St. Jean Catholic Church, Kibuye, Rwanda

East African Honey Instagram Pictures & Lots More!

The second half of this year has seen me doing my share of travelling.

First it was to Northern Tanzania, then Uganda, Rwanda, and now back to Uganda again.

My Instagram gallery has been mirroring a similar route, though also including destinations such as Nairobi and Mikumi National Park.

I’ve had lots of fun sharing these pics with my followers on Instagram, and since I know that many of you, who read this blog, are not active Instagram users, I thought I’d share the best of those pictures with you here.

I hope you like them.

Please be sure to let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Instagram Fave No. 33: Mark Zuckerberg and an East African Honey (Instagram)

Mark Zuckerberg and an east african honey instagram

In the midst of travelling and attending one of the most elegant weddings I have ever been to, I completely forgot to share my latest post with you. Check it out on the blog. It’s about Mark Zuckerberg visiting Kenya.

READ ALSO: 48 Pictures of Good Eats, Cityscapes & Water Environments in East Africa

East African Honey Instagram Fave No. 32: No. 49 Cheese & Wine, Kampala

No. 49 Cheese & Wine, Kampala

I am still bemoaning the closure of No. 49 Cheese & Wine on Luthuli Avenue in Kampala, Uganda. It was a seriously cute and well-stocked wine and cheese store.

East African Honey Instagram Fave No. 31: Barbecuing in Kampala, Uganda

east african honey instagram chicken on the grill

Kampala, Uganda to me is a city filled with simple pleasures. Hanging out in Kampala is not so much about where you go but who you hang out with. In Kampala, gathering around a crate of beer (or some Uganda Waragi) in someone’s backyard can be more fun than being at the most stellar cocktail lounge in another city. Kampalans themselves are all the fun you need!

This picture comes from just one such hang in my uncle and aunt’s backyard. I can still taste this delicious chicken that was marinated in honey and soy sauce. The pork we made that same day was offfffff the hook! #GoodTimes

READ ALSO: Instagram Recap: 20 Photos from Uganda & Tanzania

East African Honey Instagram Fave No. 30: Food at Heaven Restaurant, Kigali

Food at Heaven Restaurant in Kigali

I had heard lots over the years about @HeavenRwanda, a restaurant (and now boutique hotel Blue Book Now Button) in Kigali‘s Kiyovu neighborhood, so there was no doubt in my mind that I’d have to visit it on my next trip to Kigali. I did and had one of the best social evenings I spent in the country there. Great food, lovely elevated outdoor deck, cocktails to write home about, and amazing service! If ever you are in Kigali, check it out.

Instagram Fave No. 29: Genocide Memorial at St. Jean Catholic Church and Home Complex in Kibuye, Rwanda

Genocide Memorial at St. Jean Catholic Church and Home Complex in Kibuye, Rwanda

Whereas Kibuye in Karongi District, Western Rwanda had some of the most gorgeous scenes like those in my last 2 photos (Nos. 1 & 8 on this list), it also had some of the most gruesome reminders of what happened in Rwanda 22 years ago.

In case one million people slaughtered in 100 days is too large a statistic for you to internalize, memorials like this one at the St. Jean Catholic Church and Home Complex allow you to look straight into the skull eye sockets of some of those killed, see their femurs, and realize that each of those bones represents a person just like you with hopes, dreams, a family, and a life…all brutally cut short.

Instagram Fave No. 28: I Survived the Nile

east african honey instagram clicks a pic after surviving the Nile

As though bungee jumping was not terrifying enough, the next day, I decided to go white water rafting for the first time. It was a lot of fun until about midway through the excursion I fell into a Grade 5 rapid called “The Bad Place” where I stayed under for a lot longer than was comfortable. When I saw someone wearing this shirt, I had to take a picture of it because it expressed exactly how I felt: I survived the Nile!

Instagram Fave No. 27: Cows at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda

Cows at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda

All I can see are horns, horns, and more horns! Longhorn Inyambo cows at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda.

East African Honey Instagram Fave No. 26: The Female Sempaya Hot Spring, Semuliki National Park, Western Uganda

The female Sempaya hot spring at Semuliki National Park, Uganda. Water temperature: 103°C. See more pictures taken at the Sempaya hot springs here.

