Unlocked, Time To Kuzunga again.

I know some people don’t believe I spent 59 days in the house during lockdown

Many people were worried about me more than I was because they know I literally live on the road.

How I managed, I had a lot to read plus I took on some online courses.

Although the Lockdown took longer than I had anticipated, I knew it’d pass and I’d be out on the road happy and live again.

Happy to Travel again.

I set out to go to my three favorite districts in Uganda. But not working for 3 months had hit my account balance badly it left me with holes. Broke and struggling but I had to go somewhere to keep sane, I needed the treat.

I’d talk about budget travel but it’s a long topic, one day I’ll tell you about how I draw my budgets. I’m the queen of low budget travel and I mastered how to squeeze my pockets and come out with coins to kuzunga. It’s a priority so I make it happen.

I didn’t have a budget, you can’t have a budget if you have no money but you can draw one on the day of Travel according to what is available. To me Travel is therapy and after more than 3 months in the house and having very few people to confide in without judgement, I usually hit the road to forget and rejuvenate. On the road, far away from the usual, surrounded by nature is where my healing is.

Chilling at Hawk’s Eye Lodge Bunyonyi, the life I love

The Three favorite districts, some have now become cities; Jinja, Kabarole and Kabale.

Jinja. Boat ride from Samuka Island
Lake Bunyonyi
A ride on Lake Nkuruba

Jinja is where I started on 26th July, this plan was kinda random. I saw a poster that there was transport to Samuka Island by the Chebei guys and I had to pay only 35,000ugx, talked to a few friends and they bought the idea although some didn’t show up. I was good, I had the best people on board.

Boat ride to Samuka Island.

Usually I fail to get people to travel with because people’s schedules don’t collide with mine and I stopped waiting for people to adjust, so I’m okay with traveling alone. I’m happy I found friends who said yes to the Jinja trip. Bakshi and Kenny I really appreciate you guys. My first trip with the two was to Kisumu and I had the best time with them. Never looked back, I always and will travel more and more with them because I’ve felt comfortable around them and they’re what I call good vibes. I hate group getaways because I’m not the person who easily gets along with people, I’m a generally shy person and not very patient with lots of things people do.(Working on my tolerance). I only get along with people from a distance, let me say online 🙈

Jinja we camped as Nile Park, it’s 25,000 UGX/night if you have your own tent. I have tents, Incase you’re looking to hire let me be your plug.

Our tents at Nile Camp, Source Of the Nile, Jinja.
With the squad having breakfast. L-R Bakshi, Telma and Kenny
Morning views of the Nile River

If you’ve been to Jinja, I’m sure you’ve seen Bannz Cafe and Grill around Namagunga. I highly recommend you stop by this place for a good meal.

Bannz Cafe and Grill

My original first plan was to first escape to Kabale(Hawk’s Lodge Bunyonyi) but transport was a challenge. I wasn’t ready to get on a bus in this Covid19 and somehow the gods made it happen. For a about a month, I had tried to find my way to Kabale. One Monday morning I called one of my bosses and he told me he’d be traveling to Kabale over the weekend. 10th July was a Friday and it was a good day to be out of the busy Capital.

Had plans to go with friends but it was abrupt nevertheless I was happy to go alone. It’d been more than a year since I was last at Hawk’s Eye Lodge. So many new developments, the log house that I didn’t leave there looks so beautiful and I was privileged to be one of the first guests to use the newly opened rooms.

More two swimming pools making them three at the facility, you can spend all day sipping on your favorite drink in the pool alone.

The views from the rooms are to die for. I had missed Lake Bunyonyi sounds, the soothing melodies from the birds, the serenity. You know Hawk’s Eye lodge is overlooking the Lake Bunyonyi so you can’t miss the beautiful sunsets. How I love watching the sun set over a Lake. The gods of Bunyonyi show off much. This is like home for me, I had missed the place. I spent a 7 days here, I needed it, I wanted to be alone.

