Brief overview about Rwanda
Rwanda is located in Africa, and a member of East African community. Rwanda’s rwandan armyCapital city Kigali, Government Republic; presidential, multiparty system, Currency Rwandan franc (RWF), Area total: 26,338 km2, water: 1,390 km2, Land: 24,948 km2, Population 9,038,000 (2005 UN Estimate), Language Kinyarwanda (official) universal Bantu vernacular, French (official), English (official), Kiswahili (Swahili) used in commercial centers
Religion. Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Muslim 4.6%, Calling Code +250



Formerly known as Ruhengeri, Musanze is the fourth largest town in Rwanda and is quickly growing into a bustling metropolis. The Musanze district is one of thirty districts in all of Rwanda and one of five districts in the Northern Province. The Northern Province is the smallest province in Rwanda (other than the city of Kigali), but it is also the most densely populated with an estimated (as of 2009) 1,650,704 inhabitants. Each district in Rwanda is divided into Sectors, which are then divided into Cells, which are split up into Umudugudus or Villages. The Musanze district is split up into 15 Sectors, 68 Cells, and 432 Umudugudus/Villages, which brings the population to approximately 350,069 inhabitants.

Climate of musanze; Situated at an altitude of 1,850m, Musanze has one of the most agreeable climates in Rwanda. Warm and breezy days are followed by cooler nights in which it is not surprising to find most Rwandans in a light sweater. However, depending on the time of year, you may want to bring your rain gear, as the rainy season can be pretty intense in Rwanda. April and May bring about the heaviest rains, whereas October and November have a much more moderate rainy period. Average amount of rainfall during the rainy seasons is 1,000-1,200mm. per month.

Geography of musanze; 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 boundaries. Karisimbi is the tallest point in Rwanda at 4,507m and is the sixth tallest peak in Africa. The Rwanda-Democratic Republic of Congo border crosses over the peak of Karisimbi.

Vegetation of musanze; With the majority of the districts population working in agriculture, most of Musanze’s jagged countryside has been stripped of its foliage and farmed to grow pyrethrum, sorghum, potatoes, etc… The Volcanoes National Park is still a rich and luscious habitat of green vegetation and animal life, but farmers outside of the park have taken over the land all the way up to the park boundaries.


Rwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa with over 11 million inhabitants, and there are 350,069 people living within the Musanze district. Despite the memorials dedicated to the victims of the 1994 genocide, that can be found all over the district, not a sign of animosity can be found between the ethnic groups (Batutsi, Bahutu, Batwa) that once sought to end each others lives. Individual attitudes may vary, but the country as a whole seems energetic in their efforts towards reconciliation and a peaceful coexistence.

Rwanda attractions:

Mountain Gorillas,
Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest,
Honey moon holidays,
Cultural safaris,
Sun bathing and beach holidays,
Golden monkeys tracking tours,
Hike to Dian Fossey grave,
Chimpanzee tracking,
Canopy walk,
Genocide memorial centers,
Cultural safaris

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