• Overview

Formed by centuries of geologic activity centered around the Virunga volcanoes next door, the 1.25-mile long Musanze caves are located just outside of the town they share a name with and are only a 90-minute drive from Kigali.

With an enormous opening (and an equally huge number of the bats resident inside), the greenery outside spilling over into the twilight within makes for a fantastic photo op.

Though today they’re a tourist attraction, the caves were used as a shelter during wartime for many centuries leading right up into the modern era, and as such, it’s an important site to local people.

Thus, out of respect for the area’s residents, access is limited to guided visits. Expert guides lead every tour, and they can explain the history of the caves from their formation to the present day.

The tours make an excellent add-on activity for the afternoon after you’ve seen the gorillas, take about 2.5 hours, and can be done at any time throughout the year.

A cave is a natural underground space large enough for a human to enter. While visiting Volcanoes national park, have the chance to tour the Musanze Caves two kilometers long underneath that were recently unveiled to be visited by tourists in 2013 by the Rwanda Development Board together with the Rwanda Defense Forces.

The caves can be sited north of the country in Musanze District, the site has had a major facelift with the establishment of tourist walkways, trails, and stairs that take you to the dark interior of the caves that illustrates a picture of a house with several rooms and corridors. The floor is paved and there are some stairs to ease movement.

Visit the volcanic region of Rwanda to sight the Caves believed to be a result of volcanic eruption decades ago that offer an in-depth understanding of the geological and geographical historical development of the globe.

Musanze cave can be explored after gorilla tracking in Volcanoes national park in case you will have time. The place is located on the foothills of Volcanoes national park, meaning that you can easily visit this place after gorilla tracking in the evening hours.

Adventure other spectacular sites and views of the nearby areas including the Buhanga Eco-park known for the coronation of Rwandan former kings, the panoramic view of the twin lakes namely Burera and Ruhondo, Karisimbi Volcano climbing, Bisoke Volcano climbing, trek to Dian Fossey grave, golden monkeys trekking and the famous mountain gorillas trekking.

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