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Rwanda invests in Musanze Caves Complex

Reporter: Peter Wakaba 丨 CCTV.com

07-26-2014 00:26 BJT

Rwanda has long attracted tourists for its gorillas, and they have generated a large chunk of the country's tourism revenue. However, the country is working to diversify its tourism industry, and has now opened the Musanze Caves Complex. CCTV'S Peter Wakaba samples the caving experience and files this story.

The caves experience is not complete without turning out the lights and in the pitch darkeness feeling you have become one with the earth.

The caves experience is not complete without turning out the lights and in the pitch darkeness feeling you have become one with the earth.

Tight security, a lot of protective gear, and a large cave complex and we are ready to go.

The Musanze Caves complex in Northern Rwanda, is an underground formation caused by a volcanic eruption millions of years ago, long known by the locals but only more recently developed as a tourism attraction and being readied for a regular stream of visitors.

In fact several tube caves have been discovered in the wider area of Musanze, which is just about 2 km in length, has massive potential?

The visit to the caves is not for the claustrophobic and the faint hearted, and as you descend you feel the world close in on you.

No one really knows how old these caves are though experts say they could date back a million years, the Rwanda government though is trying to develop this into a major tourist attraction along the gorilla trekking safari that has made Rwanda famous?"

The caves themselves provide a different experience which can be complimentary to the more traditional tourism acitivities like safari tourism and bird watching and thus open up new avenues to increase revenue collection and benefit local communities.

"5% of all tourism proceeds go to the local community, so they do benefit from this as well they are very happy to see all the tourists," Joseph Biruri, Chairman of Rwanda Tours & Travel Association said.

The cave is home to thousands of bats and is found in the volcanic region where lava flow layers have created the Albertine Rift Valley. They are also popular with scientists.

"You see there are some people who like to do the study, they take only the rocks estimation," Sebuvumi Felix, Musanze caves guide said.

The caves experience is not complete without turning out the lights and in the pitch darkeness feeling you have become one with the earth. A new experience and a new income streal for the people of rwanda. 

The caves experience is not complete without turning out the lights and in the pitch darkeness feeling you have become one with the earth.

The caves experience is not complete without turning out the lights and in the pitch darkeness feeling you have become one with the earth.

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