February 6, 2017: Nkiru (Marketing Lead) and I left Lagos, Nigeria for Uganda. We boarded a RwandAir flight WB 203 to Kigali en-route Entebbe for the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo POATE 2017 scheduled for the 17th to 19th of February in Kampala, Uganda.
There wasn’t any drama on the flight – not that I expected any. I mean what kind of drama does anyone expect at an altitude of over 30,000 feet, anyway?
We touched down in Kigali after about 4 hours 30 mins in the air. We left Lagos at 11:40, ten minutes behind take off time and arrived Kigali at about 17:10.
Kigali was an hour ahead of us, I realised – and my phone had automatically reset the time. The connecting flight to Entebbe was scheduled to leave at 18:55 and arrive at 20:45. If it goes according to schedule, we should still meet the Welcome Cocktail…
Kigali International Airport had free Wi-Fi and I logged on and got busy on social media. We started boarding at 18:30, but somehow take off was delayed for another 35 minutes. Well, bye-bye to that Welcome Cocktail.
I was looking forward to it to at least meet some old friends because most of them were in group one while I was in group 2 and we won’t see each other until the 12th when both tour groups arrive in Kampala.
We touched down in Entebbe, at almost 22:00. Another time reset – an hour ahead of Kigali. After clearing Immigration, we met the UTB team. Certainly, that cocktail was history at this point.
We were taken straight to Imperial Golf View Hotel, Entebbe where we spent the night. Imperial Golf View was impressive, even though I didn’t to see much of it. Nkiru and I were taken to our respective rooms and we went downstairs to the restaurant to have dinner afterwards.
There we met Ermias from Ethiopia, Cephas from Zimbabwe and the adorable Ishita from Tanzania. Cephas recognized me from last year’s trip to Zimbabwe – I remember meeting him in Kariba – and we all got chatty.
Of the three, only Cephas was in group 2 with Nkiru and I. Ermias and Ishita were in group 1 and were scheduled to leave early at 07:00 the next day. I won’t get to see Ishita again until the 12th of February, a day before my birthday. Oh well, I knew I should have chosen group 1…