7 days 6 nights
Discover Burundi, a captivating landlocked nation nestled in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, where the beauty of the African Great Lakes region merges with the majestic landscapes of East Africa. This lesser-known gem offers breathtaking vistas, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality that makes it an unforgettable experience for adventurous travelers.
Begin your journey by exploring the lush green landscapes and pristine lakes that make Burundi a natural paradise. Lake Tanganyika, one of the African Great Lakes, is the second deepest lake in the world and is home to some of the most diverse aquatic life on the planet. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit Lake Rwihinda, a serene location with crystal-clear waters and lush vegetation.
Next, delve into the vibrant local culture and traditions of Burundi. The Burundian people are renowned for their warm hospitality, and you’ll have the chance to experience this firsthand as you explore the country’s bustling markets, colorful villages, and lively cities. Learn about the traditional dances, music, and crafts of Burundi and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of this fascinating country.
No visit to Burundi would be complete without experiencing its natural wonders, from the majestic landscapes of the Kibira National Park to the thundering waters of the Rusizi National Park. You’ll have the opportunity to witness the rare chimpanzees, a variety of bird species, and other unique wildlife.
Throughout your journey, you’ll enjoy the warm hospitality of the Burundian people and stay in comfortable accommodations. Additionally, with knowledgeable guides to lead you on your journey, you’ll uncover the secrets of this African gem and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Discover the unique and unforgettable experience that Burundi has to offer and immerse yourself in the beauty, culture, and natural wonders of this captivating nation.
Arrive in Bujumbura, meet assist, and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon begin a city tour, highlights include: The snake and Culture Museum (Musee Vivant) Rusizi National Park The Buyenzi Muslim center Belvedere climb, which offers a beautiful scenic view of Bujumbura and Lake Tanganyika The Living Stone Monument Meal(s) Included: Dinner Overnight at Club Du Lac Tanganyika Hotel
After breakfast, drive to the Rusizi National Park, home to hippos, antelopes, and monkeys, along with numerous species of colorful birds. See where the Rusizi River empties into Lake Tanganyika. Afterward, visit the Explorers’ Memorial, a huge rock in the Suburbs of Bujumbura commemorating the meeting between explorers John Speke and Hanington. After a late lunch, visit the fishermen at Rumonge port located South of Bujumbura, and learn about the different species of fish in Lake Tanganyika. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner Overnight at Club Du Lac Tanganyika Hotel
After breakfast, visit the drum sanctuary of Gishora, famous for drum making. The area houses two ritual drums that have never been beaten; Ruciteme, “the one for whom we clear the forest," and Murimirwa, “the one for whom we cultivate." There are also ordinary drums that the Batimbo (drummers), could beat on special occasions in the country. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner Overnight at Helena Hotel
After breakfast, drive to Ruvubu National Park near the lower valley of the Ruvubu River, an open savannah, with swamps and forests. There are antelope, buffalo, monkeys, and over 425 bird species. The river is home to hippos and crocodiles. In the evening, return to Gitega, for dinner and overnight. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner Overnight at Helena Hotel
After breakfast, drive south to Nyanza, characterized by the large palm tree plantations and Oil production. Visit the local palm oil production; continue to Kigwena Forest Reserve for a nature walk. The Reserve is home to monkeys, baboons, and various bird species. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner Overnight at Saga Nyanza Resort
After breakfast, visit the Hot springs of Mugara, comprised of two small falls that form a basin downstream. The springs flow into a common passage and into lake Tanganyika. In the evening, return to Bujumbura with a stop at Blue Bay Resort for fishing. Dinner and overnight. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner Overnight at Club du Lac Tanganyika Hotel
Day at leisure; transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast