Ruhengeri, also known as Musanze or Muhoza, is a city and capital of Musanze District in the Northern Province of Rwanda. Some sources now refer to the city itself as Musanze, after the district in which it lies within.[1] This has to do with the adopted policy of renaming Rwanda cities, which was done to eliminate memories of the past and to install new administrations in the country.[citation needed]

Ruhengeri is located in Rwanda
Location in Rwanda
Coordinates: 1°30′S 29°38′E / 1.500°S 29.633°E / -1.500; 29.633
Country Rwanda
Admin. ProvinceNorthern Province
 • Total59,333

Ruhengeri lies near the twin lakes of Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo and is the gateway city to Volcanoes National Park and the famous mountain gorillas in the north-western part of the country. The city's proximity to the Volcanoes National Park has made it a popular tourist destination with several restaurants and hotels mainly aimed at visitors to the national park.

Ruhengeri is also home to the Institute of Applied Sciences (INES).[2]


  1. ^ Briggs, Philip; Booth, Janet (2010). Rwanda. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 22. ISBN 1-84162-306-7. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  2. ^ "INES-Ruhengeri". INES-Ruhengeri. Retrieved 2019-06-02.

Coordinates: 1°30′S 29°38′E / 1.500°S 29.633°E / -1.500; 29.633