Burundi

Burundi

Things to do - general

Burundi is obviously one of the smallest countries in Africa, precisely located in East Africa but it has a lot of stunning places and attractions ranging from green landscapes, numerous rivers, lakes, including Lake Tanganyika being the world’s deepest and largest fresh water lake.  Hippos and birds make the main natural attractions in Burundi with their home varying from coast lands and forests, to small and huge lakes.The lack of a coast to the ocean doesn’t mean Burundi lacks beaches. The country has some good inland beaches where one can escape the heat by a cool and safe swim in one of its lakes.

Some of the best attractions and  places to visit in Burundi.

Bujumbura

Commonly known as Buja, this city has kept some characteristics from its colonial occupation period such as food, drink and nightlife. French cuisine is noticed in many restaurants in the city, occupying a wide range of prices and quality. Sites include Independence Monument, Unity Monument, Living Museum, and Livingstone & Stanley rock.

Rusizi River National Park

Located just outside of Bujumbura around 12 km, this area is home of many hippos and migratory birds to make this park one of the most sought after attractions by tourists traveling to Burundi.The migratory birds that visit the park include rare and beautiful species from both Asia and Europe such as sand pipers and plovers.

Ruvubu National Park

Ruvubu National Park being the largest Burundi covers an area of over 500 square kilometers. Founded in 1980, it is main park and home to wildlife of Burundi including beasts such as hippos, buffalo and crocodiles.The park is also home to rare plants and flowers as well as the birdlife that migrates to the region throughout the year.

Lake Rwihinda Natural Reserve

Talking of attractions in Burundi, one cannot forget to mention the amazing flora and fauna found in this reserve covering an area of over 8,000 hectares made of a mix of scrublands, forest and grassland.A big amount of rare and impressive birds visiting this lake is to be mentioned too.Lake Rwihinda Natural Reserve is considered as a must-visit destination in Burundi for for private travelers or tourists.

Kibira National Park

The park is amazingly located in the western part of the country between 1,500m and 2,600m in altitude. The Park used to be hunting place for Kings of Burundi.The animals of this park consist of baboons, chimps and more than 200 kinds of bird species- which are well supported by the forest, and the rivers and streams flowing through the park.The large tea plantations in Teza  laying around this park make another attraction for tourists visiting this park.

Kigwena Natural Forest

Kigwena Natural Forest is located in the province of Rumonge on national road 3 and covers an area of more than 3,000 hectares.Taking a  guided tour  and stepping foot in the forest searching baboons ,monkeys and various species of butterflies and birds feels like an amazing adventure .

Gitega

The city has lots of worthwhile attractions including the remarkable Gitega National Museum which has a wide collection of artifacts and antiquities from Burundi’s past. The city is prepared for tourists and equipped of a decent range of hotel options for all types of budgets. Gitega is commonly included in Burundi tour packages as well as for a day tour or in tours with an overnight stay.

Gishora drum sanctuary

Located 9 km away from Gitega city center, Gishora is perched on a hill chosen and inaugurated by King Mwezi Gisabo. The main sight in Gishora for travelers is the drum sanctuary. The drums have been always playing a crucial role in the past and present of Burundi during important events such as royal and current official ceremonies. The drum is portrayed as a distinctive image of Burundi in the international ceremonies.The sanctuary will give you an idea of Burundi culture and the architecture of a royal palace.

Mount Heha 

Heha the highest mountain of Burundi is convenient located close to the capital around 40 km in the province of Bujumbura commonly called Bujumbura Rural .Hiking and reaching the summit at 2864m makes a good travel  experience for anyone visiting or living in Burundi.

Source of Nile

Despite the debate around the source of the Nile being in Uganda, Rwanda or wherever else, Burundi portrays it as the southernmost source of the Nile River discovered in 1937. A stone pyramid has been built to mark this location. The source of Nile is also included in many tour circuits offered to travelers and tourists in Burundi with a short drive after this sight taking you to the hot springs.

Karera waterfalls

Les chutes de Karera or Karera waterfalls located in Rutana consist of four amazing falls.This sight can also be a combination with the source of Nile being all located in southern part of Burundi

Country Burundi
Visa requirements

Visa is required.

