In the north western of Rwanda, there lies not only the Volcanoes National Park which is known for gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda but also we find the ancient Musaze caves that have presented themselves as one of the potential major attractions in the area.
Formed out of the Volcanic forces that hit the area in the prehistoric
era approximately 65 million years ago, the Musaze Caves is one of the
natural wonders lying in the Albertine rift marked with thirty one (31)
entrances stretching for two (2) kilometers underground, making them
worthy encountering while on safaris in Rwanda.
Musaze caves are apparently the most visited caves out of the fifty two
(52) caves that were surveyed in the northern province of Rwanda. With a
well-structured signage, the connection to Musaze caves cannot in
anyway be confusing. The road that connects there is a dirty road and a
bit bumpy presenting a touch of a real African massage.
people in particular the children tend to play their soccer, ride tyres
and rope skipping besides these ancient natural features signifying that
the feature is part of their heritage is not in any way new to them.
The mouth and nose cover along with a torch helmet and a protective gear
is required on your body before heading to the caves on your Rwanda safari.
The guides are found armed with guns presenting a detailed sign of
security. As it is noted that the caves were developed by the Rwanda
Development Board in conjunction with Ministry of Defense Reserve Forces
The Musaze Caves are noted to have been developed from the lava basalt
layers that flowed from the Sabyinyo and Bisoke Volcanic Mountains which
form the chain of the eight (8) volcanoes that comprise the Virunga
Massif which is one of the amazing scenic features that can be
encountered by travelers on Rwanda safaris and tours.
Though the walking paths are clearly indicated, one is always engulfed
with fear that the ground may collapse or a rock might fall which in
turn adds on the remarkable memories thereafter. Like other caves, the
Caves of Musaze have got rooms within a point as to why their explorers
are argued to avoid diverting from the main guided route.
Musaze Caves exploration can take about two (2) hours. The sights of the
bats hanging on the cave roof upside down along with the various
species of plants that have grown overtime on the walks and water
dripping through the overhanging walls combine to reward you with a
memorable cave exploration experience on your safari in Rwanda.
The Musaze Caves are rich in history and are significant to the people
of Rwanda. These natural features are known to have provided a refigium
for the Rwandese during the turbulent genocide time. It also acted as a
hiding place and a store for the supplies in times of war in the
pre-colonial Rwanda. Exploring the Musaze caves is considered as an
encounter of its own and can be undertaken alone or as a supplement to
gorilla trekking while on a gorilla safari in Rwanda.
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