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The Republic of Burundi has a very long history, with legends of its formation going back to the Kingdom of Burundy's ruler Cambarantama.
Burundi shares borders with Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Bujumbura (capital)
Burundi is one of Africa's smallest nations, with a land area of 25,650 square kilometers (9,900 square miles). Burundi is situated in the east-central part of the African continent. Though Burundi is a landlocked nation, its southwestern border lies along the large Lake Tanganyika. Another major body of water in Burundi is the Ruvyironza River, which flows into the Nile. Burundi is mountainous, with its highest point is Mount Heha, at 2,670 meters (8,759 feet).
Points of Interest
The capital of Burundi, Bujumbura, there is much to explore, including monuments, museums, and mausoleums.
Burundi has many scenic sites, including Kibira National Park and Ruvubu National Park. These forests offer natural beauty, thermal hot springs, and a variety of native wildlife, including chimpanzees, baboons, buffalo and many varieties of birds. Several natural reserves are also scattered around the nation, including Rusizi, Bururi, Vyanda, and Rwihinda Lake. Thermal waterfalls can be found at Nyakazu Break and the Karera Falls.
There are also beaches along Lake Tanganyika, including Karera Beach and Saga Plage.
Burundi is served by Bujumbura International Airport in its capital, which provides service to many African nations. Another way to enter the country is via bus from neighboring Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda. There are also boats and ferries for transportation on Lake Tanganyika.
Last Updated On : September 24, 2013
Official LanguageKirundi and French
National day1 July (1962)
Form of GovernmentPresidential republic
Vice PresidentGervais Rufyikiri
Prime MinisterPost Abolished (Since 1998)
GDP$5.488 billion 2012 estimate
Time ZoneCAT (UTC+2)