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Stone of Karegyeya Worth the Side Trip
By - - Tourism

In one of the Ugandan villages called Karegyeya in Kikoni parish, Ntungamo district along the Ntungamo – Rukungiri highway, there is a very tall and giant stone that is commonly known as “eibaare rya Karegyeya meaning the stone of Karegyeya” which according to the local residents has been in existence for over 100 years.

It is believed that the bachwezi or demi-gods once lived inside this stone and still inhabit it up to date. The surrounding communities claim that they used to see flames of fire burning at night but nobody could find any ashes in the morning and that the people could find there the food and money in the morning when no one knows who puts those things there.

It is also widely believed that under this stone there is a big snake that protects it from falling off and no one could know or even imagine its length and that below the snake is a lake of which people believe that if anyone ever destroys the stone, all the surrounding areas would be covered by the water from that lake.

According to the residents, the high stone has attracted so many people for over years especially from Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania. It is alleged that a good number of people visit this stone purposely to ask for blessings, children and supernatural powers and many others.

The interesting part of Karegyeya stone is that it has different parts that look like apartments. It also has a big shade where you can sit, stand or even sleep comfortably as you feel the hill breeze.

Apart from Karegyeya stone, there is another huge stone in the same area known as the stone of Muhumuza one of the bachwezi leaders. At night, big herds of cattle can be heard mooing and flames of fire burning at that stone. In the morning when you go there, reportedly you can see the foot prints of Muhumuza, his dog and a spear but you cannot find any ashes.

Visitors can see these two stones free of charge, but there is hope that in the near future when this place is developed like any other tourist sites, visitors will have to pay some money to increase government revenue.

Currently, at least 30 people visit this place every day including the English people who usually pass by while heading to Bwindi Impenetrable and Queen Elizabeth National parks as tourists. While on a Uganda trip, never fail to visit this place!

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