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Burundi is a country of wonderful landscapes, from mountain-tops to forests, huge lakes to tropical plateau. This topographical patchwork mirrors Burundi’s cultural patchwork, one which has interwoven both Hutu and Tutsi tribal strands, often with violent consequences.

Places to Visit in Burundi
Arts and Craft: Study the Arts and Crafts of the Burundians: leather, ceramics, ivory and wood carvings in the Craftwares Village at Giheta, plus sculptures, wickerware and paintings in the towns’ Art School.

Bujumbura: Go to the capital port-city of Bujumbura, a bustling town with a population of approximately 200,000 inhabitants. The area was colonized by the Germans at the end of the 19th century, and there is still architecture dating from that period, including the Postmaster’s House. Other attractions include three museums including the Museè Vivant, a reconstructed open air village displaying Burundian culture, the Islamic Cultural centre, and an excellent market.

Fora and Fauna: Admire the country’s diverse fora and fauna, from savannah to steppers, mountain forests to blooming fields.

Gitega: Stare at a beautiful vista of central plains and the expense of the former royal city, Gitega, from the mountaintops of the Congo Nile range. Gitega has an exquisite charm of its own, from the Chutes de la Kagera waterfall to its National Museum.

Kirundo: In Kirundo, in the far north of Burundi and with its three lakes of Cohoha, Rweru and Rwihinda, settle down for some bird watching. The third lake Rwihinda, is even nicknamed ‘Birds Lake’ because of the sheer quantity of birds (approximately 20 different species) that settle there. A large amount of birds can also be viewed in Kibira National Park.

Lake Tanganyika: Be enticed by the scenic and fun pleasures of Lake Tanganyika, where (in normal circumstances) cafes and restaurants line the lake. Here one can delve into watersports, including sailing, waterskiing and fishing.

Rutovu Monument: Gaze upon the monument near Rutovu, in Bururi Province, which marks Burundi’s claim to the source of the Nile.

Stanley and Livingstone: Around 10 km (6 miles) south of Bujumbura is a stone that marks the historic meeting place of Stanley and Livingstone in 1871.

Urubugu: Compete in the ancient gane of urubugu (also known as mancala). It is played with pebbles or seashells on hollows scooped out on the ground, or with seeds on expensive, elaborately carved wooden boards.

 

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