Information Pack for Visitors
Greetings from Burundi
It is our pleasure to welcome you to Burundi, the landlocked country and the source of Nile. In this information pack, you will find useful information that will help you to enjoy your visit to Burundi.
If there will be more needed information not covered in this pack, please do not hesitate to contact us on:
Tel: +257 78 010 994/ +257 76 178 186,
Josias Ogden Vista Burundi
1. General Information
Burundi is situated in Central-East Regional and it is sandwiched between Tanzania, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Although the country is landlocked, much of the South-Western border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika.
In general, Burundi has a tropical highland climate with a considerable daily temperature range in many areas. Temperature varies considerably from one region to another. The central plateau enjoys pleasantly cool weather, with an average temperature of 20ºC. The area around Late Tanganyika is warmer. Averaging 23ºC; the highest mountain areas are cooler, averaging 16ºC. Rain is irregular, failing most heavily in the northwest. Dry seasons vary in length and there are sometimes long periods of drought. However, four seasons can be distinguished: the long dry season (June-August), the short wet season (September-November), the short dry season (December-January) and the long wet season (February-May).
The country is divided into 17 provinces with Bujumbura as the capital city. A part from the provincial division, there are several lower levels of administration such as commune, zone, hill and sub-hill.
Main entry and requirements
The main entry point for visitors is Bujumbura international Airport. All nationalities require entry visa to visit Burundi. For countries from East African Community and the Great Lakes Region, the visa is free of charge and it can be obtained at the entry point. For the rest of the countries, we encourage our visitors to consult nearest embassies for more information on how to get visa.
As you visit our country, remembers to carry your yellow fever immunization because it may be requested by the airport health authorities.
The main transport facilities to enter in Burundi are Airplane, Bus and rarely boats. Currently, Bujumbura International airport is the only airport that is serving the population to travel outside the country. For people to visit the country side, Buses and private cars are the mains transportation means while some travellers prefer motorcycles.
In Burundi, only four languages are spoken: Kirundi, French, Kiswahili and English. Kirundi is the National langue and it is spoken in all corners of the country. The official langue is French but the usage of English and Kiswahili is gradually increasing due the recent integration of Burundi in the East African community, an Anglophone community.
2. Other general information
Electricity: Burundi’s electricity is 220 volts; 60Hz. Electrical outlets take 2 flat plug prongs. If you’re bringing an electrical appliance, check before you leave to see if you need an adaptor or converter.
Money: All goods and services are priced in Franc Burundais (Fbu). Money exchange should only be made at authorized Forex Bureaus.
Health: for your safety, tap water is sometimes untreated and is therefore advisable to purchase bottled water.
Telephone communication: The country is served with mobile connectivity and some areas with landline telephone. The main mobile network providers are LEO, TEMPO AFRICELL, ECONET, SMART and ONAMOB. You can buy a mobile line as soon you provide a photocopy of your passport and two passport photos to the mobile providers’ agencies that are almost everywhere in the country.
Eating and drinking: for the international travelers, Burundi restaurants and hotels offer a variety of food and drinks: fresh fish from Lake Tanganyika normally called ‘’Umukeke’’( one of the best fish type in the World) and other produce from the nation’s rich volcanic soil such beans, sweet potatoes, green banana, vegetables and a variety of fruits. Soft drinks, wine, beers and other drinks are locally produced in good quality.
Fresh fish called “Umukeke” from Tanganyika prepared with rice and salad.
Particular attentions that the visitor must have: When visiting the up country, it is advised to carry a sweater and a jacket because during morning and afternoon hours the weather is cold.
Security cautions: Burundi is no different from any other developing country. Visitors are urged to be careful with their possessions. It is advisable to ask for guidance when going around at night and during the day.