The hike to the Blacksmiths, was great. The first time I tried it, I got back on a boda. Having grown up on flat land, I’m not into long hikes and Kabale hills aren’t easy but I’m getting there. This time I did all 16 kilometers, I deserve a medal please 😂

I also liked the new chef, he makes delicious mouth watering pizza.

Truthfully if I had travelled with people, my stay would have been shorter. Though it was cut short when I lost a brother, I have to travel from Kabale to Jinja within less than 12 hours to make it for burial. I managed to pay my last respects.

Mahoma falls. My second time here

24th July we hit the road for Kabarole with Kenny and Bakshi. It was Kenny’s first time yet he’s the driver but we made it time after setting off very late. Please don’t just visit Fort Portal town, Tour Kabarole. Been there many times but I can’t get enough of the magnificent views, the Crater lakes, the landscapes 😍

Been to about 30 of Kabarole’s crater lakes yet there’s more than 50 crater lakes and 15 rivers. I’ll keep going back until I see all the 50 lakes. Over the weekend, we visited 12 of them; Lake Nyinambuga this is the Lake on the 20k UG note, Nyamirima, Nyinabulitwa, Nyabikere, Kifuruka and Nyinambuga are twin lakes and Rukwanzi and Mwamba not far from Mahoma falls. Kifuruka, Katanda, Nyimirima and Nkuruba where we camped for 2 nights.

I randomly found this place on the internet, no one recommended it. This is how I usually find places to go to.

The services were not the best because apparently they’re not used to having Ugandan guests. At the facility there was a group of white people who were given more attention than us. Thankfully we connected with a Tour guide who also acts as a night watchman called Robert. He was very helpful that after we complained about service, he negotiated discounts for us. Note that I called these guys during lockdown and booked, I kept calling them to remind them about my reservation.

To be continued…

Enjoy the photos;

Sunsets at Hawk’s Eye Lodge

Wine at the Campfire.

Enturire on the House, Hammock chill at Hawk’s Eye Lodge

Happy Soul

On the Hike

The New Log House rooms

Watching sunsets at Lake Bunyonyi

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A kiss with the sun ~ Bayimba festival 2022

I love islands, I love seas , lakes, rivers … I do love beaches and I love to watch the sun go down, I love to watch the sun come up.

If I ever find love, I hope he proposes by the beach when the sun is setting or rising. I love the feeling of sand on my feet as I walk to the beach, the feel of the breeze, the sound of the birds…. Beaches are the heavens on earth.

While sitting by the beach to watch the sun go down, you’ll believe that’s where you were born to be.

A kiss with the sun


Last weekend a few of my friends from Team Kuzunga and I attended BAYIMBA festival 14th edition at Lunkulu Island. It was a full 4 days and nights nonstop party weekend.

We have been doing this Bayimba since National theatre days when we still paid shs.500 for entrance.
I’m a traditional music festival lover… I hope to attend more music festivals around Africa and beyond( at any chance I get and bumali allows). It was my second time at Lunkulu Island. The first time it was a reggae festival with a smaller crowd.

Lunkulu is located on Lake Victoria in Mukono district. From Kampala you can either access it by boat or by road.

@Beewol and @madmudokolo at the bridge that connects to the island if you use road.
Towards the Stage 1 also called Pilsner stage

The Bayimba team had a good set up at the Island there with Pilsner lager, we enjoyed performances by Pallaso, King Saha, Chance Nalubega, Ragga D, our very own the Almost Famous Entertainment – UG DJs and many more.
The food banaye, everyone who knows me knows how traditional food excites me. Bayimba is one festival you’ll get local food at very low prices. If you understand the phrase “emmere yona” then yes I’m talking to you.

As soon as we checked in, we took a stroll and the first thing we saw at the food court was fresh fish, Wagga ordered for the biggest two Tilapia that were fried and served after our tour.

Tilapia and Nile perch at food court

Why does food always have to be expensive at festivals? There was lots of food and all very affordable. We didn’t spend much but had lots of fun and a chill out weekend getaway.

If you enjoy the wild, you’re adventurous, you love music and a good party away from the usual, don’t miss out on the next Bayimba festival. Let us catch up from 15-19th September for the Nyege Nyege festival in Jinja. You can reach out for guidance especially if you are looking for camping tents, transport, a good place to stay and cool people to chill with.

