Burundi: A Surprising Getaway in the Heart of Africa

We just got back to Nairobi after a fruitful eight days in Bujumbura. The city was very laid back but at the same time had an unexpected number of surprises. As soon as work was done on site everyday, we would head back to our hotel, shower, change and then head back out to explore Bujumbura.

We checked out a couple of places, liked some, enjoyed some more than we should have and were indifferent to others. Here is the list:

1. Bora Bora Beach Club.

Bora Bora gets our approval. It has a good beach, great view of Lake Tanganyika, comfortable beach beds, free wireless internet, beach volleyball and pizza. I doubt we needed more in life… Here is a link with more pictures and information.

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7 Bora Bora Bujumbura Akinyi Adongo

2. Rudy’s Ride

Rudy Ghirini, the force behind the most successful establishments in Bujumbura  (Bora Bora, Le Sabayon, Havana and Kiboko Grill at Ubuntu Residence) was kind enough to take us on a cruise on Lake Tanganyika on Sunday morning.. Here is more information on how to get the same ride..

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3. Le Café Gourmand

This has got to be one of the best places to have a cup of coffee or a quick sandwich. It has free WiFi, a rooftop seating area and the mouthwatering scent of freshly baked pastries. Find more pictures here.

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10 Cafe Gourmand Bujumbura

4. Le Sabayon

Fine dining at its best in Bujumbura. Here is a link with more pictures

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5. Kiboko Grill (Located at Ubuntu Residence)

We had loads of fun in Kiboko Grill. The food was great and our hosts Rudy and Cynthia very accommodating.. Here is a link with our escapades at Kiboko.

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35 Kiboko Grill, Ubuntu Residence Bujumbura Akinyi Adongo

6. Havana Pub.

Pizza, pool tables, free WiFi, cold beer and open seven days a week. Enough said. For more on Havana click here

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6. Kiss Club

A lively club with music that keeps you on your toes all night… Here are more pictures 

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7. Belvedere Restaurant

An upmarket restaurant with one of the best views of Bujumbura. Here is further information on Belvedere.

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Two points of interest: First, when packing for Bujumbura carry a few extra bottles of mosquito repellent. Second, service is generally slow in most establishments, so whenever you order your food, sit back relax and wait patiently. When I was doing some background reading on-line on Burundi, I came across an article written in 2009 which I feel is relevant if you are visiting Burundi for the first time. Here is the link.

That aside I would definitely recommend spending a weekend in Bujumbura.

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8 thoughts on “Burundi: A Surprising Getaway in the Heart of Africa

  1. Thanx for showing me places I can visit in Burundi……next trip I’m planning is there especially the Borabora beach

  2. Thank you for sharing all those information. Bujumbura is unknown for many of us and such information is very helpful.

  3. Thank you very much Akinyi for sharing your experience in Bujumbura. Hopefully some regional newspapers that I am not naming here will learn that there are great things to see in Burundi and avoid negative and biased coverage on Burundi.

    Merci beaucoup,
    Yves

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