The Bridges of Hope: Polish Heritage in Uganda by TravelTube

TravelTube, a leading platform for bringing African culture, history, and travel experiences to a global audience, is proud to announce the launch of its groundbreaking online exhibition, “Bridges of Hope: Polish Heritage in Uganda”

This virtual showcase offers a compelling exploration into the lives of Polish refugees who sought sanctuary in Uganda during the tumultuous 1940s, bringing to light stories of resilience, cultural exchange, and the enduring bonds forged in the face of adversity.

About the Exhibition:

Bridges of Hope” is not just an exhibition; it’s a digital odyssey that transcends time and borders. Through a meticulously curated collection of narratives, photographs, and interactive elements, the exhibition paints a vivid portrait of the Polish refugees’ journey from Europe to the heart of Africa. Visitors will delve into the challenges, triumphs, and cultural exchanges that marked their lives during this pivotal period.

Key Highlights:

Road to Uganda: Experience the harrowing journey undertaken by Polish refugees escaping war-torn Europe. Interactive maps, personal accounts, and archival footage bring to life the challenges faced on their path to Uganda.

Honouring the Departed: Pay respects to the Polish refugees who found their final resting place in Uganda. Navigate through the virtual Polish Cemetery in Masindi, uncovering the stories of educators, healthcare providers, musicians, and writers who left an indelible mark on Uganda’s history.

Renovation of Polish Heritage: Witness the preservation of Polish heritage in Uganda, with a spotlight on architectural landmarks like the Church of Our Lady Queen of Poland in Nyabyeya. Learn about the meticulous restoration efforts and the collaborative work between Polish descendants and local communities.

Launch Details:

The “Bridges of Hope” exhibition will be exclusively available on the TravelTube website and mobile app starting on Monday 11 December 2023. The virtual doors to this immersive experience will open to a global audience, allowing users to explore, learn, and reflect on this remarkable chapter in history.

“Elijah Watendo, Founder of TravelTube TravelTube is not just about showcasing the beauty of Uganda and the world; it’s about inspiring young people to explore, learn, and connect with different cultures. We believe that travel can be a powerful tool for personal growth and understanding.

“Professor Lwanga Lunyiigo, Notable Historian in Uganda The Polish refugees who found refuge in Uganda during World War II left an indelible mark on the country’s history and culture. Their stories are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of intercultural exchange.”

How to Access:

The “Bridges of Hope” exhibition will be accessible to users worldwide through the TravelTube website and mobile app. Stay tuned for more details on the launch date and exclusive features.

TravelTube has launched a scholarship program for African students

It’s estimated that close to $100 million in scholarships go unclaimed each year and $2 billion in student grants go unclaimed. This is according to the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA)

We are thrilled to announce a new chapter in our journey to empower and support African students in their pursuit of education. Today, we are launching the TravelTube Scholarship Program, designed to provide valuable assistance to students seeking scholarships, application guidance, and travel support for their academic endeavours.

Our Mission: At TravelTube Scholars, we believe that access to quality education should be a fundamental right, regardless of one’s background or location. Our Scholarship Program aims to facilitate the academic aspirations of students by making scholarships more accessible, understandable, and attainable.

Program Highlights:

  • Comprehensive Scholarship Database: Our platform will host an extensive database of scholarships from around the world, covering various fields of study and eligibility criteria.
  • Application Assistance: We understand that applying for scholarships can be a daunting task. Our experts will provide guidance on preparing winning scholarship applications, including essay writing and interview tips.
  • Travel Support: TravelTube will assist scholarship recipients in managing travel logistics, from visa applications to travel arrangements. We aim to ensure that students can focus on their studies rather than the administrative hassles of relocation.
  • In-Depth Scholarship Profiles: Each scholarship will have a dedicated profile with detailed information, requirements, deadlines, and tips on how to increase your chances of success.
  • Weekly Updates: Stay informed about upcoming scholarship opportunities and deadlines, directly in your inbox. We’ll keep you updated on scholarships that match your field of interest.

Why the TravelTube Scholarship Program?

  • Empowering Dreams: We believe in the power of education to transform lives and communities. By simplifying the scholarship process, we are enabling students to reach their full potential.
  • Supporting Diversity: Scholarships are available for various fields, levels of study, and countries, ensuring that students from diverse backgrounds can find opportunities.
  • Global Reach: TravelTube’s international presence and network allow us to connect students with scholarships from all over the world.
  • Lack of awareness: Many students are unaware of the many scholarship opportunities that are available to them.
  • Complexity of the application process: Some scholarship applications can be lengthy and complicated.
  • Lack of confidence: Some students may not feel confident that they are eligible for scholarships.
  • Lack of time: Students may be busy with their studies and other commitments, and may not have the time to search for and apply for scholarships.

