Musanze Caves In Volcanoes National Park

The Musanze caves in Rwanda have vast opening and they are a habitat to a number of bats living inside

Musanze Caves In Volcanoes National Park

Musanze caves are found in volcanoes national park, the caves are formed by centuries of geologic centered on the Virunga volcanoes national park next door, the Musanze caves are 2km long and are found just outside of the Musanze town they share a name with, getting to Musanze caves is just a 2 hours’ drive from Kigali city.

The Musanze caves in Rwanda have vast opening and they are a habitat to a number of bats living inside the caves, the lush green vegetation outside the caves spoiling into twilight within makes for best photo opportunity. Although today the caves act as tourism attractions, Musanze caves acted as shelter during war times for many centuries leading right up into the modern era, and as such, it’s an important site to the local people of Rwanda. Thus, out of respect for the areas’ residents, access to the caves is limited to guided visits.

Touring the whole of Musanze caves can take you two and a half hours and it’s done through out of the year. The caves were formed 65 million years ago after an eruption and they are found within the volcanic region. For one to visit Musanze caves they must pay a fee of $50.

Well trained guides lead the tourists into Musanze caves each day and they can explain the history of the caves from their own information to present day. The tours to Musanze cave can be done in the afternoon after mountain gorilla tracking or golden monkey trekking in volcanoes national park in the morning.

Musanze caves offers a different aspect of the rest of volcanoes national park Rwanda. The Musanze cave is made up of 4 caves that run one after another with small outdoor sections that run in between. When you are to explore the Musanze caves in Rwanda, you are given a hard helmet and a solar torch to light up your way.

You will see a great rock formation inside Musanze caves, with changing glimpses of light being allowed inside the cave showing beautiful contrasts. Although you have your torch, you must see where you are walking because it can get very dark. The first Musanze cave is so far the longest cave in distance and longest without seeing any natural lights. Silence will occupy you along with drops of waters.

After making your visit to Musanze caves, other attractions in Rwanda you shouldn’t miss include chimpanzee trekking and colobus monkey trekking in Ngungwe forest, primate watching in Gishwati Makura national park, gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park, visiting Akagera national park for game drive in Rwanda to see lions, giraffes, buffaloes, elephants, a boat cruise on Lake Ihema, Lake Bulera and Ruhondo is a rewarding experience amidst crocodiles and hippos and a number of different bird species.

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