Safety tips for travellers in Burundi
Burundi is a small country located in East Africa, with some cultural and geographical ties connecting it with Central Africa.It is squeezed in between Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Though it is not a common destination for most travelers that go to East Africa, if you have it in you to bear the risks of visiting Burundi and the means for it, you should definitely consider traveling here.
It has many risks to it – for example, traveling outside the capital of Bujumbura is a risky move, especially after nightfall.However, if you’re an adventurer, you really might have a good time here, as you will mostly run into friendly people – just be sure to get vaccinated against malaria and to drink plenty of water.You should also bear in mind that Burundi is still recovering from a natural disaster that occurred in 2014.
Namely, severe flooding caused destruction countrywide and the country is still suffering the consequences.It is also shaken by political turmoil over the next elections.If you do visit, be sure to visit the Nile Sources near Rutovu, and bring your swimsuit and swimming gear: the hot springs with picturesque surroundings are a heavenly experience for tourists.
Burundi isn’t a safe destination for travelers. You should know that many governments advise their citizens not to travel to the country as it is considered very high risk. Be very aware of your surroundings at all times. Both petty and violent crimes are normal here.
While on your safari please ensure you follow the guidelines below:
- Always make no movements on foot without an armed Ranger escort when you are inside the parks and when outside of park always stay with your driver-guide.
- No Driving in parks from 7:30 pm until 6:30 am.
- Avoid unnecessary movements while inside the parks. There are wild animals and a threat of coming across poachers.
- Avoid game drives without an armed ranger or your drive-guide on board vehicle
- Always ensure to carry a copy of your passport and mobile phone in a back pack though you should turn it off when on activities such as Gorilla Trekking.
- Always use a life vest when on a boat cruise Safari.
- Never leave children unattended to while on a family safari.
- Dress for the occasion while on gorilla and chimpanzee trek, hiking for your well-being.
- Use a porter whenever available for activities such as for Gorilla Trekking and hiking.
- Do not wear Camouflage clothing because it gets you unnecessary attention and is not suggested
- Sitting on the roof of a vehicle is not allowed since the Uganda Wildlife Authority deems it as dangerous.
- Night Game Drives are only conducted with Uganda Wildlife Vehicles except where a lodge is authorized by UWA to do so.
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