Welcome to Bujumbura


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.


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$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.

$350 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour of Bujumbura

Full day city tour of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. Visit Rusizi National Park, explore the joining point between Rusizi River and Lake Tanganyika. Have a great and magnificent view of Bujumbura City from Belvedere Climb. Visit to Independence Hero Monument, Musee Vivant (the Snake and Crocodile sanctuary), the "La Pierre Livingstone et Stanley", a huge rock in the suburb of Bujumbura commemorating the meeting between explorers Stanley and Livingstone. Driving and walking tour around Bujumbura. You can customize your city tour and let us know any specifics you want to see in Bujumbura. Local lunch at your own expense. We start at 8 or 9am depends on your preference and will continue until 4pm

$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.

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