01 Jan

Found in the Western Province of Rwanda, Nyamasheke District is sandwiched between Lake Kivu and Nyungwe National Park. The strategically located district comprises fifteen smaller administrative areas known as sectors. Eight of those sectors cover parts of the biggest lake in Rwanda, while the rest stretch deep into Africa's best-kept rainforest. 

Apart from contributing to the development of tourism, the two attractions stimulate the growth of other sectors across the board. From the lake to the forest and everything in between, the district is striving to unlock its economic potential. 

The shore of Lake Kivu is characterized by humid equatorial mist and rich volcanic soil. This combination is ideal for the production of coffee. During this memorable tour, I visited Kamujumba, Nyaruzina and Jarama coffee plantations owned by Kivubelt Coffee. At the end of the day, I left the area with a deeper knowledge of this iconic product and its supply chain. 

The upper side of Nyamasheke, bordering Nyungwe Forest, is a tea zone. I had the opportunity to visit Gisakura and Gatare tea estates owned by Rwanda Mountain Tea. Upon arrival, I rolled up my sleeves and plucked tea. Then I was involved in the process of turning green leaves into the magic potion that kick-starts every day of my life. 

The construction of the Kivu Belt highway has made Nyamasheke more accessible than ever. Apart from boosting tourism, the road is bolstering trade between Rwanda and the neighboring DRC and Burundi.

Tourists find the allure of Lake Kivu irresistible. In the energy sector, the lake's methane gas deposits are attracting investors. In addition, the construction of modern ports in Rubavu, Rutsiro, Karongi and Rusizi will undoubtedly fast-track development along the Kivu Belt.

While in Nyamasheke, I toured the sub-destination extensively and created lasting memories. As I always say, good things are meant to be shared. These recollections are no exception.