Burundi is a small, landlocked country with a surface area of 27,830 km2 and 10.8 million inhabitants in 2017. It is one of the poorest countries in the world with a poverty rate of 74.7%. It is also the second most densely populated country in Africa with 470 inhabitants per square kilometer. Burundi’s economy is heavily reliant on the agricultural sector, which, despite the paucity of arable land, employs 80% of the population. Poverty overwhelmingly affects small rural farmers.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Burundi is from january until december, when you will have a pleasant or warm temperature and limited till mediocre rainfall. The highest average temperature in Burundi is 31°C in january and the lowest is 22°C in june.

When to Visit Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu lies just a few hours from Kigali by bus. It makes for a great overnight or weekend trip. The lake would also be a convenient stopover for those traveling to visit Virunga National Park in DR Congo. You could easily make a small detour before traveling on to cross the border at Goma. If you are visiting Rwanda for a gorilla trekking safari in Volcanoes National Park, Lake Kivu would be an excellent place to stop by for a rest either before or after the trip.

Getting There

How to Get to Bujumbura by Air

The international airport is about 11kms from the capital Bujumbura and is maintained well enough to cater to most of your needs. Taxis are available from the airport to the city. Air travel to Burundi is inexpensive with direct flights from France, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Congo and Kenya. Charter flights are available at very cheap rates from Bujumbura to Kigali and Cyangugu only. There are no other means of flying from any other part of Burundi to Bujumbura.

How to Get to Bujumbura by Bus

It is possible to drive to Bujumbura from either the north or the south of Democratic Republic of Congo. The road from Rwanda to Bujumbura is also passable but from Tanzania, it is poor. Because of the ongoing ethnic clash, visitors should note that border entry points are sometimes closed. Within Burundi, mini buses, buses and share taxis connect the major towns and cities to Bujumbura. However, travelling around Burundi by car or any other means of transpo

The capital of Burundi is Bujumbura, built along the shores of Lake Tanganyika; the second largest and second deepest lake in the world. Bujumbura meets the lake and then quickly turns into some steep terrain that changes into the mountains. Parts of Bujumbura have a seaside atmosphere while others have mountain views. It’s definitely an interesting city with lots of potential, but instability has ruined it’s reputation and limited its growth. These two photos above and below were taken from the higher parts of Bujumbura where you can see the entire city and Lake Tanganyika below.


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