Buhanga sacred forest is located in Musanze district in Northern Rwanda. Its surface is estimated at 31 ha. This forest was inhabited by Gihanga, the King who founded Rwanda a thousand years ago; and it has latter become his worship place. Before they took office, the monarchs of Rwanda were required to make a pilgrimage and perform enthronization rite in that forest. Due to its sacredness, Buhanga forest has not been cleared. It is marked by the presence of a cave and giant ficus and Erithrina abyssinica trees surrounding a place where the hut in which spiritual investiture for the various monarchs took place was constructed. At the entrance of the forest, there is a mysterious water spring from which water was collected as the first bath of the king to be enthroned. Today it is said that this forest harbors a Python with extraordinary power which is the spiritual guardian of the place.