Burundi is a French-speaking country in east Africa the republic of Burundi republic. A landlocked country located in the Great Rift Valley where east Africa and the African great lake region meet.
It shares borders with Tanzania to the east and southeast, the democratic republic of Congo to the west, Rwanda to the north, and Lake Tanganyika to the southwest. Gitega and Bujumbura, the latter of which is the largest city in the nation, serve as the capital.
Burundi is a country that has a lot to offer in terms of beauty and the natural world due to its grasslands, forests, and lakes. It is a country that is endowed with breathtaking natural beauty.
Burundi has amazing beaches, national parks, and other interesting places where tourists can spend time with their loved ones while taking in the African sun. Burundi’s culture and ethnicity always make an everlasting impression on its tourists.
Here is the list of the top 5 places to visit in Burundi.
1. Pay a visit to the source of the Nile. (The pyramid)
Where the river Nile originates has been the subject of intense discussion. According to some sources, the Nile’s primary source is in Uganda, while the little spring close to Bujumbura is also contending for the title.
The location where some claim the river Nile begins is marked by a commemorative pyramid and it’s a wonderful sight to visit when you’re in town. It is located at kasumo which is 115km southeast of Bujumbura.
Although getting to the pyramid on your own might be a bit tasking unless you have your transportation or a tour scheduled before visiting the location.
2. Go bird watching at a Bird Lake
There are lots of parks and wildlife reserves, lakes where tourists go for bird watching such as the natural habitat in Lake Rwihinda nature reserve which is formerly known as the bird lake, and bururi forest nature reserve which the Burundians once believed to be the connection between heaven and earth.
Tourists will enjoy bird watching in these places as there are different species of birds to look out for. Birds like the African fish eagle, egret, lesser kestrel, great snipe, and others can be seen in these natural habitats
3. Go hiking at Mount Heha
Mount heha is the tallest mountain in Burundi with a height of 2,864m. mountain heha is 65km away from Bujumbura, which is frequently chosen as the starting point for hikers ascending the mountain.
One would need a tour guide to help go through the hiking process. Hiking is an interesting activity at mount heha for those who enjoy hiking.
4. Pay a visit to the living Museum
Burundi’s culture is undeniably rich, that is much certain. Burundi has so many tales to tell its visitors and future generations because it was once a king and was ruled by strong western nations like France, Germany, and Belgium.
Fortunately, they were able to preserve all these relics and records thanks to their museums.
The living museum is a Bujumbura complex that features a zoo, a historical and cultural exhibit, as well as some stores.
Tourists who visit the museum can participate in feeding the animals and occasionally witness concerts that are staged on the museum grounds.
This place is among the best of its sort in Africa and provides an insight into the Burundians’ way of life.
5. Get a tan at the Tanganyika lake
Lake Tanganyika, the longest freshwater lake in the world and one of Africa’s great lakes is undoubtedly one of, if not the most well-known tourist destination in Burundi.
The lake is bordered by Tanzania and Zambia as well but it is constantly ranked as one of the top attractions in Bujumbura. The lake is surrounded by many beaches where tourists can spend their day by the edge of the water while exploring the local eateries and pubs.
One of the things to expect while relaxing at the beaches is seeing a hippopotamus lying next to you under the sweltering Burundian sun. The non-aggressive animals occasionally leave the lakes forest by the beaches.
Other interesting things to do in Burundi include, visiting the national parks for wildlife, trying the Burundi cuisine, etc.
Things to note before leaving for Burundi.
It is important to note that Burundi is one of the African countries that is tough on letting in visitors. The country only allows 6 nation’s in the entire world to Visit or enter the country.
The countries allowed include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda.
The perfect way to visit this country by land is by going through Rwanda, Kenya, or Uganda. It’s best to travel to Burundi by air through Ethiopia as direct flights from other destinations are limited.
Visiting Burundi is dependent on where you want to visit. If you’re visiting the low lands in the southwest, the temperature is slightly warmer while the northern parts are a bit colder.
It is important to also note that there are 2 wet seasons in the country. From February to May and from September to November.
It is advisable to know the security situation of Burundi before going there as some areas in the country are not safe.
Nevertheless, these warnings should not give you a bad impression of the country as there are some safe parts of the country where you can visit and also have fun. they are one of the most accommodating people and they will do their best to accommodate you.