Northern Province and its highlights

The Northern Province is one of Rwanda's five provinces.

 It is divided into five districts, namely; Burera, Gakenke, Gicumbi, Musanze and Rulindo district.

It was created in early January 2006 as part of a government decentralization program that re-organized the country's local government structures.  

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Volcanoes National Park

Located in the remote northwest region of Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park safeguards the rugged terrain of a stunning mountain range. This area is the habitat of the endangered mountain gorilla and boasts a diverse array of montane ecosystems, including lush evergreen forests, bamboo forests, expansive grasslands, swamps, and heathlands.

Named after the Virunga Massif, a series of dormant volcanoes, Volcanoes National Park encompasses notable peaks such as Karisimbi, towering at 4,507 meters, Bisoke featuring a picturesque crater lake, as well as Sabinyo, Gahinga, and Muhabura.

Some of the activities the Volcanoes National Park Inlcude;

  • Exclusive and/or normal Gorilla trekking
  • Golden Monkey Trekking
  • Dian Fossey camp/hike
  • Mount Karisimbi hike
  • Mount Bisoke hike
  • Bird watching, and more...
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Lake Burera and Ruhondo

Lake Burera, also known as Bulera, and its counterpart, Lake Ruhondo, are twin lakes nestled in northwest Rwanda near the Ugandan border. Burera is the second-largest lake entirely within Rwanda, while Ruhondo, fed by Burera, straddles three districts. Despite being close, they are separated by a 100-meter drop. The region is home to a hydroelectric power plant generating 11.5 MW. These lakes support fishing activities and are near the city of Musanze. Set against the backdrop of Volcanoes National Park, they offer a serene retreat amidst Rwanda's natural beauty.

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Iby'iwacu cultural village

The Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village offers a unique opportunity to engage with local communities within their natural environment, providing a glimpse into the Rwandan rich culture and traditions. Experience a warm and authentic welcome from the community as they share elements of their heritage and beliefs with pride. The true essence of understanding a community lies in immersing oneself in their daily lives, actively participating in their activities, and most importantly, forging connections through genuine interaction with the locals.

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Caving

In Rwanda's Northern Province, there are 52 caves, primarily formed from volcanic rocks, with a total of 15.2 kilometers of passages. The longest cave, Ubuvumo Bwibihonga, consists of parallel lava tubes. Musanze Cave, the most visited, stretches 2 kilometers and is located on Innes University grounds. It holds historical significance as a shelter during wartime and as the site of a genocide massacre. Visitors are urged to explore respectfully. .

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