Ps. It’s always good to move with people who match your energy, people who will not drag you down but fire you up especially for such trips. There might be bridges to cross and oh boy you’ll need your people to stand in the gap for you.

That’s how I closed up August, my birth month.

Contact me for camping tents.
Catching sunsets at Lunkulu
The gangos.

African Girls do not wear shorts!

Following the #ZanzizarThread shared by Zainabu, several black female travellers have been sharing their distressful experiences in Tanzania on Twitter. I’ve read most of the threads and believe me if this happened before me going to TZ, I doubt I’d have visited. Recently (March 2022) I was in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar for the first time because for a long time I was scared to go to that country as solo female black tourist after reading many awful reviews from friends and other women on the internet. In 2015, my friend Olive Nakiyemba visited Tanzania but because her blog was hacked, I’m reposting her story. Below was her experience in Moshi Tanzania;

The beach at resort I was staying

African girls do not wear shorts!
It is not often that a Ugandan girl packs up her bags and embarks on a solo East African backpacking expedition. I can understand why my friends got nervous when told them I was going to travel from Kampala through Naivasha to Nairobi, Kenya, then to Arusha, Moshi, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and back by bus for three weeks and alone.
“Do you have relatives in Kenya or Tanzania?”
“Isn’t it dangerous?”
“What if you die?”
To be honest, I only worried about how I would survive after I got back since I was draining my meager savings, again.
Of all the places I went to during my voyage, I only encountered trouble in Moshi. Moshi is the smallest township in Tanzania situated in the Kilimanjaro region. It serves as a station for many expeditions up Mt. Kilimajaro with adventurers and hikers taking up lodge in hostels and lodges close by and employing citizens as cooks, guides and porters to accompany the hikers during their trek. Moshi’s source of income is tourism.
I had booked to spend two nights at Karibu Hostel in Moshi mainly because their website boasted that they were only a five-minute walk from the city center and indeed they were.
I arrived in Moshi from Arusha a bit late in the evening – so I did not get a chance to see the city until the following day. The next morning, I discovered that besides the housekeeping staff, I was the only African guest at the hostel. At one point, a guest asked me if I could help her get a towel and while I explained to her that I did not work there, she could not hide her incredulity.
“Are you American?” She asked.
“No, I am Ugandan from Uganda,” as I watched her place Uganda on the world map and failing.

Out of nowhere, a voluptuous woman appeared and covered me in a wrap and crushed my body with a hug. I sobbed uncontrollably. She guided me away from the scene into a nearby shop. Shaking, I refused to let go when she made to leave me so the police would interrogate me.
Passport still tightly pressed in my hand, my new mother gestured I sit on her lap so the police would do their work. The policeman took my passport from my hand. He asked me what I was doing in Moshi and for how long.
After I explained through sobs and hiccups, he apologized for the way I was treated. Apparently, when hooligans see an African girl or woman in shorts, they assume she is a prostitute! I could not wait to get out of Moshi.
Sadly, I only got to see Moshi Town when I was safely in a bus heading to Dar es Salaam since the police and my ‘adopted mother’ escorted me to the booking office, waited for me till I got my ticket and they dropped me off at the hostel. I climbed into my bed and sobbed till lunch time.
That night, I had nightmares; my friends were like a swarm of bees buzzing, asking

