Musanze Caves in Rwanda
In 2013, The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in collaboration with the Rwanda Defense Forces unveiled Musanze Caves for tourist activities. The caves where different anthropological activities are carried out including tourism are a habitat to a number of bat species. Musanze District is blessed with a number of volcanic caves and tunnels that host thousands of bats that are of about 8 species.
The Musanze caves were modified in such way that there are tourist walkways and trails, stairs and other safety measures for tourists. The dark interior of the caves illustrates a picture of a house with several rooms and corridors. The floor is paved and there are some stairs to ease movement.
The Caves, believed to be a result of volcanic eruption many years ago offer an in-depth understanding of the geological and geographical historical development of the globe. The caves are found in the volcanic region of Rwanda where different lava flow layers dating from 65 million years ago have created the Albertine Rift Valley. The launched Caves are two kilometres long underneath.
Musanze caves boasts of a plenty of adventure to be experienced in the area including the Buhanga Eco-park known for 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.
The caves may be visited any time of the day and most especially in the afternoon or evening hours after the gorilla trekking adventure. When at the caves, you will be led through this mighty attraction by professional tour guides. The entrance fees to the caves is USD 55 per person excluding tips to the guide and transport costs to the site. Visitors fascinated in visiting these extraordinary caves may book with the Rwanda Development Board or a local tour operator in advance to be able to take part in the underground adventure.
In a nutshell, the Musanze caves are a remarkable fascination worth exploring in Rwanda due to its ancient formation and the attention-grabbing appearance.