Burundi Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Things to Do
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Things to Do
    by CatherineReichardt

Burundi Things to Do

  • Travel with Children in Burundi

    Burundi has an amazing climate, fabulous inland beaches, friendly people, great local food and a fascinating culture and heritage. This is a unique destination where your child can potentially dance with the traditional dancers, learn about life in various villages and townships, swim in the Lake Tanganyika, scramble up the green hills for an...

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  • Travel with Children in Burundi

    Burundi has an amazing climate, fabulous inland beaches, friendly people, great local food and a fascinating culture and heritage. This is a unique destination where your child can potentially dance with the traditional dancers, learn about life in various villages and townships, swim in the Lake Tanganyika, scramble up the green hills for an...

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  • In The Haven of Africa (East Africa)

    East Africa is a region full of contrasts, a land where the old and the new, tradition and modern, east and west, blend, to create a fascinating, exciting, adventurous and relaxing destination. This is a place that magically unfolds irresistible, charming touches rooted in traditional African hospitality which is topped up with ultra modern...

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  • THE LASHING GREEN HILLS OF BURUNDI

    In the ‘Heart of Africa’ landscapes comprise of green hills that are fertile with volcanic soil which is perfect for agriculture, the main economic backbone of Burundi. The favorable tropical climate in the upcountry region allows production of food that the city dwellers depend on all year long. Food produced varies from vegetables to cereals...

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  • Look out for stunning birdlife in the...

    (work in progress)The Burundian lowlands are chequered with rice paddies, which attract a whole range of wading birds. All sorts of heron, egrets, ibis, kingfisher are attracted to the paddies, whose reptile and fish life provides rich pickings for hungry birdies.In this instance, a flock of glossy ibis (black) and cattle egrets (white) took flight...

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  • Redifining Burundi

    The sad truth is that many travelers have misconceptions about Burundi. People wish those traveling to the country things like ‘be safe’ and so often many began to wonder whether there might be some truth to it. But walking through Bujumbura airport so easily when you had worried about it so much before will make you realize that maybe things...

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  • Meeting the locals

    Burundi, compared to the rest of Africa, probably has the best and an amazing multitude of happy and friendly people who are proud of their country and will make sure you enjoy your visit. They share both a common language and collective cultural elements which are admirable. Burundian culture promotes oneness and this makes it beautiful and...

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  • Reliving the History and Ancient Times...

    The hilly slopes of Burundi have a truly amazing people, culture and history. You can explore a traditional way of life in a small ‘Busekera’ village, visit the countryside and learn about its farming community, or participate in the discovery of the history behind the vibrant life in these hills.The original inhabitants of Burundi, just like the...

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  • Trusting a Travel Agent

    Today, with the overwhelming number of sources for travel information (the Internet, cable television, newspapers, magazines, guidebooks, etc.), it’s no wonder the consumer is confused. Yet that is precisely why the services of a professional travel consultant are more valuable than ever.People know travel agents beat consumers at uncovering the...

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  • "Dr Livingstone, I presume?"

    “Dr Livingstone, I presume?”Perhaps Burundi’s greatest historical claim to fame is that it provided the backdrop for great explorers of the Victorian era to meet. In fact the shores of Lake Tanganyika provided the setting for not one, but two meetings between these travel titans: the meetings between David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley, and...

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  • The bamboozling floating islands of Lake...

    It’s fair to say that when you consider lakes in Burundi, it’s more likely that it’s Lake Tanganyika rather than Lake Dogodogo comes to mind. However, if you’re driving north out of Bujumbura towards the Rwandan border and fancy a break, then Lake Dogodogo is probably worth a brief detour off the main road (less than 1km) , if only for the bragging...

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  • Lake Dogodogo: mess about in boats at...

    There are a few fishermen who operate on Lake Dogodogo, so if you're game, you may be able to negotiate a trip out in a dugout canoe hollowed out from a tree trunk. If so, bear in mind that these things don’t have a keel, and their flat bottoms mean that the slightest weight redistribution in the canoe can result in alarming instability. Even if...

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  • Rub shoulders with Buj's equestrian...