Languages spokenKirundi ,Swahili,French
Currency usedBIF,USD
Area (km2)27,834 km2

Sports & nature

Sports are a great way to bring people together in this country and Burundi has competed in a number of African Cup of Nations championship matches. Popular sports of Burundi Football, Basketball, Judo, and Rugby.

Burundi is a country with numerous tourist attractions and is currently renowned for the beautiful holiday packages it offers to all types of its visitors. The hospitality and kindness of Burundi people are legendary and they complement what the country has to offer.
The geographical position of Burundi and its wonderful landscapes with tropical climate all year round, bird lakes which are well distributed in the country, and the white sandy lakeside beaches of Lake Tanganyika; the country offers the best place for holidays and relaxation.
The richness of Burundian culture is portrayed in a strong literary and musical tradition and a wide range of fine crafts. The country has a cultural legacy that includes not only dances and traditional music but also the famous drummers who are known worldwide.
Welcoming warm smiles from the locals is just the beginning of a beautiful stay in Burundi.

Sports and nature image

Nightlife info

During the week days, the most living place for music and dancing is at Havana and Calvados night clubs. At weekends, between 11:00 and midnight, diner tables disappear to make room for nightclubs at Archipel, Aosta . Also the Gymnase Club organizes dancing evenings with a DJ a few times in any month. Toxic Club is a popular nightclub for the city’s young at heart.

Culture and history info

The history of Burundi and culture of Burundi are intermingled together. The oral literature of Burundi is an integrated part of the culture of Burundi. The tales, proverbs, poetry and riddles reveal the life of the Burundi people.

All the huts has got their own compound. The bee-hive style huts show that the rural life was quite organized. The instruments, weapons various other things that are kept in the museum offer a detail understanding of the Burundi Culture.

Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika

Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika

Chaussee D'Uvira, Bujumbura , Burundi, Burundi
Price from $ 160
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Roca Golf Hotel

Roca Golf Hotel

30, Boulevard de la Tanzanie, Burundi
Price from $ 170
We are a team of individuals that hope to make our property your home away from home. We pride ourse More info
3 Day Tour in Burundi

3 Day Tour in Burundi

Burundi
Price per person from $ 429
Day 1 Arrival in Bujumbura, transfer to Hotel club du Lac Tanganyika or Safari Gate Hotel for overni More info
3D/2N Burundi sightseeings tour -Karera Waterfalls & Source of Nile

3D/2N Burundi sightseeings tour -Karera Waterfalls & Source of Nile

Burundi
Price per person from $ 365
Day 1 Arrival in Buujumbura ,pick up and transfer to your hotel -Safari Gate or Hotel club du Lac Ta More info
3D2N Burundi Cultural Tour -Burundi in One Full day

3D2N Burundi Cultural Tour -Burundi in One Full day

Burundi
Price per person from $ 315
Day 1 Arrival in Buujumbura ,pick up and transfer to your hotel -Safari Gate or Hotel club du Lac Ta More info
Burundi Cultural and Historical 4 Day Tour

Burundi Cultural and Historical 4 Day Tour

Burundi
Price per person from $ 687
The 4 day tour in Burundi starts and ends in Bujumbura.It is a mix of historical holiday to discover More info
Day Tour to the Source of Nile ,Karera Waterfalls and Gitega National Museum

Day Tour to the Source of Nile ,Karera Waterfalls and Gitega National Museum

Burundi
Price per person from $ 168
The day Trip to Source of Nile ,Karera Waterfalls and Gitega National Museum. Early morning after b More info
Half Day Tour in Bujumbura

Half Day Tour in Bujumbura

Burundi
Price per person from $ 79
Half Day Tour in Bujumbura -Driving around Bujumbura, Belvedere Top Hill offering a nice view of the More info

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Toyota Carina

Toyota Carina

Price per day $ 70
Car typeEconomy
Max people3
Door count4
Minimum driver age25
TransmissionAutomatic
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes
Toyota Landcruiser Prado

Toyota Landcruiser Prado

Price per day $ 130
Car typeLuxury
Max people5
Door count5
Minimum driver age25
TransmissionAutomatic
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes