Burundi Tourism attractions in Brief
The “EDEN” in the heart of Africa
The geographical position of Burundi in the heart of Africa and its wonderful landscapes are making the country a real paradise which is sometimes called “The SWITZERLAND IN AFRICA.” The soft and temperature climate in Burundi as well as the variety of its geographical structure are making the country the best place for holidays and relaxation.
But the relaxation would be more thrilling in Burundi, a country which is very well known for its legendary hospitality, if you can visit the whole of it . Then, you may discover that “Eden Garden,” like the explorers of the last century in the very middle of the African continent.
It is necessary to know the kind of harmonious patchwork which is made by the climate as it varies from one region to another. So, the area of the peak Congo Nile, which is covered with the big Kibira forest has got a pleasant heigh climate, soft and temperature. A delicious tropical is found within the region of the Central plateau and the thousands of hills surrounding, as well as the depressions in the Eastern and North-Eastern part of Burundi.
The capital Bujumbura
The foundation of Bujumbura is dated back in 1876. Initially, Bujumbura was onlly a port on the shore of the Lake Tanganika. But, it soon developed into an important business city which will finally become the Capital of Burundi. Bujumbura is throning on the shore of the lake Tanganika which is geographically the western border of the country.
|All year long, the lake Tanganyika remains attractive for all kind of fantastic fans: skiing water, sailing, fishing and many other activities which usually imply strolls along the lake. And beside the private swimming pools in some hotels or at the “Entente Sprotive Restaurant'” there are many beautiful places along the lake which are convenient for swimming, especially the public beach of KAJAGA, near the Hotel “Club du Lac Tanganika.”|
But for the guests who are not fond of water, sometimes because of different interesting lubs for relaxation, Bujumbura offers you: golfl, tennis, wolley-ball, horse riding, bowling and even a flying-club.
In addition to sports activities, Bujumbura may be considered as a select place for the gastronomy.
In fact, because of the big number of restaurants (“Entente Sportive”, “Monastère”, Cercle Hellenique”, “Cremaillère”…) Bujumbura has rather become a place of competition between the owners of restaurants. They are struggling to improve by all means the quality of their food in order to satisfy their guests.
Most of the hotels have international class restaurants.
Bujumbura has plenty to offer in the way of entertainment. The tourist can dine beside the lake Tanganyika perhaps savoring a delicious local fish called the “Sangala,” and then spend the evening in a night club, relaxing in a friendly atmosphere.
The lake Tanganika, full of fish, is the deepest in the world just after Lake Baikal in the former USSR.
Lake Tanganyika :
- Length: 800 km
- Width: 50km
- Superficies: 32,000 square
- Altitude: 771m
From the top to the mountains which constitute the peak Congo Nile, you have a beautiful view of the central plains and Gitega which is the second town of Burundi. The city of Gitega ia a peacful place with peculiar beauty and exquisite charm.
The route Bujumbura-Gitega goes via Muramvya (50 km from Bujumbura) through wonderful green landscapes. At 12 kilometers from Gitega, the road reaches Giheta, an artistic center for different works in leather, ceramic, ivory, wood-carvings…. This is the opportunity to memorize the trip in the area by purchasing some artistic works at the centre.
Fauna and Flora
The geographical structure of Burundi and the micro-climates within the country involve a diversity of vegetation. Thus, from the savanna to the steppers, through ombrophilous mountain forest, Burundi is a delightful blooming country. The fauna is quite rich and comprises different type of animals: antilopes, hares, buffalos, cynocephalus.
|There are crocodiles and hippopotomus in Lake Tanganika where they can sometimes be seen form the shore.Beauty, variety and scientific value of Lake Tanganika, Ruvubu and Kibira are worthy of great interest of ecologists.|
Tourist Trips Conducted by Burundi Tours Travel Agency
Before explaining the different round trips through out the country conducted by Burundi Tours Travel Tours, it is useful to know that Burundi has preciously protected all the historical traces of the explorers of the last centry who stopped over its territory.
So, the very spot, where Livingtone shook hands with Stanely, is still alive because of the big stone which was previously put there by God as if he had foreseen that place for the event in the history of the African continent.
It is also true fro the “German Falls.” Therefore, it is rather interesting to make journey in Burundi as it gives delight and instruction.
