Destination Information for Burundi
The small country of Burundi in the East of Africa is bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite a tragic history of civil war and economic unrest, Burundi’s inhabitants are friendly and upbeat, and the country has a rich culture and tradition of art, dance, music and handicraft. Tourism is very limited here due to the current security situation, so if you’re considering a trip, make sure you remain fully informed of the risks involved.
For those who do make the journey off the beaten track to visit Burundi, you’ll be rewarded by some spectacular scenery and views. The Natural Reserve of Rusizi is very close to the country’s capital, Bujumbura, and here you can see antelopes, hippos, crocodiles and many birds in their natural habitat. Moving away from the capital towards the east, Gitega is a large market town with a museum, where you can learn about the traditions and handicrafts of Burundi throughout history. Burundi boasts a varied landscape of lakes, mountains and vistas, and the differences in altitude means the temperature varies from one region to another. Hopefully in the future the situation in the country will stabilise making travel and tourism safer and more widely offered, so that more people can experience this beautiful place.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country and anti-malarial medication is advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.
There is no British embassy in Burundi. Please contact the FCO for advice.