by Marie Heyns on 21/01/13 at 6:46 am
Places to visit in Burundi.
Burundi, a jewel of a place in the midst of the vast African jungle is the place to go when one wants to experience the African jungle and embrace one of nature’s unique and wonderful natural beauties. Burundi has a few very unique nature reserves and is a must see place when one wants to set your eyes on the few wild animals still in Africa.
The capital town of Burundi, Bujumbura, is located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. This fast developing town is the main port of the country and it is from here that most of the country’s export ships. It is an old colonial town boasting with a very large market, a large mosque, the Cathedral for the Archdiocese and a national stadium. On top of the hill, a dominating point of the town, one gets a unique view onto Lake Tanganyika. In this city one can also find some old masks of the Congo tribes made in the Congolese handicraft village in town.
Kibira National Park
This 40,000 ha of perfectly preserved forest land is situated at the top of the Zaire-Nile and it is the largest untouched natural area in all of Burundi. Here one can truly feast your eyes on nature’s beauty and appreciate the several hidden thermal springs on its chains of mountain and rediscover the fascinating attraction of a primeval forest with its charming songs of birds.
Rusizi National Reserve
This natural Reserve is located very near the capital city, Bujumbura, about 15km North of it to be precise and sits right next to the Rusizi River. Here you have a good chance to see lots of hippopotamuses as well as a few antelopes that come here to graze. Be careful of the inviting golden sand on the river banks as this is a favorite spot for crocodiles to sleep on. At specific and safe “view points” along the river you can see animals such as dwarf crocodiles, many hippos, pelicans, cormorants, herons, Egyptian goose and the odd African White-Faced duck.
Ruvubu National Park
This relatively “new” park was set up in 1980 and it covers about 500 sq kms. It has mainly Savannah vegetation, a few swamps, gallery forests and is therefore home to a number of wild animals such as Buffalo’s, crocodiles, water bucks and of course hippopotamuses. In 2011 plans to reintroduce zebras and certain antelopes was underway. A variety of monkeys such as the vervet monkey, red colobus and baboons can also be seen here. This park boasts with over 425 different bird species, some of which are not found anywhere else in the world, and a vast array of different species of flowers. It is a truly magnificent sight to feast your eyes on.