The Northern Round Trip
(Bujumbura – Bugarama – Teza – Kayanza – Ngozi – Kirundo – Gitega – Bujumbura)
From Bujumbura to Bugarama, the road is going up a steep hillside before to reach the peach of Congo-Nile. If you happen to look behind at about 10 kilometers from Bujumbura you will have a very nice view of the Bujumbura Capital, with its Lake Tanganika reflecting the sky as a mirror and also the large plain of Imbo which is bordering with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
So, after, Bugarama, there are important tea plantations and the big factory of Teza which is at about 2,666 meters of height. Coffee is grown in Kayanza and Ngozi provinces. Kirundo is the next province after Ngozi.
Kirundo is fantastic place because of its nice lakes COHOHA and RWERU and especially the lake RWIHINDA which is now called, as a surname, the “Birds Lake.” In fact, there are many birds which are coming over there form different parts of the world just for a season as if they have simply pointed out for vacation purpose. The trip in the North leads also to Gitega, the second city in Burundi where drummers dancers use to entertain visitors. gitega is a center of different important cultural and scientific Institutes: the National Museum, and the School of Arts.
On the way back to Bujumbura, there is a break at Muranvya which is the former residence place for the kings taught in the history of Burundi.
The Southern Round Trip
(Bujumbura – Livingstone and Stanely Place – Resha Center – Bururi – Nile Source – Thermal Sources of Muhweza – Gihofi – Nyakazu – Gitega – Gihofi – Nyakazu – Gitega – Bujumbura).
The southern round trip goes from Bujumbura by the road leading to Rumonge. At a few kilometers from Bujumbura, the tourist will stoop at the place where Livingston met with Stanely in 1871. This is not far from Bujumbura. At 60 kilometers further from Bujumbura, there is a lodging place whtih they call ” Resha Center,” the former Mauss castle. That lodging is managed by the “Source du Nil Hotel” in Bujumbura. There is a good restaurant and it is a nice place for swimming, ski diving or camping.
The trip continues to Bururi province after having crossed a big forest with monkeys. This is a good opportunity to visit the southern Nile Source at Rutovu where a symbolic pyramid had been built by the authorities.
|To visit this source, discovered in 1934 by the German explorer Burckhard Waldecker, one first has to travel to the commune of Rutovu, perched at the summit of Mount Kikizi, (2,145 meters). Starting out as a tiny trickle of water, the stream will change its name successively to Kasenyi, Kasumo, Kigira, Ruvyironza, Ruvubu, Kagera, Lake Victoria, Victoria Nile, Lake Kyoga, and Lake Albert, before finally becoming the mighty Nile, traveling for 6,700 km and almost tickling the feet of Egypt’s famous pyramids on its way to meet the Mediterranean. A symbolic pyramid has been build at Rutovu.After Rutovu, a short visit is paid to Muhweza hot springs and the “German Falls,” in the Mosso area.
The way back to Bujumbura stops at Gitega and Bugarama.
Gitega and vicinity
The principal sights are the National Museum and the craftwares village. The national Museum contains a rich collection of exhibits depicting the Burundi of yesterday and today; its customs and traditions. Located at the intersection of the Ngozi-Gitega and Muyinga-Gitega roads, the craftwares village attracts many visitors who come to see the craftsmen producing their wares.
Also in Gitega is the Gitega Art School where ceramics, paintings and sculptures are produced. Not far away, at Giheta, similar items are produced by a team of artists. Drummery performances, unique of their kind, are also put on in Gitega. Here too are to be found wickerwork and beads which are much sought-after. Giheta is an artistic center for different works in leather, ceramic ivory, wood-carvings.
Kirundo and the bird Lakes
200 kilometers from Bujumbura, in the North-East of Burundi, is a region of extensive depressions dotted with many lakes and abounding in bird life. It is an area of great scenic beauty where the visitor may discover, by canoe, such lakes as Cohoha, the bird Lake, renowed for its ornithological reserve; and other lakes like Kacamirinda and Kanzigiri.
Many and varied are the tourist attractions of the North-East, among them the Intore dancers and other groups of performers.
Forests and National Parks
- National park of Rusizi
- Forests of Congo-Nile Ridge (Kibira)
- Forests of Kigwena-Rumonge
- National park of Ruvubu
- Forest of Nyakazu and Mwishanga
- National Park of Kibira
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