Instagram Fave No.25: Bar BQ Tonight, Nairobi

Bar B.Q. Tonight, Nairobi

And how surprised I was to see, as I was going to chow down on some excellent Indian food at Haandi at The Mall in Westlands, Nairobi, that the establishment across it was no longer Tamambo of the high bar stools and the fabulous cocktails but rather a place called Bar B.Q. Tonight. Gosh, I’d spent many wonderful nights at Tamambo in my lifetime!

Instagram Fave No. 24: St. Jean Catholic Church, Kibuye, Rwanda

St. Jean Catholic Church, Kibuye, Rwanda

The facade of the St. Jean Catholic Church in Karongi, Western Rwanda today. What’s so special about this church? Check out the captions of my last two pictures (No. 25 & No. 4 on this list). (Yes, those are human skulls you see in the window under the sign that reads “NEVER AGAIN”.)

Instagram Fave No. 23: Hippo Pool, Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

Hippos and a crocodile at the hippo pool in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.

Instagram Fave No. 22: The Bay, Kampala, Uganda

east african honey instagram hangs out at The Bay, Kampala, Uganda

This view is so typical of Kampala, Uganda.

Originally known as the City of 7 Hills, Kampala has now expanded to include many more.

This means, therefore, that wherever you get a view of Lake Victoria (the world’s second largest freshwater lake by area) in Kampala, you’ll also invariably see hills off in the distance.

I love it! (This photo, like my last one, was taken at The Bay in Munyonyo.)

Instagram Fave No. 21: Tex-Mex at The Little Donkey, Kampala, Uganda

Tex-Mex at Little Donkey, Kampala, Uganda

The nachos slathered in melted gouda, salsa, and guacamole at The Little Donkey in Kampala, Uganda are pretty hot too!

Instagram Fave No. 20: Fuego Cocktails & Restaurant, Muyenga, Kampala, Uganda

Fuego Cocktails & Restaurant, Muyenga, Kampala, Uganda

Fuego Cocktails & Restaurant in Muyenga, Kampala offers a whole lot as you can see from this board outside the establishment. What’s not listed on this board that I LOVE there is their Ethiopian/Eritrean food. My favourite cuisine, Ethiopian/Eritrean food at Fuego is the real deal! (The cocktails are pretty hot too.)

East African Honey Instagram No. 19: 5 Fun Ways to Rock Maroon Hair

east african honey instagram with Maroon Hair

5 Fun Ways to Rock Maroon Hair

A guest post by @_akanshumbusha_

“Another interesting and beautiful way of rocking maroon hair is by using hairpieces, which can be either short or long. These also include hair pieces that are 100% human hair which gives you the same manageability and flexibility as real hair. With a maroon hairpiece, you will never go wrong. These are specifically appreciated by…”

Photo Credit: YourHairColors.com

Instagram Fave No. 18: A King’s Traditional House Viewed from Behind, The King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda

A Traditional King’s House from Behind, The King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda

The back of a replica of the King’s traditional house at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda. I was so surprised by how big this grass house was on the inside. And like all African grass houses/grass-thatched houses I have been in, it was extremely cozy! Why, oh, why was I born in the late 20th century?!

Instagram Fave No. 17: St. Jean Catholic Church, Kibuye, Rwanda

St. Jean Catholic Church, Kibuye, Rwanda

I took my last picture (no. 4 on this list) standing at the St. Jean Catholic Church and Home Complex in Karongi District, Western Rwanda where one of the most gruesome massacres of the Genocide against the Tutsis occurred on April 17-18, 1994 (death toll in and around the church: 11,000).

I had heard of this and many massacres that occurred in churches where people had run for safety, but since people were able to break in and hurt the people inside, I always thought the churches were weakly-built up-country churches that could do little to keep people out. I was stunned by how solid and beautiful the St. Jean Church was and by its capacity. Today there stands a powerful memorial in front of the church. The signage on it reads “Never again” above a room displaying skulls of some who were killed here and “Jenoside Yakorewe Abatutsi Muri Mata 1994” (The genocide committed against the Tutsi in April 1994).

Instagram Fave No. 16: Haandi, Westlands, Nairobi

Haandi, Westlands, Nairobi

I have been eating at Haandi at The Mall in Westlands, Nairobi for almost two decades, and it still remains my favourite Indian restaurant in Nairobi. The food is unbeatable and the service and ambiance worth writing home about.

Instagram Fave No. 15: Palacina Interiors at the Panari Sky Centre, Nairobi

Palacina Interiors at the Panari Sky Centre, Nairobi

It was so nice to be in Nairobi again after so long and to discover this @palacinainteriors store in the Panari Sky Centre where everything was so beautiful and stylish I wish I could take the whole store home.

