Butare is an historic City in Rwanda and was the first capital of the Country a status it held until 1965 when it was replaced by Kigali. Butare now known as Huye has a population of about 80,000 people and is linked to Kigali by road. Public transport consisting of buses and matatus; provide transport linking the city with other towns around the Country.
The City was home to the Country’s monarchy which has been based here since the late 18th Century. The Royal Palace built in traditional fashion has been largely restored and houses a museum which displays the rich history and culture of the Rwandese People.
The National Museum of Rwanda is the town’s premier tourist attraction. The museum houses an extensive collection of traditional artifacts on the history and development of the Rwanda people.