Largely frozen in time thanks to more than a decade of conflict, there has been very little development in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. The steamy little city retains much of its grandiose colonial town planning, with wide boulevards and imposing public buildings. Buju (as it's commonly known) has always retained an obviously different feel to any other East African capital, much of which is manifest in the city's distinctly French outlook on life. During more peaceful times, perhaps it's thanks to this French influence, Bujumbura has earned a freewheelin’ reputation for its dining, drinking and dancing scene; despite it's village-like size this is one of the best places to eat out in East Africa
The peace and relative stability of the last few years was sadly ripped apart in 2015 when President Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term in office. Violence has escalated and the UN – fearing a Rwandan-style genocide – has recently adopted a resolution condemning the situation, paving the way for international peacekeepers.