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 known as Kamajumba. It is one of the three estates owned by Kivu Belt Coffee. The other two are Jarama and Nyaruzina.
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 by Kivu Belt Coffee comes from paradise.
The first thing I noticed when I set foot on Kamajumba hill was the presence of a wide variety of birds. I observed these hardworking, organized creatures and learned something from them.
The estate covers an area of nine hectares. It is bigger than it looks from the distance. I took a walk around the estate and joined plantation workers who taught me how pruning is done.
Pruning means removing all the unwanted offshoots at the bottom of the trunk. Following instructions from an experienced pruner, I chopped off dead, dry and unhealthy branches. Only the thickest and the healthiest branches survived.
I also learned how shading and mulching is done. As I patrolled the crest of the hill, I saw irrigation pipes and water storage tanks set up across the estate. On one side of the hill, I was awestruck by the view of Nyaruzina estate and Shyute Island. On the other side, the view of the KivuWatt gas extraction facility took my breath away.
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.