After our stay in Rwanda we decided to head north to Uganda for some relaxation time on an island in the middle of a lake in Uganda. Southern Uganda like Rwanda is largely covered in lush green rolling hills, but with wider valleys in between, many large enough for larger lakes to form. It was to one of these beautiful lakes that we were headed next, Lake Bunyonyi, and the island retreat of Byoona Amagara.
Our next destination in Rwanda would be the lakeside town of Kibuye along the shores of Lake Kivu, a large freshwater lake which makes up the entire western border of western Rwanda. Lake Kivu, once suspected to be the source of the Nile, and later confirmed not be, is one of many large lakes along East Africa's rift region. Kibuye a smallish town situated on the hills above lake offers great views of the turquoise hued water and scattered islands.
After one of our longest and most complicated travel days we found ourselves in the capital of our second African nation - Kigali, Rwanda. One of the nicest cities in all of Africa, Kigali is a modern city situated on beautiful rolling hills of lush tropical green. Whether you're looking for specialty shopping or just a nice cup of coffee all can be found here.
Our stay in Mwanza and our 16 hour long complicated bus ride through rural western Tanzania to the Rwandan border, for a taste of what travel is like in Africa for budget travelers relying on public transportation.
Safaris are synonymous with Africa, so we couldn't visit Africa without going on one. And our Safari turned out to be one the most exciting activities we have done so far on this trip. We saw every animal we wanted to see as well as a lion and hyena hunt, our guide later told us we were exceptionally lucky, especially for a first time short budget safari!
After baking on the Arabian peninsula for a few days it was time to head to our next destination, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in Africa. We first had a layover in Kigali Rwanda which turned out to be longer than we expected as our Rwandair flight to Tanzania had to return to Kigali due to technical issues (broken plane bits). After returning to Kigali and swapping our plane out for another we made a second, and this time successful attempt to reach Dar.