Welcome to Burundi
You may not have tiny Burundi on your travel radar, but give it a look. The Burundian people are unabashedly joyful and hospitable, eager to show off their lakeside villages and beautiful mountains.
Ten natural attractions throughout the country are on the UNESCO tentative list, including Lake Rwihinda Natural Reserve, Lake Tanganyika, Rusizi National Park and the Kagera waterfalls. The ritual Burundian drum dance is on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Give Burundi a chance, for its culture, wildlife and eco-tourism opportunities.
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Need To Know
- Burundi’s Lake Tanganyika is the world’s longest freshwater lake, the second-deepest and the second-largest in volume.
- Gustave, the man-eating crocodile responsible for hundreds of deaths, lives in Lake Tanganyika. It is thought to be over 60 years old. It is unknown if it is still alive.
- Melchior Ndadaye was the nation’s first Hutu ruler when he was elected president in 1993.
- Cows are a vital part of national culture and considered a symbol of health, happiness and prosperity. You may hear, “Amashyo,” which translates to “May you have herds of cattle.”
- Burundi is the third most densely populated country in Africa after Mauritius and Rwanda.
Burundi’s official language are French, English and Kirundi.
When To Go
The best time to go to Burundi is between May and September.
Melchior Ndadaye International Airport
Passport must be valid at time of entry.
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The CDC recommends the following vaccines for all travelers when visiting Uzbekistan: Measles, routine vaccinations and Yellow Fever. Most travelers should get Hepatitis A, Malaria and Typhoid vaccinations. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Cholera, Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccines.
Power plugs and sockets: types C and E. Standard voltage: 220V. Frequency: 50Hz.
Official local currency: Burundian Franc
The national highways throughout Burundi are in fair to good condition. Most roads lack lighting, functioning traffic signals, road signs and shoulders.
Public transportation is unregulated and generally unsafe. If using a taxi, negotiate the fare beforehand.
An international driving permit is required.
US Embassy Info
U.S. Embassy Bujumbura
Avenue Des Etats-Unis
Telephone: +(257) 22-20-7000
(Monday – Thursday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. – 12:30p.m.)
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(257) 79-938-841
Fax: +(257) 22-24-3467
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Safety and Security
The crime rate is high in Burundi, with theft, robbery and burglary being the most common crimes. Petty crime occurs at all hours. Take standard safety precautions.
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