16 Days, 3 countries: My East African Experience

My travel goals for the year changed the moment I decided to switch the West African Experience for the East African Experience. If you follow me on Instagram this is stale news to you as this was documented live while on the trip.

Last month, I  spent 16  days in Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya. I made up my mind on the East African trip following the win of a rebated ticket from Kenya Airways and the choice of Rwanda as the destination by my friends and I. I said to myself, why visit only one country when I can visit all three on one Visa.

Why Rwanda? my mum asked when I told her about my intended trip, to be honest for most times I have no reason for wanting to visit destinations, I just want to visit because that is the place on my mind at that moment. Let me just confess now, I am yet to watch the popular movie "Hotel Rwanda"

Visiting Rwanda has been on my bucket list since 2015, I actually told all my team members then in Jumia that I would be visiting that year. After seeing insta-stories and pictures of my favourite travel bloggers such as Brenna of This Battered Suitcase and Folaswaka, I knew there was no way I would be passing up Rwanda this year.

I got the East African visa at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi for $100 which allowed me multiple entries into Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.

I didn't head into Rwanda to track gorillas which is one of the most popular touristy things to do. I don't have $1500 to be chasing gorillas, that price is more or less the sum total of my budget in all three countries minus flight fee. I was curious and wanted to experience the beauty, cleanliness, orderliness, and safety of the country for myself.
Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial, Kigali

Uganda was a reunion trip. I missed my friend Bena's wedding last year and made up my mind to visit Uganda when next I visit East Africa. I got to visit Kampala and Jinja.

Source of the Nile, Jinja

Kenya came on the list majorly because of the airline I was flying with. By the time arrived in Nairobi, I was exhausted and had to catch up with work. I didn't get to explore much and only visited the Karura forest and The National Museum.

Waterfall in Karura Forest, Nairobi

I plan to write individual posts on each country before the year ends, last last finish the story by January.

2017 is slowing coming to an end and I must say the year unfolded way beyond my expectations. I am grateful for it all.

Until my next post

♥Lara

'Lara A

4 comments:

  1. Looking forward to reading your review post. I'd love to visit East Africa one of these days.

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    1. East Africa is unique in its own way and I am glad I got the chance to experience it.

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  2. Wow. Well done. Everyone has been talking about Rwanda is the place to visit now. I hope to go there sometime soon.

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    1. Visit before it becomes expensive destination oh.

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