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Places to visit in Burundi
Why visit Burundi?
Make sure that you explore the vibrant capital Bujumbura. Burundi’s capital lies at the north-eastern corner of Lake Tanganyika and, with an estimated population of 800,000, is Burundi’s largest city and its administrative, communications, and economic centre. It is also Burundi’s main port and ships most of the country’s chief export, coffee, as well as cotton, skins, and tin ore.
Of course, you must search for wildlife in Rusizi National Par, not far from Bujumubura itself. Rusizi National Park is centred on the Rusizi River and as such is home to a number of wetland species including Hippos and Sitatunga. An area of the park consists of the channels and islands of the Rusizi delta as it flows into Lake Tanganyika.
Part of the Rift Valley lake system, Lake Tanganyika is the longest freshwater lake in the world (420 miles) and extends into Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Numerous rivers flow into the lake, including the Rusizi, and in turn it flows outwards into the Lukuga which forms part of the Congo Basin. It is home to around 400 different species of fish including many cichlid species which are found only here. It was first ‘discovered’ by the explorers Burton and Speke in 1858 during their search for the source of the Nile.