From the distance, this piece of land looked like an island. When I got closer, I saw a narrow entry-point connecting the hill to the mainland. What I thought was another tropical island, happens to be one of those peninsulas embellishing the shore of Lake Kivu.
This uniquely shaped hill is owned by Kivu Belt Coffee. If you consume this brand, the breathtaking peninsula is probably the genesis of the magic potion that kick-starts every day of your life. Coffee grown on this hill comes from paradise. Before I leave Nyamasheke, I will visit the company’s washing station and processing plant at the neighboring Jarama hill to learn more about the product’s supply chain.
A couple of kilometers away, a similar geographical feature divides the water like the rod of Moses. It is on this horn where the luxury Kivu Lodge is built. A similar headland stands between the plantation and the lodge, near the boundary line separating Nyamasheke from Karongi.
The beauty of peninsulas and islands is undeniable. Speaking of islands, I have just completed a thrilling boat tour around the islands of Kirehe, Kihene, Tareri and Mushyungwe. I also had a clear view of Mashava, Kabi and Rubona islands. There are fascinating stories behind each one of them but that’s a topic for another day.
Before I strolled downhill to the shoreline, I stood on a hill, somewhere in Gihombo Sector, and soaked up the view of the coffee field and its environs. From my vantage point, I could barely see the coffee plants. That’s because the crops are under the shadow of bigger Grevillea trees. These trees were planted to enrich the soil and regulate the exposure to sunlight and wind.
Before I left the area, I used a pair of binoculars to zoom the view of Idjwi Island on the Congolese side of the lake. Based on the information I am gathering from this trip, there is a great deal of history connecting Idjwi to Rwanda. Again, that’s a topic for another day.
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.