It was also particularly nostalgic for me because the Moonflower restaurant at the Palacina Residence & Suites on Kitale Lane used to be my default evening drinks/dinner location when I first moved to Nairobi in the early 2000s.

Instagram Fave No. 14: Nile High Bungee, Jinja, Uganda

Nile High Bungee, Jinja, Uganda

As I sat at the bar waiting for the rain to subside and the bungee equipment to be assembled, the 44-m Nile High Bungee platform did not look daunting at all. But the horror of jumping off it!

Instagram Fave No. 13: A Herdsman & Cows at The King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda

A Herdsman & Cows at The King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda

A herdsman strikes a pose as he sings, whistles, and recites poetry among the cows at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda.

Instagram Fave No. 12: Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala

Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala

If ever you are in Kampala, Uganda and are looking for budget accommodation, then I couldn’t recommend more highly the Red Chilli Hideaway with its new purpose-built location in Butabika.

Although it’s a bit out of town, Red Chilli offers a complimentary shuttle service, 3 times a day, to and from downtown Kampala.

Good food, a well-stocked bar, 4G internet, a swimming pool, and very convivial atmosphere. What more could you ask for at those prices (as low as US$7 for campers and US$40 for a double room en-suite)?

Instagram Fave No. 11: Kampala Hotels -Red Chilli Hideaway

Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala, Uganda

The beautiful grounds at the new purpose-built premises of Red Chilli Hideaway in Butabika, Kampala, Uganda (you can see the edge of the pool in this photo). It’s such a great deal for budget accommodation. You get very good value for your money!

Instagram Fave Nos. 10 & 9: Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Lake Kivu, Rwanda

I had often heard Rwanda referred to as a landlocked country so I never expected to have any meaningful water experiences in Rwanda. And then I found myself at beautiful Lake Kivu. I cannot say it enough: if you get a chance to go, please do. So peaceful, beautiful, and calm!

Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Boating in a rudimentary boat on Lake Kivu, Western Rwanda. The lake was so peaceful and calm and the boat low enough that I could run my fingers through the lake as we traveled along. Splendid!

Instagram Fave No. 8: A Herdsman Sings at The King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda

The arts related to cows and cattle keeping do not stop at complicated musical whistling like in my last video (no. 2 on this list). Here, a herdsman sings for (in praise of?) cows at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda.

This video is dedicated to my girl @TJ_Ndejuru. I look forward to hearing more cow singers soon!

Can anyone translate what he is saying for me?

Instagram Fave No. 7: Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Glimpses of Lake Kivu

East African Honey Instagram 6: Art Found on the Walls of the Centre Béthanie Guesthouse in Kibuye, Rwanda

east african honey instagram in Rwandan dance art

More Rwandan artwork I saw on the walls of the Centre Béthanie guesthouse in Kibuye, Western Rwanda. This time, the painting is of Rwandan women dancing traditional Rwandan dance.

Instagram Fave Nos. 5 & 4: Lake Kivu, Rwanda

east african honey instagram hangs out at Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Boating on Lake Kivu, Rwanda

east african honey instagram checks out Lake Kivu, Rwanda

The beautiful view from St. Jean Catholic Church and Home Complex in Karongi District, Western Rwanda where one of the most gruesome massacres of the Genocide against the Tutsis occurred on April 17-18, 1994 (death toll in and around the church: 11,000). People ran away from the church into this beautiful lake, many of them drowning, to flee the weapons of the perpetrators of the genocide, while others begged to be allowed to drown themselves in the lake to no avail. To be there in all this beauty and be told of the horror that occurred there was gut wrenching. My heart still feels no peace just recounting the experience. #NeverAgain

Instagram Fave Nos. 3 & 2: Herdsman at The King’s Palace Museum, Nyanza, Rwanda

east african honey instagram takes pictures of Herdsman at The King’s Palace Museum, Nyanza, Rwanda

Inyambo cows at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza, Rwanda.

An East African Honey Instagram Disaster

A herdsman whistles for cows at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza. (Why would a random chick grab my phone while I was taking a video and start directing the shot? Truly, people are incredible!)

Instagram Fave No. 1: Lake Kivu in All Its Glory

east african honey instagram views Lake Kivu in All its Glory

Lake Kivu, Western Rwanda

I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you. If you’ve got any questions or comments, let me know by leaving me a comment below. As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Until the next time,
Biche

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