Bujumbura is a vast city and the most prominent directorial division of Burundi and is located north East of the second deepest lake in the world-Lake Tanganyika. It is the capital city of Burundi and serves as the economic and communication center of the country. Before, this was referred to as the “Usumbura” and became independent in 1962 hence the official name of “Bujumbura”.
Bujumbura is a vast city and the most prominent directorial division of Burundi and is located north East of the second deepest lake in the world-Lake Tanganyika. It is the capital city of Burundi and serves as the economic and communication center of the country. Before, this was referred to as the “Usumbura” and became independent in 1962 hence the official name of “Bujumbura”. The capital is situated along the shores of the vast beautiful Lake Tanganyika enfolded by ominous mountains, public buildings and grandiose colonial remnants. The streets in the city interconnect with wide, tree lined boulevards with stunning beaches and exciting night life.
The candid zoo of Musee Vivant displays some of the country’s greatest treasures like pottery, drums, baskets as well as traditional handcrafts. There is also fish that is conserved and this is got from Lake Tanganyika as well as snakes, crocodiles and birds. The ordinary Burundian village at the Museum makes this destination very exceptional and unique since travelers interested in knowing more about the beautiful Burundian people can visit to encounter and experience the best.
Travelers traveling for safari holiday in Burundi can transfer to spot animals at Rusizi National Park situated close to the city and here you will view enormous hippos and crocodiles like Gustave relaxing along the river banks. You will also view other wildlife animals like monkeys, antelopes and 100 species of flora.
Other visitors can transfer to soak in the sun at the two different beaches of Karera and Saga. Those that prefer snorkeling and swimming can go to Karera and those that prefer entertainment with bars, cafes and restaurants can transfer to Saga beach.
Around Lake Tanganyika, travelers can take part in various activities like fishing where various fish can be seen as well as birds flying from one destination to another with ease. Visitors can also transfer to enjoy local entertainment from the Burundian drummer performances.
There is also the centre cultural Francais and this is one of the leading cultural institutions in Bujumbura offering good music, theater and film programs as well as lessons in French and Kiswahili to both tourists and residents.
Food in Bujumbura
It is one of the most important cultures in the city- Burundian dishes with very many different restaurants situated in various places around the busy city. A local meal in Burundi consists of fish/ beef brochette, fried plantains, chips, fresh salad and the international dishes consist of French, Italian and Middle East cuisines.
The city is suitably located at the central west coast of Burundi overlooking the beautiful Lake Taganyika with a population of about 800,000 shs.
- Kirundi and French are the official languages of Burundi whereas Swahili is also spoken fluently in Bujumbura.
- 67% Christian
- 23% Indigenous Beliefs
- 10% Muslim- majority here live in urban areas
- Burundi Franc is the official currency of Burundi.
Climate and weather
The area experiences hot temperatures annually despite the fact that the altitude maintains the cool temperature. The rainy season takes place from the months of October to April.