Welcome to Burundi


When civil war broke out in 1993, the economy was destroyed and the tourist industry succumbed to a quick death. When the war finally ended in 2005 a trickle of travellers returned to rediscover the steamy capital, Bujumbura, with its lovely Lake Tanganyika setting and some of the finest inland beaches on the continent.

The new peace, however, came to a shattering end in 2015 when President Nkurunziza decided to run for what many Burundians believed to be a constitution-breaking third term in office. Violence broke out before the election, and has escalated since. The entire country is now considered unsafe to visit.


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$442 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Days Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking Safari

Day 1: Drive from Kigali to the beautiful Nyungwe forest This morning we depart Kigali for a 2 day chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe forest national park. There is an optional stopover in  Huye at the ethnographic museum formerly the national museum of Rwanda – You will then have lunch an proceed to the park. In the afternoon, you will take on the canopy walk in Nyungwe forest. The drive to Nyungwe forest is rewarding with views several hills, Lake Kivu and Kibira national park in Burundi.Journey time –  6 hoursMeal plan – Lunch & DinnerAccommodation: Gisakura guest houseDay 2: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national parkEarly morning at about 5.00 am depending on location of your lodge, your driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to the briefing point at the Uwinka visitors center in Nyungwe forest before you can start your chimpanzee trekking.  The forest is rich in botanical diversity hosting over 200 species of trees and flowering plants and about 300 bird species.The forest is also home to 13 species of primates including Olive baboons, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Ruwenzori colobus, Vervet monkeys, silver monkey, Grey-cheeked manga-bey, red-tailed monkey etc.  You will most likely sight some of these forest inhabitants on your chimpanzee trekking.After receiving a briefing and depending  on the number of people present for the chimp trek you will be divided into two groups. One will track starting at he Uwinka center and another starting at Cyamudongo – which will require your driver guide to transfer you to the starting point. Your range guide will be in communication with the trackers who live early morning to locate where the chimpanzee nested the previous night. You are allowed to stay with the chimps for only 1 hour after locating them, photography is allowed but be reminded that the flash is prohibited. Meal plan – Breakfast and Lunch

$3648 Cultural & Theme Tours

Green Hills Uganda - Rwanda and Burundi Safari Combo 15 days 14 nights

Day 1- On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative/driver guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. Lake Victoria View Hotel Day 2 - The marvelous Murchison Falls After an early breakfast, leave Kampala heading northwest. Optional: Visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for a nature walk to see the rare rhinos in the wild. Lunch enroute. Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, with a brief stop on the top of the falls, where you can see the Nile’s perfected beauty and marvel as it squeezes through a seven meter canyon. The 43 meter drop of the falls creates a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in the spray. Dinner and overnight at Pakuba Safari Lodge Day 3 - The boat cruise on the river Nile Embark on an early morning game drive on the Northern bank where your guide will help you spot a great number of animals and birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax at the swimming pool side. After lunch, you will safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls” There you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometer stretch you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. This is also the habitat for many bird species. The boat leaves you near the falls and you can hike to the top of the falls (optional). It is an exciting experience that brings you very close to the rushing whitewater as it squeezes itself through the narrow crevice below. The resulting mist from the turbulence often produces rainbows. Your driver will be waiting for you here and return for dinner and overnight at Pakuba Safari Lodge Day 4 - Fort Portal in the shadow of the Mountains of the Moon Day 5 - Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park Day 6 – The Queen Elizabeth National Park Day 7 - Queen Elizabeth National Park Day 8 - The tree climbing lions of Ishasha Day 9 - The encounter with mountain gorillas- Gorilla tracking (optional) and transfer to Ruhengeri(Rwanda) Day 10 – Scenic view at Gisenyi and Transfer to Cyangugu (Rwanda) Day 11 – Primates viewing and game drives in Nyungwe Forest (Rwanda) Day 12 –Kigali City and the culture of Rwanda Day 13 – Transfer to Bujubura- Burundi Day 14 – Bujumbura city tour and Burundi cultural Drama show. Day 15 City tour and departure

$2514 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Discovery 8- Day Tour to Explore Burundi

Day 1: Arrival in BujumburaTransfer to the hotel and check in at Safari Gate Hotel, dinner and overnight.Day 2: Half day tour in Bujumbura, Cultural Tour of Bujumbura Morning, you visit Rusizi national park where a possible boat tour in Rusizi river can let you explore closer the hippo, numerous birds and the joining point between Rusizi River and Lake Tanganyika; Belvedere Climb offering a nice view of Bujumbura city, Independence hero monument. Overnight at Safari Gate Hotel.Day 3: Source of Nile - Karera waterfalls - Gishora Drum SanctuaryAfter breakfast, you will take the direction to the Source of Nile, and then Karera waterfalls. En route, see the magnificent tea plantations and landscapes will make you carry your camera ready for pictures. After karera waterfalls, drive to Gitega, the second town and colonial capital of Burundi.In the afternoon, drummers will perform at Gishora Drum Sanctuary story of the Kingdom of Burundi. Overnight at Tropitel Hotel.Day 4: Ruvubu National ParkAfter breakfast, drive to Ruvubu National Park containing all that remains of the fauna of the Savannah's of Burundi. There is a possibility to see hippopotamus, buffalo, antelope. In the afternoon, drive to Kirundo. Overnight at Top Hill Residence.Day 5: Birding TourEarly morning, visit again Rwihinda Lake to see the birds of the Lake, and then by lunch time you will drive to Kayanza to allow a visit of Kibira National Park on the next day. Overnight at Kayanza Hotel.Day 6: Kibira National ParkWith an experienced park guide, you will discover inside the charm of this authentic rainforest. Here are hidden places still unexplored. This will be an opportunity to immerse yourself in the exceptional ecosystem this park offers: possibility to see chimpanzees, birds astonishing waterfalls and the sources of Burundi's some great rivers.In the afternoon, drive to Bujumbura and Overnight at Safari Gate HotelDay 7: Rumonge Fishing Village Drive to Rumonge and visit Rumonge fishermen village. In the afternoon there will be free time for beach relaxation. Overnight at Tanganyika Blue Bay Resort.Day 8: Kigwena National Reserve After breakfast, drive to Kigwena National Reserve for a walk in the forest to search for its flora and fauna which includes chimpanzees and monkeys including the owl faced monkeys and baboons. If we are lucky we may find them ! After the visit, drive back to Bujumbura for an afternoon beach relaxation and overnight at Safari Gate HotelDay 9: Airport Transfer - shopping souvenirs

