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Located in Africa, Burundi (formally called the Republic of Burundi) can be found at Latitude: -3.376111 and Longitutde: 29.36 occupying 27,830 sq/km of area. At last count, Burundi has the population of 8,303,000 residents (with an annual 3.30% growth rate) who are known as Burundian(s).

The Flag for Burundi

A fragile peace exists in this East African country since a 12-year civil war between ethnic Hutus and Tutsis ended in 2006. Hutus make up 85 percent of Burundians and Tutsis 14 percent. After gaining independence from Belgium in 1962, the country was run by a series of brutal Tutsi-dominated regimes until 1993, when Burundi's first ever election was won by a Hutu, Melchior Ndadaye. The 1993 assassination of President Ndadaye by factions of the Tutsi-led army plunged Burundi into civil war. Today, a multiparty democracy balances ethnic needs. The mainstay of the economy is agriculture.

10% of Burundian(s) live in urban centers, and 59% can read and write one of the many languages such as Kirundi, French, Swahili. Burundian(s) have an average life expectancy rate of 49 years and most follow the Roman Catholic, indigenous beliefs, Muslim, Protestant religions. 93.6% Agriculture of Burundian(s) work in the agriculture industry which produces , and 2.3% Industry work in the industry producing blankets, shoes, soap, assembly of imported components, public works construction. Another 4.1% Services work in the services sector such as tourism and retail environments. coffee, tea, sugar, cotton, hides are regularly exported to other countries in the world from Burundi. The Gross Domestic Product per capita is $300 with 3.20% annual growth.

Burundi uses the telephone country code of 257 and internet hosts use the .bi suffix. Burundi uses the Franc (BIF).


The franc became the currency of Burundi in 1916, when Belgium occupied the former Germany colony and replaced the German East African rupie with the Belgian Congo franc. Burundi used the currency of Belgian Congo until 1960, when the Rwanda and Burundi franc was introduced. Burundi began issuing its own francs in 1964.
There are plans to introduce a common currency, a new East African shilling, for the five member states of the East African Community by the end of 2015.

The smallest note is a 100 franc note with the front depicting a Home construction and the rear depicting Prince Rwagasore. It must be noted that Burundian notes are some of the dirtiest banknotes I've ever held in my entire life. Often brittle to break upon touching, and well faded where one canot tell the denomination. It is rare to find clean notes at any time even from a bank/atm/shop.

(One Canadian Dollar equals 0 BIF)

My Experience

To be Updated

Road Conditions: Tar
Hills: Yes, Lots of them.
Weather: Cloudy
Best Beer: Amstel Bock

Visa Cost: $90 USD
Visa Length: 30 days days


Journal Entries

The following is a list of journal entries I wrote while traveling through Burundi. Click one to read!


Never Alone

Victorian Loop

Ups and Downs



Distance Traveled: 828.41 km
Distance Ascended: 8,410 m
Distance Descended: 8,353 m
Energy Consumed: 36,145 calories
Overall Cost: $333.96
    Food: $99.41
    Drink: $77.20
    Lodging: $135.06
    Transport: $0.00
    Entertainment: $18.19
    Equipment: $1.49
    Misc: $2.60
Longest Day: 2013-10-11 - 125.75 km
Most Climbed: 2013-06-24 - 1687.00 m
Most Energy Burned: 2013-06-24 - 6036.00 calories
Most Expensive Day: 2013-06-18 - $ 54.55

Daily Statistics

Date Location Distance (km) Cost ($CAD) Map
2013-10-11 Nyanza Lac, BI 125.75 $25.16 Map
2013-10-10 Bujumbura, BI 101.62 $40.26 Map
2013-06-25 Munyoni, BI 99.38 $18.44 Map
2013-06-24 Gitega, BI 104.86 $19.68 Map
2013-06-23 Kayogoro, BI 65.74 $11.75 Map
2013-06-22 NyanzaLac, BI 55.33 $25.07 Map
2013-06-21 Rumonge, BI 81.39 $24.87 Map
2013-06-20 Bujumbura, BI 27.91 $44.16 Map
2013-06-19 Bujumbura, BI 2.08 $52.34 Map
2013-06-18 Bujumbura, BI 84.22 $54.55 Map
2013-06-17 Matongo, BI 80.13 $17.68 Map


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