Covering a total area of 27,830 square kilometers (10,750 sq mi) in size of which 25,680 square kilometers (9,920 sq mi) a land, Botswana is a land locked country located in the great lakes regions of Africa, bordering Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. The country is small compared to other African countries but with dense population compared to the carrying capacity. 90% of the total populations depend of agriculture and Bujumbura is the capital city of the country.
People and culture
Burundi has three major ethnic groups with the majority Hutu sharing about 85% of the population), who are mostly agriculturalists; the Tutsis take 14% and the minority Twa who take 1% and where forest dwellers and hunters. However at present, the ethnic balance has begun to shift as Hutu from Burundi have fled to neighboring Rwanda to escape ethnic persecution and Tutsi have escaped violence in Rwanda and settled in Burundi. The Tutsi now make up to 20% of the total population. Despite of the Tutsi’s relatively small population, they have historically dominated the government and the army. There are also small minorities of Europeans and South Asians. Kirundi is the official language along with French and Swahili the language of trade and business in much of East Africa
Traditional drumming of karyenda is an important part of Burundian cultural heritage, as indicated by the world-famous Royal Drummers of Burundi. Traditional dance often accompanies the drumming, which is frequently seen in celebrations and family gatherings.
Attractions and activities in Burundi
The country is a hot favorite destination providing exquisite holiday opportunities for all kinds of travelers both the adventurous and the laid back. The breathtaking landscapes, Savannah forests and the various tourist attractions make Burundi safaris enjoyable and life changing for travelers of all kinds. The most popular attraction in Burundi is the great lake of Tanganyika which is the longest in the world and the second largest in Africa, spanning a total area of 19,883.9 square miles. It offers remarkable biodiversity with more than 1,300 plant and animal species residing there, from microscopic algae to large crocodiles.
There are 300 species of small and large fish, Rumonge with great beaches and stunning landscape and Karera Falls among others. Concerning the activities, shopping, night life, cultural walks and relaxing together with wildlife safaris in the national parks are all interesting to the travelers providing memorable experiences.
National parks in Burundi
There are several national parks in Burundi with different wildlife and plant species all interesting to the travelers. Among others include Ruvubu National Park which is the largest national park in Burundi covering 508 square kilometers (196 sq mi). The others include Rusizi National Park, Makamba Natural Reserve, and Rusizi National Park. All these national parks and other protected areas have a lot to offer to travelers that provide them with greater and memorable experiences ever to remember.
How to obtain a tourist visa
All travelers to the republic of Burundi are required to fill in the visa application forms online, all non-immigrant visa applicants are required to complete the new electronic visa application form DS-160. Upon completion of the required information, the form will be electronically transmitted, generating a biographical confirmation page that must be printed and submitted at the time of the visa interview. After applying, the applicant should make an appointment to visit the U.S. Embassy for the visa interview. The applicant should then Prepare for the Interview with the Consular Office and then appear at the Embassy for the Scheduled Visa Appointment after which the visa will be issued.
In conclusion therefore, all travelers to Burundi are assured of memorable experiences from the unique natural, cultural and historical features that Burundi offers some of which are not found anywhere else.