Poised to turn out to be one of Rwanda’s primary cities, Musanze’s strategic place in the foothills of the Virunga Massif is beautiful to tourism, enterprise and agriculture, with incredibly fertile land in the surrounding region.
Set at an altitude of 1,850m, the metropolis is a handy base for gorilla tracking, with the Kinigi headquarters 13km away.
For these eager to remain nearer to the area of the Volcanoes National Park, there are a variety of boutique motels alongside its fringes with remarkable views and a greater rural setting.
Musanze is a hassle-free and buzzing city, with plenty of choice for eating out, ATMs to withdraw cash, vibrant nightlife, markets and artisanal trades.
Excursions from Musanze include a guided tour of the underground caves, bicycle tours and a chance to meet the Rwandan cycling team at the Africa Rising Cycling Centre, the Buhanga Eco-Park and the little-known lakes of Karago, Burera and Ruhondo.