From Munini Hill Motel, located in Kagano Sector, I spun my spokes all the way to Tyazo. After fuelling and changing oil, I proceeded to Karengera in Kirimbi Sector.
On my way to Karengera, the view of the lake attracted my attention. I pulled over and spent a few minutes soaking up the beauty of Muzira Peninsula, Konyanamo Island and the backdrop of the surrounding hills. That was a sight to behold.
I love navigating the Kivu Belt road. It is one of the most scenic routes in Rwanda. Sandwiched by Nyungwe National Park and Lake Kivu, the Nyamasheke stretch is even more breathtaking.
I visited the area in the middle of a dry season. The hills were not as green as they usually are but I am not complaining. Every day was a beautiful sunny day. As a biker, the sun and spectacular views form a recipe for thrilling rides.
When I made it to Karengera, I visited Groupe Scolaire Umucyo. From the rooftop of the tallest building on campus, I had a clear view of Lake Kivu, the Congo Nile Divide and parts of Nyungwe forest. From my vantage point, I took a few shots before resuming the ride to Jarama.
The Kivu Belt road spans from Rubavu to Rusizi via Rutsiro, Karongi and Nyamasheke. In addition, the meandering tarmac connects western Rwanda to parts of Burundi and DR Congo. Apart from boosting tourism, the highway stimulates trade.
As mentioned above, my destination was Jarama coffee estate in Gihombo Sector. The purpose of this tour was to trace the genesis of the beverage I can’t do without. One of these days, I will share my findings. In the meantime, let me log off and savor the ever refreshing Kivu Belt Coffee.
The author is visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Nyamasheke is sponsored by Nyamasheke District, The Click Creations, Tec Global Ltd, Elimo Real Estate and Exposure.