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Flag of BurundiDue to the present situation in Burundi, we do not offer safaris to this beautiful country. Let us hope that the situation there will soon be safe again.
No country should suffer like this.

Burundi (pronounced {buˈɾundi}), officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Its size is just under 28,000 km² with an estimated population of almost 8,700,000. Its capital is Bujumbura. Although the country is landlocked, much of the southwestern border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika.

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The Twa, Tutsi, and Hutu peoples have occupied Burundi since the country’s formation five centuries ago. Burundi was ruled as a kingdom by the Tutsi for over two hundred years. However, at the beginning of the twentieth century, Germany and Belgium occupied the region, and Burundi and Rwanda became a European colony known as Ruanda-Urundi.

Presently, Burundi is governed as a presidential representative democratic republic. Sixty-two percent of Burundians are Roman Catholic, eight to ten percent are Muslims and the rest follow indigenous beliefs and other Christian denominations.

Quick facts:

  • Official Name Republic of Burundi
  • Population 8,074,254
  • Capital City Bujumbura (331,700)
  • Largest Cities Bujumbura, Gitega, Muyinga, Ngozi
  • Currency Burundi Franc
  • Languages Kirundi (official), French (official), Swahili
  • National Day 1 July, Independence Day
  • Religions Christian, Catholic, traditional beliefs
  • Latitude/Longitude 3° 37’S, 29° 35’E

Statistics:

  • Land Area 25,650 sq km (9.903 sq miles)
  • Highest Point Mount Heha, 8,759 ft. (2,670 m)
  • Lowest Point Lk. Tanganyika, 2,532 ft. (772 m)
  • Land Divisions 16 provinces, including: Bubanza, Bujumbura, Bururi, Cankuzo, Cibitoke, Gitega, Karuzi, Kayanza, Kirundo, Makamba, Muramvya, Muyinga, Mwaro, Ngozi, Rutana and Ruyigi.

Public holidays in Burundi

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • February 5 – Unity Day
  • April 6 – Ntaryamira Day
  • May 1 – Labour Day
  • Varies Ascension
  • July 1 – Independence Day
  • August 15 – Assumption
  • October 13 – Rwagasore Day
  • October 21 – Ndadaye Day
  • November 1 – All Saint’s Day
  • December 25 – Christmas Day

Extra info:

From the wooded Mitumba Mountains in the west, the land drops gradually into an uneven plateau with some grassland savanna, up to its border with Tanzania.

The average elevation of the central plateau is over 5,000 ft.
The landlocked small country of Burundi, located on the northeastern shoreline of Lake Tanganyika, is a very mountainous country. The only land below 3,000 feet is a narrow strip of plain along the Ruzizi River in the west.
Major rivers include the Kanyaru, Malagarasi, Rusize and Ruvubu, and siginificant lakes include the Cohaha, Rwero and of course, Lake Tanganyika.

Travel Recommendations:

Before finalizing and/or making your travel plans to any worldwide destination, we strongly recommend you authenticate and research all of the important details regarding applicable health, passport and visa requirements.

Weather:


Weather conditions and temperatures vary widely in Burundi based on differences in altitude. Generally, the upper elevations in the mountains and the central plateau are cooler than the lowlands in the Lake Tanganyika area.
Overall, the annual temperature (on avg.) is near 25º C (78º F).

The heaviest rain fall is along the Rusizi River in the northwest, while across the country, rainfall is inconsistent.

The longest wet season runs February – May, while the significant dry season is June – August.

Burundi offers to the traveler who’s eager for curiosities a succession of infinite adventures. From the Source of the Nile, you will discover its everlasting green landscape, the beauty of its hills and the kindness of its people.

Burundi is a wonderful destination due to its climate and its many tourist attractions like its natural resources, historic sites, cultural customs and heritage.

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Cobalt and copper are among Burundi’s natural resources. Some of Burundi’s main exports include coffee and sugar.

Burundi’s culture is based on local tradition and the influence of neighboring countries, though cultural prominence has been hindered by civil unrest. Since farming is the main industry in Burundi, a typical Burundian meal consists of sweet potatoes, corn, and peas. Due to the expense, meat is only eaten a few times per month. When several Burundians of close acquaintance meet for a gathering they drink impeke, a beer, together from a large container to symbolize unity. Notable Burundians include the footballer Mohammed Tchité, singer Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidumu (who is based in Nairobi, Kenya).

Crafts are an important art form in Burundi and are attractive gifts to many tourists. Basket weaving is a popular craft for Burundian artisans. Other crafts such as masks, shields, statues, pottery are made in Burundi.

Drumming

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is an important part of Burundian cultural heritage. The world-famous Royal Drummers of Burundi, who have performed for over forty years, are noted for traditional drumming using the amashako, ibishikiso, and ikiranya drums. And a new group called the Burundi drummers Of Atlanta have been showing their talent lately and they are said to be magnificent at what they do.

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Dance often accompanies drumming performance, which is frequently seen in celebrations and family gatherings. The abatimbo, which is performed at official ceremonies and rituals, and the fast-paced abanyagasimbo are some famous Burundian dances. Some musical instruments of note are the flute, zither, ikembe, indonongo, umuduri, inanga, and the inyagara.

Football in BurundiKirundi, French, and Swahili are spoken throughout Burundi. Burundi’s literacy rate is low, due to low school attendance. Ten percent of Burundian boys are allowed a secondary education. Burundi’s oral tradition is strong and relays history and life lessons through storytelling, poetry, and song. Imigani, indirimbo, amazina, and ivyivugo are types of literary genres existing in Burundi.

Basketball and track and field are noted sports in Burundi. Football is a popular pastime throughout the country, as are mancala games.
In Burundi most Christian holidays are celebrated, with Christmas being the largest. Burundian Independence Day is celebrated annually on July 1. In 2005, the Burundian government declared Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic holiday, to be a public holiday.

For the detailed information about Rwanda’s tourist attractions, please visit THE Online Travel Guide for Burundi: ENJOY Burundi.