Cities in Burundi
- Bujumbura – Bujumbura is the country’s capital and biggest city, located on Lake Tanganyika’s northwestern coast.
- Bururi – southern city
- Cibitoke – north-western city
- Gitega – Gitega is the country’s second biggest city and the former colonial capital.
- Muyinga – north-eastern city
- Ngozi – northern city
Regions in Burundi
There are 17 provinces in the nation (Cibitoke, Kayanza, Ngozi, Kirundo, Muyinga, Bubanza, Muramvya, Gitega, Karuzi, Cankuzo, Bujumbura Rural, Bujumbura Mairie, Mwaro, Ruyigi, Bururi, Rutana, Makamba). There are “communes” in rural regions and “quartiers” in the capital, with a total of 117 such groups below the provincial level. There are many layers of governance underneath this, including the sector, the “colline,” or hillside, and the smallest unit, the “Nyumba Kumi,” or “group of ten homes.”
Other destinations in Burundi
- Kibira National Park – Located at the pinnacle of the Zaire-Nile, this is Burundi’s biggest totally intact natural region, with 40,000 hectares of protected woods. Its natural life provides a safe haven for chimps, baboons, cercophitecus (a monkey), and black colobes, who disperse as humans approach, defying the rules of balance and gravity. A network of 180 km of roads and trails crisscross the park, mostly utilized by guard vehicle patrols and motorized visitors. The park’s guards will scout you in the woods secretly so you may experience the amazing appeal of the primeval forest and the beautiful sounds of birds. Thermal springs are hidden in mountain ranges, and entry to the park is achieved through the tea estates of Teza and Rwegura, which are among the finest natural scenery in the world.
- Ruvubu National Park – The Ruvubu National Park is located on the banks of the Ruvubu River and is surrounded by high rise mountains. It was liberated from human encroachment and restored to its natural state. The route network is about 100 kilometers long and contains many viewing lookouts. You will be housed in a freshly constructed camp, and you will be able to tell your friends about following buffaloes through their paths, where the joyous delight of all the African birds you can think of can be heard at every turn.
- Rusizi Natural Reserve – The Rusizi Natural Reserve will be your first stop in Burundi since it is so close to the capital city of Bujumbura. The River Delta has approximately 500 hectares of Phragmites mauritianus vegetation. It provides a natural habitat for a few families of antelopes and hippopotamuses that come here in search of grazing space. If you’re fortunate, you may come across a few crocodiles fast sleeping on the golden sand of the river banks at the conclusion of the trail. The Rusizi palm groves (located on the Cibitoke road, 10 kilometers from Bujumbura) are another spectacular scenery that will undoubtedly take your thoughts away from your daily concerns. It provides visitors with a lush flora fully adapted habitat satisfied by just a few scant rainfall, consisting of euphorbia, thorny shrubs, and towering palm palms of the Hyphaena bengalensis var ventricosa species. The natural ponds created by the Rusizi meanders may be seen right in the heart of the reserve. This location is a haven for birds, who flock here by the hundreds to feast on dive-fishing. Though you’re patient enough, you’ll observe some hippopotamuses paddling in the shallow waters, as if they’re at home in the water as well as on the land.
- Bururi Natural Reserve – Bururi Natural Reserve is a 3300 hectares stretch of high wet woodland. The town of Bururi gives tourists this magnificent view; however, in order to access the park, first travel to the INECN office in Bururi; this is not well known among Bururians. It is not true that there is no entrance charge and that no guides are provided. You may pay the entrance charge (BIF5,000) and arrange for a guide (BIF5,000) at the office. In this location, 117 distinct bird species and 25 different animal species have been discovered in a forestland surrounded by diverse flora. The visitor will completely appreciate the natural coolness of our mountains thickly covered with trees of many different kinds on a walking circuit through the botanical roads and paths of our forest. This area is approximately 33 kilometers from Roumonge. The road that runs through it will take you from the lakes through miles of hallucinating and beautiful scenery.
- Vyanda Natural Reserve – This is a woodland reserve that is accessible from Rumonge. The opportunity to observe chimps is the major draw here. Currently, visitor facilities are practically non-existent, but if you go to the INECN office in Rumonge (remember to say it the French way when asking for directions, approximately “ENCN” in the English way), you should be able to arrange a visit. It is usually designed for individuals who have their own transportation, although a visit by local transportation may be arranged. If you encounter chimpanzees, expect to pay BIF10,000 for admission and a guide, or BIF5,000 if you don’t. You should be able to arrange transportation from Rumonge for about BIF15,000 round way. Because the chimpanzees here aren’t used to people, don’t come anticipating close interactions like you may find in other locations.
- Rwihinda Lake Natural Reserve – The Rwihinda Lake Natural Reserve is a true haven for migratory aquatic birds, who flock here by the millions to breed. All of these now-protected species may nest on the lake’s verdant marshes and islands in greater numbers. Crested cranes and herons dwell in harmony there. The visitor may float around on barges and approach several different bird species without fear of scaring them.
- Nyakazu Break and the Karera Falls – The natural Forest Reserves of Roumonge, Kigwena, and Mugara are being developed so that chimps and cercopithecus may find adequate food to remain and reproduce. The thermal waterfalls in the Mugara reserve allow you to give yourself a natural massage by taking showers in these waters risen from the earth’s bosom. Tanganyika’s nearby beaches will welcome you for a well-deserved swim and relaxation.