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Ruhengeri is a city in northern Rwanda's Musanze district. It is the port of call for tourists heading up the hills to Kinigi and Parc National des Volcans.

Get in[edit]

There several bus companies who serve Kigali-Musanze direction every half hour for 1,700-1,800 rwf (July 2012). The journey takes 2 hours.

Buy your ticket at the main bus station in Nyabugogo - each bus company has their own little office, look for the signs that say "Kigali-Musanze." Don't buy your ticket in advance - go to the bus station and expect to leave in roughly 30 minutes. If you book your ticket right before you leave, you may get a bad seat or have to stand.

Recommended bus companies: Virunga Express [1]; Kigali Bus Service (

Get around[edit]

Musanze is a small town, you can walk from one end to the other along the main road in 30-40 minutes.

The best way to get around is walking or moto-taxi. Prices are negotiable with the moto drivers, but a typical ride across town is 300-400 rwf (July 2012.)

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Volcanoes National Park offers several attractions. Tickets must be booked in advance through tour companies or the Rwanda Tourism Board (ORTPN).

  • Gorilla visits - there are a limited amount of permits per day, and they often sell out months in advance. Tourists spend an hour with the gorillas. $750 per person for foreign visitors.
  • Golden monkey visits.
  • Climbing of Karisimbi volcano - this is a two day trek with overnight camping at an altitude of 3,800 m.
  • Climbing of Bisoke volcano - 4-7 hours round trip. $75 per person for foreign visitors.
  • Visiting the tomb of Dian Fossey.

The majority of revenue from tourism goes towards maintaining the park and conserving the wildlife. The remainder goes to the government and (around 10%) to local projects in the area to help local people benefit from the large revenue stream generated by the park.

Visit Lakes Burera and Ruhondo.

Visit the lava caves and tunnels.

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  • Virunga Hotel, (Virunga bus station), [2]. 25.000-50.000.  edit


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