Bukavu, South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo


🇨🇩 Bukavu is a city in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, lying at the extreme south-western edge of Lake Kivu, west of Cyangugu in Rwanda, and separated from it by the outlet of the Ruzizi River. It is the capital of the South Kivu province.

Bukavu is part of the ancient territory of Bushi Kingdom, an ethnic group of South-Kivu. It was governed by a “Muluzi” Nyalukemba, when the first Arabs, then the European arrived in Bushi at the end of the 19th century. 'Muluzi' or 'Baluzi' in the plural means 'the nobleman' or 'nobility' to Shi. Before the Europeans came in Bushi Kingdom, Bukavu was called “Rusozi”. The name Bukavu comes from the transformation of word 'bu 'nkafu ' (farm of cows) in Mashi, the language of Bashi. Bukavu was established in 1901 by the Belgian colonial authorities. Originally named Bukavu, it became "Costermansville" (in French) or "Costermansstad" (in Dutch) in 1927, after Vice Governor-General Paul Costermans until 1953, when it became Bukavu again. It had a prominent European population under colonial rule. They were attracted by the subtropical climate (Lake Kivu is 1,500 metres above sea level) and scenic location (Bukavu is built on five peninsulas and has been described as "a green hand, dipped in the lake"). Many colonial villas have gardens sloping down to the shore.

Transport Bukavu is an important transport hub and gateway to eastern DR Congo, but as a result of the wars the road network has deteriorated and highways to Goma, Kisangani and other towns have not been fully restored. As with Goma, close proximity to the paved road network of East Africa and the functioning eastern section of the Trans-African Highway to Mombasa may allow a faster recovery than other Congolese towns. Bukavu's proximity to the Lake Tanganyika ports of Bujumbura and Kalundu-Uvira give it an additional advantage, with access on the lake to the railheads of Kigoma (linked to Dar es Salaam) and Kalemie (rail link to Katanga, in need of rehabilitation). Isolation, largely due to bad road infrastructure, has been found to be an important determinant of wealth and/or development in South Kivu. Bukavu has numerous lakeside wharves and boat transport is used extensively in the Congolese waters of the lake in the absence of well maintained roads.

Kavumu Airport (ICAO code: FZMA, IATA code: BKY) located about 30 km north is the domestic airport for Bukavu. This airport has not been renovated for many years. The renovation of this airport will be a great relief to the region and will facilitate many business and the growth of the economy.

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Bukavu has a population of over 1,133,000 people. Bukavu also forms the centre of the wider South Kivu Province which has a population of over 5,772,000 people.

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Antipodal to Bukavu is: -151.133,2.5

Locations Near: Bukavu 28.8667,-2.5

🇷🇼 Cyangugu 28.883,-2.483 d: 2.6  

🇷🇼 Gisenyi 29.25,-1.7 d: 98.6  

🇨🇩 Goma 29.221,-1.683 d: 99  

🇷🇼 Ruhango 29.786,-2.233 d: 106.3  

🇧🇮 Bujumbura 29.367,-3.383 d: 112.8  

🇷🇼 Kigali 30.032,-1.975 d: 142.1  

🇹🇿 Kigoma 29.627,-4.877 d: 277.4  

🇺🇬 Mbarara 30.66,-0.613 d: 289.4  

🇨🇩 Butembo 29.283,0.15 d: 298.3  

🇹🇿 Bukoba 31.812,-1.332 d: 352.2  

Antipodal to: Bukavu -151.133,2.5

🇺🇸 Hilo -155.089,19.725 d: 18052.1  

🇺🇸 Maui -156.446,20.72 d: 17908.8  

🇺🇸 Kahului -156.466,20.891 d: 17890  

🇺🇸 Wailuku -156.505,20.894 d: 17888.6  

🇺🇸 Maui County -156.617,20.868 d: 17888  

🇺🇸 Honolulu -157.872,21.351 d: 17795.7  

🇺🇸 Pearl City -157.969,21.394 d: 17787.8  

🇵🇫 Papeete -149.566,-17.537 d: 17780.4  

🇼🇸 Apia -171.76,-13.833 d: 17104.7  

🇹🇴 Nuku'alofa -175.216,-21.136 d: 16303  

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