Musanze – Ruhengeri, Rwanda
Musanze, Ruhengeri – Rwanda
For most travellers, Musanze (Ruhengeri) is the preferred staging post on their way to the magnificent Volcanoes National Park, one of the best places in East Africa to track the mountain gorilla. Since permit holders are required to check in at the park headquarters in nearby Kinigi at 7am on the day of tracking, staying in Musanze is a much safer option than leaving from Kigali at the crack of dawn.
Musanze is a pleasant enough town to explore on foot, and it’s situated near a number of interesting natural sights, with the massive Virunga volcanoes looming to the north and west.
Lake Ruhondo, Musanze (Ruhengeri, Rwanda)
The sights of Musanze include;
- Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera,
- Two large lakes surrounded by little villages with breath taking scenery.
- Musanze Cave – Located 2km from the town centre towards Gisenyi, these caves were formed as a result of lava flowing and joining the Albertine Rift Valley.
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Rwanda’s renowned Volcanoes National Park is home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. The park encompasses 4,507m-tall Mt. Karisimbi and 4 other forested volcanoes. In the southwest is Nyungwe National Park, with ancient montane rainforest that’s a habitat for chimpanzees and other primates.
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