“It’s in Africa, right?” Right, as I fought the urge not to roll my eyes upward trying to figure out someone who visits Tanzania and does not have the slightest idea what Tanzania’s neighbors are. I beat myself up shortly since I could not point to Sweden on a European map, going by the t-shirt she was wearing.
I planned to go to Dar es Salaam the following morning, so on my list of things to do that day was to book a bus ticket out of Moshi to Dar, as it is also fondly known as.
Since the temperatures were on the high end, it made no sense to wear jeans; I wore shorts and a vest. I was on vacation after all.
I left the hostel after breakfast. With my passport and phone, I strolled into the city. Moshi Town is quite clean, the air is fresh and it is not crowded as is the norm with most touristy cities.
It took a short while to realize that while the other tourists smiled and said hello to me, the locals were gathering in twos and threes, staring at me with malice. I quickly pulled out my phone and texted my Tanzanian friend and informed him about my observation.
“What are you wearing?” He asked.
“Nothing special, demin shorts and a vest,” I replied.
“Dear, I thought you knew. African girls do not wear shorts here.”
Before I could ask why, I heard someone whistle and a swarm of young men descended on me. I was slapped, pinched, groped, taunted and shouted at in Swahili expressions I could not understand.
I screamed and gripped my passport with all my might, with the hopes that in the event I am lynched, I was sure to be identified and my body taken back to my mother. My poor mother, she always worries about me.
Just when I thought my end had come, a gun was fired! At first, I thought I had been shot but it turned out that the police had come to my rescue. The goons dispersed as fast as they had descended on me, “What if you die?”

Let’s December with Love

So after the #FrostyLakeside weekend, my body was exhausted, tried working Monday and Tuesday but I couldn’t handle. That Saturday, I got early to the Explorers Ranch so I can get to enjoy a full blast weekend, but I found myself doing much. I thought I was a ka body so I pitched tents for everyone who asked me to that day. Some bu Kampala girls were coming around with their accents “I’ve seen a lady put up tents, can she help me” I was the kanyama of the day and also sometimes I can be over nice.

Me pitching tents
You can rent these tents for 20k ugx only 0702777462

Anyways I ended up taking the week off. A friend was in the country and looking for a place away from Kampala since she was told Kampala is not safe because of the bomb scares.

I opened by booking dot com app and booked 2 Friends Hotel Entebbe. (Reviews for another day.)

Checking in at 2 Friends Beach Hotel

There’s a pool, got a room with the lake view, basically enjoying soft life just like December should be. It’s good to enjoy life in these hotels as a local tourist and watch how black people treat you less than whites in their white dominated hotels.

Even when everything is going well, there’s always that one person who’ll annoy you!. That’s the lady Claire at the reception, she managed to do that well.

A holiday however short can’t leave you the same. Drinking Ethiopian coffee on the streets, watching sunsets and sun rises, evening walks, etc Nze I love this life, I believe it’s what God called me to do. I’ll worry about my debts when I’m in my kazigo.

Ethiopian coffee on the streets

It’s been a great week for me to reenergize because I know when my body & brain are tired, even prayers won’t help. Only a getaway trip helps.

Enjoying the pool alone

Well I’m feeling good and ready to look for money for December skydiving in Zanzibar. Whoever wants to join me, hit me up.

You can see the glow

If you ever want to have a meal at 2 Friends Entebbe, ask for fish in banana leaves.

There’s an Ethiopian coffee place along the same street (Nambi Road)

The people at Reef beach served us some good food too.

Food at Reef beach Hotel

Then around there, there’s a local pork joint… menyeki ndeke ki??

All these places have beach bars, you can seat by the lake and enjoy the waves, it feels really good.

Life is also good when you leave your problems at home. And better when you spend it with the people you love and care about and the energy is reciprocated.

Serving body

Let’s December with our loved ones, this month we get time to getaway with the special people. Travel is my love language ❤️

Adding some photos but for more, checkout my Instagram; @hirolla256

Sunbathing
2 Friends beach Hotel
Reef beach
Breakfast with views

Qweshunga

PenelopeSanyu

“You are the storyteller of your life, and you can create your own legend or not” – Isabel Allende. 

My earliest memories and experiences of relationships are founded on playfulness. Relationships with my toys, caretakers, neighborhood, school, food, etc. Running through the rain, role-playing ‘mummy and daddy’ with ‘kakebe’ or metalic tins, digging holes in the compound for a game of ‘dool’, creating and crafting dolls among many others. When a child is born, the first thing we usually do is to make funny baby sounds and noises to try and communicate, try and get a connection of some sort. We make faces and make a fool of ourselves to the ordinary eye in an attempt to connect with this new being. So what happens to us as we grow older and find better and bigger things to occupy our minds? We lose our playfulness and in the end lose a…

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Go Where You Are Loved.

