Day 352: In The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

18.12.09:

Today’s mission was to get as close to the border of Rwanda as possible. I’m a bit miffed that I got stuck in Dodoma last night as I could have stayed in Dar, hung out with Dylan who I was couchsurfing with last time I was there all those weeks ago and got the direct bus this morning to Kahama, arriving there this evening. As it was, that’s pretty much what I did, only I had to get a couple of different buses and I arrived a few hours earlier than I would have done from Dar.

Met a great guy from Poland called Raphael who worked for Polish television news and had done a few stints in Afghanistan. I got to pick his brains and adjust my route accordingly….! The bus was heading up to Lake Victoria which isn’t where I want to go, so I jumped off at a place called Nzega and got a minibus to Kahama, arriving around 7pm (the direct bus from Dar gets in at 10pm!). Kahama is the crossroads between Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda and has plenty of nice cheap hotels in which to lay your head, although they were having trouble with there water supplies so it was a fecking bucket bath again, although, much to my delight, when it came the water was hot.

I’m a bit knackered and the bus for the border with Rwanda leaves at 5:45 in the morning, so not fancying a late one I ventured out to the bar next door, stuffed my face with barbecued beef and chips (washed down with a bottle of Kilimanjaro beer) and then returned to my hotel room. I intend to watch as much Family Guy as I can (Don, one of the US Navy guys in Comoros, loaded up my hard-drive with all kinds of Audio-Visual delights) on my laptop until I fall asleep. Good night.

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

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  1. Rhys

    Hi Graham.
    I have been catching up with your journey so far for the past couple of weeks, and would like to say thank you for a cracking read! It has definitely given me the ol’ itchy feet!

    Looking forward to hearing what you get up to next.

  2. Rob

    I hope that after you finish your journey we can see all the stamps and visas and whatnots in your passport. That thing’s gotta be HUGE.

    Keep on keepin’ on, my man.

    (Still) Cocked in Cape Verde

  3. Heather

    Good to hear your still alive! Was a little worried pirates got you! Love your posts. You’ve really opened my eyes to what Africa is like (I never realised many things you’ve written about). I’ve just arrived home a few weeks ago after a couple of years doing the whole work / travel holiday in Europe and reading your adventures helps me keep sane when things get a bit too mundane…

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