This tiny nation in the Great Lakes region of Africa has plenty to offer adventurous tourists. Its national parks such as Kibira are rich in wildlife while other natural gems such as Lake Tanganyika draw those who enjoy the fine things in life. Bustling Bujumbura, the capital, has ample cultural hotspots while the second city of Gitega has its own charms.
For those in the know, the tropical hideaway of Burundi offers everything from water sports and dining on freshwater fish in plush hotels to more rugged expeditions. For cultural offerings start your explorations in Bujumbura, where museums like the Burundi Museum of Life and the Burundi Geological Museum await. Gitega is Burundi’s second city and of interest for the ibwami (Royal Court) and its karyenda (Royal Drum Sanctuaries).
But it is Burundi’s natural areas that are its biggest draw. Kibira National Park borders with Rwanda and is home to lush vegetations as well as nearly 100 varieties of mammal. Rurubu National Park sees fewer visitors but has equally interesting wildlife. Meanwhile Lake Tanganyika in the southwest of the country is Burundi’s water sports epicentre and where you can indulge in dining on fresh shrimp and beach lounging on its shores.
The capital of Burundi is host to a nice selection of international standard hotels including a Novotel that offer rooms for US$100 upwards a night. Marginally cheaper options exist in Bujumbura for around US$70 to 80 a night. Outside the main cities accommodation is basic and inexpensive with the exception of Lake Tanganyika, which features a luxury four-star hotel.
Visitors can arrive in Burundi via Bujumbura International Airport in the capital, with the airport serving mostly neighbouring African countries as well as Brussels, Belgium. It is also possible to arrive in Bujumbura by ferry from Kigoma, Tanzania.