Local handicrafts, particularly wicker, are recommended. Shop opening times: i. General Mon-Fri 08.30-12.00 and 15.00-18.00, Sat 08.30-12.30.
In Bujumbura there are nightclubs, restaurants and bars.
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The choice is limited. Meals in hotels in Bujumbura are expensive and fairly basic. A specialty is fried Ndagara fish from Lake Tanganyika. There are good French, Indian and Greek restaurants in town. There are hardly any restaurants outside of Bujumbura and Gitega.
Almost all hotels are in Bujumbura. There is little accommodation in the other parts of the country, with the exception of a few hotels in Gitega, Ngozi and Kirundo. Information can be obtained from the Office National du Tourisme (see addresses) or NITRA, PO Box 1402, 7 Place de l’Indépendence. (Phone: 22 23 21)
Camping is frowned upon, especially near towns, and dangerous. Permission should be obtained from the local authorities.
Predominantly Roman Catholic (62%); Protestant (5%) and Muslim (10%) minorities, as well as indigenous religions (23%).
Social Rules of Conduct
The usual social politeness applies. Local customs and customs should definitely be respected. Clothing should not be too casual. Tipping is not calculated automatically, about 10% is reasonable.
Best travel time
Hot equatorial climate on Lake Tanganyika and in the Ruzizi river plain. It is often windy at the lake, mild and pleasant in the highlands with average temperatures around 18°C (1000-2000 m). Short rainy season from October to December, long rainy season from February to May. Long dry season from May to October.
Area (sq km)
11,890,784 (Source: homosociety)
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