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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Best of Kenya Safari

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Samburu National Reserve, NairobiDay 1 Nairobi –Samburu Game Reserve: Depart Nairobi in the morning and drive north to the semi-arid bush country of Samburu. On your way drive past large pineapple plantations, the Kenya fertile highlands and Equator .Samburu is in the northern frontier of Kenya. It is described to be majestic and to have rugged features. You will arrive in time for lunch at the Samburu Intrepid camp. An Afternoon game drive in this park which is famous for its endemic species. The Ewaso Nyiro River otherwise known as river of brown waters has made the place hospitable for the wildlife as it provides water to this and surrounding areas. The rare species include reticulated giraffe, Gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy Zebra and Beisa oryx. Big cat like lion, cheetah and leopard can also be seen here. Sunsets at Samburu are spectacular offering a beautiful backdrop for you. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Samburu National Reserve, NairobiDay 2 On safari in Samburu:After breakfast enjoy a full day of game viewing in this northern frontier. The communities around Samburu also have a rich culture. The Samburu’s are a relative of the Maasai but with beautiful features and also very beautifully adorned with colorful beads. Your options are vast from the scheduled game drives to the optional guided nature walks and cultural visits. Samburu itself is physically dramatic featuring rocky battlements, dry river beds, extensive thorn shrub and the backdrop of the distant hills of the Northern Frontier District Return to camp at in the late afternoon. Enjoy spectacular sunset views from the comfort of your veranda before dinner and overnight at Camp. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Samburu National Reserve, NairobiDay 3 Samburu- Sweetwater’s Tented Camp:Depart Samburu in the morning and head back towards the rich and fertile central highlands. Arrive at Sweetwater’s a private ranch and Rhino sanctuary that lies between Mt. Kenya and the Aberdares. After your lunch, embark on an afternoon game drive in search of the Rhinos the Ranch is famous for. The Sweetwater’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary is the only one of its kind in Kenya. Here visitors can enjoy the unique opportunity of observing the orphaned chimps that vary in age from 2-15 yrs. Most of these chimps have originality at the Jane Goodall Institute in Burundi. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Mans closest relative. On a sunny day or morning, you are sure to enjoy the spectacular views of the snow peaked Mt Kenya. Dinner and Overnight at the Sweetwater’s Tented Camp. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Lake Nakuru, Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley ProvinceDay 4 Sweet Waters-Lake Nakuru National Park: After an early breakfast bid farewell to Samburu. You drive south through the cosmopolitan town of Isiolo, crossing the northernmost foothills of Mount Kenya, until you get to Nanyuki town. Here you'll head west to Nyahururu Falls, still known to many as Thomson's Falls for its 237ft cascade. After a brief stopover, drive southward to your next destination, Lake Nakuru a home to a million of flamingoes beautifully lining at its shores. (Please note this varies with the climate and the water levels at the lake) Lake Nakuru National Park surrounds the lake and was gazetted to protect the colony of flamingoes as well as provide sanctuary for the endangered species as such the rhino. Other Savannah games are abounded in and not mention other bird species. Enjoy your stay at the Sarova Lion hill lodge. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Mara Triangle - Maasai Mara National ReserveDay 5 Lake Nakuru-Maasai Mara:On this day, we head out to one of the most beautiful wildlife arenas. Maasai Mara Game Reserve which is one of the great wonders of the world in terms of animal migrations. You will arrive at the camp in time for lunch. You are entitled to a morning and afternoon game viewings in the reserve, or you can decide to book an optional balloon ride over the plains of the Maasai Mara which takes you over the diverse habitats of the Maasai Mara Reserve; fly over the great Mara River, swamps, forests, wildlife & the African Savannah. The quiet, relaxing ride allows you to view an amazing assortment of wildlife from a unique bird’s-eye view. Surprise bush champagne breakfast is usually served on landing. All meals and overnight at Mara Serena Lodge Duration: 1 dayStop At: Mara Triangle - Maasai Mara National ReserveDay 6 Maasai Mara Game reserve: Enjoy a full game drive in this world spectacle. Choose between two game drives or a full day game drive with picnic lunch. Maasai Mara Game Reserve is the most spectacular of all Kenyan parks and reserves, and here you have the best opportunity of spotting the Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. The Reserve covers an area of 700 square miles and forms part of the Serengeti ecosystem. Apart from the big five, there are lots of birds of prey and not forgetting the tall athletic Maasai tribesmen. Cross your fingers for a hunt which can be one of the most rewarding and exciting action to see on safari. The annual wildebeest migration traditionally is present in the Mara from July-September and at this time nature's dramas unfold before your very eyes at every turn. All Meals and overnight at Mara Serena lodge Duration: 1 dayStop At: Nairobi City CountyDay 7 Maasai Mara – Nairobi:Today is the end of our seven day journey across Kenya. We leave Maasai Mara in the morning after breakfast. We arrive in Nairobi in time for lunch at the Carnivore restaurant. Duration: 1 day

