01 Jul

I had never been to Gisagara before. This is the only district I wasn't familiar with when I flagged off the 30 Districts Expedition. Although I was looking forward to exploring the area's hidden gems, I wasn't scheduled to spend the night there.

The plan was to reach the finish line before September, and I was running out of time. With five more districts to visit during the last four days of August, I tweaked my itinerary one more time.

Upon arrival, I conducted a book club session at Gisagara Youth Center. The center encompasses modern sports facilities. Its indoor sports gymnasium is good enough to host high-level international events. After the session, I gave away free books to the participants and encouraged them to embrace reading.

Through the Turning Pages initiative, I have conducted 90 book club sessions and donated 527 books. The initiative is designed to cultivate the culture of reading while promoting sustainable tourism. The books used in the campaign highlight my experiences as a tourist exploring different destinations in Africa.

After bidding goodbye to the young readers of Gisagara, I dropped by Montana Hotel for lunch. As I savored my favorite plantain delicacies by the swimming pool, I wished I would stay longer.  

From Gisagara, I found my way to Nyanza through an off-road track snaking through farms and remote settlements. While motorists drive to Nyanza via Huye, I chose the road less traveled.