Uvira is adjacent to the towering mountains of the Great Rift Valley. The mountains are part of the Mitumba Mountain range that stretches along the Western Rift Valley in Burundi and Eastern Congo west of lake Tanganyika. The two main peaks, Mount Kahuzi (3,308m) and Mount Biéga (2,790m) are extinct volcanoes.
Our visit to Uvira came on a Saturday and most of the residents of the town were mingling around in the main road, visiting cafes, doing their shopping or trying to sell their goods. A bustling city scene with thousands of colourfull people!
As in other countries around the world the river through the town is the cenral hype of activity. The river in Uvira was used on one side of the bridge as car wash, with huge trucks been driven right to the edge of the river and been washed. Whereas on the otherside women washed their laundry and kids played in the water.
To the border between the DRC and Burundi one finds a perfect tarred road, however the first 5 kilometers within the DRC the road surface is none existent and one can expect a very bumpy ride. However right after the T-Junction from the border road to the main road to Uvira the road is tarred again.