Geography

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-Rainfall: 8 to 9 months per year

-Temperature: 21o C average

-Altitude: Lowest 772 m, Highest 2670 m

The Republic of Burundi is part of the Great Lakes Region in East Africa with 27 834 sq km and 10.16 million inhabitants (WB 2013). The bordering countries are Rwanda in the North, Tanzania in the East and in the South, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the West. The common border with the RDC is made of the Lake Tanganyika, the 2nd deepest lake in the world, 677 km long, with 32 000 sq. km.  It covers the south-western coast of Burundi.

Lake Tanganyika, has a wide variety of fish estimated at 250 species, including cichlids and non-cichlids fish. 

From the boarders of Lake Tanganyika, the earth rises abruptly to create spectacular rocky mountains, gorges with waterfalls and hot springs. The rainforest in the North-West full of primate animals is an attractive paradise for tourists, whereas the Rusizi delta is an oasis of tranquillity and a paradise for the ornithologists.

The landscapes of a unique beauty include the Lake Tanganyika, the Karera water falls, the Germany faults of Nyakazu, the unexplored cave of Kayove, thermal waters of Muhweza, the tea plantations of Teza, the National park of Kibira, the National park of Ruvubu, etc.

We also find the Natural reserves of Rusizi in Bujumbura, Kigwena in the province of Rumonge as well as that of the lake Rwihinda in the North.

Bujumbura, Burundi's capital has an International Airport located at 10 kilometers from the city and is positioned as an ideal trading hub. It is located at a 25 minute flight from Kigali (Rwanda), a 1h 10 minuteflight from Nairobi (Kenya) and Entebbe (Uganda),2hour flight from Serengeti National Park and Zanzibar (Tanzania).

Scheduled flights of major airlines such as: Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Air Uganda, Rwanda Air and FlyDubai are available.

 

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