Sadly, this glorious and magical place has been cleared out in preparation for development by the lake.
I was taking one of my leisure strolls around Nyarutarama, when one day I suddenly saw a humongous frog hiding in the bushes. He had a big crown on his head, and he was smiling at me. I immediately made my way towards him, and after having found a little gap in the fence along the road, I was able to walk up to him.
Not long after having reached him, I noticed a giant mermaid down by the water. She was naked apart from a black plastic bag wrapped around her upper body. To get to her, I had to struggle through tall grass and thorny bushes, but finally I was close enough to touch her tail.
Behind her stood an army of white horses, their red manes falling softly around their necks. I turned and discovered a couple more poking their head out from the low bushes. How strange to find a frog and a mermaid and white horses in the middle of Kigali, I though, but before I had time to ponder further, something red and shiny caught my attention. It was a big dolphin. Craning my neck, I realized it was a whole flock of them close by.
Yet again, I struggled through rebellious bushes and thistles, but before long I was standing before a colourful dolphin family balancing on their tail. Green, blue, yellow and red. All smiling. I went over to one, and took a seat on its body. I had not sat down more than a minute, however, when a little red race car became visible through the shrub. On closer examination it became clear that it was in fact a little group of mini cabriolets, each covered with silver stars. How cute. And strange of course. Mostly strange.
Expecting more magical creatures, I continued walking through the forestry area sandwiched between the paved road and the lake. I found nothing else, however, and soon I was at the end of the little path, and had to make my ascend back to the main road. My excursion into the magical amusement park had ended. But I came back the following week, this time with a friend and a camera.
The frog was still there, as was the naked mermaid, the dolphins and the race cars. Though my friend was convinced they must have been transported here as part of an amusement park that never was completed, I of course knew the truth. Having experienced the skeptical looks from one too many non-believers, however, I decided to keep my knowledge of magical teleportation and invisible fairies to myself. Old dogs don’t learn new tricks, and stupid retarded non-magical skeptics can’t be convinced otherwise. So I winked to the little fairy resting on the mermaid’s shoulder, and smiled into my friend’s camera.
For a magical journey, walk along the Nyarutarama loop until you find a corrugated metal gate. Walk through it, and keep walking until you see a frog wearing a crown. Or just close your eyes and follow the fairy whispers.