This year being the Covid year that we cancelled, I agreed to cancel any special days after all there’s nothing to celebrate.

Plus the past few days have been hectic, I’ve been here and there and some of you have seen me with big names in politics and accused me of many things on top of asking me for money but I’m still poor and one of you. I’ll tell this story another day.

A few weeks ago, there are people who really wanted to do a Bunyonyi trip with me during my birthday weekend, some I requested them while others asked. We made plans but I’ve learnt that most times things don’t go as planned due to unexpected issues, it’s life.

With excitement to spend a weekend away with a group of people, I booked a super custom to carry 8 people. Let me first tell you that the morning we were supposed to set off, only 3 people showed up yet the 2 were last minute additions. We all know how much it costs to hire a care per day and fuel all the way to Kabale!

Anyways we ended up traveling in Kenny’s Mark X. Kenny the one person from the original plan who didn’t give excuses out of the many people. Kenny has become my go to person because his car is always available to Kuzunga. We thought it wouldn’t do the hills of Kabale because it needed a few things to fix!

Set off time was supposed to be 7:30am but we set off at 8:30am.

I knew it was going to be good trip when we stopped in Kayabwe for photos at the Equator, the spirits were high. I hadn’t stopped at the Equator in a very long time, this time we represented Team Kuzunga well we weren’t in a hurry.

Kenny the Proline guy, that’s me in the Vipers jersey.

Penelope, Telma and Angela. It was a cold Thursday morning full of good vibes.

My main reason for this getaway was my birthday and I wanted to go to a place I’m comfortable at. A place full of love, nature, serenity, and Lake Bunyonyi is God’s own first creation.

I wanted to be away because usually I’m all alone and indoors replying to random Birthday messages, because that’s all I get. So this time I was ready to go all out.

I don’t expect anything to happen on my unless I’ve put much effort into it and this is what I was doing by inviting people I know are available for a getaway. I love to be alone but sometimes I don’t mind people if they’re good vibes and we get along well.

I’ve had memorable days but let me first tell you about my worst day; I’ll never forget the time I invited people for lunch on my birthday, I had to spend the whole day cooking while people ordered me around that I’m delaying their lunch. That was my worst birthday ever. I was tired and nothing seemed to be on time, I sweated away while the *friends* I had invited ordered me around instead of offering to help! I’ll never ever ever, I repeat I’ll never make any commitment to invite people over for anything if I have to cook.

That wasn’t even the worst part of it, some person decided to invite themselves to just make my day miserable! Will not go into details about this but this same person has been trying so hard to bring misery to my special days even when I’m miles away from them!

Birthday vibes.

This birthday weekend brought me people I had never even hangout with and I had blast thanks to Angela Asiimwe, she’s always a vibe. 3 days before 20th August, scheduled travel day, I talked to Angela about this trip and her reply was “it’s on short notice I’m sorry maybe next time”.

I don’t know how she pulled it off but the same day she sent me money for two people! This same Angela managed to convince another friend to drive to Kabale a day after we got there! You’ll love her when you get a chance to meet her.

She has a life time card for Team Kuzunga, I ❤️ her.

I want to also appreciate Parity the Proprietor Hawk’s Eye Lodge Bunyonyi, for he gave me a second home in Kabale. A home I can collect my friends and family and go have a blast on discounted rates. A home we are well taken care of like we paid 100%. Hawk’s Eye lodge is more than just a home away from home. Thank you Mr. Twinomujjuni.

If you want a holiday at Hawk’s Eye lodge, talk to me nicely. 😂

! Ready for Zip-lining.

The program although not in that order went on as planned. The staff at Hawk’s Eye lodge are very kind, they’ll move your bags from up to down even when you tell them to relax, they don’t stop till you settle in well. Too much love and kindness.

The boat cruise was fun, the weather was so kind on day two, we made it for zip lining. I had to do 2 return trips just to scream my heart out, I also wanted to deep my hair in the Lake since I fear to swim in the second deepest lake in Africa.

