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Best Hiking Trails in Burundi

Overview

There is potential in Burundi, a small east African country, for hiking/trekking opportunities as it is mountainous in the western part of the country.  Burundi has experienced decades of conflict, limiting opportunities for tourism. The main areas for hiking include Kibira Naitonal Park and the Burundi Highlands where the highest peak, Mount Heha, is located. The best months to go hiking in Burundi are May to September.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Burundi.

Capital: Bujumbura

When To Hike in Burundi?

May – September: Driest between June – Aug; sunniest time of year
October to April: Abundant rains

Climate: Moderate tropical climate; temperatures do not vary much throughout the year

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium – Hard: You should hike with a guide. There is one park that has a small number of established trails.  There seem to be a small number of tour companies offering tours.

Transportation required: You need a vehicle (or a guide with a vehicle) to access hikes

Where to stay in Burundi for hiking:

  • Bubanza
  • Bujumbura

Top Places to Hike in Burundi

The two main hiking areas seem to be in Kibira National Park in the western part of the country and the Burundi Highlands, where Mount Heha (2684 m), the highest peak is located.

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Mount Heha

  • Highest peak
  • Could be other hikes but little info available
  • Close to Monge Forest Nature Reserve

Kibira National Park

Burundi's Long Distance Trails

Burundi's Walking & Hiking Resources

Burundi Hiking Books: – no hiking specific book

  • Lonely Planet East Africa, by Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Ray Bartlett, 2018, Lonely Planet Global Limited

 

Best Hiking Trails in Burundi: 

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps or other websites, as there aren’t published guidebooks or official hiking websites:

  • Mount Heha
  • Teza trails
  • Rweza – Vugizo
  • Kavumu

Easy Hiking Trails in Burundi:

  • Chutes de Karera

 

Burundi Hiking Websites:

 

Burundi Official Tourism Site:  

 

Burundi Hiking Apps: 

 

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What Else To Do

  • Ruvubu National Park – close to Tanzania, wildlife

Other Important Points