Burun­di has a mix of rich her­itage and cul­ture; a Land of dis­cov­er­ies. There is so much to explore; from a wide range of cuisines, to the stun­ning Land­scape, a blend of mod­ern and ancient archi­tec­ture, art, joy­ful fes­ti­vals, lakes, Moun­tains, forests, white­sand beach­es, pri­mates, wildlife, and more. The Repub­lic of Burun­di is a small land­locked nation locat­ed in the Great Lakes region of east­ern Africa. The bet­ter part of it is locat­ed adja­cent to Lake Tan­ganyi­ka, and it is bor­dered to the east by the Repub­lic of Tan­za­nia, west by the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of the Con­go, and north by the Repub­lic of Rwan­da. The cap­i­tal city is Bujum­bu­ra, and the coun­try has a total area of around 28000 km². The Tut­si, Twa, and Hutu peo­ple have been famous tribes in Burun­di for rough­ly five centuries.

For more than 200 years, the Tut­si con­trolled Burun­di as a king­dom. Catholics and Protes­tants make up the major­i­ty of Burun­di­ans who iden­ti­fy as Chris­tians. Some are tra­di­tion­al­ists, while oth­ers are Mus­lims. Burun­di is home to one of the con­ti­nen­t’s largest pop­u­la­tions, with the major­i­ty liv­ing in rur­al areas. The dark his­to­ry of Burun­di is long gone, with lots of Infra­struc­tur­al devel­op­ment, and Tourism.

Kiswahili, French, and Kirun­di are the three main lan­guages spo­ken in Burun­di, there­fore don’t be afraid to speak with locals there. Don’t lim­it your­self to just one food; sam­ple dish­es from all around the nation, includ­ing bean soup, cur­ries, Ugali, Boko book hares, beans, bananas, Mara­hag­we, and more.

Top destinations to explore

Bujumbura City

Bujum­bu­ra City, for­mer­ly known as Usum­bu­ra, is the old­est eco­nom­ic cen­ter and the coun­try’s largest city. It is sit­u­at­ed on the north-east­ern shores of Lake Tan­ganyi­ka, the sec­ond-largest lake in the world that flows through four African nations. It serves as the pri­ma­ry port for the export of cot­ton, tin ore, and cof­fee. In 1889, the loca­tion in Ger­man East Africa was trans­formed from a small vil­lage to a mil­i­tary out­post. Upon the coun­try’s inde­pen­dence in 1962, it was renamed from Usum­bu­ra to Bujum­bu­ra. You get to Bujum­bu­ra city on water, road and air. Activ­i­ties and attrac­tions to explore in the city include; the nation­al Muse­um, Burun­di Geo­log­i­cal Muse­um, Large Mar­kets, Liv­ing­stone-stan­ley muse­um, the trib­u­tary of Riv­er Nile, Pres­i­den­tial Palace and more.

Lake Tanganyika

A fan­tas­tic loca­tion for bird­watch­ing, lake wildlife view­ing, includ­ing hip­pos, croc­o­diles, and oth­er ani­mals, sport fish­ing, water activ­i­ties, and more. Tan­za­nia, Zam­bia, the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of the Con­go, and Burun­di are all coun­tries that share Lake Tan­ganyi­ka, which is the sec­ond-deep­est fresh­wa­ter lake in the world. The lake’s sur­round­ing tourism attrac­tions pro­vide won­der­ful expe­ri­ences all year long.

Lake Rwihinda Natural Reserve

The Lake Rwi­hin­da Nat­ur­al Reserve lies in Burundi’s north­ern region. The lake beach­front is locat­ed in the Kirun­do near­by dis­trict, some dis­tance from the Rwan­dan bor­der, and is rich in veg­e­ta­tion and fau­na. Lac aux Oiseaux, which trans­lates to “Bird Lake,” was the pre­vi­ous name of the lake. A num­ber of bird species can be found there, includ­ing the Arde­o­la Idea, Fal­co Nau­man­ni, and wood­lands from Guinea-Congo.

Rusizi River National Park

One of the best sites to vis­it in Burun­di is the Rusizi Riv­er, which is near­by and is locat­ed around 15 kilo­me­ters north of the coun­try’s cap­i­tal. Vis­i­tors can go there to see sev­er­al sitatun­ga, Gus­tave, hip­popota­mus, and oth­er ani­mals. The most well-known nation­al park in the nation is this one. It is divid­ed into two sec­tions: the delta area and the east­ern, which is the park’s main sec­tion. Vis­i­tors do enjoy the unusu­al flo­ra and fau­na, as well as encoun­ters with var­i­ous mam­mals includ­ing mon­keys, hip­popota­mus­es, and sev­er­al ante­lope species.

