The Republic of Burundi is an exciting place to visit to experience the “real” Africa. Set on the African Plateau in east-central Africa, it is in high rolling hill country between the Nile and the Zaire rivers. Burundi is growing in popularity as an exotic holiday destination, particularly the capital, Bujumbura. The locals speak mainly Rundi, Swahili or French and the currency is the Burundi Franc. Burundi has some beautiful places to visit with many National Parks, National Reserves and mighty rivers. Visitors will see bananas, beans, coconuts, coffee and tea plantations and cotton which are all grown for export around your Burundi rental accommodation.
Burundi offers a host of things to do. Shopping should be a part of any stay in Burundi and handicrafts are a particularly good buy. Leather, ceramics, wood carving and wickerwork can all be found in the shops and craft markets near your Burundi holiday rental. Eating out is an affordable pleasure. The country has some delicious cuisine, beautifully prepared in restaurants from the fresh local produce. In the city of Bukumbura there are many museums to visit, including the Musee Vivant which is an open-air village showing Burundian culture. There are also some historic buildings and interesting architecture in the city. Further afield, visitors can go bird watching on the lakes of Cohoha, Rweru and Rwihinda. Rwihindi is known as Bird Lake for the many species which can be seen here.
Visitors will want to explore this amazing country around their Burundi holiday home. The beautiful Chutes de la Kagera waterfall and the National Museum at Gitega are popular attractions in Burundi.In the capital, Bujumbura, the Postmaster’s House, built by the Germans in the 19th century is worth a visit and just outside the city is the historic meeting place of explorers Stanley and Livingstone in 1871. The Kibira National Park covers 400 km ² and is mainly rain forest. A trip to Lake Tanganyika, the longest freshwater lake in the world, is also worth a trip, situated in the Great Rift Valley.
Burundi has a hot Equatorial climate which varies greatly with the altitude and seasons. The best time to visit is in the dry seasons, from June through August and the months of January and February. The capital city, Bujumbura, has an average temperature of 24°C (75°F) whilst the savannahs of the eastern zone, the Kumosos, are higher and cooler with temperatures averaging 19°C (66°F).
The main airlines serving Burundi are Air Burundi, Kenya Airways, KLM and Ethiopian Airlines. The main airport serving your Burundi holiday home will probably be the Bujunmura International (BJM) Airport, which is 11 km (7 miles) north of the capital. From there taxis are the best way to reach your holiday destination in Burundi.