Nairobi to Kigali by Bus


 bridge at Jinja
You know the way when travelling through Kenya, the climate changes after every few hundreds of kilometres? Well, here, the scenery is kinda the same from one side to the other. Green and more green. Tens of hills, and more hills. Thousands of banana trees. And lots of trees. This place is deep green. Its like it came with a manual that that’s its default setting. 

And their roads are quite good. Like compared to Kenya, they have less potholes. Which means its easier to read a book here than back home. However getting to Kampala took us almost 3hrs for a very short distance. The jam was moving, then it stops then it moves. I think its because all vehicles have to pass through the city center. 

I like the designs of their houses. They are small according to me, even the huge ones have a tinniness to them. Kampala has really beautiful tall buildings. You know the way Nairobi has buildings resembling all complicated mathematical shapes you can think of? Kampala’s are quite simple..and in such a beautiful way. I love simplicity- maybe thats why I’m biased to Kampala. But the smaller towns have this habit of stretching along the road for kilometres and kilometres. Like we can move at a high speed and still after 20minutes, its the same town along the road stretching. But the houses don’t go far in from the road. 

I’ve never seen so much continuous green in my life. It stretches and stretches. 

But I’m tired, very tired. Its like time isn’t moving. We are supposed to get to Kigali at around 5pm today. But we’ve had so many delays since yesterday that I think we’ll be late. I want to eat something hot and sleep. And curl inside a warm bed and just hurtle to dreamland. 


Modern coast’s seats are pretty comfortable by the way. I can’t complain. But travelling for 24hrs even in the most comfortable seats can be quite a task. We had some babies who were alighting in Kampala and they kept on wondering why the journey never ends. They knew it was far, just like I did before boarding, but you never realise how far until you experience the distance literally. 

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