Kampala road trip: Home again, home again, jiggedy jig!

In case you’re curious, it took us 15 hours to get from Nairobi to Kampala. That included a long stop for lunch & play, and a full two hours to cross the border to Uganda.

Beautiful Ugandan sunset just after we crossed the border...

Beautiful Ugandan sunset just after we crossed the border…

We didn’t arrive at our friends’ house in Kampala until 10 PM, and the last six hours was pretty rough.

Having said that, Claire did great, and only really started losing patience at 8:30 PM, well past her bed time and after already over 13 hours in the car. Her main complaint? “Mommy, my bum hurts!” Fair enough, baby…

Watermarked Photo car sleep

We left on New Year’s Day to make our way back to Nairobi, and had the good sense to split the drive over two days. It took us eight hours to get to Eldoret from Kampala, which included a one-hour detour (courtesy of a wrong turn made by yours truly), lunch, and a mercifully quick border crossing.

Watermarked Photo car ride

Last night we stayed in Eldoret, at the once-opulent but WAY past its prime Sirikwa Hotel. It was so nice to know we’d eat a decent meal, have a bath, and get to bed at a reasonable hour. This morning we hit the road again, stopping in Naivasha for lunch and a play. We decided to visit Dea and her daughter Lisa at Dea’s Gardens for lunch.

Watermarked Photo swings

Dea’s Gardens deserves a post all its own, and I promise to write one soon, but I’ll say for now that it was a marvelous place to stop for lunch during a long road trip.

Watermarked Photo bunnies

Claire got to run around the beautiful gardens, jump on the sunken trampoline (best idea ever), and play with Dea’s dogs, bunnies & tortoises. We all got a delicious lunch and a much-needed break from the car.

Watermarked Photo trampoline

After Naivasha, it was an easy 1.5 hour drive back to Nairobi. We had such a lovely time in Kampala, kicking off the New Year with dear friends. But tonight, we are all really looking forward to sleeping in our own beds!

Watermarked Photo sleep

Happy New Year! Looking forward to all that 2014 has in store!

PS – Blog writing contest update: I’m sorry to say that my blog entry did not win the writing contest at expatsblog.com.  But thank you all for your support!

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4 Responses to Kampala road trip: Home again, home again, jiggedy jig!

  1. towelspacked says:

    I stayed in Eldoret for several nights and highly, highly recommend Gracemont Guesthouse if you guys pass through again and need a place to rest your heads. The large rooms out in the back are roomy & new (and there’s wifi). Can’t say breakfast is overwhelming but otherwise the place is a gem. http://gracemont.co.ke/

    • MamaMgeni says:

      Thank you! Sirikwa was pretty horrendous (dirty, spartan, but at least it was safe and quiet). It will be nice to have an alternative for next time!

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