Get Started: Visit our Scholarship Portal on the TravelTube mobile app today to explore available scholarships and start your educational journey. Be sure to subscribe to the TravelTube Scholarship channel will all the available scholarships to receive the latest scholarship updates.

We are excited about the potential of this program to change lives and open doors to a brighter future. Together, we can make education a reality for African students across the globe.

If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated Scholarship Program team at [email protected]

Thank you for being a part of the TravelTube community. Let’s shape a better future through education.

Rwanda Opens Its Doors: Visa-Free Entry for African Citizens

In a significant development, Rwanda has announced groundbreaking changes in its visa policies, making it an even more welcoming destination for travellers across the African continent. Effective immediately, citizens from all countries can obtain a visa upon arrival without the need for prior application. This decision ushers in a new era of inclusivity and accessibility for Rwanda.

For citizens of countries that are members of the African Union, the Commonwealth, and La Francophonie, Rwanda now extends a generous offer of free visas upon arrival, allowing for a hassle-free 30-day visit. This move is expected to foster closer ties and enhance cultural exchanges among these nations.

Furthermore, citizens from the East African Community Member States will benefit from a six-month entry visa at no charge when arriving in Rwanda. This not only promotes regional integration but also facilitates business and tourism in the East African region.

For travellers from select countries, Rwanda grants 90-day visas free of charge upon arrival. The list includes Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Mauritius, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Singapore, and the State of Qatar. This move is set to further strengthen diplomatic and economic relations with these nations.

Visitors from countries that are not visa-exempt have two options. They can apply for a visa online, affording convenience and efficiency in the process. Alternatively, visas can be obtained at the Rwanda Diplomatic Mission in the visitor’s country of residence before departure. For online applicants, the choice to pay online or upon arrival is available. It’s important to note that there are no third-party agents authorized to apply for visas on behalf of travellers.

Rwanda’s visa fees for non-exempt countries are also noteworthy. The cost does not exceed $50 for a single-entry visa or $70 for multiple entries. This budget-friendly approach aims to encourage tourism, trade, and collaboration between Rwanda and nations beyond its borders.

These progressive changes underscore Rwanda’s commitment to fostering stronger ties with African and international partners. By removing visa barriers and streamlining the application process, Rwanda is set to become an even more attractive destination, inviting travellers to explore its rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant communities.

This new visa policy not only simplifies travel logistics but also signifies Rwanda’s dedication to being an inclusive and open nation that welcomes visitors from around the world with open arms. It is expected that these changes will contribute to an upsurge in tourism and diplomatic exchanges, benefiting both Rwanda and its international guests.

So, whether you’re planning an adventure in Rwanda’s lush national parks, a business trip to the bustling Kigali, or a cultural journey through its captivating history, this progressive visa policy ensures that Rwanda is now easier to visit and experience than ever before. Come and explore the land of a thousand hills without the constraints of complex visa applications. Rwanda awaits your visit with open hearts and open borders.

Airbnb: A Potential Threat to the Future of African Cities?

Airbnb has become a popular platform for both travellers and hosts alike, offering a variety of unique accommodations and experiences around the world. However, in recent years, Airbnb has also been criticized for its impact on local housing markets, particularly in major cities.

One of the most notable examples of this is New York City, which passed a law in 2018 that prohibits short-term rentals of entire apartments for less than 30 days. This law was passed in response to concerns that Airbnb was contributing to rising rent prices in the city by making it more difficult for locals to find affordable housing.

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that Airbnb can indeed lead to higher rent prices. A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis found that a 10% increase in the number of Airbnb listings in a city led to a 0.4% increase in rent prices. This may seem like a small number, but it can add up over time, especially in cities where rent prices are already high.

There are a few reasons why Airbnb can lead to higher rent prices. First, Airbnb listings often compete with traditional rental properties for tenants. This can lead to landlords raising rents in order to attract tenants. Second, Airbnb can make it more difficult for locals to find affordable housing by reducing the supply of available rental properties. Third, Airbnb can contribute to gentrification by making neighborhoods more desirable to tourists and investors.

