Rwanda: Journey into the past

Butare (renamed Huye), two hours away from Kigali, is the ancient colonial capital of Rwanda and its intellectual capital today. It is home to Rwanda’s top university, the National University of Rwanda, and to several research institutes.

In the Belgian colonial days, it was the seat of government, had the country’s first public school, its first aeroport and its first theater.

Today it is a sleepy but charming town, with the distinguishing characteristic of having the country’s only cafe which sells soft serve ice cream. A major motivation for the four hour round trip to Butare !

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Rwanda’s first theater

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Colonial officers quarters

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Our real goal !

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