Burun­di safaris can last a few or many days, but there is a lot to see, pho­to­graph, and discover.

Gitega National Museum Burundi

The Gite­ga Nation­al Muse­um in Burun­di is a loca­tion with a com­pre­hen­sive his­to­ry of the coun­try and is locat­ed in Gite­ga. In 1955, when Bel­gium was still a colony, it was found­ed. The largest muse­um in the coun­try of Burun­di, it hous­es a col­lec­tion of ancient items from both cul­ture and his­to­ry. The muse­um has among oth­ers; the Burun­di­an mon­archs arti­fact dis­plays; the ethno­graph­ic objects and more.

Kibira National Park

One of the must-see loca­tions in Burun­di is Parc nation­al de Kibi­ra, which is sit­u­at­ed at the crest of the Con­go Nile in the coun­try’s north­west­ern region. The wood­land used to be a hunt­ing area for Burun­di­an rulers. In this jun­gle, Sym­pho­nia glob­u­lif­era, Entan­drophrag­ma excel­sum, and Albizia gum­mifera are the three most preva­lent tree species. With pri­mates like the white and black Colum­bus mon­keys, chim­panzees, baboons, and more, this is an excel­lent place to go pri­mate trekking. Anoth­er activ­i­ty avail­able at the park is bird­watch­ing, which fea­tures species like the moun­tain buz­zard, bar-tailed tro­gon, grey par­rot, and black-and-white-casqued hornbill.

Ruvubu National Park

This 508sqkm nation­al park is one of the most famous nation­al parks in the Repub­lic of Burun­di. It was estab­lished in 1980, span­ning through; Ruyi­gi, Muyin­ga, Canku­zo and Karuzi, and stretch­es to south of the Repub­lic of Tan­za­nia. The hip­popota­mus, cape Buf­fa­los, blue mon­keys, olive baboons, red Colum­bus mon­keys, Sene­gal Bush babies, vervet mon­keys, and oth­er ani­mals are among the park’s inhabitants.

Saga Beach

This is one of the beach­es along Lake Tan­ganyika’s coast. It is an urban beach with immac­u­late white sand, clear water, and more. 5 kilo­me­ters to the north-west of Bujum­bu­ra City is Saga Beach, which got its name from the Saga Beach Resort. It has a calm ambiance and is a great place to unwind, enjoy a sun­set stroll, sun­bathe, take a boat ride, and par­tic­i­pate in a vari­ety of oth­er activ­i­ties. You can take a pri­vate car or a tra­di­tion­al Tuk Tuk bike to get to the beach.

Kigwena Natural forest

One of the most beau­ti­ful spots in the Repub­lic of Con­go is the Kig­we­na Nat­ur­al For­est, which is locat­ed in Rumon­ge close to Bururi town and 42 kilo­me­ters from Bujum­bu­ra. It is made up of lux­u­ri­ant foliage, numer­ous pri­mates, but­ter­flies, “caloes,” and oth­er crea­tures. It is a loca­tion for bird watch­ing and trekking with primates.

Mount Heha

The high­est moun­tain in the Repub­lic of Burun­di ris­es to a height of 2684 meters. It is locat­ed about 30 km south­east of Bujum­bu­ra, Burundi’s cap­i­tal and largest city, and about 20 km east of Lake Tan­ganyi­ka. The moun­tain seats are in Burundi’s Bujum­bu­ra Rur­al. The cur­rent eth­nic group­ings in the area are Tut­si, Hutu, and Twa. Among the activ­i­ties avail­able at this peak are bird­watch­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, nature walks, and more.

Best time to Visit the Republic of Burundi

The Repub­lic of Burun­di is open to vis­i­tors all year long, although the long, dry days of Decem­ber to Feb­ru­ary and June to August are par­tic­u­lar­ly con­ducive to out­door activ­i­ties both with­in and out­side of the city. Long rains fall from Feb­ru­ary through May, which may inter­fere with how well things go.

Includ­ed: Go on a Bud­get safari to the Repub­lic of Burun­di, where you can take part in exhil­a­rat­ing safari activ­i­ties, get up and per­son­al with pri­mates, and more. Take a tour of the African con­ti­nen­t’s land­locked nation.

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