Kigali Downtown
Oy! Saving money is hard. I am no longer in my 20s, and these long-distance buses really took a toll on my old bones. I was definitely cussing at myself throughout the bus journeys, telling myself I shouldn’t have been cheap. Here’s the breakdown of my trip to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

Total cost

30,000 IHG points: 2 nights Crowne Plaza Nairobi on Points break (2 x 15,000)

40,000 Marriott Rewards Points: 2 nights Protea Kampala pre-deval (2 x 10,000); 2 nights Marriott Kigali pre-deval (2 x 10,000)

6619 UR points: 1 night in 5 Swiss Kigali, booked through Chase Rewards

$85: $59 transportation + $26 food

Itinerary

01 September 2018: Nairobi, Crowne Plaza Nairobi

02 September 2018: Nairobi, Crowne Plaza Nairobi

03 September 2018: Nairobi, Kenya to Kampala, Uganda (by Modern Coast Bus), Protea Kampala

04 September 2018: Kampala, Protea Kampala

05 September 2018: Kampala, Uganda to Kigali, Rwanda (by Modern Coast Bus), 5 Swiss

06 September 2018: Kigali, Marriott Kigali

07 September 2018: Kigali, Marriott Kigali

08 September 2018: Kigali, Rwanda to Cairo, Egypt