There’s no better way to see a country than travelling through it. In fact, the only way to truly know a nation is to travel through it. I’ve been doing this ever since Esaja began and have done everything from joining Tanzanian Cops on a Patrol in Mbeya to eating Nshima with a local family in Lusaka. No amount of economic data can capture the magic of moving around a nation, speaking to locals and sharing their experiences, hopes and aspirations. More importantly, travelling through border posts and highways reveals a nation’s infrastructure and progress in a profound way. It was in this explorer’s spirit that I embarked on a journey of more than 1500km from Kigali (Rwanda) through to Kampala (Uganda) and finally reaching Nairobi (Kenya). This region is truly the heart of East Africa. The agenda was a series of meetings I had in Kenya’s capital. Here are a few kodak moments from the journey:

Kigali – Kampala (Through Gatuna Border Post)

Efficiency is a word Rwanda’s keen to own so everything on the Rwanda side from the bus station to border controls & roads is just smooth.

 

Informal Traders never cease to amaze! I never expected to find a Harare (Zimbabwe) Bus service in Kigali!
Informal Traders never cease to impress! I never expected to find a Harare (Zimbabwe) Bus service in Kigali!

 

 

Yes, there's a bus company called Yahoo Car! (As spotted at the station in Kigali)
Yes, there’s a bus company called Yahoo Car! (As spotted at the station in Kigali)

 

 

Carpets of Tea & Coffee Adorned Much Of Rwanda’s Countryside

 

 

The Comesa Team Are Working Hard To Eliminate Non Tariff Barriers. I've Been Seeing These At Borders Across the Region Too
The COMESA team are working hard to eliminate non tariff barriers. We’ve been seeing these a lot at borders across East & Southern Africa.

 

 

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Potholes! I’d forgotten that they exist until reaching the Uganda side of the border…

 

 

Everything on it's time! Wise words for doing business in Africa! Bring tons of patience...
Exiting the Gatuna border From Rwanda : Everything on its time! Wise words for doing business in Africa! Bring tons of patience…

 

Uganda – Kenya ( Through Busia Border)

 

These natural greenhouses are a Uganda phenomenon. They speak volumes of the nation's resourcefulness & Agric potential
These natural greenhouses are a Uganda phenomenon. They speak volumes of the nation’s resourcefulness & Agric potential

 

 

As is the case across the region, plantain is a staple in Uganda. It's not possible to travel for more than 300m without seeing these trees...
As is the case across the region, plantain is a staple in Uganda. It’s not possible to travel for more than 300m without seeing these trees…

 

 

Great to wash "trucky" but he seems to support a questionable soccer team lol #Uganda
Great to wash “trucky” but he seems to support a questionable soccer team lol #Uganda

 

 

Yet another surprise, Zimbabwe bound buses actually exist in Kampala!
Yet another surprise, Zimbabwe bound buses actually exist in Kampala!

 

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Yes Please! The future’s bright as cross border trade grows. This poster is yet another call to action at a border post…

 

Kenya Border To Nairobi

 

A wondrous sight. The golden morning sun shone brightly as we traveled from Kitale towards Eloderet.
A wondrous sight. The golden morning sun shone brightly as we traveled from Kitale towards Eloderet.

 

 

If Uganda has agric potential, Kenya is making the most of It's Rich Soils. There's almost everything here from tea to flowers & sugarcane...
If Uganda has agric potential, Kenya is making the most of It’s Rich Soils. There’s almost everything here from tea to flowers & sugarcane…

 

 

The Rift Valley Was Welcoming As We Reached Nairobi
The Great Rift Valley was welcoming as we reached Nairobi

 

The Nairobi Hustle

 

Who needs trucks with heavy lifters like these! used for short hauls, these transporters are super efficient Given Nairobi's legendary traffic jams...
Who needs trucks with heavy lifters like these! used for short hauls, these transporters are super efficient Given Nairobi’s legendary traffic jams…

 

 

The Matatu is as essential as it is infamous in Nairobi. These guys transport millions of people daily in these often colourful and locally assembled mini buses.
The Matatu is as essential as it is infamous in Nairobi. These guys transport millions of people daily in these often colourful and locally assembled mini buses.

 

 

A deal a day is the Nairobi way...
A deal a day is the Nairobi way…

 

 

Roses from Kenya's highlands likely finding their way to the airport...
Roses from Kenya’s highlands likely finding their way to the airport…

 

 

The Sun Shines On A Nairobi Factory
The Sun Shines On A Nairobi Factory

 

 

 

Fibre here, fibre there. Nairobi is at the forefront of African internet connectivity.
Fibre here, fibre there. Nairobi is at the forefront of African internet connectivity.

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