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THE STATE OF EAST AFRICA REPORT SERIES

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Burundi is a country of wonderful landscapes, from mountain-tops to forests, huge lakes to tropical plateau. This topographical patchwork mirrors Burundi’s cultural patchwork, one which has interwoven both Hutu and Tutsi tribal strands, often with violent consequences.

Places to Visit in Burundi
Arts and Craft: Study the Arts and Crafts of the Burundians: leather, ceramics, ivory and wood carvings in the Craftwares Village at Giheta, plus sculptures, wickerware and paintings in the towns’ Art School.

Bujumbura: Go to the capital port-city of Bujumbura, a bustling town with a population of approximately 200,000 inhabitants. The area was colonized by the Germans at the end of the 19th century, and there is still architecture dating from that period, including the Postmaster’s House. Other attractions include three museums including the Museè Vivant, a reconstructed open air village displaying Burundian culture, the Islamic Cultural centre, and an excellent market.

Fora and Fauna: Admire the country’s diverse fora and fauna, from savannah to steppers, mountain forests to blooming fields.

Gitega: Stare at a beautiful vista of central plains and the expense of the former royal city, Gitega, from the mountaintops of the Congo Nile range. Gitega has an exquisite charm of its own, from the Chutes de la Kagera waterfall to its National Museum.

Kirundo: In Kirundo, in the far north of Burundi and with its three lakes of Cohoha, Rweru and Rwihinda, settle down for some bird watching. The third lake Rwihinda, is even nicknamed ‘Birds Lake’ because of the sheer quantity of birds (approximately 20 different species) that settle there. A large amount of birds can also be viewed in Kibira National Park.

Lake Tanganyika: Be enticed by the scenic and fun pleasures of Lake Tanganyika, where (in normal circumstances) cafes and restaurants line the lake. Here one can delve into watersports, including sailing, waterskiing and fishing.

Rutovu Monument: Gaze upon the monument near Rutovu, in Bururi Province, which marks Burundi’s claim to the source of the Nile.

Stanley and Livingstone: Around 10 km (6 miles) south of Bujumbura is a stone that marks the historic meeting place of Stanley and Livingstone in 1871.

Urubugu: Compete in the ancient gane of urubugu (also known as mancala). It is played with pebbles or seashells on hollows scooped out on the ground, or with seeds on expensive, elaborately carved wooden boards.

BURUNDI’S PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

2013 2014
New Year’s Day

1st January 2013

New Year’s Day

1st January 2013

Unity Day

5th February 2013

Unity Day

5th February 2014

Labour Day

1st May 2013

Labour Day

1st May 2013

Ascension Day

9th May 2013

Ascension Day

29th May 2014

Independence Day

1st July 2013

Independence Day

1st July 2014

Assumption Day

15th August 2013

Assumption Day

15th August 2014

Rwagasore Day

13th October 2013

Rwagasore Day

13th October 2014

President Ndadaye’s Day

21st October 2013

President Ndadaye’s Day

24th October 2014

All Saint’s Day

1st November 2013

All Saint’s Day

15th November 2014

Christmas Day

25th December 2013

Christmas Day

25th December 2014