Southern Province, Rwanda

2S°17'51" 29E°44'57"

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About Gatagara

Gatagara is a quiet town only a few hundred meters off of the main road from Kigali to Butare. It is world famous for being home to several local pottery cooperatives started back in the 1970's be Belgium nuns. Clay is sourced locally and the coops on the outskirts of town provide quality employment for dozens of residents. Their ceramics pieces are sold locally as well as around Kigali.

Traveling to Gatagara

For bus transportation, take the Volcano or Horizon bus line from Kigaliy and buy a ticket to Nyanza, however, you will get off a few stops before the town of Nyanza. Once you pass the town of Ruhango it's about 15 minutes more south. Tell the bus driver 'Gatagara' and he will stop for you. Heading north from Butare, again take Horizon or Volcano bus line, but buy a ticket to Ruhango town. Again tell bus driver 'Gatagara' and he will stop. If driving in your own vehicle from Kigali, it's about an hour and half to Ruhango. Continue for 15 minutes past Ruhango on main road (still headed south), until you see the sign for Gatagara. Turn right off main road onto dirt road and continue on dirt road until you reach the center of town. By vehicle from Butare, head north towards Nyanza on the main road, when you reach Nyanza you continue for about 15 minutes on main road until you reach Gatagara, then turn left on dirt road that doubles back up the hill to the center of town.


Gatagara has a relatively small town center but you find a few local restaraunts and shops selling snacks and drinks. The pottery cooperatives are located a few miles east of town with limited shops in that area. The town of Nyanza about 10 miles south of Gatagara along the main road towards Butare has a hotel and more restaraunt options. Overnighting in Buture - where there is a range of accommodation and restaraunt / modern grocery store options - is a good choice too.