From my vantage point, I saw Lake Kivu. Covering an estimated surface area of 2,700 square kilometers, Kivu is the largest water body in Rwanda. It is an investment magnet stimulating growth in tourism, energy and transportation, to name but a few.
From my vantage point, I saw Nyungwe National Park. Nyungwe is arguably the best preserved rainforest in Africa. It’s one of the leading ecotourism destinations in the region. Over the years, the forest lost a considerable percentage of its flora and fauna. However, its survival and recovery tell an interesting conservation success story.
From my vantage point, I saw the Congo Nile Divide. This is the watershed separating the drainage systems of two iconic rivers: The Nile and the Congo. The Congo Nile Divide is a magical creation and a thought-provoking geographical feature.
From my vantage point, I saw stretches of the Congo Nile Trail. The trail’s Karengera base camp was in the vicinity. The 227-km path is popular with cyclists and trekkers. This trail offers a great opportunity to discover the hidden gems of the Kivu Belt while burning calories.
From my vantage point, I saw Idjwi Island. Covering an area of 340 square kilometers, Idjwi is the biggest island in Lake Kivu and the second-biggest lake island in Africa. This chunk of land is inhabited. Based on what I saw through the powerful lens of my binoculars, life on the island is a subject of interesting social dynamics.
From my vantage point. I saw coffee plantations. I couldn’t stop marveling at Kamajumba, Nyaruzina and Jarama coffee estates belonging to a company known as Kivu Belt Coffee. Kamajumba and Nyaruzina hills are breathtaking peninsulas. From the distance, they look like islands.
From my vantage point, I saw parts of Gatare tea fields. Some of the hills are freshly cultivated while others are embellished with tender, growing trees. As the crops mature, the rolling hills grow greener and greener. Located in the shadow of Mount Muzimu — at the edge of Nyungwe forest, this estate is in paradise. Plans are underway to set up campsites and ecolodges in the area.
From my vantage point, I saw a remarkable sub destination. From Nyungwe National Park to Lake Kivu and everything in between, Nyamasheke has a lot to offer. Over the next two weeks or so, I will keep releasing doses of the beauty of this Western Province district.
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 Ltd and Exposure.