The potential impact of Airbnb on African cities is particularly concerning given the rapid urbanization that is taking place across the continent. Many African cities are already facing a housing shortage, and Airbnb could make this problem worse. Additionally, the economic inequality in many African cities is high, and Airbnb could exacerbate this problem by making it more difficult for the poor to find affordable housing.

Here is a case study of how Airbnb is impacting housing prices in Nairobi, Kenya:

  • A study by the University of Nairobi found that Airbnb listings in Nairobi increased by 300% between 2016 and 2018.
  • The study also found that the average rent price for a one-bedroom apartment in Nairobi increased by 10% during the same period.
  • The researchers concluded that Airbnb is a major factor in the rising cost of rent in Nairobi.

This case study shows that Airbnb can have a significant impact on housing prices in African cities. As more and more African cities become popular tourist destinations, it is important to be aware of the potential impact of Airbnb on the local housing market.

Governments in African cities should take steps to mitigate the negative impacts of Airbnb, such as:

  • Regulating the number of Airbnb listings in certain areas.
  • Requiring Airbnb hosts to register with the government and pay taxes.
  • Providing subsidies to help low-income households afford housing.

It is also important for consumers to be aware of the potential impact of Airbnb on local housing markets when making decisions about where to stay. By choosing to stay in traditional hotels or hostels, consumers can help to ensure that the local housing market remains affordable for everyone.


Uganda acountry found in Africa,east Africa, it’s landlocked country and it’s portrayed as the pearl of Africa “due to its Nature and Tour destinations and Kampala is it’s capital city

Am Ariel view of kampala city posted by destination Uganda


1.Carrying and using dollars

Picture of a dollar posted by REUTERS

Whereby in kampala is where people are alerted on the fake dollars since no one knows how to differentiate between the original dollar so its kept away from use and people are not willing to accept them in their store.

2.Join a riot or In the lane of the riot just ingore or reach safer places just in case of the riots spotted . because of the known cases were the protestants are treated and if your a foreign journalists coming to kampala to catch scenes of protestants just be careful when you engage in them because the security Can take you as one of them.

3.Leave the hotel premises,

where by when it’s your first time in Uganda and the city is kampala where by if your given guidelines to not leave your hotel premises the reason behind can be the responsible personel is willing and able to take care of you in the hotel premises and when u tend to go out just inform the personel.

4.self shopping in markets and streets,

view of The street of kampala posted by

Currently in kampala is where street selling and buying is burned and you just have to access the legal markets or malls where by in some mall which tend to be engaged with alot of people and puzzles to find the exit once you enter and also markets where by a new person in kampala you might be manipulated to pay extra because of your color and age

5.Charity on the streets and to certain people seen by there color, age, type of car they are driving on streets this happens when your in the jam of kampala and this time is used by the street kids and other people where by they approach your car and the knock and other start wiping off dust from your mirrors,just dnt panic just keep the windows locked and the doors where the seater either back or front might possess your things and they can be snatched away in admist and it’s to not to fully give them as they might alert others and flock your car and this is overwhelming.


1.Use of Tour guides and translators

Picture of tourists in kampala with aguide posted by AA safaris and tours

Where by to people who are not found of the local language or English as used in kampala it’s better to have a guide or atranslator who will interpret and translate the words of some of the interests parts you want to explore.

2.Police and security guards for help. Where by in kampala you can find the police over the streets, at stations, road sides and also security guards of companies who are there to offer some guidance in the city may be in need of the plot of the company or hotel etc just reach them.

3.Online services and delivery service where by with these are quite good in away they look at the orders in regards to your color or age aslong as you hit the ordering of the product you want and gets delivered either you pay before or after delivered this helps in the easing the work on getting somethingz you want with like shopping it’s jumia, uber and others.

4.Visa payments

where by use Visa cards to shops or apps which are allowed to cut the extra costs on your card but it’s good to use Visa since in kampala most people have visa machine s and agents are all over the city which this creates an easy way on not carrying cash if you don’t know how to give out change and also you can access you bank account if its abling Visa and mastercard.



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ThIs is a general thing you should lookup for as the health bodies have urged the public for vaccinations so while I’m kampala you can encounter vaccined and unvaccinated so better carry too your mask and card to avoid answering questions to weather your vaccinated and different vaccines on the market and different immunities of genes, either get vaccinated in your home country and also campaigns of vaccination are in Uganda in any city.

