Nyanza District

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Nyanza District
Shown within Southern Province and Rwanda
Shown within Southern Province and Rwanda
Country Rwanda
Province Southern
Capital Nyanza
 • Total 672 km2 (259 sq mi)
Population (2012 census)
 • Total 323,719
 • Density 480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)

Nyanza is a district (akarere) in Southern Province, Rwanda. Its capital is Nyanza town, which is also the provincial capital. Nyanza is a Bantu word meaning lake, which probably refers to a large lake to the west of Nyanza town.

Geography, economy and tourism[edit]

The district lies between Gitarama and Butare, straddling the main Kigali to Bujumbura road. It contains the Laiterie de Nyabasindu, one of Rwanda's largest milk and yogurt producing companies. The palace of the mwami (traditional king) of Rwanda is located in Nyanza town.


Nyanza district is divided into 10 sectors (imirenge): Busasamana, Busoro, Cyabakamyi, Kibirizi, Kigoma, Mukingo, Muyira, Ntyazo, Nyagisozi and Rwabicuma.


Coordinates: 2°30′S 29°30′E / 2.500°S 29.500°E / -2.500; 29.500