MUSANZE AT A GLANCE

Formerly known as Ruhengeri, Musanze is the fourth largest town in Rwanda and is quickly growing into a bustling metropolis. Musanze district is one of thirty districts in all of Rwanda and one of five districts in the Northern Province.
 American primatologist Dian Fossey, a gorilla conservationist, stayed at this hotel when not in the mountains,  The New Times/Moses Opobo
American primatologist Dian Fossey, a gorilla conservationist, stayed at this hotel when not in the mountains, The New Times/Moses Opobo

Formerly known as Ruhengeri, Musanze is the fourth largest town in Rwanda and is quickly growing into a bustling metropolis. Musanze district is one of thirty districts in all of Rwanda and one of five districts in the Northern Province.

Musanze district is split up into 15 sectors, 68 cells, and 432 umudugudus/villages, with a population of approximately 350,069.

Geography

Musanze is the most mountainous part of Rwanda and contains the largest part of the Volcanoes National Park. Five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga chain, Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura, are within the district’s boundaries.

 

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