Rejser til Burundi

Burundi er lige nøjagtig så langt væk fra den slagne turistvej i Østafrika, som du kan forestille dig, og det er derfor vi elsker landet.

Burundi har blot en brøkdel af besøgende sammenlignet med sine mere kendte naboer, men de der vælger at komme her, er konsekvent forbløffet over landets naturlige skønhed og den levende lokale kultur.

Burundi vil på alle måder give dig en storslået oplevelse. I dette forsømte hjørne af kontinentet vil du møde lokale folk og lære om en virkelig autentisk del af Afrika, som fortsat er uspoleret og uberørt af masseturisme.

Burundis naturrigdom har måske ikke den wauwfaktor, som andre ikoniske steder har såsom Serengeti og Victoria Falls, men Burundi lover eventyr, og det faktum, at der ikke er andre vestlige rejsende i miles omkreds, sørger for at Burundi lever op til sit løfte.

Med de smukke vådområder, der omfatter Rusizi National Park, og den mægtige Tanganyikasøen, er Burundi helt på højde med andre afrikanske destinationer, når man tager i betragtning, hvor småt landet er.

Udforsk den pulserende hovedstad Bujumbura, søg efter dyreliv i Rusizi National Park og cruise på Lake Tanganyika. Kombiner det med de blomstrende lokale industrier og den kuriøse kultur, som de burundiske kongelige trommeslagere er et godt eksempel på, og der er simpelthen ingen undskyldning for ikke at besøge landet.

Grupperejse 1 ► Burundi - I Afrikas hjerte

Generel information om grupperejser i Burundi

Happy Lama Travels eksklusive grupperejser i Burundi foregår i små internationale grupper med lokal engelsktalende rejseleder. Derfor er rejsebeskrivelserne på engelsk.

En lokal rejseleder kender sit land bedre end en dansk rejseleder. Det er desuden vores erfaring at en lokal rejseleder giver dig et bedre indblik i, hvordan livet leves i Burundi.

Passer rejsedatoerne dig ikke eller vil du selv have maksimal indflydelse på dit rejseprogram – Kontakt os hvis du ønsker et tilbud på en individuel rejse i Burundi.

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Trip Summary

Nestled away in the hills of central Africa lies Burundi, a tiny nation in comparison to its neighbours but rich in wildlife and culture. Far off the tourist trail, little visited Burundi offers a fascinating insight into the region, with a bustling capital, lush primeval forests and intriguing cultural heritage. We spend time here learning about the culture and customs of the local people with an excellent tour of Bujumbura run by local women. At Rusizi National Park we search for wildlife before moving on to see local cottage industries, impressive waterfalls and the southernmost source of the Nile. We also explore Lake Tanganyika by boat and delve into Burundian heritage at Gitega, visiting the National Museum and witnessing an impressive performance by the world renowned Burundian drummers. Burundi may be small but it packs a lot into its borders, and one cannot fail to be thrilled by this exuberant nation.

Fitness*** | Adventure*** | Culture**** | History** | Wildlife***

Day 1 – Bujumbura

Arrive in Bujumbura and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax after your flight. Overnight Club du Lac Tanganyika or similar.

Bujumbura
Burundi’s capital lies at the northeastern corner of Lake Tanganyika and, with an estimated population of 800,000, is Burundi’s largest city and its administrative, communications, and economic centre. It is also Burundi’s main port and ships most of the country’s chief export, coffee, as well as cotton, skins, and tin ore. Bujumbura grew from a small village after it became a military post in German East Africa in 1889. After World War I it was made the administrative centre of the Belgian League of Nations mandate of Ruanda-Urundi. The city’s name was changed from Usumbura to Bujumbura when Burundi became independent in 1962 . The city centre is a colonial town with a large market, the national stadium, a large mosque, and the cathedral for the Archdiocese of Bujumbura.

Day 2 – Bujumbura

Spend today exploring this intriguing African capital, learning about its history both before and after colonialism and some of the problems that the country has faced. Later we take a tour through the suburb of Kinama, led by local women who can offer a very personal introduction to Burundi. Overnight Club du Lac Tanganyika or similar. (BL)

Day 3 – Rusizi National Park - Ijenda

Drive to Rusizi National Park, an area of wetlands that is home to hippos, sitatungas and a wide variety of birds. We take a boat trip on the Rusizi River and Lake Tanganyika as well as visiting a nearby fishing village. Later we head to the tea plantations of Ijenda to see how tea is grown in Burundi. Overnight Club du Lac Tanganyika or similar. (BL)

Rusizi National Par
Not far from Bujumubura itself, Rusizi National Park is centred around the Rusizi River and as such is home to a number of wetland species, hippos and sitatunga included. Part of the park is made up of the channels and islands of the Rusizi delta as it flows into Lake Tanganyika. Set aside as a protected area of 9000 hectares in 1980, today the park consists of less than 6000 hectares due to population pressures in adjacent areas.

Day 4 – Rumonge - Resha

We head to Resha, stopping first at ‘La Pierre de Stanley et Livingstone’, reputedly the site where the famous Dr David Livingstone and explorer Henry Stanley first met. At Rumonge we see how palm oil is made before continuing on to Resha for the night. Overnight Tanganyika Blue Bay or similar. (BL)

Day 5 – Lake Tanganyika - Rutana

Explore Lake Tanganyika by boat and then continue on to visit the southernmost source of the Nile near Rutana, only discovered in 1937. Overnight Tanganyika Blue Bay or similar. (BL)

Lake Tanganyika
Part of the Rift Valley lake system, Lake Tanganyika is the longest freshwater lake in the world (420 miles) and extends into Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Numerous rivers flow into the lake, including the Rusizi, and in turn it flows outwards into the Lukuga which forms part of the Congo Basin. It is home to around 400 different species of fish including many cichlid species which are found only here. It was first ‘discovered’ by the explorers Burton and Speke in 1858 during their search for the source of the Nile, and saw action during World War I when British and German forces engaged in gunboat battles on the lake.

Day 6 – Nyakuza - Kalera - Gitega

Visit the ‘Gorge of the Germans’ at Nyakuza before heading to the ‘Chutes de la Kalera’, an impressive set of waterfalls locally renowned for having healing powers. Afterwards drive to the town of Gitega. Overnight Tamotel or similar. (BL)

Day 7 – Gitega - Kirundo

Visit the National Museum with its collection of artefacts and witness a performance from the world famous Burundian drummers on the royal hill of Gishora – an extraordinary sight. We then transfer to Kirundo for the night. Overnight Rama Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 8 – Kirundo - Bujumbura

Take a sunrise trip by dugout canoe on the Lacs des Oiseaux in Lake Rwihinda National Reserve. After a picnic lunch we drive back to Bujumbura for your onward flight. (BL)

Please note: It is also possible to make an extension into the Democratic Republic of Congo to Kahuzi-Biega National Park to track Grauer’s gorillas – please contact us if you are interested in this option.

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