What to See and Do in Bujumbura

Lake Tanganyika, Bujumbura. © Philippe Collette/Flickr

Welcome to Bujumbura, the most prestigious city in Burundi. Bujumbura is the nation’s largest city and main port, absolutely overflowing with activities and sights. It has been an exciting inspiration of destination where people can sit and dream in the beaches, sunbathing with hippopotamus. Perfect destination for adventure-loving travellers. Read on to get introduced to the sights and top things to do in Bujumbura.

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Rusizi National Park

top things to do in Bujumbura: Rusizi National Park
Hippos and birds at Rusizi National Park. © Dave Proffer/Flickr

Rusizi National Park is definitely the most famous national park in Burundi. A great place to visit because of its ease of access, beautiful landscape and varied wildlife – hippos, antelope, crocodiles and monkeys. Gustave, the world’s largest man-eating Nile crocodile, often be found roaming on the banks of Ruzizi River.

Mount Heha

top things to do in Bujumbura: Mount Heha
View from the peak of Mount Heha. © Bryan Schell

Located in the Bujumbura Rural province of Burundi, Mount Heha is the highest mountain in Burundi. Offering hiking with scenic views. At about 2,600 meters, this is the highest in peak in Burundi.

Livingstone–Stanley Monument

This large rock is monument and historic site in Bujumbura, Burundi. Always worth a visit to relive the great experience and a significant part of history of the country. The story allegedly states that this stone marks the spot where Dr. David Livingstone met Henry Morton Stanley.

Lake Tanganyika

top things to do in Bujumbura: Lake Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika, Bujumbura. © Philippe Collette/Flickr

Welcome to an African Great Lake, the Lake Tanganyika, longest freshwater lake in the world. Home to diverse wildlife and islands. Gigantic freshwater lake featuring stunning series of beaches from La Costa Beach to Yucca Beach, Nyabugete Beach to Saga Plage, and many more. You can relax and enjoy ice-cold drink while watching the hippos leave the lake to tan on the beaches. Magnificent, peaceful and beautiful lake, offering a unique spectacle to visitors and admirers of nature.

Musee Vivant

top things to do in Bujumbura: Musee Vivant
Visitor playing with a crocodile at the Musee Vivant, Bujumbura. © Esbon Gakuo

The Musée Vivant, is small zoo and museum in Bujumbura, Burundi. Nice place to visit and spend the afternoon to admire some crocodiles, local fish, birds, monkeys, and chimpanzees. Various snakes (python, spitting cobra, Gabon viper, mamba just to name a few).

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