Rusizi District – Nyungwe (WP)
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Rusizi district is one of Western Province seven districts with its town Kamembe which features a resort on the shores of Lake Kivu, with several hotels and the great lakes oldest airport on the southern shore of the Lake Kivu.
The district lies at the southern end of Lake Kivu, where it empties into the Rusizi River (after which the district is named). Rusizi's capital, Cyangugu, is one of the three major Rwandan lake ports of Lake Kivu (along with Kibuye and Rubavu) and it contiguous with the much larger Congolese city of Bukavu. The district also contains the western half of Nyungwe Forest, a popular tourist destination, being one of the last remaining forest areas of Rwanda and home to chimpanzees and many other species of primate.
Kamembe at the southern shore is a truly tropical place with beautiful peninsulas and bays, the town reminds of the formerly colonial period by its old buildings.
Accessible by road from Kigali (5 hours driving) and by boat from Rubavu (6 hours with a speed boat) the district has big tourism potential especial for birding and Islands tour.
However, most of the identified district attractions are neglected, unprotected by the local authorities yet once developed can be another source of generating income hence poverty reduction in the district.
Rusizi district key tourism products
• Tea Route experience
• Lake Kivu Islands tour
• Nyungwe Birding, Trails and Chimps