    It probably wouldn’t be the obvious location for a newcomer to town, but one of the nicest places in Bujumbura to enjoy a sundowner is at the Equestrian Club (Cercle Hippique).The club itself predates World War II and is best described as a somewhat rundown hacienda. During the week, it is the haunt of former Burundian cabinet ministers who gather...

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  • An unexpected place for a Greek Orthodox...

    Of all the landmarks in Bujumbura (by my admission, a fairly modest haul), the most unexpected was the large and very beautiful Greek Orthodox church, which is undoubtedly the most impressive place of worship in the city.Apparently Bujumbura used to have a sizeable Greek community which justified the construction of such a large church. However,...

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  • Share a view enjoyed by Livingstone and...

    Lake Tanganyika occupies a narrow trough along the western limb of the Rift Valley, and is sharply defined by mountains that rear steeply up on either side. It would therefore seem logical that if you’re looking for a daytrip out of Bujumbura, a drive south on the main road along Lake Tanganyika is an obvious bet. Whilst it’s certainly possible, to...

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  • Picnicking at the source of the Nile

    If you happen to be at the source of the Nile around lunch time - which would fit with a leisurely post-breakfast departure from Bujumbura - there’s a covered pergola by the pyramid (and several others within a short strolling distance around the hilltop) which are excellent for enjoying an unhurried and unhassled picnic. If this idea appeals, then...

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  • Jogging along in Bujumbura

    By anyone’s standards, Bujumbura’s a bit of an odd place – and this is never more apparent than when a jogger suddenly halts in midstride and starts doing situps in the middle of a public road regardless of oncoming traffic! I can say with some confidence that it’s not a behaviour I have ever experienced elsewhere, yet I witnessed this twice within...

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  • Lovely tea plantations, but a...

    Because I am a teapot of note, the mere sight of tea planations fills my heart with joyous anticipation, so I was excited to see hillsides full of tea in the cooler mountains inland of Bujumbura.However, I should own up to the fact that I am addicted to 'builders' tea' (for the uninitiated, this is strong, milky tea, preferably served in bucket...

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  • The beautifully appointed Independence...

    The Independence Memorial is located at the top of Avenue Belvedere in the Presidential quarter, which clings to a steep hillside commanding a spectacular view out over Lake Tanganyika - the name is the giveaway as 'Belvedere' means 'viewpoint'.The monument consists of three archways which frame the view out over the lake. These are labelled...

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  • Buj's best vantage point over Lake...

    Undoubtedly the easiest way to get a panoramic view out of Lake Tanganyika is to catch a taxi up Avenue Belvedere to the Independence Memorial in the Presidential Quarter. Although there is a cursory attempt at access control, in reality, all you have to do is smile and wave as though you belong there and you shouldn't have any problems.Because the...

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  • A Primus depot in every town, village...

    It's difficult to describe the stranglehold that the Primus beer brand has over the Burundian market.From the giant Primus beer bottle on the approach from the airport to town to the brewery smack bang in the city centre to the distinctive blue and yellow Primus depots in every town, village and hamlet, it's nigh on impossible to ignore, and it's...

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  • The Primus brewery: a truly strategic...

    Primus is Burundi’s No.1 beer brand, and its reach even into the most remote areas – where its characteristic royal blue and yellow depots are usually the most substantial and best secured structures in the villages - is indeed impressive.It would not be understating the case to state that the Primus brewery in Bujumbura is considered a facility of...

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  • The tree where German colonial forces...

    As you drive from the airport into town, you'll pass an enormous tree located at a fork in the road. This tree has long been a meeting place, and a venue for significant events, which is probably why this section of the road features a number of posters of Burundian leaders.The tree has the odd distinction of providing the location where the...

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  • How ugly is a statue that it's hidden...

    OK, this statue has me bamboozled, and I can't find any reference to it anywhere, so let's indulge in a little speculation and extrapolate on the meagre facts ...According to the commemorative plaque, this larger than life bust commemorates the Burundian Declaration of Independence from its former colonial power, Belgium, in 1962. So I'm assuming...

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  • The turquoise footbath at the source of...

    Ever eager to add a little opportunistic tourism onto a business trip, I pored over the map of Burundi and was thrilled to see a point in the highland interior marked, ‘southern source of the Nile’. Egged on by the ghosts of David Livingstone, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke and Henry Morton Stanley - who devoted much of their lives searching...

