Musanze Caves Rwanda

Musanze Caves Rwanda

Musanze Caves are are a tourist spot in Ruhengeri, Northern province of Rwanda in Musanze District near the Volcanoes National Park. They are being organized for visitors by fitting walkways, stairs, and as trails that take you to the dark ends  of the caves which shows a image of a house with numerous corridors and rooms. The floor of the caves is surfaced with stairs as safety measures to simplify the movement of the tourists who tour these caves .

These caves were molded by geologic activity which was placed in Virunga Volcanoes. The caves are 1.25 miles and are positioned outside the center of Musanze and are just 90 minutes’ drive from the city of Kigali. The caves haven consists of many bat species with green plants which shelters its outer part that has got fantastic photo shoot. Most of the caves in Rwanda are formed from Cenozoic volcanic rocks for example Manjari which is 1.660 m and Nyiragihima which is 1.116m in Ruhengeri (Northern Province) of Rwanda.

It is so adventurous to enter into a cave that is 1.25 mile long and the visit to the cave is best done in the afternoon after doing gorilla trekking which takes 2.5 hours and the activity can be done throughout the year. Musanze is frequently a visited cave with 2 km long; the cave deceits in the volcanic region where lava basaltic layers flow from Bisoke and sambinyo volcanoes courting from 65 million years ago to present day  hence  creating  the Albertine Rift Valley. The cave entrance is huge, higher than 10 km and it is well equivalent with numerous side passages heading off from the main cave.

During periods of fighting and battle the caves became a hiding place and housing for the people of Rwanda and so it was during the 1994 Genocide in this region of Rwanda, destruction took place in the area and the cave was given respect by Rwandans as one of those blessed places that are also monuments to its history.

It was 2013 Rwanda announced Musanze Cave as new a tourism site and since then tourist started coming to visit and explore the place till now. The cave receives visitors on a daily basis because they find it as an interesting place for one to tour.

A cave or cavern is a natural underground space large enough for a human to enter. Some people suggest that the name cave should only be used to places that have some part that does not receive daylight; however, in popular practice, the name means minor gaps such as sea caves, rock shelters, and grottos.

The 2km Musanze cave can be explored after gorilla tracking or golden monkey tracking or any other a strenuous activity in the Volcanoes national in case one has got time. The place is located on the foothills of sambinyo and Bisoke in the Volcanoes national park, meaning this place can be toured after a certain wearisome activity.

Speleology is the science of exploration and study of all features of caves and the surroundings which borders the caves. Exploring a cave for recreation or science may be called caving, potholing.

Apart from a visit to the caves, tourists who travel to Rwanda can as well feed their eyes with variety of other fascinations among which includes; Buhanga Eco park famous for the coronation of Rwanda former kings, karisimbi mountain hiking, visiting Dian Fossey grave, gorilla tracking, golden monkey trekking,  and chimpanzee and you can also drive to see twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.

Among the accommodation that are available include Mountain gorilla view lodge, Gorillas Nest lodge, Hotel La Palme, Sabyinyo Silverback lodge, Virunga lodge, Le Bambou gorilla lodge, Kinigi guest house and Muhabura hotel among others.