As part of efforts to diversify the tourism sector, Rwanda development board (RDB) has launched the Musanze Caves. The caves, costing RWF 200 million to rehabilitate, were officially opened by the new RDB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Valentine Rugwabiza and the Minister of Defense General James Kabarebe.
The Musanze Caves development works were a joint project of the Ministry of Defense Reserve force started in January 2013 for tourism purposes. The caves have been visited by over 400 people since construction commenced, have been streamlined to give visitors are unique nature experience.
Talking during the caves' inauguration, Rica Rwigamba, Head of Tourism and conservation at RDB, emphasized RDB's goal to diversify the sector. "This is yet another key result toward our goal to increase to increase tourism products, these caves are expected to attract many tourists as we hope to see them spend more days in Rwanda."
More than 810 people have participated in the development works of the cave and this has positively impacted their lives. The Musanze Caves offer in-depth understanding of geological history and development of the earth.
They are located in the volcanic region of the country, where lava flow layers dating from 65 million years ago have created the Albertine Rift Valley. The caves are two kilometers underneath the ground with the Musanze Cave at 1,275 meters and Kinigi Cave at 810 meters deep respectively. The caves are expected to attract a million tourists by the end of next year.