Angie who was afraid of doing the return trip enjoyed more than us even 😂

Although the Lodge has three swimming pools now, we didn’t get a chance to show off our bikini bodies. It started raining as soon as we got to the swimming pool on day 2 otherwise I was ready to break the internet with bikini photos.

The program.

Friday 21st August my birthday, we woke up at 7am and the first activity was Hiking. I’m slowly getting used to Kabale hills, about to start negotiating for land. What I loved mostly about it was the team work, bambi Angie didn’t want to hike but we held her hand, we waited for her and she agrees the views were worth it.

These wonderful people made my 2020 birthday very memorable and I can’t thank them enough.

Dear Hawk’s Eye Lodge, this is what Angela Asiimwe said, “My most interesting part about the trip was one the hospitality, the food, the zip lining was life changing for me because I hadn’t done it before. You people inspired me.

The beautiful scenery of Hawk’s eye, from all corners of the Lodge, the views are very beautiful.

I had a great time at the boat cruise, the music we blasted too much.

This whole trip was perfect, the company did a better part of it too.”

Like I keep saying, you don’t need many friends and a lot of money to be happy.

I hate writing long stories so I won’t tell you about the stomach upset I got that almost stopped reggae 🙈

I’m grateful for another year. I hope I get money as I grow older, I’m really tired of poverty. I hope I can afford more trips this new year. I hope I age like fine wine and I hope the new age doesn’t come with limitations to anything especially the things I enjoy doing like travelling. I hope I find more friends who can randomly Kuzunga with me. I hope I get to see the world. Also my wish this year is to get a camera to document all my travels more and maybe start a You Tube channel to share my experiences with you.

Don’t forget to checkout my Instagram page @Hirolla256 for more photos about the trip.

Thank you for reading.

President Team Kuzunga.

Future Minister of Tourism

Jinja City Woman MP to be.

Let’s Go To The East.

I’m not the type that goes to a restaurant and asks for salad, but on a random kuzunga day to Jinja we stopped at @BannzNileGrill, a friend who doesn’t like meat much suggested I taste his salad.This salad is what people call tongue orgasm! I’ve never tasted salad that mouth watering, I swear this is the best I’ve ever tasted. I had to order for my plate of chicken salad. 

Before I tell you about the other foods on the menu, Bannz Nile Grill Cafe is found in Namagunga along Kampala-Jinja highway before Lugazi. It’s strategically located for travelers. Team Kuzunga this is the best highway restaurant in Uganda no doubt. 

See my excitement when I got to this beautiful place

Their menu is rich, I got a chance to interact with one of the chefs called Gerald(they have 7 chefs). If you want fish, ask for Gerald to make his special fish in coconut for you. Gerald is a Samia, Ugandans we all know why I’ve mentioned Gerald’s tribe. It’s fish I’m talking about. Heard the stories about samias and fish?

On their menu, you’ll also find the Trio Bannz Nile Grill Darn; it comes with Beef, chicken, fish and any food of your choice but it’s mostly served with fries. This meal can feed a whole family. 

I also enjoyed the cocktails, they make a variety of them. Both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. 

And for drivers doing long distances, please stop by and ask for a free double espresso, yes Wycliff the manager said it’s free. 

If you’re out of time to stop and wait for your order, You just have to call the manager Wycliffe on 0700606723, give him your order and you’ll find your takeaway ready. 

They have a roadside grill, a pizza kitchen and I’m thinking next time I go back, I should pizza. 

For you travelers who want to charge your phones, they have sockets in all corners of the restaurant.

They also offer car mechanical services. 

I’ve been traveling around East Africa and my question has always been, why don’t Africans consider toilets of great importance when starting their businesses? 

Then I find Bannz Grill, If you don’t stop for the food, stop for the fresh air, or to use their washrooms. Please don’t go to the Bush to ease yourself. They have clean washrooms in separate units for children, ladies and gentlemen. All sparkling clean. 

The place is open from 5am to midnight, it has ample parking space and security 24 hours. 

You can checkout their pages; Facebook Bannz Nile Grill, Twitter @bannzNilegrill and IG ; @bannznile