I am writing this from Kagogo Sector in Burera District. Earlier today, I visited Ruhunde, Nemba, Rusarabuye, Rwerere and Butaro sectors of the same district. My experiences in these administrative areas will be shared through the upcoming Tour of Burera series.
The vista of the surrounding landscape is breathtaking. Farther ahead, a volcano namely Muhabura soars to the clouds more than 13,000 feet above sea level. Muhabura is one of eight volcanic mountains found within the Virunga Massif. The other seven volcanoes located in the same mountain range are Gahinga, Sabyinyo, Bisoke, Karisimbi, Mikeno, Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo.
Muhabura and Gahinga are shared by Rwanda and Uganda. Bisoke and Karisimbi straddle the Rwanda - DR Congo border. Mikeno, Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo, on the other hand, are entirely in the DRC. Each one of the three neighboring countries owns a piece of Sabyinyo. Yes, Sabyinyo is at the adjoining point of Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo.
From my current location, I can only see Muhabura and Gahinga. The former is closer and bigger. This imposing elevation was our forefathers’ most reliable landmark. It was a guiding star leading their steps back home after trading or waging wars in the neighboring kingdoms. For the record, the word Muhabura means guide.
I live in the age of advanced technology. Obviously, I have access to a wide range of navigation function tools, but I still count on Muhabura to guide me whenever I ride in the remotest parts of the Northern Province.
It’s getting late. I have to get out of here. I am headed to a village known as Kidaho in Cyanika Sector. From there, I will twist the throttle to Lake Burera and board a boat to Cyuza Island. It is on this island where I am camping tonight.