Maybe you have read my blog post from last year, because I was at Nyegenyege Festival in Jinja, Uganda last year as well.
It was SO good, that I could not miss out on the 2017 edition that took place the first weekend of September.
I have to admit, when I'm partying I try to live in the moment and often forget (about) my phone, which I think is a good thing. But not ideal when blogging haha.
However, I managed to take a few photos and really wanted to share them, because it was another amazing festival weekend at the shores of the Nile.
This year I managed to get on the party bus on Thursday evening, meaning making lots of new friends, drinking all sorts of random drinks offered by new friends and dancing in the path way, followed by some hours of deep deep sleep while making our way to Uganda. And also, the most grumpy Ugandan visa picture e-v-e-r (and nope, not posting evidence of that haha).
My friends Edwige & Jack would come later that day, and I was supposed to go check out the AirBnb out in the mean time. However, I had a tiny bit of a difficulty reaching our host. So I just chilled at the festival site for a little bit and then met up with our host Moses at Space Cafe in town to grab a coffee and some breakfast. After that I went to check-into the room. It was simple, but close to the centre of Jinja and just 15 minutes by boda/picki/motor taxi to the festival ground, so perfect for us!
It turned out our Airbnb host Moses was a chill Ugandan guy that was actually also going to the festival himself. Perfect, so we didn't have to be home early and all :)
After checking in and having a shower, my friends arrived. But... it was raining like crazy, so we just chilled at the house for a bit.
The festival lived up too all expectations once again. SO many artists, ALL stages were amazing, the BEST location and not to forget all the cool people you get to meet in a magical place like Nyegenyege. Also, the food at the festival was great. From great rolex (chapati and omelette), to our favorite fried chicken (with amazing mayonnaise for the fries), Jamaican jerk and the Dutch Bakery company 'Brood' - all you wished for and it was there!
I think the only downside was the rain during the festival weekend. It got a bit chilly and very muddy (I actually ended up having a little involuntary mud bath...). But for the rest it was amazing and I hope to go to at least another edition in the future!
The following is not specific to the Nyegenyege Festival but I went here when I was in Jinja, and thought they were worth mentioning (again).
The Deli is such a cute spot. It has a a nice menu with lots of healthy and very, very tasty options and nice seats outside on the terrace. It's on the Main Street in Jinja and just like last year, we spend quiet a few brunches/lunches at this place.
Nile River Explorers Camp
Since my friends were heading back to Nairobi on Sunday, a day earlier than I was going, I decided to spend one night at Nile Discovery Camp. I don't think I will ever get over the nice tents with view over the Nile and especially... The showers with a view! Imagine showering, while seeing the Nile, lots of green and even monkeys passing by! Spend the whole day at the terrace chatting with new friends and enjoying the tranquility and the views. Only downside was that its a bit of a drive, especially from the festival.
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