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  • Commemorating the coup that sparked a...

    It's a fair bet that most tourists visiting Burundi (and that's not a lot in the first place) know very little about its history, other than its tragic involvement in the genocide that devastated the region in the 1990s. At a push, many would know that prior to independence, it was a Belgian colony, and a few - probably Germans - would recall that...

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  • Burundi Drummers - esp Royal Burundi...

    The Royal Drummers of Burundi are a percussion ensemble from Burundi and a famed part of Burundi culture and tradition. Drums are regarded as sacred in Burundi and the traditions and techniques remain unchanged and passed down through the generations from father to sons apparently for generations. Performances have been an important part of births,...

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  • The pyramid at the other end of the Nile

    (work in progress)Just by the southern source of the Nile is a small hill that commands gorgeous views out over the surrounding highland landscapes. There is a well maintained gravel path from the car park and the walk to the hill top should take less than 10 minutes for someone of reasonable fitness. On a fine day you can see as far as Lake...

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  • CHEAP VISA ON ARRIVAL

    Burundi offers a cheap, but very strange, Visa on Arrival on their land border with Rwanda (Kayanza Haut). I have listed the prices/time limits below. What is strange about this Visa is that you do not pay at the border. The Border Guards will stamp your passport, write down your details and then give you a handwritten note telling you to go to...

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  • Find out whether there is a tourist...

    We past this building on the corner of the major road that goes in to Bujumburra from near where our guest house was located - so its quite a way out of the city centre but apart from 2 flags out the front how to know if and when this 'office' is open?Would certainly be good to have maps and tourist information - though we were given some info...

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  • Stamps, postcards and philatelic items

    Ive been collecting stamps since I was a child and I recall getting stamps from Burundi in the standing order collections that came - and then on through the years when getting quality philatelic stamp orders - I recall them being interesting stamps particularly with politics or colourful flowers and animals as most stamps generally are known for...

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  • Go to the markets - ladies fabrics &...

    Not just a shopping tip but an opportunity to take when in Burundi - the colours, patterns and designs on the fabrics and ready made oufits here are beautiful and all the African women in our group had high priority plans to go shopping when we had the chance!Even I bought an African dress - in my favourite colour green! and back in London other...

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  • Look for hippos along the shore of Lake...

    Lake Tanganyika is a huge lake bordered by Burundi and the Congo - actually it is the second largest freshwater lake in the world!We went to several places to look for hippos that live here and apparently often come into the shallower waters along the shores - crocodiles do too apparently! - both are known for being extremely dangerous creatures...

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  • Go down to the Lake

    Lake Tanganyika, is a large fresh water lake, part of the Rift Valley system.It is pleasant to stroll along at the water's edge and see the pier and people enjoying themselves in the water. The lake plays an integral role in the life of the country with regards to transport , navigation, leisure activities, as well as being the source of the water...

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  • Walk around

    Bujumbura is a green city. There are trees planted along the roads and are much appreciated . One of the roads has Terminalia indica planted along the sides giving plentiful shade.

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  • THE CRAZIEST ZOO IN AFRICA - BUJUMBURA

    You could call this place either completely crazy or even fun. Either way you will never see a zoo like this one. The Musée Vivant was once a full zoo before the civil war and many of its prized animals disappeared. It still has some interesting collections. When I arrived I was ushered in a by my friendly guide and the first building we came to...

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  • visit local zoo

    visit the local zoo and open air museum...they are small but worth to visit..to see localfauna and local history and culture of the country

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  • stroll around the capital

    bujumbura is quite big city..but safe and not too busy....you can walk on foot around and see main sights

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  • make a trip by rowing boat on lake

    as burundi is still not so touristized as other countries you can get good tour by rowing boat for economic price and people are very friendly

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  • When visiting Burundi you...

    When visiting Burundi you should not miss the lake Tanganyika valley and the highlands in the north. When you arrive from the north towards Bujumbura you pass by a spot in the outskirts of Bujumbura from where there is a spectacular view overlooking the city down in the valley and the Tanganyika lake.

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