Burundi Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Burundi

Where is it?: Burundi is east of Democratic Republic of the Congo

Why do people go here?: Generally not a good place for travelers now

What are the main entry points?: Gatumba, Unda, Buganola, Rubombo, and Cibitoke

Currency used: Burundi franc

Country Code for Phones: 257

Religion: Roman Catholic 65%, Protestant and Anglican 5%, Muslim 10%, indigenous religious beliefs 20%

Population: 8.3 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Hutu, Twa, Tutsi, Africans, Europeans, Asians

Government: Republic

Languages: Kirundi, French

Travel Information

Major Cities: Bujumbura, Gitega, Muyinga, Ngozi, Ruyigi, Kayanza, Bururi, Rutana, Muramvya, Makamba

Attractions: Chutes de la Kagera, Kibabi Hot Springs, Lake Tanganyika, Rusizi National Park, Ruvubu National Park,Makamba Nature Reserve, Karera Falls, Rusizi National Park, Bururi Natural Reserve, Saga Beach, Rwihinda Lake Natural Reserve

Tourism Office locations and links: B.P. 902 Bujumbura 257 Bujumbura, Burundi, Burundi Tourism Office

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Rusizi National Park

Health Issues: Malaria, Dengue, Visceral leishmaniasis, Filariasis, severe hemorrhagic fevers, Cholera, dysenteries;typhoid fever; hepatitis A and E; and diarrheal diseases, including giardiasis, are widespread.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: The best time to visit Burundi is in January, May and September.

Common Phrases: Bwakeye / Mwaramutse – hello, good morning!; Mwiriwe – good afternoon/evening; Ijoro ryiza -good night; Turabonaye / Nakagaruka – see you later; N’agasaga – see you, good by; Urakomeye? – how are you?; Kira! – Bless you!; Kaze! – welcome!

Specific Events/Holidays: Day of Unity every February 5, Labor Day every May 1, Independence Day every July 1, Eid-ul-Adha – Feast of the Sacrifice every November, Christmas Day every December 25.

Getting Around: Majority of roads in Burundi are sealed. The main public transportation is the minibuses. Destinations are shown in the front of the window and they immediately leave when full.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport for travelers taking flights to Burundi is the Bujumbura International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Burundi travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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