Tiny in stature, but big on landscapes, Burundi has largely been forgotten over the years, due in no small part to the violent intertribal conflicts that followed its independence in 1962. With the arrival of peace, it is hoped that this beautiful and little discovered country will begin to flourish once more.
Bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it lies amongst the vast panoramas of the Great Lakes region of East Africa; a land of soaring mountains and captivating lakeside villages that are filled with the irrepressible joie de vivre of its people.
Its old colonial capital is Bujumbura, the country’s largest city and main port. Nestling beside the waters of Lake Tanganyika, it offers visitors some impressive views of the world’s second deepest lake and some of the finest inland beaches anywhere on the African continent. You can paddle dugout canoes across Rwihinda’s Lake of Birds, visit the impressive setting of the Karera Waterfalls, or take a moment to ponder on the spot where Stanley was alleged to have uttered those immortal words…”Dr Livingstone, I presume?”. A visit to the Rusizi National Parc also provides a chance to catch a glimpse of Gustave, the world’s largest man eating Nile crocodile, whilst a performance of the famous Burundi Drummers is the perfect way to experience Burundi’s infectious spirit.
Paddle in a dugout canoe on the Lake of Birds in Rwihinda National Reserve.