Cyanika is a populated settlement in Rwanda. It sits adjacent to Kyanika, across the international border with neighboring Uganda.[1] Cyanika, also refers to Cyanika Sector, one of the 17 administrative divisions of Burera District.[2]

Cyanika is located in Rwanda
Map of Rwanda showing the location of Cyanika
Coordinates: 01°20′40″S 29°44′32″E / 1.34444°S 29.74222°E / -1.34444; 29.74222Coordinates: 01°20′40″S 29°44′32″E / 1.34444°S 29.74222°E / -1.34444; 29.74222
Country Rwanda
ProvinceNorthern Province
DistrictBurera District
1,957 m (6,421 ft)
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)


Cyanika is located in Cyanika Sector, Burera District, Northern Province, approximately 121 kilometres (75 mi), by road, north-west of Kigali, the capital and largest city of Rwanda.[3] The geographical coordinates of Cyanika, Burera District, Rwanda are: 1°20'40.0"S, 29°44'32.0"E (Latitude:-1.344444; Longitude:29.742222).[4] Cyanika sits at an average elevation of 1,957 metres (6,421 ft), above sea level.[5]


Cyanika/Kyanika is one of the three major road crossings between Rwanda to the south and Uganda to the north. The other to are Gatuna/Katuna and Kagitumba/Mirama Hills.[6]

In February 2019, Rwanda closed its borders to Ugandans and Ugandan goods, including at the Chanika/Kyanika border crossing. As a result, the annual trade worth approximately US$180 million to Uganda and about US$10 million to Rwanda came to a halt.[7] As of February 2020, attempts by the presidents of Angola, João Lourenço and of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, have not yet resolved the impasse.[8]

Points of interestEdit

The border crossing is in close proximity to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, and Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[1]


  1. ^ a b Volcanoes National Park (Not affiliated with Rwanda Development Board) (2019). "The Cyanika border is a very important key for tourism in Uganda & Rwanda". Volcanoes National Park (Not affiliated with Rwanda Development Board). Archived from the original on 10 December 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ Rwanda Village Makeover (2015). "Village Makeover: Cyanika". Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ (11 March 2019). "Distance between Kigali, Rwanda and Cyanika, Burera, Rwanda". Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  4. ^ Google (11 March 2019). "Location of Cyanika, Burera District, Rwanda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  5. ^ Mapcarta (2019). "Elevation of Cyanika, Burera, Rwanda". Map. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  6. ^ Muhereza, Robert (10 March 2019). "Ugandan goods denied entry into Rwanda". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  7. ^ Catherine Byaruhanga (9 March 2019). "How the Rwanda-Uganda border crossing came to a halt". London: BBC Africa News. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  8. ^ Daily Monitor (2 February 2020). "Museveni, Kagame resolve to release prisoners". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 8 February 2020.

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