari Lodge and others. In Mgahinga National Park, the best options include Mount Gahinga Lodge, Mucha Hotel Kisoro, Kisoro Tourist Hotel and others.

Conclusively, Uganda is one of the best destination for you to track mountain gorillas and if you are planning to be part of this life changing experience this coming holiday, consider this country a must to include in your travel plan.

Africa’s Biggest Reality Show Is Back!!!

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Are you ready for the drama, loads of laughter, and tears? Big Brother Africa will never disappoint! Get ready to be dazzled when Africa’s biggest reality series hits the screens on 7 September 2014!

It’s Big Brother Time and since the first season, the reality series has attracted some funny, dramatic, weird, and wonderful characters that have kept viewers glued to the screens 24/7. Some housemates who have been part of this huge show have had their talents realized and have gone on to grace TV screens; newspapers and have their profiles trending on every social media site, blog, and website.

Season 9 is no different; in fact, housemates and viewers alike will be pleasantly surprised at how Biggie intends to rise to this one. And in true Big Brother fashion, fans of the show and potential housemates will have to wait and see how he will turn dreams of some deserving and eager youngsters into reality and transform them into household names.

Entry is open to the same 14 countries with the only exception being Angola which will be replaced by newcomers in Rwanda. As a result of the change, participating countries this year are Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Entries are only open to persons over the age of 21, who are citizens of one of the participating countries and must have a valid passport. Producers are looking for persons who are entertaining and passionate about the Big Brother experience, and they have to be fluent in English.

Audition dates will be finalized in June and more information on BIG BROTHER AFRICA 9 will be made available over the next month, so stay tuned to DStv, follow the action on Twitter and Facebook and keep checking the website; www.africamagic.tv/bigbrother .

What to Do When Your Rental Car Breaks Down

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Tanzania Road Adventure

Are you looking to renting a car in Tanzania? Some of the important things to know before you hit the road are the uncalled instances of a car breakdown.
Car breakdowns are something unexpected and you need to be in the know how to handle this situation while on self drive in Tanzania. The following tips will help you in getting your problem solved easily so that you cannot waste much of your time.

Once the car breaks down along a busy highway and freeways can be so stressing and dangerous at the same time. In case you find yourself in a vehicle breakdown situation on a self drive safari, please keep calm and follow these vital steps below.

Remember to pull over off the road in case you find a safe place or in the emergency breakdown lane. Always indicate and try to stay on the level ground, if you would like to pull onto the left shoulder, always ensure that you are far away from moving traffic. In case you can’t pull off the road, the hazard lights must be turned on. Please don’t risk injury by attempting to push your vehicle to safe location and if you are not sure of your safety as well as the vehicle, just stand beside it and don’t stay in your vehicle. Leave your car only if it’s a safe place.

Always note your vehicle’s location; locate for the main exist. Go ahead and note land marks such as service stations, shopping centers, restaurants and the business complexes. You have to remember the last exist name or a numbered sign near your location since this will help you when calling for assistance.

Evaluate your vehicle’s operating problem, did you hear any noises, experience weird car responses, nor note smoke coming from under the hood. In case you are going to get out of the vehicle to evaluate the situation; look carefully for the oncoming traffic especially during night time. Move out of the vehicle from the side way from traffic, always don’t stand behind or in front of your car since you might be knocked by the drivers who might not see you.

Always make your vehicle visible to be able to alert other drivers; turn on the emergency flashers most especially at night or in bad weather. Put up your vehicle’s hood and in case you have a bright hand kerchief, a light jacket, scarf, get to tie it to the antenna or door handle or you can hold it by trying to close the window.

Try to communicate your situation; once you are in a safe location, try calling police since they will advise on what to do. After this, call any family member and advise them of your circumstances and location.

Remember to call for road side assistance and inform the operator; when you make the call, offer the phone number where you can be reached, tell your location, the type of your problem and try to explain the circumstances that might need special care like transport considerations, the large number of passengers, the rare vehicles, infants as well as medical needs.

You must know your rights and responsibilities; this is your responsibility to understand what services your road assistance or the insurance policy will cover automatically. And in case you decide to exit the vehicle, stay away from the oncoming traffic and always exit through the side of the car that is facing away from traffic. Also be aware of your surroundings and remember to carry a flash light with you especially at night.

