AN INTRODUCTION TO BURUNDI
Sandwiched between Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda in east-central Africa, Burundi occupies a high plateau divided by several deep valleys. It is equal in size to Maryland. The government and the rebel group Forces for National Liberation, which was the last rebel group to engage in negotiations, signed a cease-fire in May 2008, signalling finality in the 15-year civil war and the start of a new era of tourism……
We offer several tours that will enable you discover Burundi. These include but not limited to the following alternatives;
See further below for a full list of these Burundi Tours.
Tours to Burundi
Below is a list of Tours and Safars we offer to Burundi, and those that combine other countries.
Burundi-Only Tours, Safaris and Explorations
Burundi Tour BUR1: Tour of Bujumbura City, Kibira Park, Source of the Nile at Rutovu in Burundi – a 5 Days Tour of Burundi only.
Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda and Burundi
Burundi and Rwanda Tour BUR2: Cultural Tour of Bujumbura City, Visit Source of the River Nile Burundi, and Gorillas in Rwanda – 8 Days Tour of Burundi and Rwanda
Burundi Tours Combined with Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda and Uganda
Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda Tour BUR3: Cultural Tour of Bujumbura City, Kibira Park Burundi, and Gorillas in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda – 10 Days Tour of Burundi and Rwanda
Burundi Tours Combined with Gorilla Tours in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo
Other Burundi Excursions
Rusizi National Park – 1 Day
After breakfast we take a short drive to Rusizi National Park for hippos, sitatungas (antelope) and a wide variety of birds attracted to the wetland environment. Return to Bujumbura in afternoon.
Kagera Waterfall Visit and Burundi National Museum – 1 day
After an early breakfast we drive toward the south to visit the spectacular Kagera Falls. In the afternoon we travel to Gitega where we visit the Burundi National Museum before returning to Bujumbura hotel.
Prices for major tours include:
- a safari car for the itinerary stated (an Executive Coach that takes up the passengers with their luggage, for larger groups),
- an English-speaking safari guide,
- accommodation on a shared basis,
- 2 boat/launch cruises,
- park fees,
- Ngamba chimpanzee fees
- gorilla permit for Congo
- chimpanzee permits for Kibale Forest.
- In Kampala, Entebbe or Kigali or Bujumbura the prices include bed and breakfast only. On safari the prices cover full board
Prices do not include
- airfares to Uganda/Rwanda/Congo/Burundi,
- Additional gorilla permit Rwanda ($500)
- entry visas (Uganda $50; Rwanda $60; Congo $50; Burundi $50)
- airport taxes,
- travel insurance,
- all personal expenditure such as tips, telephone calls, laundry and drinks.
DEPARTURE DATES: DAILY. These are private tours that can depart any day.
Departures for itineraries that include a visit to the gorillas are subject to availability of permits at time of booking. Gorilla permits are in high demand and need to be booked and paid in advance! Book your gorilla safari accordingly and avoid disappointment!
LEVEL OF SERVICE: Standard accommodations. Generally our tour prices are based on mid-range accommodations. Where a client wishes to stay in low-budget places or top of the range facilities, please inform us at time of booking so that we book the accommodations of your preference and amend tour prices for you accordingly.
Key to Itineraries:
|FB||Accommodation on Full Board basis. All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are included in the safari cost.|
|HB||Accommodation on Half Board basis. One meal (either lunch or dinner) as well as breakfast are included in the safari cost.|
|BB||Accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis. Only breakfast is included in the safari cost at the stated property.|
|B||Accommodation on Bed Only basis. All meals at the stated property are not included in the safari cost. To be paid for directly by the client.|
Click for short descriptions of all hotels, lodges and camps in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi
For all categories of accommodation, ALL drinks (except bottled water) are excluded in the safari cost and clients are to pay for them direct to the hotels/Camps / Lodges. Clients could choose to fly out the following day in cases where there are no flights for their departure on the last day of the itinerary. A supplement for the extra night will be required.
Flight in Burundi
Safaris start and end either in either in Bujumbura (Burundi); or Kigali in Rwanda.
There are regular flights to Bujumbura (Burundi) and Kigali (Rwanda) out of Nairobi with Kenya Airways and Rwandair Express.
Clients can make their own arrangements to arrive in Bujumbura or Kigali on the day of, or the day before, their safari starts. SN Brussels flies to Bujumbura, Entebbe and Kigali, from Brussels. Ethiopian Airlines flies from London/Rome/Milan via Addis to Bujumbura, Entebbe and Kigali. Rwandair has regular connections between Kigali and Bujumbura, Kigali and Nairobi and Kigali and Kilimanjaro (Near Arusha in Tanzania). From other African countries, countries can fly to Nairobi using Kenya Airways, or Ethiopian Airlines and get a connecting flight to Bujumbura.
From Europe the easiest way to get to Entebbe (for Kampala in Uganda) directly from London is with British Airways. Kenya Airways and British Airways have daily connections between London and Nairobi from where you can connect to Bujumbura with Kenya Airways or other airlines.
From the USA, clients need to fly to London, Brussels or Amsterdam and then get connecting flights to Kigali and Entebbe. Alternatively clients can fly from New York, Washington DC or Atlanta to Johannesburg with South African Airways and then take a connecting flight. Contact your travel agent for reservations.