The Musanze Caves in Rwanda

The Musanze Caves in Rwanda :  This an ancient tourist attraction that was used by the local Kinyarwanda tribes as the venue for crowning their new kings. Of recently, the caves were made famous as home for thousands of refugees who had escaped the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. They are simply an underground space that is naturally   created and it is not such large enough to accommodate the size of a human.

More facts, this caves have smaller underground spaces like the sea caves or rock shelters and even the grottos.  The musanze caves gives you an opportunity to see encounter on your safari in Rwanda   thus resulting of volcanic activities that took place around Virunga Volcanoes which are close by these caves.

Musanze cave lies in the Musanze district particularly in Ruhengeri and they are anew addition to Rwanda’s tourism sites. There is hope they will turn out to be a great attraction in the near future.  Underneath there, they cover a distance of 1.25 miles and it is believed to have been formed by lava basaltic layers that came from both Bisoke and the Sabyinyo volcanoes.

Truly, this caves are commonly a visited cave since it is almost ready for all visitors. They have set up walkways and stairs where they are required, set up trails and safety measures to avoid accidents while down there. The cave’s entrance is big enough covering a space of a bout 10kilometer and well proportionate with other small passageways that lead off the main cave.

Musanze cave is also home to huge population of bats and you will see them hanging upside down in every one of those so many small rooms within the cave. On its walls, different plants species have been grown on to them and that greenery spill making it shunning for photography.

Today this caves acts as a tourist attraction, yet in decades it used to be shelter for the locals during the war times even during the modern era when the ‘’Rwanda Genocide’’ took place. As you tour around the cave, you will be guided by the local residents which takes about 2 to 3 hours explaining more about the history of the caves.

Scientists have expressed desires to carry out their speleology which simply means the study and the exploration of different aspect of caves and its surrounding environment. Also potholing may mean the act of exploring a cave for the purposes of recreation or science.

Travelers planning to go for the Gorilla Trekking Tour in Volcanoes National Park, should add on their itinerary a visit to Musanze cave since it is just 2kilometers away from the park. You can do gorilla trekking in the morning and after meeting the mountain gorillas before you call it a day – drive or walk to the caves which is located on the foothills of Volcanoes National Park. Then after, you will head back to the hotel.

A visit to the caves makes a perfect addition to the extra ordinary ‘’Gorilla Trekking Experience in Rwanda’’.

The Musanze Caves in Rwanda
The Musanze Caves in Rwanda

Rwanda is comprised of an extra ordinary holiday adventure.  Musanze is one of the largest part of the gigantic Volcanoes National Park – a home to five volcanoes in the Virunga these include; Bisoke, Sabinyo, Muhabura, Gahinga, Karisimbi and the volcanoes   is an amazing peak to sight see beautiful nature around, however one can enjoy beautiful sceneries in this area.

Tourists who doesn’t feel like entering inside the cave, they can visit the stunning vegetation around these caves which makes good experience.

Some can choose to canoe in the river near the mountain Gorillas as you watch them as they play, groom each other, feed, swing on trees among others during your Gorilla trekking session. While canoeing, expect to view the beautiful sceneries along the Rwanda Country side and wildlife in the region.

 You can also visit the museum where you can honor the Rwanda’s past history, musanze is one of the best place to visit, the gainful views are a life time opportunity to offer.

Musanze cave has become the new tourism products in Rwanda and many adventurous experiences in the area, which you can add to a visit to the caves including; The Buhanga, Eco park coronation, Rwanda former kings, amazing views of Burera, Ruhondo, Karisimbi, former kings, Bisoke hiking, Gorilla trekking, Golden monkey tracking, Visit Dian Fossey’s grave which is famous for ‘’Gorilla Trekking Experience’’.

These two main attractions in Rwanda ‘’Musanze Cave and Gorilla trekking’’ have become the most favorite items, very peaceful and charming.

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