Musanze Caves Rwanda

Musanze Caves Rwanda

Musanze Caves Rwanda are a 2km long caves or underground spaces that formed due to Volcanic activity around the Volcanoes national park. There are 52 caves in the Northern Province of Rwanda with 15.2km of cave passages.

Most of these caves are developed from Cenozoic volcanic rocks and the most frequently visited are the Musanze Caves Rwanda.

It is located on the Innes University grounds in Musanze Rwanda. The caves lie in the volcanic region dating back 65 million years, where the lava flows contributed to the Albertine Rift Valley. The cave is part of the lava basaltic layers from the Bisoke and Sabyinyo volcanoes.

The longest cave in Rwanda is called Ubuvumo Bwibihonga, a multi-level system of parallel lava tubes.

The cave has 31 entrances, most being roof collapses. The main cave has an entrance the size of a cathedral and is home to a sizeable bat colony.

Musanze Caves Rwanda
Musanze Caves Rwanda

The collapses create an incredible array of coloured shafts of light shining into the cave.

The Musanze Caves Rwanda were being used as a shelter during wartime for many centuries and was the site of a massacre during the genocide. It continues to hold considerable significance to local people, so visitors are requested to be respectful when exploring.

The site is formally protected and access is limited to guided tours, which last two and a half hours.

The Busasamana Cave is 1 km long and links to a system of several other caves – the Kanzeze, Mudende and Busasamana sectors, which in turn lead to the Mugongo, the Bwezi and the Kabari caves.

Mugongo Cave is ideal for caving and easily located close to Mrs Carr’s property.

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