TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT BURURI FOREST NATURE RESERVE.
The 5 reasons to visit Bururi forest reserve. Bururi forest nature reserve is a nature reserve in Burundi rich with variety of different tree species like Entandrophragma, Strombosia. 87 bird species that inhabit the reserve like the Apalis argentea. The reserve was established a wilderness area in 1951 by Office Burundais pour la Protection de l’Environment and it covers an area of 33km. Bururi forest reserve is situated in the north west of Bururi province overseeing the urban centre of Bururi on vast mountains
The top 5 reasons to visit Bururi forest reserve are detailed below.
Bururi forest reserve is rich with variety of over 87 bird species like Dusky Turtle-dove, mountain Buzzard Buteo, Cinnamon-chested bee- eater, Montane nightjar, Ruwenzori batis-batis, scarce swift, fine banded woodpecker, white-tailed crested –flycatcher and many others that have their homes in the reserve. The reserve versatility of bird species makes it the best destination for bird life giving best details’ to bird lovers and researchers.
Wildlife species in Bururi forest reserve comprise of over 22 species of mammals which are divided into two whereby there are six species of carnivores and five species of primates and the commonest of the primates at the reserve include the Cercopithecus ascanius , chimpanzee and the Cercopithecus mittis however the reserve homes minimal population of these animals .
Nature walk safaris
Taking walking safaris within the park gives an amazing sight of the scenic vegetation cover in the Bururi forest reserve where many species of animals and bird species inhabit for instance say for bird species – Cinnamon-chested bee- eater, Montane nightjar, Ruwenzori batis-batis, scarce swift, fine banded woodpecker, white-tailed crested –flycatcher, and animals species Cercopithecus ascanius , chimpanzee and the Cercopithecus mittis as you get an up-close encounter with Mother Nature walking through the trails in the forest. This is done in the company of an experienced armed game ranger.
Community based tourism
The surrounding community close to the Bururi forest reserve depend entirely on the natural resources from within , these local communities have different cultures and norms with different interesting dances and cultural stories through songs that relate to them(natives or locals) and their environment as well .these also involve in the support activities to the forest reserve activities like nursey management and tree planting of the trees for rehabilitation of the sites that have been degraded.
Bururi forest reserve composition of over 268 species of natural vegetation that give a great destination to botanist researcher to carry out their search in the area. Amongst the different species of plant life in the forest reserve include the Asteraceae, lamiaceae, Rubiaceae, Fabaceae, Poaceae and the Euphorbiaceous. Plant diversity is relatively high as shown by the biodiversity indices calculated.
How to get there
The forest reserve is 70km from Bujumbura city and one can access the site by mainly using road transport as one can board from the country’s capital Bujumbura to the forest reserve centre
Accommodation at Bururi forest reserve.
Tourist to Bururi forested reserve can have their accommodation at :
- Tanganyika Blue Bay Resort which is located just 59 kilometers from the capital and some of the rooms here include-De luxe rooms and superior rooms.
- Resha royal imperial hotel
- Mountain’s view hotel
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