And in case you choose to stay in your vehicle; keep the windows and doors locked, remember not to leave the engine running for longer periods since this could put you at a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Call police in case you are threatened by any stranger or honk the horn repeatedly and flash to attract the attention of other vehicles.

Platnumz; the Diamond of African Music

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Diamond Platinumz

Long vanished are the days when writing about African musicians was all about unenthusiastic annotations and cynicism. We have since ushered in an era where we are proud of our musicians, nay, where our musicians do us proud.

One such artist is Diamond Platnumz. I once wrote here that he was destined to musically conquer Africa and I guess the brother held my prophecy by the throat and is seriously fulfilling every bit of it.
From his Nana video going viral to his award winning binge, Platnumz has proved beyond all doubt reasonable, that he is the Diamond of African music.

I could not hold my excitement back when Diamond was announced the winner of the East Africa Super Hit at the Prestigious HiPipo Music Awards. Not forgetting his recent Best Live award win at the Mtv Africa Music Video awards. It was so much in keeping with the force that this sensational artist has become.

His performance at the same awards event also proved that there was more to Platnumz than just his splendid vocals and scrumptious videos. He has also got the aptitude to put the stage fire with his energy and taste for choreography.

Platnumz has steadily become a household name in Africa and beyond and the reception he received during his performance at the Mtv Music Video awards is clear attestation to that. The brother doesn’t take things for granted. He knows that he has an amazing voice, but he also knows that there’s more to music than just a voice.

Explains why he pays critical attention to every detail of his videos and live performances, right from costumes to choreography. Platnumz is undoubtedly a jewel, one that Africa must be proud to export to the world.

His presence and use of social media as well as an organised team are some of the other factors giving Platnumz a well deserved edge. Wherever he goes, he is received just like he is back home in Tanzania. His performance at MAMA after party in Nairobi is clear substantiation to that.

Diamond Platnumz embodies the generation of African artists that do us proud; one from whom others can pick a leaf.

Scorpion Kings, Tresor Announce ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ Collaboration Album

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Summer in Africa is here and to celebrate, Scorpion Kings (DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small) have teamed up with pioneering Afro-pop singer, TRESOR to announce the release of Rumble in the Jungle, a 14-track anthemic amapiano experience that’s available for pre-order on Apple Music today and due for release via Platoon in February 2021.

With the uplifting, dance-rooted first single “Funu”, that’s available to stream on Apple Music today, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small cement their status as South Africa’s premiere DJs by fully integrating amapiano into the mainstream and by doing so, further spearheading the culture.

DJ Maphorisa has been the man behind South Africa’s favourite club bangers for just under a decade, with his main aim to change the game positively, producing hits like Uhuru’s “Y-Tjukutja” and Mafikizolo’s “Khona” both in 2013, and going on to release the lauded gqom anthems “Oncamnce” and “Midnight Starring”. He also collaborated with American super group, Major Lazer, on the 2017 African anthem, “Particular” which topped the charts across 17 countries on the continent.

Kabza De Small is frequently referred to as the King of amapiano and with good reason. His tracks “Sponono” and “iLog Drum” were instrumental in popularizing the genre, and his debut album I Am The King of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust (2019), became the first album on Apple Music to have all 26 tracks in the Top 30 of the Top 100 Music Chart.

Together, Maphorisa and De Small are the mighty Scorpion Kings and, like their chart-topping albums Scorpion Kings (2019), Return of the Scorpion Kings (2019) and Scorpion Kings Live (2020), their upcoming album Rumble in the Jungle is made even more unique by the addition of Afro-pop maverick and entrepreneur, TRESOR. Renowned for his distinct sound, TRESOR is a multi-platinum selling artist and three-time award winner for Best Pop Album at the SAMAs, and his distinct vocal timbre had earned him a legion of fans worldwide.

TRESOR has comfortably cemented his position in the African Pop genre since the release of his award-winning breakout album, VII in 2015. He has gone on to add to his string of accolades, including two SAMAs for Best Male Artist and Album of the Year for The Beautiful Madness (2017) and a Southern African Afrimma Award for Best Male Artist in 2018.

On Rumble in the Jungle, TRESOR’s uplifting vocals elevate Maphorisa and De Small’s compositions that blend amapiano and Afro-house to create a sound that is groove-inducing and is sure to set the tone for the rest of summer.

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