Flights to Bujumbura Bujumbura is Burundi’s capital and largest city and it’s set on the north eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. The lakeside setting makes Bujumbura the country’s most important port as well, and despite Burundi being one of the ten poorest countries in the world, Bujumbura offers more to tourists than you might expect.
Bujumbura International Airport (airport code: BJM) is a relatively small airport even though it’s the main entry point for the country, and it’s located just outside the city. Typically local African airlines will offer flights to Bujumbura, and although coming from Johannesburg they have been 1 or 2 stop flights in the past, South African Airlines will now offer a direct flight to Bujumbura. Kenya Airways has a flight to Bujumbura that connects through Nairobi, or with Ethiopian Airlines you’ll be flying via Addis Ababa.
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The Tourist Attractions of Bujumbura:
Despite being a relatively poor city, Bujumbura might surprise some tourists with its range of attractions. It is a colonial town, having been ruled by Belgium and Germany, though there are not really any remains of that original colonial town to see these days. Bujumbura Cathedral is a major landmark, and it’s one of the more modern architectural offerings, while life centres around the city market for locals and visitors.
Bujumbura Beach is really very attractive, set on the shores of Lake Tanganyika it’s a wide, sandy beach, and being a lake the waves are usually fairly calm here, making it good for swimming.
There are two museums in Bujumbura, and they offer quite different looks at life in Burundi. The first is the Burundi Geological Museum, and the second is named Musee Vivant. This is marketed as a living museum, though most of us would think of it as a zoo cum botanical garden! There are gardens, birds, and a herpetologic centre that has reptiles and snakes on display.
Once you’ve seen the attractions in Bujumbura itself, there are several others close enough to the city for a day trip. Rusizi National Park is only 15 kilometres distant and situated on the Rusizi River where you might see hippos and sitatungas.
Twelve kilometres from Bujumbura is the Livingstone-Stanley Monument at Mugere. The monument marks an important moment in history when Dr Livingstone and Henry Stanley spent a couple of nights here, not long after they first met, from the 25th to 27th November 1871. Their names and the date are engraved on the large rock that sits here, and there are also views overlooking Lake Tanganyika to enjoy too.
When Should You Visit?:
As Bujumbura is near the equator there’s barely any difference in the temperature across the year, ranging by just three degrees, but on most months (from November to May) it sits at an average high of 28C. September is the hottest month with an average high of 31C and this month also marks the beginning of the rainy season, lasting until May, but peaking in November and December, and again from January to April.