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Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park

Overview

It is the capital of Gitega Province, one of the 17 provinces of Burundi. It is the home of the Burundi's National Museum of Gitega and the Archdiocese of Gitega. Several karyenda royal drum sanctuaries are located in the area, as well as the ibwami (royal court).

History

On 29 April 1972, Ntare V of Burundi, the country's last Mwami (King), was killed in Gitega.

Capital city

In March 2007, President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza announced that Burundi was planning to bring back its capital city to Gitega, saying that it is in a better location for a capital than Bujumbura.

Transportation

Gitega is served by Gitega Airport.

History

After Burundi attained full independence on 1 July 1962, there was a military coup d'état in which the king was overthrown and monarchy disbanded in 1966. When King Ntare V tried to reinstate his kingdom, he was assassinated in 1972 at the Royal Palace of Gitega.[2] On 26 April 1996, army attacks at Buhoro killed some 230 civilians.[3] On 21 October, some 70 Tutsi students were burnt alive at Kibimba.[4] In March 2007, President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that Burundi had plans to transfer the capital from Bujumbura to Gitega. According to him, the central location of the city makes it "an ideal place to better serve the majority of the population".[5] The capital was moved on 24 December 2018.

Best Time to Visit

In Gitega, the wet season is overcast, the dry season is partly cloudy, and it is warm year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 49°F to 78°F and is rarely below 45°F or above 82°F. Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Gitega for warm-weather activities is from early June to late September.

Getting There

Gitega is served by Gitega Airport.

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