Sights & Landmarks In Bujumbura
- Musée Vivant, 11 Avenue du 13 Octobre(heading west, just before Lake Tanganyika — visitors must come via Ave du Large or Ave de la Plage, as 13 October is closed), +257 22 22 60 82. 08:00-17:30. A small “zoo” and natural history museum are located here. Fish from Lake Tanganyika, birds, seven types of snakes, two chimps named “Kita” and “Joy,” a golden monkey, a leopard named “Jango,” three antelope, two slender-snouted crocodiles, and six Nile crocodiles are on display. On the grounds, there is also a genuine Burundian village. A guide will tour you around for around 5,000 Fbu per person. The guide may even be able to coax certain snakes from their cages and allow you to handle them or feed them guinea pigs. Additionally, you may give chimps rice and carnivores guinea pigs or bunnies. Hold a chimp’s hand, injure a snake, and enter the cage of a “Lacoste” Nile crocodile, all of which are included in the attraction. On occasion, the grounds host local cultural activities, such as performances by Burundian drummers.
- Rusizi National Park, RN4, Chaussée d’Uvira (a few miles past Club du Lac, nearly at the Congo border). On the banks of the Rusizi River, see hippos and crocodiles sunning themselves. Gustave, the world’s biggest Nile crocodile, has also been observed in this region. Additionally, there are some wonderful birds to observe. A guide and a guard will accompany you in the automobile and give you a tour of the park for around 3,000 Fbu per person (plus tip). You will make many stops along the water’s edge to see hippos, crocodiles, and birds.
- Livingstone–Stanley Monument (La Pierre de Livingstone et Stanley), village of Mugere, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of Bujumbura on RN3 (hundred meters south the bridge crossing the Mugere River). Although this is not the location where Stanley remarked “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” it does provide a stunning view of the lake. Stanley and Livingstone walked through the region and etched their names onto a big rock. Without fee.
- Take scenic drives (within reason!) for beautiful views from the hills of Bujumbura Rurale to the east of town or along the shores of Lake Tanganyika to the south. Locate a bar serving banana beer or even a Fanta and strike up a conversation with merchants.
- Cathédrale Regina Mundi de Bujumbura, Boulevard Patrick Lumumba, Rohero.
- Monument de l’Unité National, Chaussée Prince Louis Rwagasore (Kiriri, up Ave Belvédère, entrance by the top of Monument). 10,000 Fbu for entrance + guide may request 2,000 Fbu tips “to drink”.
- Mausolée du Prince Louis Rwagasore (Prince Louis Rwagasore Mausoleum), Chaussée Prince Louis Rwagasore (Kiriri, up Ave Belvédère, entrance by stairs on Ave Rurenda). Mausoleum dedicated to the national and independence hero of Burundi. The location of Burundi’s annual Independence Day celebrations on 1 July. Without fee.
- Bugarama, Road to Gitega & Ngozi, where RN1 meet RN2. A pleasant sight overlooking Bujumbura, located 32 kilometers (20 miles) east of the city. The road ascends about 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) above Bujumbura (2,200 metres (7,200 ft)). Consume many “je m’en fout” brochettes.