BURUNDI TRAVEL GUIDE

Lying almost in the centre of Africa, Burundi is sandwiched between Congo and Tanzania. A small and mountainous country, Burundi offers wonderful views of Lake Tanganyika. Nature has bestowed Burundi with great natural beauty and the people are warm and welcoming.

Burundi has been wracked with decades of ethnic fighting, and only just beginning to come into its own.

 

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BURUNDI QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Bujumbura
  • Currency: Burundi franc (BIF)
  • Area: total: 27,830km²
  • Population: 11,18 million (2018)
  • Language: Kirundi (official), French (official), Swahili (along Lake Tanganyika and in the Bujumbura area)
  • Religion: Christian 67% (Roman Catholic 62%, Protestant 5%), indigenous beliefs 23%, Muslim 10%
 

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BURUNDI PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 5 February, Unity Day
  • 6 April, President Ntaryamira Day
  • 1 July, Independence Day
  • 15 August, Assumption
  • 13 October, Prince Rwagasore Day
  • 21 October, President Ndadaye Day
  • 1 November, All Saints’ Day

Also, Ascension, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.

 
 

BURUNDI WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Burundi’s climate is largely controlled by the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), which brings rain to Burundi as it moves southward. Additionally, the altitude of the country influences and modifies the climate on the local scale. The rainy season occurs during the months of October-May, which is interrupted by a short dry period in January, which lasts only 15 days. The dry season lasts from June-September and experiences the highest average annual temperatures, occurring from August to September (around 21°C). Mean annual rainfall ranges from less than 900 mm (e.g.,Imbo floodplain) to 1,600 mm (e.g., altitudes above 2,000 m). Mumirwa, Kumoso, Buragane, and Bugesera regions record average yearly temperatures between 21-13°C and rainfall between 1,000-1,300 mm per year. The central plateaus have average annual temperatures between 18-21°C and annual average precipitation between 1,200-1,600 mm per year. The Congo-Nile watershed experiences average yearly temperatures between 15.8-18°C and rainfall over 1,600 mm per year.

 
 
 

HEALTH RISKS IN BURUNDI

Be aware of possible health risks in 

Burundi

Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

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