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Wonders of Burundi

Mountains in Burundi
Mountains in Burundi / Christine Vaufrey, / CC BY 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

This small, densely populated country does not have too many well-known landmarks and one should guess why – due to lack of these landmarks or due to weak tourism traditions caused by prolonged unrest.

Burundi has preserved interesting cultural traditions and there are somewhat less spectacular but locally significant monuments of culture. Impressive are the massive gorges, waterfalls and occasional caves in Rutana province.

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WorldViolet Top 6 wonders of Burundi

Geological wonders

Karera Falls


Gorgeous, some 80 m tall, cascading waterfall with four or five main sections. At the first cascade is located sacred cave.

Karera Falls, one of cascades in Burundi
Karera Falls, one of cascades / Wikitravel, copyleft
Muhweza Hot Springs


Two hot basins formed by upcoming hot springs. One basin is traditionally reserved for men, other for women.

Nyakazu Fault (German’s Gorge)


Impressive gorge with several hundred meters high cliffs. Site of German military fortification from World War I. Here is found a perennnial waterfall with a height over 100 m.

Nyakazu Fault, Burundi
Nyakazu Fault / , public domain
Kayove Cave


Largely unexplored cave.

Mugara Hot Springs


Two hot springs that form a basin with 48°C temperature.

Cultural wonders

Gishora Hill


One of the main sanctuaries of royal drums – large drums of very high religious importance. Their location is guarded by an ancient family of local people, who on regular basis beat the drums. There are many other drum sanctuaries in the country.

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The culture of Burundi is based on local tradition and the influence of its neighbors, though its prominence has been hindered by civil unrest. Burundi Art is fantastic, a wide range of variety is found in Burundi art. Geometrical figures and various types of designs with beautiful colors and shapes are predominant in Burundi art.

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