Found in the Western Province of Rwanda, Nyamasheke District is made up of 15 administrative areas known as sectors. 8 of those sectors border Lake Kivu while the remaining 7 sectors border Nyungwe National Park.
Every sector of this strategically located district touches one of Rwanda’s most popular tourist attractions. Apart from contributing to the development of tourism, these attractions stimulate fishing, transportation, agribusiness and entrepreneurship, to name but a few.
The humid equatorial mist from the lake and the rich volcanic soil create an ideal terroir for growing coffee. While in Nyamasheke, I visited three plantations and two washing stations owned by Kivu Belt Coffee. I left the area with a deeper knowledge of this iconic product and its supply chain.
Nyungwe forest, on the other hand, creates a conducive environment for the production of tea. During my Nyamasheke expedition, I was given a tour of Gisakura and Gatare tea estates in Bushekeri and Karambi sectors respectively. This tour made me more acquainted with the entire process of turning green leaves into the magic potion that kick-starts every day of my life.
Tea is a high altitude crop that requires adequate amount of rainfall. No wonder the mountain rainforest, mentioned in this piece, is surrounded by tea estates. The said estates are Gisakura and Gatare found in Nyamasheke District, Gisovu in Karongi, Shagasha in Rusizi, Mata in Nyaruguru and Kitabi in Nyamagabe.
Nyamasheke District is sandwiched by Lake Kivu and Nyungwe National Park. From the lake to the forest and everything in between, the district is striving to unlock its tourism and agribusiness potential.
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. Follow his awe-inspiring expedition on Twitter @GeoExposure.