Bujumbura, capital city of Burundi, is built on the edges of Lake Tanganyika (approximately 800 m of altitude) and has an average temperature of 26°C (between 22° et 30° during the day, rarely below 21°C at night). Its therefore not necessary to carry your 'winter gear'! However a small jacket can be useful when you travel in the country where the altitude can reach 2 200m. Light clothes are recommended.
When you land at the International Airport of Bujumbura, you have to apply for an entry visa, if you do not have one already. The yellow fever vaccin is compulsory and some healthcare professionals recommend an anti malaria treatment. In Bujumbura, Visa and Mastercard cars are accepted at very few places. It is therefore recommended to carry cash, in US Dollars or Euros.
During your stay in Bujumbura, you can visit some touristic sites in Burundi and in the great lakes region. For more information, you can visit the french websites Petit Futé and l'Agence Espérance.
The restaurants in Bujumbura offer different African meals, as well as other countries cuisines, such as french, chinese, indian, italian, grec and ethiopian.
More information available below:
Airline Companies Banks Car Dealerships Currency Entry Visa Furniture Stores Groceries Hotels Insurances International Schools Security Companies Sports Telephone Vaccins Water and Electricity
Before giving instructions to your travel agent, be aware that the airlines mentionned below are the only ones that land in Bujumbura:
National and International bank transactions are offered by the following banks:
Banque Burundaise de Crédit et d’Investissement (BBCI)
Banque Commerciale du Burundi (BANCOBU)
Banque de Crédit de Bujumbura (BCB)
Banque de Gestion et de Financement (BGF)
Diamond Trust Bank (DTB)
Interbank Burundi (IBB)
To buy a new car, contact:
The currency used in BUrundi is the Burundia Franc. You can view the actual exchange rate on the Burundian Republic Bank website.
The US Dollar is the main international currency used. Visa and Mastercard cards are accepted in very few banks.
Get your visa from the Burundian embassy in your country. If there is none, don't hesitate to contact us, we can assist you in getting one at the International Airport of Bujumbura.
Alpha CD Technology
La Belle Maison
Palais des Meubles
For your grocery shopping, we recommend:
Au Bon Prix
Escale du Bien
Fée du Logis
If you want to stay in an international class hotel, you can contact:
Clos des Limbas
Dolce Vita Resort
Hôtel Club du Lac Tanganyika
Hôtel de la Palmeraie
Hôtel Source du Nil
Sun Safari Hotel
Top Hill Residence
The prices vary between 80 US$ and 200 US $. Cheaper hotels are available down town with prices ranging between 40 US $ and 80 US $.
The insurance companies offer various services:
Do not worry about your children's education. Bujumbura has excellent international schools. We highly recommend:
For the french program:
For the english program:
To enforce your securuty, you can contact:
If you like sports, you have many choices:
Cercle Hippique for horse riding, Badminton, Pétanque and Darts;
Cercle Nautique of Bujumbura pour les aquatic sports and squash;
Entente Sportive of Bujumbura for tennis, swimming and judo, ...
Golf Club of Bujumbura for golf
Gymnase Club has a training room and swimming pool
The land line is managed by the National Telecommunications Office (ONATEL), a parastatal company.
The cellular phone is offered by five different companies:
Do not forget that the yellow fever vaccin is compulsory
WATER AND ELECTRICITY
Water and electricity are provided by REGIDESO, parastatal company. We can register you in the set up service.