Burundi - The Heart of Africa


Burundi - The Heart of Africa

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 8 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 – Bujumbura

Arrive in Bujumbura and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax after your flight. Overnight at Club du Lac Tanganyika or similar.

Day 2 – Bujumbura

Spend today exploring this intriguing African capital, learning about its history both before and after colonialism, and some of the problems that the country has faced. Later we take a tour through the suburb of Kinama, to gain an insight into day to day life. Overnight at Club du Lac Tanganyika or similar. (BL)

Day 3 – Rusizi National Park – Ijenda

Drive to Rusizi National Park, an area of wetlands that is home to Hippos, Sitatungas and a wide variety of birds. We take a boat trip on the Rusizi River and Lake Tanganyika as well as visiting a nearby fishing village. Later we head to the tea plantations of Ijenda to see how tea is grown in Burundi. Overnight at Club du Lac Tanganyika or similar. (BL)

Day 4 – Rumonge – Resha

We head to Resha, stopping first at ‘La Pierre de Stanley et Livingstone’, reputedly the site where the famous Dr David Livingstone and explorer Henry Stanley first met. At Rumonge we see how palm oil is made before continuing on to Resha for the night. Overnight at Tanganyika Blue Bay or similar. (BL)

Day 5 – Lake Tanganyika – Rutana

Explore Lake Tanganyika by boat and then continue on to visit the southernmost source of the Nile near Rutana, only discovered in 1937. Overnight at Rutana Peace Lodge. (BL)

Day 6 – Nyakuza – Kalera – Gitega

Visit the ‘Gorge of the Germans’ at Nyakuza before heading to the ‘Chutes de la Kalera’, an impressive series of waterfalls said locally to have healing powers. Afterwards drive to the town of Gitega. Overnight at Hotel Tamotel or similar. (BL)

Day 7 – Gitega - Kirundo

Visit the National Museum with its collection of artefacts, and witness a performance from the world famous Burundian drummers on the royal hill of Gishora – a sight not to be missed. We then transfer to Kirundo for the night. Overnight at Rama Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 8 – Kirundo – Bujumbura

Take a sunrise trip by dugout canoe on the Lacs des Oiseaux in Lake Rwihinda National Reserve. After a picnic lunch we drive back to Bujumbura for your onward flight. (BL)