Your Travel Guidelines to Visiting Kenya 2022

Kenyans are world-renowned for their hospitality, vibrant cultures, and safari adventures in the country’s wilderness. One of the best times to visit Kenya is from July to September, during the country’s dry season, which also coincides with the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. The rainy seasons are also good times to travel, as there are fewer visitors and you can admire the striking emerald vegetation. As you plan your trip to this beautiful country here are a few things you need to know.


Step 1: Book your safari tour, because everything else revolves around that. From planning the duration of your stay, how much you need to budget for activities and the people who would ideally be traveling with you. It is always good knowing the places you want to visit before hand and know the best time to visit.

Step 2: Plan for your transportation means. Kenya is quite developed as compared to other African countries therefore there are many options for moving around the country, be it via train, road, water or air. Do your research and figure out what is most convenient and most budget friendly.

Step 3: Applying for your visa for Kenya. Depending on the counrty you are coming from, It is always a good idea to apply ahead of your trip because the processing time varies. Be it that you are planning a short or long term stay, you would know which visa you would need with proper research and due diligence.

Step 4: Getting your mandatory vaccinations. A traveler’s Kenya vaccine requirements may differ depending on which areas they will be visiting. Some of the routine vaccinations needed would be Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (TDAP), Chickenpox, Pneumonia but there could be more required if you are traveling to specific locations in the country.


  1. Never refuse hospitality.In most African homes it is regarded as disrespectful to not accept food or a gift given. It is better to acept and not use it rather than not to refuse it.
  2. Do not buy items derived from endangered species. Ivory from elephant tusks, horn of a rhino or even animak hides are not sold openly but could easily land you in jail when found in possession of them. Unfortunately illegal animal hunting is a threat to Kenyan tourism and these are some of the rules put to protect it.
  3. Do not ask people’s tribe.It may be fascinating to you but could easily be misconstrued by locals as a way of defining individuals. A lot of young people would rather identify as Kenyans and only that but it’s not to say some will be happy to share the information with you.
  4. Don’t take people’s picture without their consent or next to official gvernment locations.
  5. Watch what you wear.Kenya although is slightly forward in thinking it is still equally a conservative country. Be cautious of the attire you choose to wear and stay clear of very revealing clothes because people would stare you down or be tempted to start coaxing you along the streets.
  6. Do not explore the city on your own. Your safety should be your number 1 concern,therefore travel with a friend,a guide or translator who would act as your spokesperson to help you familiarise with the area as.
  7. Do not carry valuables around or leave them around in your hotel rooms. Again your safety and security should always be your number 1 priority. Find a local bank or buy a local line such as Safaricom or Airtel that would give you access to services to MPESA and AirtelMoney. Find a safe for your belongings and people you can trust.
Interesting facts about Queenstown (Komani), Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Queenstown, officially Komani, nicked name Rose Capital of South Africa due to the lush rose garden that grows in and around the area.  The town is in the middle of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, between the smaller towns of Carthcart and Sterktstroom on the N6 National Route and has an area size of 71.3km square (27.5 sq. mi).  It was established in 1853 by Sir George Cathcart, who named the town after Britain’s Queen Victoria.

Queenstown or Komani originally meant to serve as a military outpost for the British, to protect them against any attacks during the Frontier Wars, which involve clashes between the British and the Xhosa tribe over territory. The town planned around a central hexagon, has a unique feature in the world, which was to be the point to where citizens could flee if there were signs of trouble, radiating like the spokes of a wagon wheel from the central point. Even though the feature was never used for its original purpose, you will find it there today.

Queenstown Hexagon

“Image by Komani via Wikipedia” Hexagon

The town is surrounded by beautiful hills and lush environments. Today Queenstown has grown into a service town for farmers from the area, and is a popular stopover for travelers.

The climatic conditions in summer are warm, the winters are short, cold, dry, and windy, and it is mostly clear all year round. The best time for tourism activities is from late November to mid-April.

There are 8 ways to get to Queenstown, either, bus, car, plane or train from the capital city, Gauteng (Johannesburg). The driving distance between Gauteng (Johannesburg) to Komani is 643km. The road distance is 769.5km and it takes approximately 8h 56m to drive.

Routes to Queenstown or Komani

Bus from Johannesburg to Queenstown is 10h drive or by train 15h 35m

Bus through Welkom to Queenstown 10h 4m or by car 8h 56m

Flight from Johannesburg to East London, bus to Queenstown is 4h 30m

Flight from Johannesburg to Umtata, bus to Queenstown is 5h

Flight from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein, bus to Queenstown 5h 30m

Flight from Johannesburg through Port Elizabeth, bus to Queenstown is approximately 6h 10m.

