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Huye is the new name for Butare, though the latter name is still commonly in use. The town is viewed as the cultural capital of Rwanda, being host to the National University and National Museum.
The National Museum of Rwanda is a 20-minute walk north from the town centre. Admission is RWF3,000 (June 2009), including access to the neighbouring Botanical Gardens, but you can not take photos inside the museum.
There are several minibuses per day from Kigali, costing RWF1,800 (June 2009) and taking about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
There are several minibuses per day to Bujumbura in Burundi, costing RWF6,000 (June 2009) and taking just under 4 hours (including border formalities).
The restaurant at the Ibis Hotel is popular and tends to attract any travellers in town.
Internet is available at BIF600 per hour (June 2009).
See also International Telephone Calls
Office national des postes is the company responsible for postal service in Rwanda. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to noon and 2:00 to 4:00pm, though regional variations apply. The one in Kigali generally keeps longer hours. Check with your accommodation for other options to send letters and postcards, as shops or hotels might sell stamps as well and can help you to post things. Services are fairly reliable though slow and for sending parcels it might be a good idea to check options with companies lik DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx.
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