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Musanze (Rwanda)

Practical information about Musanze

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Museums
2 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2h30 from Kigali by car
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Musanze

Clémence Rauch-Decaen Travel writer
7 travel articles

A stopover city, Musanze is on the road between Kigali and Gisenyi. With a large coach station, it's also the essential stopping-off place for visiting Volcanoes National Park and its inhabitants, the mountain gorillas.

My suggestion:
Make a stop in Musanze during your trip to Rwanda; you'll find everything you need for a visit to Volcanoes National Park.

The city of Musanze (formerly Ruhengeri) doesn't hold any particular interest for tourists, but it's an important Rwandan city. You'll easily find high-quality accommodation there and something to eat, before continuing your trip towards Gisenyi or the Volcanoes National Park.

For me, Volcanoes National Park is a must-see place during a trip to Rwanda. I was able to see mountain gorillas there, a unique experience! It can be interesting to spend several days in this park. If you do so, in my opinion, it's best to stay at Musanze.

The city also has a museum and the research centre founded by Dian Fossey, the legendary primatologist who devoted her life to the study and protection of gorillas, notably in Volcanoes National Park.

Church in Musanze