Development Rubavu of Public Beach and Avenue de la Cooperation
No one can doubt the touristic potential of Rubavu District. Already an attractive weekend destination for domestic visitors and tourists from DRC and only one hour away from Volcanoes National park, Rubavu has the potential to develop into a tourism hotspot. One of the main touristic assets of Rubavu is Rubavu Public Beach and the palm-lined Avenue de la Cooperation. If developed correctly, this area has the potential to drive the touristic development of Rubavu. The area is currently suffering from lack of funding and poor management. If Rubavu District and Lake Kivu is to realize its true potential as an attractive tourist destination, funding and investment in the beach and the surrounding area is crucial.
The beach is currently under the management of Rubavu District who has initiated a process for the development the beach and the surrounding area involving a multi-stakeholder approach. In 2020 a technical committee for the development of the beach was created. To ensure input from relevant private and public actors, the technical committee has representatives from Rubavu District, RDB, REMA, Hanga Ahazaza, GIZ, Chamber of Tourism and Kivu Belt Destination Management Unit.
After several meetings and discussions, the technical committee decided that the best way forward for the development of the beach was to conduct a feasibility study for the management of the beach and to investigate the possibility to make Avenue de la Cooperation into a pedestrian beach promenade. The result of the study will aid Rubavu District in finding a sustainable and profitable management model of the beach including finding suitable private operators to provide various services.
Apart from finding a suitable management model, the study will include financial projections, a physical and environmental survey and an investigation into pedestrianizing and commercializing parts of Avenue de la cooperation. The basis of the study will be workshops and individual interviews with residents, business owners and other relevant stakeholders who use the area daily or who rely on it for their livelihood.
The project to develop the Public Beach in Rubavu is very exciting and if developed correctly has the potential to drive the touristic development of the district and Rwanda a large step forward. The Kivu Belt Destination Management Unit are happy to play a mayor role in the development of the beach and tourism on Lake Kivu.
The Kivu Belt DMU is a coalition of private and public tourism related actors working towards a common goal of developing the Kivu Belt as a sustainable adventure and eco-tourism destination.
The main objective is economic development and job creation in the Kivu Belt through sustainable development of tourism
The Kivu Belt is a part of Rwanda’s Chamber of Tourism