Lake Como Italy
The beauty of Lake Como

For everyone who plan to visit Italy and Lake Como not on the list, i think you need to revise all the plan. Just to make sure you wont missed the beauty of Lake Como. 

Lake como is a city in Italy, northern Italy, 25 miles (40 km) north of Milan. So, we decided to take 1 day trip to Lake Como when we were at Milan at that time. 

The journey takes between 36 minutes and 1 hour. Bought our TRENITALIA Train ticket from the machine at Milan Central Station and don’t worry there are lots of trains heading to Lake Como.

The ticket price is 5 – 15€ for one way and children under 6 are free. Make sure you arrive at the gate 10 mins before departure, because we were but you don’t need to buy a new ticket (as long as the destination remains the same). 

We already booked a hotel for a 1 night stay and we decided to choose a nice hotel. So our choice goes to Hilton Lake Como :).

When we arrived at Como Lago station, we already checked the route and planned to walk to the hotel from the train station. 

Como Lago station

This is the main road of Lake Como and it was so beautiful and so peaceful.  PS : the road and the public transport are stroller friendly. So, if you plan to visit Lake Como with kids, then its a YES!

Lake Como in Italy

Before heading to the city we managed to check the swimming pool first, and I hope we are on the same page, because for me the view so beautiful, almost burst the tears.

Hilton Lake Como, Swimming Pool

Then, after lunch time we went out and explored the city center. We bought a bus ticket from the parking machine nearby. We don’t have any specific plan but we are looking for Mcd ( LOL) because our toddler refuse to eat at the hotel. So went to the city centre and Como’s Old Town.

Explore Como’s Old Town

The next day, after breakfast and spend time at swimming pool, we manage to walking around the city before heading back to Milan. And I decided, this is the city that i wish to visit again someday.

So, we walked from our hotel and visit Villa Olmo but did not go inside, we just enjoying the breathtaking view from the garden. Villa Olmo was acquired in 1924 by the municipality of Como and today is open to the public only during exhibitions, while the lakeside gardens are freely accessible during the daytime.

So we walk through the the lake, my heart keep beating so fast and suddenly 1 day not enough to stay here. I need 7 days stay at Como. Hope to see you again Como :).

Lake Como, Italy.
5 Interesting Facts About Mauritius

Mauritius is an island off the east coast of Africa. It is one of Africa’s smallest countries. It is over 65 kilometers long and 45 kilometers wide. Mauritius is a popular tourist destination due to its tranquil setting, exquisite hospitality, and natural reserves. The following section will now discuss five fascinating facts about the island of Mauritius.

  1. Mauritius is made up of many islands:

Mauritius is made up of the islands of Mauritius, its neighbor Rodrigues, and the offshore islands of Cargados, Carajos Shoals, and the Agalega Islands.

2. Mauritius was the only known habitat of the extinct Dodo bird:

The Dodo is a flightless bird that has long been extinct. The island of Mauritius is its sole known habitat. Mauritians adopted it as their national bird as a result of this. The extinction of these birds is blamed on Dutch immigrants who stumbled upon them around 1598. The last time the Dodo bird was spotted was in the 1660s. The author of “Alice in Wonderland,” Lewis Carroll, says he was inspired to create the novel after seeing a stuffed Dodo bird at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

The long-extinct Dodo bird

 3. Mauritius has been colonized by three nations over the years:

Mauritius was first inhabited by the Dutch from 1638 until 1710. From 1715 until 1810, it was colonized by France. From 1810 until 1968, it was colonized by Great Britain. It has been independent since 1968.

4. There is no national army in Mauritius:

In 2017, Mauritius was one of just four countries in the world that had no domestic or international wars with other countries, including neighboring countries. Mauritius’ tranquil environment allows it to survive without the necessity for a permanent army.

5. Mauritius is a highly-rated beach and honeymoon destination:

Mauritius is frequently named the greatest honeymoon location in the world. Its breathtaking beach at Trou Aux Biches was named the world’s greatest beach resort in 2011. One of Mauritius’ most renowned tourist locations is Chamarel’s seven-colored Earth, which comprises dunes of various colors caused by volcanic eruptions that cooled at different speeds.

Trou Aux Biches Beach
Seven-coloured Earth in Chamarel