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Just back from a quick trip to Bujumbura..
Took Belvedere Bus Lines 10am bus from Kigali (6000 Rwanda Francs) - it took about 6 1/2 hours including border (which was about 45 minutes for everyone). Bought my ticket that morning. I'm Australian - just paid my $40 on the border for 3 day transit visa. No issues. Also changed a little money at the border - rate was a bit less than in Buj but not too bad.
Paid 3000 Burundi Francs to get from bus station to hotel in a car taxi. Stayed at Guest House Centre Communitaire as recommended by poster just below this (across from French embassy). Paid 16,000 BF per night for room with bathroom with cold water shower. Rooms were clean and a decent size but there was only running water from 10pm to 6am while I was there. Apart from that, a pleasant place to stay and easy walking distance to everything.
Lots of restaurant... more »
I'm trying to find out if there are any boats that travel between Kigoma (Tanzania) and Bujumbura, passenger or otherwise. I feel like any sort of passenger ferries might have been off and on over the years, but don't really know the situation. Any help would be great. Thanks.
I know info about Burundi is thin on the ground. I have just been there for a few days. I stayed at the Guest House, Centre Communautaire, 1 Ave de France, directly opposite the entrance to the French embassy. I had a double room with private cold water bathroom for 12 USD, I think they have rooms for 10 USD too. It is very clean and safe, there is a cheap restaurant on site and a little English is spoken. (I asked for a phone number/ email but they said they don't have one - sorry) There is a bit of a garden/ carpark at the front to sit in, at night the gates are locked at 23.00, it felt v secure.
I also looked at the Via Tanganyika on rue science. The rooms here are not as large or clean as where I stayed, they are also in some instances (cheapest) located around a big bar area. As a lone female I didn't feel very at ease here.
I also took a tour of Burundi... more »
We will be in Burundi for about 4-5 days later on this year.
We will probably be entering Burundi by travelling by bus from Cyangugu in Rwanda and will be flying out of Bujumbura.
1) Is it easy to travel from Cyangugu to Bujumbura by public transport? How many hours would this take?
2) What would people recommend we see in Burundi, given our limited time and entry and exit points as described above?
Thanks very much
Well sonofagun. Just found out Ethiopian airlines messed up my flight ticket after a flight/schedule change and wouldn't let me fly out of Buj today. Leaving me stuck as my 3-day visa expires today. Tomorrow is Sunday so dunno about getting it extended... what is the fine for overstay?
I've just visited Kirundo on the road from Kigali to Bujumbura, actually not far from the border between Rwanda and Burundi. There's a nice place to stay and /or eat in Kirundo, called Chez Mama Els/Paillote aux Fleurs. This B&B also organises small trips around Kirundo, worth to stay a weekend or mid week. It's a nice place to enjoy real Africa and relax at the same time. Apparently they also organise trips through Burundi, which can be checked on their website: www.nyumbani.nl. I can recommend!!!
Could someone give me the up to date exchange rates for US$ and Euros and UK£ either at a bank or bureaux.
According to the latest Le Petit Fute guide there seems to be a much more favourable rate for the Euro (800) than the US$ (450) and although I suspect a misprint it would clearly make sense for me to get some Euro if this is the case
Also is it relatively safe to rely on using ones visa debit card to get cash - I know there are a couple of banks that have ATMs in Buja but what about in the smaller towns?
I am traveling from Rwanda to Bujumbura on the 3-day transit visa, I have some questions...
1. Can I get my Burundi transit visa (the 3 day one) at the border between Rwanda-Burundi when traveling overland?
2. Any recommended day trips from Bujumbura?
as I'm heading to Uganda and Rwanda, I hope to have enough time to give Burundi a go. The three days transit visa doesn't sound great to get at least a glance of a country but that's it so I'm asking help to make the most out of my time.
From what I read, I'd better stay in Bujumbura and take one or two days trips but I'd like to hear some suggestions.
- Are the chutes de la kagera worth it?
- How about Lake Tanganiyka? Is it worth to spend a day on the beach? Is it bilharzia free?
- Where I'll be sure to catch a Tambourines exhibition?
- Other sights worth a visit?
Thanks in advance!
I hope there is no such thread yet. Besides, I have the impression that many people are always grateful about the few information they can get about that corner of Africa. So I hope it is not completely misplaced :)
And if I am not completely mistaken, the most recent East Africa travel guide is sort of outdated.
Anyways, I did that journey some two weeks ago and I know it would have had helped me a lot if there had been more information.
So for all of you who think about doing the same route, I hope this thread helps you a bit.
Nevertheless, I will not cover all the information. Only that part which is not or falsely in the 2009 East African Lonely Planet.
It can not be emphasized enough how advategeous the Post Buses are (which do not go to Kigali but Kisoro, e.g., which makes a good stop over) no matter where you are going to. Unlike many other comp... more »
Bujumbura Central Market building has been on fire, apparently the fire has been extinguished, it has not spread further but the market is destroyed.No info about casualties yet.
The is disastrous to many, many people whose merchandise was inside.
Hi all...planning to go to Buj for 2-3 days as part of our holiday vaycay from Kigali (driving down from Nyungwe). Is it worth the trip? We've heard such mixed reviews, but it sounds interesting and worth it to me.
Can anyone recommend a good, affordable hotel on the beach? I head there are some cute bungalows but haven't gotten a name yet? If we were there mid-week - like the 26th/27th (wed and thurs) would people be out dancing? I don't want to go to buj and miss the dancing! And which places would you recommend? And what time do the places get really fun/crowded?
We are also planning on driving up to Uganda afterwards for 2-3 days so if this seems crazy and not worth it, let us know. We are just interested in seeing Burundi, getting a feel for another African city, and eating some decent croissants and baguettes. We also heard it's a lot more fun than Kigali, which we... more »
I found conflicting information regarding the visa on arrival. I plan to FLY into Burundi from Nairobi. I'm traveling on a Western European passport. I understand that I can get a visa on arrival at the airport. However,
1) for how many days - 3 or 30?
2) cost of the visa and what currencies are accepted?
Any current information is highly appreciated.
Understanding the potentially fluid politics in the immediate region, are there any parts of Burundi that are a certain safety issue?
Is the rebel threat still a concern? This is really the context of my question.
I would assume that areas near the DRC may not be secure.
Also, Burundi being a rather small country, I am sure hot spots can move quickly.
I am planning a few days in Burundi in early 2013 and would like to know if there are any legitimate areas to avoid due to security.
In light of the recent security update by the FCO is it still safe/possible to travel overland from Kigali to Bujumbura and then on to Kigoma? I understand you can't travel at night and some routes are not safe but is travel still possible in day light hours? If so what is the route and how do you get buses?
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