$900 Food, Wine & Nightlife

3-DAYS RWANDA CHIMPANZEE TREKKING SAFARI

ItineraryDay 1: Mt. Kigali, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceStop At: Mt. Kigali, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceMeet and greet tour Driver /guide at our office or somewhere in Kigali – short briefing about your city tour. Proceed for a city tour in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city which was named in 1907 by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first colonial resident governor of Rwanda. Kigali city is surrounded by lush hills of green. On the tour through the city, expect to see the following:Tour will start by visiting Mount Kigali for a fantastic view of the city, surrounding hillside and countryside. It is one of the highest points in Kigali cityDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Kandt House Natural History Museum, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceKigali Museum and learn the history of city and country’s pre-colonial and colonial period as well as the colonial masters in Rwanda.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceVisit the genocide memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. We continue with our tour and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilienceDuration: 2 hoursPass By: Camp Kigali Memorial, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceMille Collines Hotel (Hotel Rwanda) for lunchKigali city tour will include a stop at the historic 'Hotel Rwanda'. Still a classy hotel to this day, the Mille Collines Hotel offers a delicious buffet lunch including African Food such as Amateke, Ibijumba etc. Stop At: Kimironko Market, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceVisit the Kimoronko Giant Market, where you will have a chance to bargain as locals do and test to african food such fruits, drinks and also you will have chance to the hand art and craft market of CAPLAKI for souvenir shopping. Duration: 1 minuteStop At: Inema Art Center, Kigali, Kigali Provinceoptionaly if you still have time will be able to visit the most populary art gallery in East Africa called Inema Art Center where you will meet magician doing their things. After you will be transferred to lemigo Hotel for Dinner and Overnight stay.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Legend HotelDay 2: Drive from Kigali to the beautiful Nyungwe forest Pass By: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceThis morning we depart Kigali for a 3 day chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe forest national park.Stop At: National Museum of Rwanda, Butare, Southern ProvinceThere is an optional stopover in Huye at the ethnographic museum formerly the national museum of Rwanda.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Butare catholic Cathedral, Butare, Southern ProvinceYou will then proceed to the park after having Lunch at the Hotel Credo near the Very popular Catholic cathedral at Butare.Stop At: Canopy Walk & Emergent Tower, Kirtland, Lake County, Ohion the afternoon, you will take on the canopy walk in Nyungwe forest in Rwanda.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Nyungwe National Park, Butare, Southern ProvinceThe drive to Nyungwe forest is rewarding with views several hills, Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Lake Kivu, Goma, North Kivu Provinceyou will also have a chance to experience in the distanceLake Kivu and Kibira national park in Burundi. After you will be transferred to your Hotel.End of day one of tourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Gisakura guest houseDay 3: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national parkStop At: Nyungwe National Park, Butare, Southern ProvinceEarly 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.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Lake Kivu, Kibuye, Western Provincefter you will transferred to Hotel for Lunch or if you have shortage of time you will leave hotel with parked lunch then we will have some rest to make ready return to Kigali via Kibuye Road where you will pass by shore of Lake Kivu.Duration: 20 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$442 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 DAYS RWANDA CHIMPANZEE TREKKING SAFARI

