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Soaking up the beauty of Lake Kivu and its surrounding landscape

Soaking up the beauty of Lake Kivu and its surrounding landscape

Konyanamo Island & Muzira Peninsula

Last night, I shared a drone-like image of Karengera market. I took that shot from the rooftop of the tallest building in Kirimbi Sector, Nyamasheke District. From my vantage point, I saw Lake Kivu, the Congo Nile Divide and parts of Nyungwe forest.

These attractions are quite popular but product developers haven’t even scratched the surface yet. The area has enormous potential. Investors take note.

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 another sight to behold.

This time around, I didn’t have to climb any building to have a good view of the lake, its isles and the surrounding landscapes. I was able to see what my eyes desire from the highway. Speaking of the highway, I have fond memories of my pre-Covid experiences traversing the Kivu Belt with fellow adventurers.

The Kivu Belt route links Rubavu, Rutsiro, Karongi, Nyamasheke and Rusizi districts. It also connects western Rwanda to DR Congo and Burundi. Apart from boosting tourism in the area, the road is stimulating trade.

Downtown Rubavu lies on relatively flatter plains bordering Goma, the capital city and commercial hub of the North Kivu Province of DR Congo. From Rubavu, the terrain rises sharply towards the western edge of Gishwati forest. At this point, the meandering tarmac slices through sprawling tea fields. Last time I checked, the neighboring Kinunu area had turned into a popular weekend getaway location.

Karongi is known for its tranquility, attractive tropical islands and water sports. Escaping to this serene resort town is synonymous to reclaiming your lost peace of mind. Before Covid-19 led to the ongoing movement restrictions, the number of Karongi-bound visitors, running away from their stressful lives, was increasing rapidly.

Nyamasheke, on the other hand, is surrounded by Lake Kivu, Nyungwe National Park and the Congo Nile Divide. Investment in agribusiness and mining are transforming lives. In addition, the district boasts several sites of historical and cultural significance. Over the next one week or so, I will be sharing more and more about my experiences and observation in 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.

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