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Visit Rusizi National Park in Burundi

Visit Rusizi National Park in Burundi, the park is great for bird watching and Hippo tracking.

Visit Rusizi National Park in Burundi, the park is great for bird watching and Hippo tracking. It is also referred to as Parc National de la Rusizi and the park is sectioned into two significant areas which are separated by the Bujumbura-Uvira road. The larger part of the park lies on the eastern bank of the Rusizi River. This flood plain is 2km wide and 45km long with acacia trees, shrubs, and grasslands dominating the wild vegetation.

South of the highway (another section of the park) is the delta of the Rusizi river which drains into the Lake Tanganyika. The river delta is dotted with small islands, water streams, channels, and papyrus beds.

Overview
Attractions
When To Visit
How To Get There
Where To Stay

Overview of Rusizi National Park

Rusizi National park is located 15km the north-west of Bujumbura, a few kilometers to the border with DR Congo. The Bujumbura- Uvira highway crosses the park, dividing the park into two sections. Rusizi National Park Burundi can be accessed through various routes and Roads, as it can be accessed by road and airline basing from the Democratic republic of congo Bukavu, or Rwanda, or via Airlines to Burundi International airport in Bujumbura the capital city.

Rusizi National park is great for bird watching, Game Drives, and Nature walks, its ranks as the best destination for Wildlife viewing in Burundi, and when planning to visit Burundi make sure that you hire the 4×4 Safari Jeep to enable you to enjoy game watching in the wilderness of Burundi.

Wildlife:

Rusizi National Park was formerly gazetted to protect the Hippos that live on the river delta and other wild animals such as include hippopotamus, antelopes, and monkeys among others.

Birding:

There an estimated 200 birds that are residents in Rusizi Park and these include cisticola, Sharpe’s pied babbler, Red-chested Sunbird, Angola weaver, Baglafecht weaver, and the yellow browed cistril to mention a few. Some of the migrant birds to the wetland include the white-winged tern and the African skimmer among others.

The dry season is June to September and is practically the best time to have safari walks although wildfires are common. The rainy season takes on for the rest of the year since the country lies in the equatorial belt of Africa.

How To Get There:

Rusizi National park is located 15km the north-west of Bujumbura, a few kilometers to the border with DR Congo. The Bujumbura- Uvira highway crosses the park, dividing the park into two sections.

By road:

Rusizi National Park Burundi can be accessed through various routes and Roads.

By air:

It can be accessed by road and airline basing from the Democratic republic of congo Bukavu, or Rwanda, or via Airlines to Burundi International airport in Bujumbura the capital city.

Where To Stay: 

In Burundi, there are various Safari Lodges, Hotels, Accommodations facilities where you may seek overnight stay before or after the Burundi Safari once booked with a trusted local Safari Company. Find the complete of Hotels in Burundi near Rusizi National Park & River Rusizi lodges.

Trip Ideas
10 Top Leading Reasons To Visit Burundi
Things To Do In Rusizi National Park

Suggestions and trip ideas for your safari in Rusizi National Park

Burundi is one of the world’s smallest countries, but it’s packed with standout sights. Take in a range of attractions during this multi-day sightseeing excursion, which takes you from the capital to the countryside. Discover Burundi’s unique cultural traditions in Gitega National Museum and marvel at crystal-clear Karera Falls, the source of the Nile. Small-group tours include entrance fees and door-to-door private transfers. A multi-day, small-group sightseeing excursion in Burundi Visit the highlights of Bujumbura, Burundi’s lively and history-filled capital Get a peek at scenic Lake Tanganyika, the longest freshwater lake in the world Travel comfortably by private vehicle with door-to-door hotel pickup each day.

When visiting Rusizi National Park, we recommend combining your safari – Multi-Day Burundi Sightseeing Tour with Karera Waterfalls

10 Top Leading Reasons Why You Should Visit Burundi

Here are 10 Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Burundi. Burundi is a land country without a coast. Ecotourism is one of the most important tourist areas in Burundi.

1. Livingstone – Stanley Monument

Livingstone – Stanley Monument, 10 kilometers south of Bujumbura, the capital and largest city of the country, is a monument dedicated to the missionary and traveler Devid Livingston and to the explorer and journalist Henry Morton Stanley. These two travelers are said to be staying at this spot when visiting this region.

2. Lake Tanganyika

Located in the Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, and Burundi, Lake Tanganyika is the deepest lake in the world after the Baikal lake in Russia. It is also the sixth-largest lake in the world. Approximately 300 species of fish live in the lake. There are many sports activities on the lake.

3. Kibira National Park

Kibira National Park, located near Bujumbura, the capital city of the country and the biggest city, is a wonderful nature area with its area of 400 km². In 1933 it was declared a national park and there are many kinds of animals and plants in this area.

4. Rusizi National Park

Rusizi National Park, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Burundi, is located in Bujumbura, the capital city of the country and the largest city. As you can walk along the Rusizi River, you can see many animal species such as crocodiles, waterfalls, flamingos in the park. Or you can explore the region better with a boat trip on the river.

5. Ruvubu National Park

Ruvubu National Park, located on the border of Burundi, is the biggest national park in the country with an area of 508 km². It has an abundance of virgin nature and many kinds of animals that he hosts. There are many species of hippopotamus, including hippopotamus, monkey, antelope, buffalo, leopard, and lion. In addition, there are over 400 species of bird

Read more  about the reasons why you should visit this park.

Things to Do in the Rusizi National Park

Activities

The park is great for bird watching and game walks. Local groups and people use the park for Honey bee harvesting while fishing is a major activity on the Rusizi River and on Lake Tanganyika. Conservation groups are encouraged in the local communities to preserve this natural habitat.

Hippo Tracking:

Track down hippos and sitatungas (swamp antelopes) in their natural habitat on a trip through Rusizi National Park. With luck, you’ll also see flamingos strolling in the shallow ends of the river that runs through the park. Keep your eye out for the notorious Gustave, a crocodile believed to have killed hundreds of people in his lifetime. He rarely makes an appearance, but those sightings are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Bujumbura holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Rusizi National Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.

Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm that shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life. Museums, palaces, monuments, a mosque, and a cathedral are part of the sightseeing attractions in Bujumbura. For a more in-depth look at this city of 800,000 people, check out its markets, cafes, and restaurants. There you can try meals and drinks, both local and those influenced by foreign settlers. To get yourself across the city, use a mini-bus or taxi where you can negotiate the price of the ride.

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