ItineraryDay 1: Drive from Kigali to the beautiful Nyungwe forest Pass By: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceThis morning we depart Kigali for a 2 day chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe forest national park.Stop At: National Museum of Rwanda, Butare, Southern ProvinceThere is an optional stopover in Huye at the ethnographic museum formerly the national museum of Rwanda.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Butare catholic Cathedral, Butare, Southern ProvinceYou will then proceed to the park after having Lunch at the Hotel Credo near the Very popular Catholic cathedral at Butare.Stop At: Canopy WalkIn the afternoon, you will take on the canopy walk in Nyungwe forest in Rwanda.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Nyungwe National Park, Butare, Southern Province The drive to Nyungwe forest is rewarding with views several hills, Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Lake Kivu, Kibuye, Western Province Lake Kivu and Kibira national park in Burundi. After you will be transferred to your Hotel.End of day one of tourMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Gisakura guest houseDay 2: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national parkStop At: Nyungwe National Park, Butare, Southern ProvinceEarly 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.Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Lake Kivu, Kibuye, Western ProvinceAfter you will transferred to Hotel for Lunch or if you have shortage of time you will leave hotel with parked lunch then we will have some rest to make ready return to Kigali via Kibuye Road where you will pass by shore of Lake Kivu.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$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

$350 Luxury & Special Occasions

Private Tour of Bujumbura, Burundi

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Rusizi National Park, Bujumbura, Bujumbura Mairie ProvinceFull day tour of the capital of Burundi, Bujumbura. Walking and driving tour of Bujumbura. Visit to 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. Visit Belvedere Climb that offers a nice view of Bujumbura City. Visit to Independence hero monument, Musee Vivant (snake and crocodile habitant) and the "La Pierre Livingstone et Stanely", a huge rock in the suburbs of Bujumbura commemorating the meeting between explorers Stanely and Livingstone.Duration: 8 hours

$1600 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour of Burundi

Day 1. Welcome to the economical capital of Burundi, Bujumbura. Your midsize range hotel included (once confirmed based on availability). You will be picked up from the hotel at 9:00am. If you arrive to Bujumbura airport you will be picked up from the airport and transfer to your hotel and we will start the tour the next day to allow you time to relax and enjoy and prepare yourself for adventure. In the morning we visit Rusizi national park where a possible boat tour (or walking along the river) in Rusizi river can let you explore closer the hippo, numerous birds and the joining point between Rusizi River and Lake Tanganyika. Later we will explore Bujumbura city by car and foot. Next is Belvedere Climb that offers a beautiful view of Bujumbura City. We will proceed to Independence hero monument. After that, we visit Musee Vivant, the Snake and Culture Museum. The next stop is "La Pierre Livingstone et Stanely", a huge rock in the suburbs of Bujumbura commemorating the meeting between explorers Stanley and Livingstone. Overnight at the hotel. Day 2. Visit Kibira National Park, for a guided nature walk. In this park, there is a possibility of spotting some animals and if lucky, white and black Columbus monkeys and chimpanzees. Enjoy the view of the Congo-Nile Ridge. Visit to the most remarkable and breath taking tea plantation and learn more about harvesting and processing teas of Burundi. Overnight at the hotel. Day 3. We take the direction to the Source of Nile, and then to Karera Waterfalls. After Karera Waterfalls drive to Gitega, the second town and colonial capital of Burundi. Visit Gitega National Museum and Gitega city tour. Overnight at the hotel Day 4. Visit former King house and Gishora Drum. And as the bonus, before heading back to Bujumbura, we will stop at BUDECA (Burundi Deparcharge du Cafe), a coffee farm located in Gitega. The visit to the farm will take you through the coffee making process. After we will be heading back to Bujumbura and this will mark the end of the tour.