Burundi Travel Facts

Natural Features: Hilly and mountainous, dropping to a plateau in east, some plains.

Rainy Seasons: February - May and September - November,

Accommodation: There is a good beach lined up with hotels and restaurants in the nothern end of Lake Tanganyika between Bujumbura and the Burundi-Zaire border.

Climate: Burundi has a variable climate. The lower land around lake Tanganyika is hot and humid. In the mountanious north and, in its higher altitudes, the temperature is low. The rainy season is from October to May with a brief dry spell in December and January.

Entertainment: There are night clubs which most of them are located nearby the lake shore.

Post and Communications: The postal service is reasonably efficient and international telephone calls can also be made at designated centres. There are no area codes.

Travel Highlights: Burundi does not seem to exude obvious travel highlights and many travellers simply pass on their way to other destinations.

Getting There:

Air: International airlines servicing Burundi are Aeroflot, Air Burundi, Air France, Air Rwanda, Air Tanzania, Cameroon Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and Sabena

Road: There is a choice of two routes - which one you take will depend on whether you want to go from Kigali direct to Butare and on to Bujumbura or via Cyang'ung'u (Lake Kivu). There are also two possible routes between Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo although the one passing through the north-western parts of the country via Bugarama could be dangerous. Boat: Two routes are available and both use lake Tanganyika at different points

Sea: Services connecting Tanzania with Burundi and Zambia are available. Travel Around Air: Air Burundi, the national airline does not have regular internal flights

Road: Most of the major routes are sealed, most of the vehicles avaliable are modern, Japanes minibuses. They are not overcrowded and thery are cheaper than taking a taxi.

Sea and Lakes: Services connecting Tanzania with Burundi and Zambia are available. Travel Around Air: Air Burundi, the national airline does not have regular internal flights

Driving: Traffic drives on the left. International Driving Permit required.

Passport and Visa: Passport: Required by all. Visas: Required by all. Notes : Visas may be obtained on arrival at Bujumbura international Airport for a stay fo 24 hours provided a travel agency has been previously informed of passport number, identity & flight details.

Recommended Immunisation: diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, meningitis, polio, TB, tetanus, typhoid, yellow fever.

Compusory Vacination: Yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas. Exempt infants under 1 year.

Museums: Musee d'art et l'histoire de Gitenga

Religion: Christian, Indigenous Beliefs, Muslim

Languages: Fr, Rn, Sw

Currency: Burundi Franc (BIF)

Time: GMT+2

International Dialing Code: 257

International Radios: BBC KHz(daytime) 1730,15400,6005, (evening ) 17830, 15400, 11835

Business Hours: Government offices are open from 0700 to 1200 and 1400 to 1700 but closing at 1200 on Monday and Saurday. Banking hours are from 0800 to 1130 Monday to Friday. Shops are open from 0830 to 1200 and 1600 to 1900 Monday to Saturday.

Weekly Days Off: Saturday and Sunday

Public Holidays: New Years Day (Jan. 1) , New Years Day (Jan. 1), All Saint Day (Nov. 1), Boxing Day (Dec. 26), Unity Day (Feb. 5), Labour Day (Jul. 1), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), Varriable Good Feiday, Easter Monday, Idd El Haj, Maulid (Varriable Dates)

Last Updated on Monday 30th November 2009