Kirehe District

Kirehe is a district (akarere) in Eastern Province, Rwanda. Its capital is Kirehe town (which is usually known as Rusumo, being the major settlement of the former Rusumo district).

Kirehe District
Shown within Eastern Province and Rwanda
Shown within Eastern Province and Rwanda
 • Total1,192 km2 (460 sq mi)
 (2012 census)
 • Total340,638
 • Density290/km2 (740/sq mi)


The district comprises areas in the far south-eastern corner of Rwanda, bordering Tanzania and Burundi. Its most noteworthy feature is Rusumo Falls, the waterfall on the Kagera River, which has been key to Rwandan history.


The district is characterized by savanna, acacia trees and few natural forests, these and the existence of the Kagera River contributes to a temperate climate in the region.[1]


Kirehe district is divided into 12 sectors (imirenge): Gahara, Gatore, Kigarama, Kigina, Kirehe, Mahama, Mpanga, Musaza, Mushikiri, Nasho, Nyamugari, Nyarubuye.

Primary school in Kigarama 2

External linksEdit

  • "Districts of Rwanda". Statoids.
  • Kirehe District government website
  1. ^ "Kirehe one among districts characterized by high temperatures". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2012.

Coordinates: 2°15′S 30°44′E / 2.250°S 30.733°E / -2.250; 30.733