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Strolling Around Nyamagana Dam

Strolling Around Nyamagana Dam

A couple of days ago, I wrote something about Kamegeri Rock found in Ruhango district. A stopover at this site, and the ensuing history class, enabled me to put folklore into perspective.

When I left Ruhango, I headed to Nyanza. Upon arrival, I spun around the former Royal Ville and did a little bit of sightseeing. Then I took a break at Nyamagana Dam. Popularly known as Icyuzi cya Nyamagana, this reservoir was built by King Mutara III Rudahigwa in the 1940s.

Nyamagana Dam was a fish farming project implemented with technical assistance from a Belgian expert namely Dubois. When prolonged droughts led to the devastating famine of 1943 - 44, the king dug deep in a bid to feed his people.

I strolled around the dam and soaked up the beauty of the environs. One step at a time, my mind wandered through the years. As this was happening, branches of trees swayed back and forth and the wind produced a whistling sound.

On the other side of the dam, I saw one of those off-road trails I usually pursue when I deviate from the tarmac and visit the remotest parts of the country. As far as I am concerned, those tracks offer a better biking experience than the highway.

After a leisure walk around the dam, I sat on the bench and sipped some water. When I did so, I felt like a beach goer. Cool breeze from the dam and the sight of the gentle waves created a lake getaway atmosphere. I wanted to stay a little longer but time wasn’t on my side.

Speaking of time, I had two days to visit parts of Kamonyi, Ruhango, Nyanza, Huye and Nyaruguru. Over the course of this week, I will be sharing my experiences, observations and encounters in the Southern Province. Stay tuned.

The author is an adventurer on a tour of all 30 districts and 416 sectors of Rwanda. Follow his awe-inspiring journey on Twitter @GeoExposure.

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