Burundi is a remote and largely untravelled country in Eastern Africa. Decades of civil unrest deterred visitors from venturing to this tiny country, but not anymore. As conditions and security improve, Burundi is making its first appearance on the world stage after a very long hiatus.
Although Burundi is not without its challenges, it provides adventurous travellers the opportunity to discover an exciting pocket of the world not seen by most. And since Burundi has been closed off and untouched by the outside world for almost a generation, it offers a rare glimpse into the past and a simpler way of life.
Burundi’s diverse landscapes means there is no end of outdoor delights to explore.
Visitors can track chimpanzees through the ancient rainforests of the Parc National de la Kibira, swim in the hot springs near the source of the Nile River in Rutovu, enjoy the cooling spray of the Karera Waterfalls, and drift on a wooden boat on Nyanza Lake. You can also encounter countless species of birds and animal life within Burundi’s many natural reserves such as the Rusizi, the Bururi and the Rwihinda Lake natural reserves.
While you are discovering the country’s natural features don’t forget to relish in Burundi’s rich and vibrant traditions and culture. The capital city of Bujumbura and Gitega, Burundi’s second-largest city are the country’s cultural centres.
Bujumbura is a small and heady city that was heavily influenced by French design and culture during its time as a Belgium colony. The French presence is still very evident, and to this day you will feel a certain joie de vivre while enjoying the capital’s many splendid places to wine, dine and dance the night away. Be sure to visit the Institute Français Burundi, a cultural centre that showcases a variety of interesting events, from cooking classes to art-house films. The second stop in Buju should be a tour through the twisting maze of the Central market. Like in most East African markets, you will find a delicious assortment of fresh produce, heaps of second hand clothing shipped in from Europe and odorous piles of tiny dried fish. Not far from the capital is Gitega, more like a large village that a city, but houses Burundi’s Musée National. The museum isn’t extraordinarily impressive but does include an interesting collection of traditional instruments among other Burundian artifacts.
Just outside of Bujumbura are the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, home to some of the most beautiful inland beaches in Africa, including Saga Beach. Probably one of the most famous tourist attractions in Burundi, Saga Beach offers visitors long stretches of clean white sand, calm waters, a host of restaurants and a few stunning resorts.
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