Burundi Tourist Places to Visit in Burundi, South Africa, Africa

Burundi Tourist Places to Visit in Burundi, South Africa, Africa

Burundi is a Southeastern African country situated in the African Great Lakes region between 3.5000° S latitude and 30.0000° E longitude. Bujumbura is the capital and largest city of Burundi, located in the western part of the country. Burundi shares its borders with Democratic Republic of the Congo towards the west, Tanzania towards the east and south and Rwanda towards the north.

The tourism of Burundi is concentrated on its natural spots like lakes, beaches and rich landscapes. The Government of Burundi adopted the Presidential republic system. The five major cities of Burundi are listed below:

  • Bujumbura
  • Bururi
  • Cibitoke
  • Gitega
  • Muyinga


History of Burundi:

The communities of Twa, Hutu and Tutsi are the indigenous people of Burundi who have been settled for around five hundred years. Before becoming a part of the German East Africa at the end of the 19th century, Burundi had seen over 200 year rule of the Kingdom of Burundi beginning from 1680. Following the defeat of Germany in World War I, Burundi came under the control of Belgium as a part of Ruanda-Urundi and finally the independence of Burundi was proclaimed from Belgium on 1 July 1962.


How to reach Burundi?

The Bujumbura International Airport in the capital city, Bujumbura, is the prime airport of Burundi. It handles flights from Entebbe, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kigoma, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Brussels, Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Air Burundi is the national airline of Burundi.

There is no train service in Burundi but buses serve all the major cities of the country including Bujumbura.

Buses and vans are commonly used for local travel in the cities of Burundi.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Burundi:

Burundi is a country with diverse category people, dominated by Hutu covering around 85% of the country’s population, followed by Tutsi and Twa. Kirundi is the official and commonly communicated language in Burundi and French is used as the second official language.

Burundian franc is the currency used in Burundi. Traditional crafts of wood and cotton are famous among visitors which can be purchased at an outdoor market near Musee Vivant in Bujumbura.

Beef brochette or kebab is the national dish of Burundi. Rice and beans items are also available in Burundi, prepared by South Asian community people in the country.


Places to see in Burundi:


Lake Tanganyika:

The Lake Tanganyika is one of the most important tourist attractions of Burundi, shared between four countries, Burundi, Zambia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is considered as the 2nd largest as well as the 2nd deepest freshwater lake in the world. Boating and fishing are the popular activities among visitors here.


Burundi National Museum:

The Burundi National Museum is situated in the city of Gitega, around 100 km away from the capital, Bujumbura. The museum describes the complete history, culture and tradition beginning from the Kingdom of Burundi to modern days.


Livingstone–Stanley Monument:

A rock monument, the Livingstone–Stanley Monument is located in Mugere, around 12 km away from Bujumbura. It is noted as a site where the two famous personalities Dr David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley met together on 25–27 November 1871.


Kibira National Park:

Occupying around 400 km², the Kibira National Park is the situated in the northwestern part of Burundi extending to the southwestern part of Rwanda where it is called the Nyungwe Forest National Park. It is well known for the typical bird population including Great Blue Turaco, Mountain Buzzard and White-spotted Flufftail.

Musee Vivant:

The Musee Vivant is a natural history museum and also houses a small zoo with crocodiles, birds, chimpanzees and many other native lives. Entrance fee is 2,000 BFU and guide is provided. It is located in Bujumbura in Burundi.


List of other places of interest in Burundi include:

  • Saga Plage
  • Karera Beach
  • Rusizi National Park
  • Mount Heha
  • Chutes de la Kagera
  • Burundi Museum of Life
  • Ruvubu National Park
  • Burundi Geological Museum


Best time to visit Burundi:

The best and most popular time to visit Burundi is during the months between May and October while the weather remains pleasant and supportive for outdoor activities.


Accommodation options in Burundi:

Burundi houses around 70 plus modernized accommodation centres including resorts, hotels, service apartments, holiday rentals, BB and inns of which the most are located in the capital city, Bujumbura. Below is the list of the top end hotels in Bujumbura in Burundi:

  • Hotel Dolce Vita Resort
  • Hotel Botanika
  • King’s Conference Centre
  • Hotel La Palmeraie
  • Jardin Tropical Studios Apartment
  • Roca Golf Hotel
  • Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika
  • Le Clos des Limbas
  • Nonara Beach Resort
  • Royal Palace Hotel
  • Hotel Residence Ubuntu
  • Cercle Nautique
  • Yombe Palace Hotel
  • Water Front Hotel
  • City Hill Hotel

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