Musanze District

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Musanze District
Shown within Northern Province and Rwanda
Shown within Northern Province and Rwanda
Country Rwanda
Province Northern
Capital Muhoza
 • Total 530 km2 (200 sq mi)
Population (2012 census)
 • Total 368,264
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)

Musanze is a district in the Northern Province of Rwanda. Its capital city is Ruhengeri, which is also sometimes known as Musanze.[1]

Geography and tourism[edit]

Musanze is Rwanda's most mountainous district, containing the largest part of the Volcanoes National Park, and its head office at Kinigi. Five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga chain (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura) are within the district boundaries. It is also in this district that most of Rwanda's mountain gorillas are found, making it the most popular tourist destination in the country.

Musanze's capital, Ruhengeri, is one of the largest cities in Rwanda and serves as a hub for tourists.


Musanze district is divided into 15 sectors (imirenge): Busogo, Cyuve, Gacaca, Gashaki, Gataraga, Kimonyi, Kinigi, Muhoza, Muko, Musanze, Nkotsi, Nyange, Remera, Rwaza and Shingiro.

But Musanze district is not entirely covering the whole area of former Ruhengeri province


  1. ^ Briggs, Philip; Booth, Janet (2010). Rwanda. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 22. ISBN 1-84162-306-7. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 

Coordinates: 1°30′S 29°36′E / 1.500°S 29.600°E / -1.500; 29.600