Explore the Musanze Cave near Volcanoes Park

Posted by on June 9, 2016

Exploring The Cave in Musanze near Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

Explore the Musanze Cave near Volcanoes Park – Safe – Sane – Guided Activity


Explore the Musanze Cave near Volcanoes Park, a scenic underground wonder that can be explored with professional guides on a 3 hour hike through and around the cave.  The Musanze Caves can be explored after your Gorilla Trek in Volcanoes Park or Golden Monkey Trekking or a morning hike to Dian Fossey’s Research Center.


The Musanze area in the northern region of Rwanda, near Volcanoes National Park is a short distance from Kinigi  and the park where you trek gorillas, only 25 kilometers from the Ugandan border and a two-hour drive from Kigali. There area 52 caves that have been surveyed here with Musanze Cave is the most visited.

You explore the Musanze Cave near Volcanoes Park with Professional Guides, the right protective gear such as helmets with flashlights on them, gloves, masks, gum boots or wellies.  As you enter caves the only sound that you hear is the fluttering of the thousands of bats that inhabit the place.

The two kilometer long Musanze cave with its 31 entrances, most of which are due to the collapse of the eart lies in the volcanic region where lava flow layers dating from 65 million years ago to today have created the Albertine Rift Valley.

The Musanze cave like the others here were formed over centuries of volcanic eruption by lava basaltic layers from Mount Bisoke and Mount Sabinyo volcanoes. The lava flowed down, cooling and leaving large pockets in the earth, which became the magnificent caves. The Musanze caves offer visitors insight and understanding of the area’s geological history and development of the earth and in particular in this part of Rwanda with its volcanic past since they are located in the volcanic region of Rwanda where different lava flow layers dating from 65million years ago have created the Albertine Rift Valley.

During times of war and conflict the caves became a hiding place and shelter and so it was during the 1994 Genocide in this region of Rwanda, a massacre took place in the area and the cave and area are given respect by Rwandans as one of those sacred places that are also memorials to its past.

In 2013 Rwanda developed the Musanze Cave as a tourism site and now visitors come here on daily basis to explore the caves

We will include the Musanze Caves in your safari itinerary for the area, most visitors find it a most interesting place to explore in Rwanda.  A combination of its geological and historical past. Like other  tourism visits we have to book this activity ahead of time – Please let us know if you are interested.

Explore the Musanze Cave near Volcanoes Park – if You are interested in this activity – please contact us.