$1939.20 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Burundi Cultural and Historical 7 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival On your arrival at Bujumbura, you will go for a half day tour in Bujumbura to visit the Snake & Culture Museum; the Islam Culture Centre; City Hall; President's Office and the main attraction of the City: Lake Tanganyika. O/N: Safari Gate Hotel (HB). Day 2: Cultural Tour of Bujumbura- Rusizi National Park This morning, you will visit Rusizi Forest National Park, for a guided nature walk in this park of animals species. After lunch, you will visit the Explorers Memorial, a huge rock in the Suburbs of Bujumbura commemorating the meeting between explorers John Speke and Hanington, also visit a local general goods market, the craft centre and down-town Bujumbura. Overnight in Safari Gate Hotel (HB).Day 3: Kiganda Royal Grounds One of the sites is a beautiful park which is a historical sanctuary containing all details about signing the Treaty between Germans and King Mwezi Gisabo who was the traditional ruler during that colonial era. The other site is the royal inauguration grounds where the Kings Mutaga Mbikije,Mwezi Gisabo and many other ancient political kings were inaugurated. Touring this site is an incredible chance for one to enjoy the Burundian ancient royal walk on elegant, well kept royal grounds.In the afternoon ,drive to Gitega for an O/N at Tropitel Hotel Gitega(HB) Day 4: Gishora drum sanctuary-Gitega National Museum After breakfast you will drive to Gishora drum sanctuary and visit the Burundi National museum,visit Mushasha catholic village, ancient administrative offices during colonial time, before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Tropitel Hotel Gitega (HB) Day 5: Ruvubu National Park After breakfast you will drive to Ruvubu National Park, this park is believed to be the largest protected area in northern Burundi neighbours Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda. You will go for forest walks and hiking in this largest rainforest in Burundi, view spectacular sceneries before driving back to Gitega late in the afternoon. Overnight: Tropitel Hotel (HB). Day 6: Karera Waterfalls - Source of the River Nile After breakfast drive to Rutana to admire Karera waterfalls; later you will visit visit the Source of the River Nile at Rutovu, a not-so-small forest with a river stream that several researchers, including the BBC, have corroborated to be the Source of the River Nile, the longest river in Africa and second-longest in the world. Overnight: Safari Gate Hotel (HB). Day 7: Departure Transfer to the airport in time for your flight.

$393.75 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3D2N Burundi Cultural Tour Burundi in One Full day

The tour includes return transfers from/to Bujumbura international  airport , accommodation on breakfast basis ,transport in a private 4WD vehicle  ,entrance fees  to Gishora drum sanctuary ,Gitega National Museum and English speaking guide services.This 3 day tour package in Burundi will offer you an opportunity to discover this country tourist attractions ranging from Lake Tanganyika,rivers,green landscapes,historical ,hills  and above all happy Burundian smiles .Day 1 Arrival in Buujumbura ,pick up and transfer to your hotel -Safari Gate  Meals included: Breakfast Day 2 Transfer to Gitega national museum-Gishora drum sanctuary to learn about the traditions and history of the kingdom of Burundi before colonization –Gitega City Tour –the colonial and traditional capital of Burundi -and overnight at Safari Gate Hotel Meals included: Breakfast Day 3 Airport transfer . Meals included :Breakfast End of your tour .

$456.25 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Multi-Day Burundi Sightseeing Tour with Karera Waterfalls

Burundi is obviously one of the smallest countries in Africa, precisely located in East Africa but it has a lot of stunning places and attractions ranging from green landscapes, numerous rivers, lakes, including Lake Tanganyika being the world’s deepest and largest fresh water lake. Les chutes de Karera or Karera waterfalls located in Rutana consist of four amazing falls.This sight can also be a combination with the source of Nile being all located in southern part of Burundi.Day 1 Arrival in Buujumbura ,pick up and transfer to your hotel -Safari Gate . Meals included: Breakfast Day 2 Early morning after breakfast visit Visit Source of Nile, KareraWaterfalls and Gitega National Museum before driving back to Bujumbura for overnight at Safari Gate Hotel. Meals included: Breakfast Day 3 Airport transfer . Meals included :Breakfast End of your tour .