Tourism is slowly making a recovery in Burundi since the end of the country’s civil war. With many of Burundi’s best attractions being off limits, it has taken some time for travellers to start coming back to the country. With numerous lakeside communities and beautiful mountains, this landlocked country is ideal for adventure-seekers. Its location in the African Great Lakes region makes it appealing to travellers, and especially its capital city, Tanganyika, because of its beautiful inland beaches, which are a rarity on the continent.
Tips for travel to Burundi
Canadians must have a valid passport to travel to Burundi. Travellers must also have a visa and be able to show proof of an onward or return ticket.
Political tension, demonstrations and terrorism are all real threats in Burundi. The crime rates is high and increases after dark. Muggings, carjackings, theft and other crimes are common, so avoid travelling alone, especially after dark. Keep passports, personal documents and valuables secure in your hotel safe.
Tourist facilities in Burundi are limited. Be selective with your accommodation and transportation options. The currency is the Burundian franc (BIF). The country operates on a cash-based economy, and credit cards are not widely accepted. Some establishments will accept or exchange US dollars, but they must be printed after 2006. The official languages are Kirundi and French.
Flash floods are possible during the rainy season (February to May) and can result in washed out roads. Pay attention to local weather reports.
Top travel experiences in Burundi
Travellers come to Burundi to explore the country's national parks, reserves and other natural attractions. Kibira National Park and Ruvubu National Park provide an opportunity to explore countless trails, see monkeys up close, camp and view the landscape through observations lookouts. The country also has a number of nature reserves, such as Rusizi National Park, Bururi Natural Reserve, Vyanda Natural Reserve, Lake Rwihinda Natural Reserve, as well as the Nyakazu Break and the Karera Falls.
If you are interested in history and culture, Burundi has two museums. The National Museum in Gitega offers a large collection of ethnographic and archeological items, and the Musée Vivant, in Bujumbura, displays old crafts in small cabins and is surrounded by a beautiful garden landscape. Other places worth visiting include Saga Beach, as well as Gasumo, the southernmost source of the Nile River.
Travel insurance coverage options for trips to Burundi
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|Population (2012):||9,849,569||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||Kirundi, French|
|Diesel (2012):||1.47||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2012):||1.47||1.23 (2013)|