Ever heard about Urutare rwa Ngarama?

Rwanda has a considerable number of attractive heritage sites and structures, some dating back more than 50 years. And one of these is "Urutare Rwa Ngarama" in the eastern province? Well, if you haven't it is not too late.
Members of Institute of National Museums of Rwanda on a study tour at the site. (David Nkusi)
Members of Institute of National Museums of Rwanda on a study tour at the site. (David Nkusi)

Rwanda has a considerable number of attractive heritage sites and structures, some dating back more than 50 years.

And one of these is “Urutare Rwa Ngarama” in the eastern province? Well, if you haven’t it is not too late.

“Urutare rwa Ngarama” is a cultural site located in Ngarama Sector, Gatsibo District; about 20 km from a place called “Mu byapa bya Ngarama, on the main road from Kigali to Nyagatare. Local people also call it “Ibare rya Ngarama”. 

It is one huge rock covering a surface of about 3 hectares and has features attributed to a historical figure, King Ruganzu Ndoli. Some of those features are footprints and an area which, if hit using a stone or metal, resonates. According to oral tradition and the locals, those unique features were fixed there by Ruganzu and remain a sign of his incredible knowledge and greatness. 

Another version of oral traditions attributes those features to a mythical hero, Ngarama who killed a dangerous eagle called Saruhara, hatched by Nkomokomo. Nevertheless, the site is very attractive for holiday makers within and outside Rwanda.

The writer is a cultural heritage analyst

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